Assistant Librarian - Arts and Letters, Honors

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
May 11, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Other Humanities, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU’s culture of excellence.

Special Information

This is a 12-month continuing status eligible (equivalent to tenure track) academic professional position at the Assistant Librarian rank. Retention and promotion are earned through achievement of a record of excellence in position effectiveness, scholarship, and service. Candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and candidates who have had experience working with students from underserved populations are encouraged to apply. This position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. To ensure early consideration, submit your application by June 11, 2021.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Job Description

Northern Arizona University's Cline Library seeks a creative, collaborative, and collegial Assistant Librarian.

As primary liaison to the College of Arts and Letters and the Honors College, the successful candidate will be responsible for the design, delivery, and assessment of instruction, services, and programming that contribute to student success and research excellence at NAU.

The librarian will collaborate with faculty and library colleagues to make decisions about the physical and online collections important to the colleges and on open educational resources and digital humanities efforts. NAU will soon begin transitioning to a new General Education program, providing an unprecedented opportunity to collaborate with faculty to more fully integrate information literacy into the curriculum.

The librarian will collaborate with the colleges on programs such as the College of Arts and Letters Film Series, the Grand Canyon Semester, and author events. The librarian will build on the colleges' strong connections with the library's Special Collections and Archives and the potential to increase their connections with the library's Experiential Learning program, which offers a MakerLab, virtual reality, augmented reality and more. The librarian will also work with the Community Engagement Librarian to increase community engagement via programming that supports NAU's recently earned status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.

This position reports to the Head of Teaching, Learning and Research Services (TLRS).


  • Work with faculty to design and develop student learning outcomes, assignments, and assessments that promote student success and mastery.
  • Collaborate with faculty and library colleagues to identify and support student success and faculty research needs. Share this knowledge in order to help Cline Library colleagues understand and collaboratively respond to user needs.
  • Manage needed resources, services, and partnership opportunities in the areas of Arts and Letters and Honors to meet curriculum and accreditation standards.
  • Work closely with the TLRS team and the Office of the Vice President for Research to develop and support sponsored research projects in the humanities and other relevant disciplines.
  • Monitor trends in research, publishing, and scholarly communication.
  • Provide face-to-face and online instruction to support students at the Flagstaff campus, statewide community campuses, NAU Online, and Personalized Learning.
  • Provide individual or group research consultations and assistance to students and faculty in the College of Arts and Letters and the Honors College, as well as to students and faculty across the university as needed by TLRS. This can include assistance on search strategies, information retrieval, alert services, and citation management for researchers conducting literature reviews and developing grants.
  • Work with library colleagues and university stakeholders to design information literacy assignments, assessments, and activities in support of the General Education program.
  • Direct and manage workload to support team, organizational, and institutional strategic goals. Assist with program reviews, grants, and related work.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of programs, and implement change when needed.
  • Be able to identify and demonstrate the library's value to stakeholders and to increase stakeholder awareness of resources and services.
  • Identify and pursue professional development and service opportunities that reflect a commitment to learning, innovation, and excellence in higher education and libraries. Share and integrate professional development and service activities in ways that reflect institutional goals and benefit users, colleagues, the profession, and the community (local, national, or international).

Minimum Qualifications

ALA-accredited graduate degree from a library or information science program or equivalent graduate degree in a relevant field.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Ability to develop and evaluate learning outcomes, collaborate with faculty to continuously improve assignments, and embed library content and support into curricula, courses, and assignments.
  2. Knowledge of (coursework, workshops, or experience) instructional design and assessment techniques.
  3. Knowledge of (coursework, workshops, or experience) digital humanities initiatives.
  4. Knowledge of (coursework, workshops, or experience) information literacy programs, assignments, and activities, especially in Arts and Letters and Honors.
  5. Knowledge of (coursework, workshops, or experience) applications that support or enhance online learning environments such as Blackboard Learn, LibGuides, and Camtasia.
  6. Knowledge of (coursework, workshops, or experience) scholarly communication and open access issues.
  7. Ability to communicate effectively in English with preference given to candidates who also possess strong Spanish language abilities.
  8. Evidence of a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with preference given to candidates with experience at a Hispanic-Serving Institution.
  9. Ability to set priorities, exercise flexibility in meeting objectives, and manage multiple projects and assignments.
  10. Experience working with Arts and Letters and/or Honors programs or colleges.

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage and for definitions of relevant terms, please explore the NAU Diversity Strategic Plan .

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report . The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


$56,000 - $62,000


This is an Academic Professional (APF) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System or the Optional Retirement Program; 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page .

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. If a new employee chooses the ASRS retirement option, participation in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, will begin on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), which is an alternative to the ASRS plan for faculty and other appointed staff, will begin to participate on the first day of employment. Additionally, the long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of employment. More information is available at the NAU HR benefits page .

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on June 11, 2021.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to , follow the 'Faculty, Library, Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 605409, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) names and contact information for three references. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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