Auburn, AL United States

Head of Research and Instruction Services

Auburn University, Libraries

Job Title: Head of Research and Instruction Services
Job Location: Auburn , AL
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Library administration, librarian
Application Closing Date: Open until filled.
Date Posted: 2021-08-16
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description


Auburn University Libraries seeks a collaborative, innovative and user-centered leader to guide and direct the services of the Research and Instruction Services Department. The Head of Research and Instruction Services will provide leadership and work collaboratively in creating and implementing best practices along with innovative and adaptive strategies to support Auburn University’s excellent teaching and growing research enterprise. Auburn University is a recently designated R1 institution with a very high level of research activity. The individual in this position will lead the portfolios of information literacy instruction, HelpDesk services, student learning and engagement, and subject liaison coordination. The Department, with tenured and tenure-track librarians, strives to be at the forefront of the use of current and emerging digital reference technologies as well as the use of leading information literacy pedagogies.

Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, this individual will work collaboratively with other Libraries department heads to carry out the strategic goals of Auburn University Libraries. This twelve-month tenure-track faculty position requires professional and scholarly activity as well as service on library and university committees.

• Coordinate and support a team of subject librarians responsible for instruction, student learning and engagement, and liaison activities.
• Work collaboratively to develop innovative and responsive user-focused services and programs such as: reference and information services, information literacy instruction, and outreach programs to support student, staff and faculty excellence in teaching, learning, and research.
• Oversee the planning, development, and implementation of course-integrated face-to-face, online and
hybrid information literacy instruction in collaboration with teaching faculty.
• Recruit, train, develop, and evaluate high quality library faculty.
• Foster an adaptable, flexible, and responsive departmental culture in an environment with evolving library and campus priorities.
• Mentor library faculty in the Department and contribute to faculty career and professional growth, development, and retention.
• With other department and unit heads in the Libraries, promote a positive work, organizational, and educational culture that supports professionalism, a collegial spirit, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
• Participate actively in local, State, and national library professional organizations.
• Serve as a member of the Libraries’ Leadership Group.
• As a member of the Libraries Faculty, serve the University, contribute to the profession, and engage in professional development.
• Some night and weekend duty may be required.


Auburn University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), HathiTrust, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and other organizations of academic institutions. The Libraries completed a strategic plan, in alignment with the Auburn University Strategic Plan 2019 – 2024, which is available at:

Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. In 2020, it was ranked 44th among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctoral degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2019 enrollment of 30,460 students includes 24,594 undergraduates and 5,866 graduate and professional students. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, its positive work environment, its student engagement, and its beautiful campus.

Auburn residents enjoy a thriving community, recognized as one of the “best small towns in America,” 
with moderate climate and easy access to major cities or to beach and mountain recreational facilities. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama, the combined Auburn-Opelika-Columbus statistical area has a population of over 500,000, with excellent public-school systems and regional medical centers.

Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples. Additional information can be found on our website:

Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.


Job Requirements


  • Master of Library Science or similar graduate degree from an ALA, or equivalent, accredited program at the time employment
  • Demonstrated leadership in one or more of the following areas: providing reference, instruction, academic outreach, or liaison
  • 3-5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in library user services and
  • Experience with instruction, and knowledge of information literacy theory and best
  • Demonstrated commitment to user-centered services for reference, instruction, outreach programs, and training as evidenced by examples from prior work experience.
  • Commitment to excellence in professional development to meet the ever-changing needs of a large research university.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; strong and effective written communication
  • Ability to work independently; evidence of ability to initiate and carry projects through to
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute collegially and productively in a team
  • Potential to meet university promotion and tenure requirements for library



  • Supervisory experience including assigning work, managing personnel, and evaluating
  • Demonstrated experience working with a diverse community of researchers and
  • Demonstrated knowledge of commonly used research tools for data analysis in contemporary
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in universal design and inclusive
  • Experience in delivering research and instructional services in an online learning environment.
  • A record of professional, scholarly research

Information and Application Process Instructions


Application review process begins September 20, 2021 and will continue until a qualified candidate is selected and recommended for appointment. A complete application must include a letter of interest, resume or curriculum vitae, and the names of three current, professional references (please include mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers). The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. For questions, contact the search committee chair, Greg Schmidt at


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