User Engagement Librarian

Position Announcement

Texas A&M University Libraries seeks a creative and dynamic professional to join the Texas A&M University Libraries as User Engagement Librarian. This is a tenure-track academic appointment carrying full faculty status and responsibilities including research, publication and service to meet both the Libraries’ and the University’s requirements for tenure and promotion.                                                          

Reporting to the Dean through the Director of Public Services, Evans Library, the User Engagement Librarian will have an integral role in enhancing the user experience of both in-person and virtual public services. The librarian will be responsible for conducting user experience studies in order to identify needs and make recommendations to the Director for improvements to existing services, as well as suggestions for potential new services and technologies. Additionally, the librarian will be the technical administrator of the Libraries’ existing online suite of reference services and tools including, but are not limited to, chat and email reference referrals, FAQs, online room reservations, and interactive web-based forms used in Public Services.

The person in this position must be a self-starter, detail-oriented and enjoy solving problems in a collaborative, collegial environment with continually evolving technologies. The Librarian is expected to maintain knowledge of trends, developments, and techniques in user experience and service design. The position serves on committees for the Libraries, the university, and other organizations, contributes to the profession, and engages in scholarship.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or international equivalent
  • Knowledge of user experience research methodologies
  • Knowledge of issues and trends related to reference services in libraries 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative and culturally diverse environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with conducting user experience research using methodologies such as surveys, usability testing, focus groups, customer journey maps, or observations.
  • Experience with virtual services software such as: library guides, event calendars, tutorials, virtual tours, equipment booking, service point scheduling, e-reserves & document management, streaming media, and digital signage
  • Experience working with vendors including reviewing and processing licenses 
  • Knowledge of providing services to all individuals regardless of ability or disability including ADA and Section 508.
  • Knowledge of information technologies relevant to web design such as HTML, CSS, or APIs.
  • Prior experience working in public or customer service

ENVIRONMENT

The University:

Founded in 1876 as a land-grant institution, Texas A&M University is the sixth largest university in the nation. The signature Aggie Spirit captures and embodies the university’s traditions and core values: Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless Service.  The university has an enrollment of more than 63,000 students and 2,800 instructional faculty. Based on Vision 2020, the institution’s goal is to become a premier, tier-one Research University and to be ranked among the top 10 public universities nationwide by 2020.

 

The Libraries:

In an effort to provide relevant customer service in an ever-changing environment, the Texas A&M University Libraries is developing a core culture representing flexibility, innovation and risk-taking.  In addition, the Libraries recognize the value in creating a culture that draws from the richness and strength reflected in the diversity of our state and our nation and has created an actionable Diversity Plan.

The Libraries currently rank 8th in materials expenditures ($23.6 million) and 4th in ongoing expenditures ($16.6 million) among all ARL libraries. Additionally, the Libraries typically rank near the top 10 for starting librarian salaries among ARL U.S. Public Academic Libraries. Currently the staffing includes 268 individuals which includes 90 librarians holding faculty status.

 

The Community:

Texas A&M is located in Bryan-College Station, a friendly community where the ubiquitous “howdy” greets friends and newcomers alike. The community boasts excellent medical facilities, live entertainment and the arts, fine-to-casual dining, outdoor recreation, a local airport, and a low cost of living, as well as easy proximity to Austin and Houston. Additionally, Texas residents enjoy the benefit of having no state or local income tax.

 

Salary/Benefits/Rank: Faculty rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience; minimum starting salary will be $50,500. Excellent benefits include health plan and paid life insurance; several retirement plans including TIAA; paid holidays and vacation; no state or local income tax. Funding is available for professional travel and development activities.

Applications: Applications received by September 28, 2018 will be given first consideration.  The letter of application should address the responsibilities, qualifications, and experiences listed for the position. EXTERNAL APPLICANTS If you currently are NOT a Texas A&M System employee please click below to go to our external career site to view our jobs. Go to External Career Site – https://tamus.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/TAMU_External INTERNAL APPLICANTS If you currently ARE a Texas A&M System employee: Go to Internal Career Site – https://jobs.tamu.edu/internal-applicants/. Please attach cover letter, vita and e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references to the application.  References will not be contacted without contacting the candidate first and verifying permission.

The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.  The Texas A&M University Libraries is committed to employing quality faculty who will enhance the rich diversity of our academic community. In that regard, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who are representative of the state’s diversity.

For more information about the library, see http://library.tamu.edu, about the university, http://www.tamu.edu, and about the communities, http://www.visitaggieland.com.