Government Resources and Public Services Librarian – University of Tennessee – Martin, TN

The University of Tennessee at Martin seeks a collegial and service-oriented professional to serve as Government Information and Resources Librarian in a rural-area academic library. The 400,000 volume-equivalent library serves a school of 8,000 mostly on-site and distance education undergraduate students in rural northwest Tennessee and four off-site centers. The library uses LibGuides, and Sierra (Innovative) as its ILS.



The successful candidate:

A.     Government Resources and Information

·     Manages all government documents collections (state and federal) ensuring that the collections are organized and maintained according to requirements, rules, and regulations

·     Maintains required records and prepares reports required by agency regulations and Paul Meek Library administration

·     Promotes awareness and usage of collection resources to the university, local community, and the constituency of Tennessee’s Eighth Congressional District through outreach events and marketing initiatives

B.     Reference and Research Assistance

·     Provides professional reference and research services to library patrons (both on and off-site) as a member the User Services Team

·     Serves as Library liaison to several academic departments, providing instruction, reference, collection development, and outreach activities as well as the creation and updating of Library (Lib) Guides and other finding aids, tools, or tutorials

·     Participates in Information/Reference Desk duty rotation (weekday, evening, and weekend) and in online reference duties

C.     Library/Information Literacy and User Instruction

·         Fosters the development of library and information literacy initiatives and participates in the creation, distribution, and assessment of resources, programs, and activities

·         Participates directly and indirectly in instructional support through preparation of materials, teaching of courses, assistance to faculty, and other appropriate pedagogically-based activities

·         Shares responsibility for building, maintaining and promoting collections that support curriculum related research and instruction (with a primary focus on undergraduate populations)

·         Attends professional workshops, meetings, conferences and other events

Required Qualifications:

·         ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS by day of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications:

·         Experience in government documents.

·         Experience in public services or reference in an academic undergraduate-library setting.

Work will involve occasionally climbing ladders and lifting up to 25 pounds to shoulder level. The successful candidate must be willing to accept a faculty appointment at an assistant/associate level and meet University of Tennessee standards for promotion and tenure.


This is a twelve-month appointment with faculty rank at the Assistant/Associate Professor level; salary will reflect the successful candidate’s qualifications and professional experience; benefits include a choice of health and retirement plans, tuition waiver for self, and partial tuition waivers for dependents.


To Apply:

Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the University of Tennessee at Martin and the Paul Meek Library:

Paul Meek Library:

University of Tennessee at Martin:

Direct enquiries or requests for additional information to the search committee chair, Samuel S. or 731-881-7094

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until position is filled, with tentative starting date of August 01, 2015. To ensure consideration, applicants must provide:

  • a cover letter describing interest and addressing qualifications
  • résumé/curriculum vitae
  • full contact information of at least three professional references.

Candidates invited for interviews will be required to make a presentation to the library faculty and staff during their interview, and must submit unofficial graduate transcripts prior to the interview; the individual hired will be required to supply official transcripts and is subject to a mandatory criminal background check. Apply for the position through the UT Martin faculty-application site:

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/ Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.