Denton, Denton County
Apr 24, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

University of North Texas


About UNT
As the nation’s 26th largest public university and the largest, most comprehensive in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, UNT is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to its 36,000 students while powering the North Texas region, state and nation through innovative education and research. A student-focused public research university, UNT graduates more than 8,500 students each year from its 12 colleges and schools and offers 97 bachelor’s, 82 master’s and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. UNT’s ultimate mission is to give a green light to greatness by helping its students, region, state and nation excel.

Job Summary
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Librarian will lead the UNT Libraries' efforts to develop and implement innovative, multidisciplinary geospatial data services, programs, and collections. This new service will enhance curricula and research innovation across the University relating to spatial data and visual analysis. We are seeking an individual who is entrepreneurial and forward-thinking to fill this new position. The GIS Librarian will collaborate with faculty, subject librarians and library IT personnel to:
*Assess the needs of the GIS user community
*Develop and implement a plan for services required to meet community needs
*Provide instruction and research assistance in the use of geospatial information
*Interact regularly with students, faculty and the extended North Texas GIS community.
*The GIS Librarian exercises broad independent judgment and authority under the general direction of the Eagle Commons Library Department Head.

Specific Position Responsibilities
*Develop a robust GIS Program based on analysis of community needs.
*Develop and implement an educational program to increase awareness in the extended UNT community of the value of geospatial maps to non-profits, businesses, and researchers.
*Market and promote the GIS Program by collaborating with campus partners to expand GIS services.
*Develop and maintain an online presence for ddescribing the GIS program services that may include the development of subject specific LibGuides, tutorials, and class specific pages.
*Build on UNT Libraries strength in instruction and classroom engagement to promote curricular enhancements focused on spatial and visual thinking across the University.
*Provides in-depth reference for GIS as well as other library reference services.
*Serve as Library Liaison to the Department of Geography
*Develop collaborative networks with other internal and external stakeholders.
*Provide staff training required to support the GIS effort.
*Represent the UNT Libraries at consortial and other meetings concerning geospatial data issues.
*May supervise student workers and /or Graduate Assistants.
*Foster positive relations with faculty, students, and staff and promote the University's and Libraries' commitment to diversity.
*Serve on Library and University Committees as needed.
*Be active professionally and contribute to the scholarship in the field.

Minimum Qualifications
*ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information sciences or an advanced degree in a relevant discipline.
*Minimum 2 years customer service experience
*Demonstrated knowledge of geospatial resources and concepts.
*Experience using GIS software for geospatial analysis and modeling.
*Evidence of leadership, entrepreneurship, and initiative
*Strong oral and written communication skills
*Ability to adjust priorities, take initiative, set goals, manage time wisely, and make quick effective decisions in a fast-paced environment.
*Aptitude for thinking creatively and developing products and services, such as publications, training materials, and workshops.
*Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish positive and productive collaborations with faculty and staff.

Preferred Qualifications
*Degree in a discipline that emphasizes geospatial data such as geography, earth sciences, or land planning.
*Experience in providing reference services and preparing and delivering instruction and training.
*Experience with outreach and assessment initiatives.
*Experience with Foundation Center collections and services.
*Experience with Federal Depository Library Program collections and services.
*Supervisory or project management experience
*Demonstrated contribution to the profession with scholarly publications, presentations, and /or through contributions to professional organizations.

Special Instructions to Applicant
Please include a brief statement on the following with your application materials:
What do you see as the three most important challenges of introducing GIS services to an academic library, its campus and its metropolitan community.
Please attach the statement as the "Other Document".

Posting Origination:

Libraries (N32100)

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