Reference & Instruction Librarian, Assistant or Associate Professor, Library

University of Nebraska at Kearney
Nebraska, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Aug 25, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description or Duties

The Reference and Instruction Librarian works collaboratively with other library faculty and staff to provide research assistance to the UNK community, develop programming and educational initiatives, promote library services, and communicate the value of the library collections and of information literacy.  The Reference and Instruction Librarian will serve as a library liaison as assigned and will help to build library collections in relevant areas. As a member of the University Faculty, the Reference and Instruction Librarian exhibits a professional work ethic and is service oriented, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.  

  The Library Faculty member will partner with library colleagues, departmental faculty, the Learning Commons, and others in the provision of outstanding academic support for all UNK students, faculty, and staff. The person in this position serves in the University Library as a Reference and Instruction Librarian reporting to the Coordinator for Academic Services. This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. 


Job Duties:

Provides research assistance and instruction to individuals in the use of the library’s services and resources in person and via LibAnswers (telephone, e-mail, SMS text and online chat). Includes assigned evening and weekend research duties.  Maintains a high level of commitment to prompt, courteous service to all library clients.  Assists in the development, delivery, and assessment of information literacy instruction utilizing various methods, including teaching sessions in the library computer labs and classrooms, instructional classrooms, and other locations, using course management software (Canvas), LibCal scheduling software, and developing new or revising online tutorials through the use of approved software and other resources.  Serves as a liaison to several academic departments as assigned.  Develops and maintains resource guides to support liaison duties through the use of LibGuides.  Produces guides to support individual courses in assigned liaison areas at the request of, and/or in collaboration with, course instructors.  Engages in scholarly and service activity as required for reappointment, tenure, and promotion.  Participates as an active member of the library faculty, the library professional staff, and the UNK faculty by serving on committees and working to further the mission of the library and the university. Serves on committees and working groups for the University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries (UNCL). Participates in state, regional, and national professional organizations as appropriate.  Accepts other duties, assignments or responsibilities from the Coordinator for Academic Services and the Dean of the Library. 


Required Qualifications:              

Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, or equivalent, from an American Library Association accredited program. Strong public service orientation and the desire to further enhance expertise.  Ability to work with others collegially as an enthusiastic, engaged team member.

Preferred Qualifications:             

Experience or education related to the humanities, accessibility, or government documents.


HOW TO APPLY: To ensure full consideration, please submit all application materials before review date September 27, 2021. For more information and to apply visit UNK Employment Opportunities. For more information about the position contact:  Lindsay Brownfield at    For more information about the online application process contact: 308-865-8516 or


SALARY AND BENEFITS:  With contingent offer of employment, the University of Nebraska will conduct an investigation of employment records, educational records, criminal records, and other records to verify the information provided in your application and/or any additional information you have provided is accurate.  Salaries at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are competitive.  The University provides a flexible benefits program at minimal cost to the employee. Benefit choices include a Medical Plan and Prescription Drug Program, Vision Care, Dental Plan, LTD, Life Insurance, AD&D Insurance, Dependent Life Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, and Reimbursement Accounts for Health and Dependent Care.  The Employee and Dependent Scholarship program is also available to eligible employees.  Basic Retirement Plan options include TIAA and Fidelity.


The University of Nebraska at Kearney, serving over 6,000 students, is one of four University of Nebraska campuses. Established in 1905, the University has a tradition of emphasis in scholarly teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a variety of disciplines. Kearney, a progressive city of over 33,000, is the educational, medical, cultural, commercial, and agricultural center of a large mid-state area.  The University of Nebraska at Kearney is responsive to University issues which support a diverse work and academic environment The University of Nebraska at Kearney does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. This policy is applicable to all University administered programs including educational programs, financial aid, admission policies and employment policies.  UNK is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity employer. Veterans and persons with disabilities encouraged to apply. The University affirms a policy of equal educational and employment opportunities, affirmative action in employment and nondiscrimination in providing services to the public. University employees, students and others associated with the University who have not received the benefits of these policies, are encouraged to contact the Chief Compliance Officer/ADA Coordinator.


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