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Assistant Professor/Arts & Humanities Librarian: University of Southern Mississippi , Hattiesburg, MS

1 May 2021 2:22 PM | Amanda Sexton (Administrator)

Assistant Professor/Arts & Humanities Librarian

The University of Southern Mississippi invites applicants for a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position as Assistant Professor/Arts and Humanities Librarian, in the University Libraries to begin in the fall of 2021.

The Arts and Humanities Librarian is a member of a team responsible for providing instruction, general and specialized research assistance, outreach, and collection development services and reports to the Head of Public Services. The position serves as primary contact between the Libraries and the non-science programs within the College of Arts and Sciences with regard to supporting research resource and instructional needs. The Arts and Humanities Librarian engages in outreach initiatives that build awareness of library resources and services and actively cultivates relationships with faculty, staff, and students in assigned academic areas.

Location: Hattiesburg

Position Type: Faculty

Employment Status: Full Time

Grant Funded: No

Salary Range: $45,000.00

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

· Provides instruction in the use of research resources through course-integrated instruction and workshops presented in person and online. Creates and maintains online tutorials and other instructional tools in assigned areas.

· Provides research assistance through individual research consultations, as well as providing reference and directional assistance to library users in person, by telephone, and via electronic communication methods. Creates and maintains online guides (e.g., LibGuides) and other research tools in assigned areas. Working evenings, weekends, and holidays in rotation with other Research Services Unit personnel may be required.

· Coordinates collection development for assigned areas.

· Participates in library programs that support digital humanities, open access, and research data management within the scope of evolving library services.

· Engages in scholarship and professional development activities and provides service to the Libraries, the University, and the library profession to fulfill the expectations of a tenured faculty member.

· Performs other duties as assigned.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin Monday, May 24, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. A completed application will include a cover letter describing applicant strengths and qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable; official transcripts are necessary for hire) and contact information for three professional references.

Application material can be uploaded here:


Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in library and/or information science from a program accredited by the American Library Association or from an equivalent program accredited or recognized by the appropriate national body of another country.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA):

· Demonstrated ability to teach the concepts and skills of information literacy in both formal and informal settings.

· Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population of individuals.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Additional advanced degree in a relevant academic discipline.

· Demonstrated experience providing instruction in an academic library.

· Demonstrated experience providing reference/research assistance in an academic library.

· Demonstrated experience or interest in developing outreach programs that engage students and faculty with library resources.

· Knowledge of instructional design or instruction assessment.

· Knowledge of digital humanities tools and practices.

· Knowledge of research data management practices.

University Libraries at Southern Miss

University Libraries provides a dynamic physical and virtual learning environment that supports the intellectual development and creativity of the University community. Joseph Anderson Cook Library, William David McCain Library and Archives, the Gulf Coast Library, and the Gunter Library at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory offer services that meet information needs and support the research, teaching, learning and service of the University’s faculty, staff and students. An extensive website provides access to the Libraries’ holdings, including full-text and article databases, electric journals and books, and digitized collections and services, such as reference and research assistance, tutorials and document delivery.

University Libraries at the University of Southern Mississippi expends a $2 million-dollar budget for materials annually. The collection contains 1.8 million volumes plus special and archival collections in a wide range of formats, housed on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast campuses. For more information about University Libraries, go to

About The University of Southern Mississippi The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

About Hattiesburg

Home to The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg blends a college town atmosphere with an upscale entertainment district downtown and numerous outdoor opportunities. This diverse community offers a unique cultural and intellectual atmosphere, with many opportunities to engage in stimulating activities and events, including college sports, the performing arts, and cultural resources. Dining opportunities abound, particularly local flavors such as New Orleans-style seafood, fried catfish and barbecue.

The city has been recognized by numerous publication and rankings as a retirement destination because of the area’s amenities, low cost of living, and strong healthcare services. Did we mention that the beach is an hour away, and New Orleans and Mobile are each just over 90 minutes from Hattiesburg? There are also five airports and an Amtrak station nearby that make travel easy. To learn more about what Hattiesburg has to offer, go to

If you have any questions about the position, Southern Miss, or Hattiesburg, please contact Hali Black, search committee chair, at

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