Lead STEM Librarian and Assistant Professor

University of Mississippi
Mississippi, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Aug 30, 2021

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

The University of Mississippi Libraries seeks a collaborative, forward-thinking librarian to serve as the Lead STEM Librarian.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to implement a vision for the future direction of STEM services. The position will oversee all aspects of library activities including research consultations, collection management, and programs as they related to the sciences. 

The position is based in the Science Library which complements the main J.D. Williams Library located on the University of Mississippi’s central campus in Oxford. The Science Library is strategically positioned within the Thad Cochran Research Center, adjacent to the School of Pharmacy and in close proximity to the new STEM facilities currently under construction.

The University Libraries is looking to expand the role and function of the Science Library. This position will play a key role in redefining the physical space and monitoring usage to ensure it serves changing user needs. The library will be adding permanent STEM faculty librarian position(s) that will report to the Lead STEM Librarian in addition to a current full-time staff member.  

 This is a full-time department head, tenure-track, 12-month faculty position reporting to the Assistant Dean for Public Services. 

Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Collaborate with faculty and students to understand their research and curricular needs. Use innovative approaches to inform faculty of relevant resources and services.
  • Develop, promote, deliver and assess dynamic programs and services for STEM disciplines. This includes discipline-specific library instruction, research consultations, outreach, grant-writing activities, and programming based on users’ needs.
  • Engage with institutional partners to promote STEM disciplines across the main campus.
  • Serve as the Oxford campus liaison to the UMMC medical center library in Jackson.
  • Partner with the University’s Office of Research & Sponsored Programs in designing and developing Libraries’ services.  
  • Consult with researcher on all aspects of the research lifecycle and the utilization of research workflow tools.
  • Provide support for data management, scholarship and research data.
  • Stay abreast of developments in science publishing and open science.  
  • Demonstrate commitment to scholarship, service and professional development to meet the requirements expected of academic library faculty for tenure and promotion.
  Required Qualifications:
  • Graduate degree in Library Science or STEM discipline.  
  • General knowledge of STEM resources, open access platforms and other tools supporting research and teaching in the sciences.  
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team within a culturally diverse user community of faculty, students, administrators and the general public.
  • Committed to pursuing professional development, research, and service at a level appropriate for promotion and tenure at the university.
  • Experience leading teams or projects.
Compensation: Salary commensurate with the candidate’s education and experience, coupled with the university’s excellent benefits package. Application Procedures:

Interested candidates should apply online at http://careers.olemiss.edu by submitting a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of three references with contact information. These materials should be attached to the online application. No print applications will be accepted. The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately, and the position will be open until filled or until an adequate applicant pool is established.  

If you have any questions, please contact Jocelyn Tipton, Assistant Dean for Public Services at jttipton@olemiss.edu or 662-915-2340. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check and verification of credentials.

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.

Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.  

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