Business Librarian-Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University (JMU) Libraries invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Business Librarian. The JMU Libraries are part of the Libraries and Educational Technologies Division. The libraries include Carrier Library with collections and services supporting the arts, humanities and social sciences, Rose Library with collections supporting science, technology and health sciences, and the Music Library. 
JMU is a public, comprehensive university of approximately 20,000 students located in the Shenandoah Valley two hours from Washington, D.C. The university has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the top-rated public regional Master’s level university for seventeen consecutive years. The university places a strong emphasis on undergraduate research and offers 38 master’s degree programs and 8 doctoral programs. 


Salary is commensurate with experience. Tenure-track faculty positions have excellent benefits including 20 days of vacation and a choice of retirement plans. Review of applications will begin on November 17, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. JMU Libraries endorses the ACRL Standards for Faculty Status for Academic Libraries. Faculty status requires potential to meet standards for tenure and promotion. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation.


We invite candidates from diverse backgrounds who will contribute affirmatively and creatively to the university’s multicultural environment. Our goal is for our employees to reflect the rich mix of backgrounds, life experiences, cultures, perspectives, and world views that is found within our university community.


This liaison librarian position is the primary point of contact between the libraries and JMU’s College of Business (COB).  Within the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) Academic Programs of the college, there are eight undergraduate programs and four master’s level programs.  In addition to the AACSB programs, the liaison librarian will serve as the liaison to the Hart School of Hospitality, Sports and Recreation Management which offers two undergraduate degree programs.  JMU’s College of Business has been recognized by US News and World Report (online MBA program) and Bloomsburg/Businessweek’s Best Undergraduate B-schools (public).  
All liaison librarians establish and support collections, provide research and consultation services, and provide information literacy instruction for their assigned departments.  All liaison librarians also support library users with general reference and instructional services both in-person and virtually.


Competitive applicants will demonstrate:

  • A strong interest in business research and librarianship, including but not limited to knowledge of information sources, technologies and business information fundamentals.
  • Teaching experience or familiarity with instruction program planning with learning resources including online tutorials and library research guides.
  • An understanding of scholarly communication principles.
  • Knowledge of collections issues. 
  • Research and consultation support experience.
  • Effective communication skills.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A master’s degree in Library Science or Information Science from an ALA accredited institution.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Professional academic library experience in a business discipline or professional library experience in a corporate or special library. An MBA or other business degree.


To apply go to JobLink.jmu.edu and reference posting number 0407002.

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