River Falls, WI; First Year Student Success Librarian, University of Wisconsin-River Falls


The First Year Student Success Librarian develops and provides library services that support teaching, research, and student success and retention. General responsibilities include: providing library orientation and information literacy instruction to first year student-oriented classes and groups; promoting first-year and transfer student success and retention through collaboration with campus academic and student services programs and offices; serving as a liaison to designated academic departments; providing in-person and online research assistance; overseeing collection development for assigned subject areas; and collaborating with the Head of Research Services and other library colleagues to plan and implement new services to meet the changing needs and expectations of our users.

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A. Provide reference service and information literacy instruction, with special emphasis on first-year students—70%
a. Provide in-person and online research assistance.
b. Provide library orientation and information literacy instruction to first year student-oriented classes and groups.
c. Collaborate with campus academic and student services programs and offices that focus on first year student retention and success.
d. Develop and maintain LibGuides and other online research and instructional materials.
e. In collaboration with the Head of Research Services, assess and develop reference and instruction services to meet the changing needs of students and faculty.

B. Serve as a liaison to faculty in designated academic departments.—20%
a. Communicate regularly with faculty and students in assigned academic departments regarding library services and resources.
b. Participate in collection development activities for assigned academic departments, including selection and deselection of monographs and ebooks.
c. Teach information literacy sessions for classes in assigned departments.

C. Professional service—10%
a. Serve as a member of the library’s Planning Group and participate in the collaborative development of library policies and strategic plans.
b. Serve on library, university, UW System, and professional committees as elected and appointed.
c. Foster communication and contribute to a collaborative work environment in the library.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

American Library Association-accredited master’s degree completed by August 31, 2017
Familiarity with a wide variety of academic reference sources
Familiarity with the concepts of information literacy
Knowledge of emerging technologies in libraries and how they impact the needs and expectations of library users
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing


Library reference experience
Library instruction experience

Applicant Instructions

Online applications are REQUIRED at: https://jobs.uwrf.edu/ Materials not submitted electronically cannot be considered.

• Resume (or curriculum vitae)
• Letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (cover letter)
• An unofficial transcript (official copies of transcripts will be required if hired).
• Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references who can specifically comment on your experience and professional preparation (references).

Inquiries should be addressed to:
Cory Whipkey, Chair
First Year Student Success Librarian Search and Screen Committee

Deadline to Apply: Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt. For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by August 6, 2017. A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

UW-River Falls does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources at 715-425-3926.

Link to job posting: https://jobs.uwrf.edu/postings/3506

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Student & Alumni Services Coordinator for the School of Library & Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
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