(20190509) 12-Month, Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Librarian (2 positions) (Liaison Librarians)

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Libraries is seeking candidates for two entry-level tenure-track faculty positions. The positions are for inclusive, user-focused, and collegial Liaison Librarians. They will report to the Head of Liberal Arts Programs and be located on the Allendale Campus.


Liaison Librarians collaborate with faculty to provide learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. The current open positions will work with humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary programs. Liaisons engage in library instruction, research services, collection development, and scholarly communications outreach in their assigned areas as well as support the first-year writing program. They demonstrate a commitment to student success, an understanding of the liberal education mission, and work collaboratively and independently within a dynamic team-based organization.


These positions will give the selected candidate the opportunity to:


CREATE— Liaison Librarians will identify and implement new and emerging trends, best practices, and models in instruction and research support as well as scholarly engagement. They develop projects that align with their areas of focus and anticipate the future needs of the Libraries. 


COLLABORATE— Liaison Librarians work collaboratively to ensure our instructional and research services are meeting the needs of our users. They have opportunities to work with faculty, staff, and students across the University. We invite applicants who have a user-focused, innovative, and creative approach to their work.


GROW— GVSU Librarians are full members of the university faculty with a 12-month appointment. Librarians must possess the potential to fulfill the University Libraries’ requirements for promotion and tenure by engaging in scholarship, professional development, and service to the institution, including faculty governance. Additionally, as a faculty position, there will be opportunities to provide leadership on Libraries and University committees.


In support of this requirement, GVSU and the GVSU Libraries have a culture that encourages professional growth and development. Funding for conference travel and the dissemination of scholarly output is provided by both the Libraries and the University via internal grants. For more information on how GVSU supports travel and scholarship, please see the Pew Faculty Teaching and learning Center grants page at https://www.gvsu.edu/ftlc/grants-47.htm and the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence dissemination travel grant page at https://www.gvsu.edu/csce/dissemination-travel-grant-13.htm.


DISCOVER more about the benefits GVSU offers by visiting https://gvsu.edu/library/hiring, the GVSU Wellness website (https://www.gvsu.edu/bewellgv), or the GVSU HR site (https://www.gvsu.edu/hro).


Interested in applying?  Go http://jobs.gvsu.edu and search for Liaison. Application deadline is May 31, 2019.


Questions? Feel free to contact Sarah Beaubien (beaubisa@gvsu.edu) or Hazel McClure (mcclureh@gvsu.edu), search committee co-chairs.



Required Qualifications

  • Master's Degree awarded by or before Spring 2019 from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) or from a program in a country with a formal accreditation process as identified by ALA 
  • Ability to function productively and with flexibility in an evolving environment
  • Strong time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy
  • Demonstrated teamwork skills complemented by the ability to take initiative
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing customer service to meet user needs
  • Commitment to inclusion, equity, and to serving the needs of a diverse population


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate course work or degree or work experience in humanities, social sciences, or interdisciplinary areas
  • Knowledge of or experience with collection development
  • Knowledge of or experience developing and delivering instructional programming
  • Experience using research tools and knowledge of teaching information literacy
  • Ability to learn and use new instructional technologies


Posted Date: 
05/09/2019 to 06/09/2019