Head of Physics Library, Fayetteville, Arkansas

The University of Arkansas Libraries seek applications from dynamic, innovative, technologically-savvy, service-oriented candidates for the position of Head of the Physics Library.  The head will provide services for physics and mathematics programs and interdisciplinary programs closely aligned with physics (nanoscience, space and planetary sciences, microelectronics-photonics, and other related disciplines).  Reference and research services, instruction on resources, liaison and outreach activities, and collaborative collection development are the core responsibilities.  Others include leadership and oversight of daily operations, supervision of 3.5 FTE employees, and contributing to the goals of the University Libraries.  Reports to the Director for Academic and Research Services.

In keeping with faculty requirements, the incumbent is expected to engage in scholarly research and creative work and service, and participate in local, state, and national organizations.  The successful candidate should possess excellent interpersonal skills encompassing the ability to work collegially as a member of a team; strong analytical and organizational skills; and excellent written and oral communication skills.

Qualifications.  Required:  A master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program; a bachelor’s degree in physics, biophysics, astronomy, space and planetary science, or a related science discipline or significant experience with providing relevant science reference services; knowledge of the scientific research process; and demonstrated knowledge of emerging technologies used in the delivery of information services.  Preferred:  Supervisory experience; a graduate degree in physics or a related science discipline; and two years of experience as a science librarian.

Rank and Salary:  Tenure-track, twelve-month faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian / Assistant Professor.  Salary: $51,000.

Benefits:  Relocation allowance available.  Benefits include TIAA/CREF, Fidelity Mutual Fund, or the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System, 22 days of annual leave, tuition reduction, and health insurance.

Background:  The University of Arkansas places students first by enhancing academic programs, creating an engaging campus life, reducing obstacles, enhancing diversity, improving graduation rates, and marshaling the expertise of the faculty, staff, and students.  The University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with very high levels of research activity (RU/VH).  The University provides a superior campus landscape and environment while designing and building world class facilities.  The funding for research awards and research expenditures continues to grow and so do the academic programs offered.  The University Libraries share in the stewardship of the University’s goals and takes responsibility for the health of the research and teaching collections as well as programs that further support the academic mission.  For more information, visit the Libraries’ home page (http://libraries.uark.edu).  The University of Arkansas campus (http://www.uark.edu/) in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with a student enrollment of more than 26,000, is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System.  With a population of approximately 460,000, the northwest Arkansas region is home to two Fortune 100 company headquarters.  This thriving region offers numerous cultural venues, such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Walton Arts Center, and the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. (http://www.collegetownprofile.com/arkansas/universityofarkansas/index.html).

Application deadline and contact information.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Completed applications received by October 15, 2015, will receive full consideration.  Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.  For the full posting or to apply, please go to http://jobs.uark.edu/postings/9033.  When completing your application, please upload the following: letter of application (addressed to the attention of Jeff Banks, Assistant Director for Library Human Resources and Diversity Programs), résumé, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three current references.

 

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution.  The University welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.  All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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