Graduate Librarian for Health and Human Services – Kennewas State University

Graduate Librarian for Health and Human Services

Posting Details

Position Information

Academic Home Department: Library
Posting Job Title: Graduate Librarian for Health and Human Services
Recruitment Type: Non-Tenure Track

Position Details

Full Time Faculty Rank: Librarian Assistant Professor, Librarian Associate Professor, or Librarian Professor – TBD
Area of Specialty-Discipline: Library – Graduate Health and Human Services
Administrative/Distinguished Title – Working Title if applicable: Library – Graduate Librarian for Health and Human Services
Position Status: Regular Faculty
Tenure Track Status: Non-Tenure Track
Terms of Employment: 12-Month
Contract Type: Full-time
Date Position Available: 08/01/2015

Position Qualifications/Responsibilities

Position Qualifications – Responsibilities: General Statement of Duties:
Perform advanced subject specific professional library work and related tasks as required primarily in the graduate disciplines in the Wellstar College of Health and Human Services. The college offers graduate degree programs in applied exercise and health science, nursing, and social work.

Distinguishing Features of this Position:
The Kennesaw State University Library System seeks a dynamic, collegial, flexible, research-oriented senior librarian position to serve as the Graduate Librarian, working principally with graduate programs in the Wellstar College of Health and Human Services. The successful candidate for the Graduate Health and Human Services Librarian will have both broad and deep knowledge of medical, health, and social science resources and statistical methods sufficient to support doctoral student and faculty research projects, and will possess demonstrated experience in the teaching and use of these resources, and understand the use of web technologies for outreach and instruction.

Major Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the Interim Director for Graduate Library Services of the KSULibrary System, the incumbent serves as a member of the Graduate Library Department and helps guide the Library to meet the challenges of today’s complex higher education organizations with an emphasis placed upon providing excellence in collections, facilities, organization, and services. Graduate librarians work collaboratively to achieve the missions, goals, and objectives of the University andKSU Libraries.

Wellstar College of Health and Human Services Liaisonship (75%)
1. Provide focused and professional graduate research and reference service to the Wellstar College graduate students during their entire graduate programs.
2. Serve as graduate library liaison to the Wellstar College faculty and participate in collection development by purchasing subject-related content for Wellstar College’s graduate programs.
3. Create instructional materials in multiple formats for use by Wellstar College graduate students and faculty.
4. Consult with Wellstar College graduate students and faculty on individual or group-related research projects.
5. Provide research assistance and reference services to Wellstar College graduate faculty.

Organizational Responsibilities (15%)
1. Conduct an annual workshop for KSU Library faculty and staff on the use of medical, nursing, and health sciences related services and resources.
2. Develop local, state, national, and international partnerships and collaborations to advance the goals of the library, the Wellstar College, and KSU.
3. Update skills and knowledge of current best practices in academic medical librarianship for self and others in the organization.
4. Collaborate with supervisor and other library departments to resolve issues impacting collections and services to Wellstar College.

Additional Responsibilities (10%)
1. Serve on library, campus, University System of Georgia and national professional committees.
2. Be professionally active and contribute to developments in the field of library science and/or subject-specific discipline through scholarship, presentations, publications, and service.
3. Work a flexible schedule including some nights and weekends and at various KSUlearning sites.
4. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education – Experience – Skills (Minimum Qualifications): Required Qualifications:
MLS from an accredited institution, or its foreign equivalent, and
a. A doctorate or second master’s degree in a health or human service related discipline AND a minimum of five years professional experience working full time in a medical or health sciences library.


b. Ten years of professional experience working full time in a medical or health sciences library.


1. Demonstrated excellence in teaching.
2. Excellent presentation, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
3. Thorough knowledge of current professional library principles, methods, procedures, and best practices especially in the area of medical and human services and / or graduate librarianship.
4. Thorough knowledge of print and electronic medical, health science, and sociological sources and literature and working knowledge of basic reference resources.

Applicants should have familiarity with structure and organization of scientific literature and knowledge of health and life sciences databases such as Medline, PubMed, Ovid, Scopus, Web of Science as well as MeSH subject headings.

5. Good knowledge of research methodologies, with a good knowledge of quantitative research methods and statistical data sets and knowledge of qualitative research methods.

6. Ability to meet library faculty standards for job performance, scholarship, service and professional development.

Desired Qualifications:
1. Proven organizational and analytical skills.
2. Self-starter who shows initiative and professional judgment while also balancing ability to collaborate with others.
3. Ability to adapt to ambiguity and change and to assist others to adapt.
4. Ability to manage today’s workflow while identifying and preparing for tomorrow’s challenges.
5. Active professional development with a record of scholarly contributions and achievements and service to professional organizations.
6. Experience working effectively with graduate students and faculty.
7. Experience in the creation of online tutorials or web guides and in the use of social media.
8. Knowledge of citation management programs such as Mendeley, RefWorks, Endnote, Zotero, etc.
9. Experience in working with multicultural and international student groups.
10. Experience with learning management systems such as D2L.
11. Knowledge of statistical tools such as SAS.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Kennesaw State University prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities who can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation(s). An individual is disabled under the Act if he or she:

• has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or
• has a record of such an impairment; or
• is regarded as having such impairment

KSU provides, and will continue to provide, reasonable accommodations to enable the hire and retention of qualified employees who are able to perform the essential functions of their positions. Any person wishing to self-identify as disabled or request a reasonable accommodation due to a disability should contact Human Resources.

Application Procedure

Application Deadline Date: 08/31/2015
Questions About Position Opening: Search Committee Chair:
Chris Sharpe
Instruction Coordinator and Librarian Assistant Professor
Kennesaw State University
Horace W. Sturgis Library
Additional Information for Applicants Note 1: Only completed applications will be considered.
Note 2: Annual salary range of $69,000 – $75,000, commensurate with qualifications.
Note 3: This is not an entry level library faculty position. Candidates must be able to meet hiring criteria at Librarian Associate Professor or Librarian Professor rank.
Note 4: Applications received by August 31, 2015 will be given first consideration.
Note 5: Applicants brought on campus for interviews will be required to give a 45 minute presentation on a topic provided by the committee.
Application Instructions Please provide the following:
1)Cover Letter highlighting specific information of how candidate meets or exceeds each required and desired qualification.
2) Curriculum vitae.
3) Unofficial Transcript.
4) Contacts for system generated letters of reference (three).
5) Additional contacts (three to five).
6) One current or recent professional writing sample of 10+ pages in length.
7) One page librarianship philosophy statement.
8) Statement of current areas of research interest.

Posting Details

KSU Faculty Posting Number: 000292
USG Applicant Clearing House Position ID: 29429
Departmental/College Overview: For more information about the Kennesaw Library System, please visit
Kennesaw State University Campus and Location: For more than 50 years, Kennesaw State University has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community. Offering campuses in Marietta and Kennesaw, the university is located just north of Atlanta and combines a suburban setting with access to one of the country’s most dynamic cities. As Georgia’s third-largest university, Kennesaw State offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a growing doctoral program. Designated by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia as a comprehensive university, Kennesaw State is committed to becoming a world-class academic institution positioned to broaden its academic and research missions and expand its scope on a local, regional and national level.
EEO Statement: Kennesaw State University, a member of the University System of Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status. Georgia is an Open Records state.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Letter of Application
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Academic Transcripts (official transcripts due upon hire)
  4. List of Names and Contact Information of Five References
  5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  6. Statement of Research/Scholarship Interests
  7. Other Documents

Optional Documents