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Student Success Librarian: University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, Fort Smith, AR

3 Nov 2021 1:37 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

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Workstudy Position:


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Day Shift (United States of America)

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Institution Name:

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is a vibrant mid-sized public university dedicated to breaking the higher education mold by bringing truly transformative, hands-on experiences to every student. From high school seniors to senior professionals, first-generation students to second-chancers, our goal is to provide a high-quality, future-focused education that honors each student's unique, personal situations and goals. Our tiered approach to learning offers students access to more than 80-degree plans and programs including certificate, associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse population of Arkansas, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, and perspectives.

Located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border and situated in a region of lakes, Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and features a vast array of cultural activities, shopping, dining, and entertainment, including a thriving downtown entertainment district. Parks, trails, and water recreation are all within the city limits, and true outdoor enthusiasts will find the area’s lakes, streams, and mountains offer adventure only minutes away from campus. Fort Smith was recently named by Forbes as the number one city in America for the cost of living, and a top city in the nation for the highest-paying tech jobs. The city is within easy driving distance of Tulsa, Kansas City, Dallas, Little Rock, and Memphis.

Thank you for your interest in joining our university. Below you will find details for the position including any supplementary documentation and/or questions you should review before submitting your application. For general application assistance or if you have questions about a job posting, please contact Human Resources at (479) 788-7080.

If you have a disability and need assistance with the hiring process please contact Human Resources at 479-788-7080. Applicants are required to submit a request for each position to which they have applied.


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Summary of Job Duties:The Student Success Librarian will work closely with librarians, faculty, and university partners to lead and develop library services that support student success, recruitment, and retention. At the heart of this position is a chance to harness evidence from a growing body of retention and library research that suggests that academic libraries have a positive impact on student outcomes. This position will support student-centered learning, focusing on building library research skills and engaging students with the tools of scholarship. Research, publication, and/or service to the University and profession are expected for continuing advancement in this library faculty position. The position reports to the Director of the Boreham Library.


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science, or Library and Information Science (MLS/MLIS) from a graduate library program accredited by the American Library Association or receipt of MLS/MLIS by start date.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • One (1) or more years’ experience in an academic library setting; knowledge in the assessment of teaching and educational programs and best practices in pedagogy and instructional design.
  • Experience in outreach and marketing to students and faculty.
  • Experience with needs assessment and program development and the ability to conduct scholarly research.   

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment.
  • Ability to work with undergraduates of diverse ages, as well as from socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds.
  • Strong commitment to service excellence.
  • Knowledge of LibGuides software or other web development tools.
  • Designing learning objects skills, such as tutorials and videos.
  • Ability to work with learning management systems, such as Blackboard.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively in a diverse academic community.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to work successfully in a complex, dynamic environment with competing demands. 

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provides in-person and online research assistance and instruction.
  • Develops library research guides and instructional materials.
  • Collaborates with faculty to develop and offer customized, course-integrated instruction.
  • Collaborates with librarians and university partners to integrate library collections and services into learning management systems.
  • Serves as collection development liaison to designated academic departments.
  • Participates in the libraries’ student engagement programs and outreach activities.
  • Coordinates assessment of library student success initiatives and participates in the assessment of university-wide initiatives.
  • Serves on library and university committees and task forces.
  • Collaborates with other university units in support of student success, recruitment, and retention initiatives. 
  • Engages in scholarship relevant to the position and to service as a librarian.   
Salary Information:


Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Resume, Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Additional Information:

Working Relationships: This position reports directly to the Director of Library Services; Works with students on a daily basis; Works closely with librarians and library staff; Works with university faculty, staff, and administrators, as well as student groups and organizations. 

List Employees Supervised:  

Special Job Dimensions: Spends majority of time indoors; Works with standard office equipment; Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.

Recruitment Contact Information:HR 479-788-7080

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site  

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, financial history background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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