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Student Engagement Librarian: University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR

10 Oct 2023 7:22 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

Position Information

Posting Number F1402023
Working Title Student Engagement Librarian
Department Org 427100 - Office-Torreyson Library
Why should you work at UCA?

We are excited that you are considering joining the UCA Family—the faculty, staff, students and alumni who make the University of Central Arkansas a great place to work!

At the University of Central Arkansas, we value our employees striving to maintain a work-life balance. We realize that this affects the overall well-being of employees, while learning to prioritize challenging work and the ability to make a difference. Resources are available supporting professional and personal development through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Academic Leadership and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. The benefits package allows you to customize your benefits to meet your current needs, and the ability to adjust them as your priorities change. This includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, 80% tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, and a retirement program with university contributions of 10% of employee salary. Also available are health and wellness incentives, as well as access to sports and cultural activities on campus for the family, free gym membership (HPER) and equipment rentals.

Position Summary

Torreyson Library at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) seeks an enterprising,
innovative, and collaborative individual with a passion for public engagement and
service to students to join the library as our inaugural Student Engagement Librarian.
The successful candidate in this position will provide leadership and relationship
development in the area of student engagement. As part of the Public Services Team,
the person in this position will supervise the Circulation unit, working closely with the
Circulation Desk Supervisors, ensuring that this unit is a welcoming and accessible
patron-focused service point. As part of the Education and Outreach Team, this person
will collaborate with library colleagues to create meaningful and enjoyable activities that
foster a sense of belonging. They will also be an active member of the library instruction
team, focusing particularly on online learning. The person in this position also takes part
in the reference services and rotation.
This will be a library faculty appointment. Faculty librarians have the right to choose with
the initial appointment whether to accept tenure-track or non-tenure-track status. Those
who select tenure-track status will have a higher expectation for service and
scholarship, including having an earned second master’s degree. All personnel
appointed to the library faculty must hold the appropriate terminal degree, a master’s
degree accredited by the American Library Association information, please see the UCA
Faculty Handbook(

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Supervises the Circulation Unit working with the Circulation Desk Supervisors
 Supervise and assist with training of public services staff.
 Provide in-person and remote reference, and assist in other front line services
including circulation, interlibrary loan, and technology services to all users of the
 Create and maintain library research guides and FAQs, utilizing LibGuides.
 Builds partnerships and proactively engages with departments and user
communities across the university, working with them to identify and develop
meaningful activities that engage students and create a sense of belonging with
a particular eye to marginalized, underrecognized, and disenfranchised populations.
 Provide support and current information on trends and tools that support student
engagement, accessibility, and online learning.
 Collaborates on promoting awareness of the changing landscape of accessibility
and online learning.
 Collaborates with the Public Services Team to ensure that the library is compliant
with accessibility standards, especially in terms of the physical environment.

 Collaborates with Education and Outreach Team to create engagement activities
and online learning objects.
 Monitors developments in student engagement and accessibility, with a particular
eye toward creating welcoming environments with a sense of belonging, and
communicates their implications to the Library and University stakeholders.
 Keeps current with changing and emerging professional and research
expectations, service requirements, and developments in academic libraries,
especially developments in student engagement, circulation services,
accessibility issues, and online learning.
 Participates in regional, national, and international communities of practice where

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities
 Excellent organizational skills, with attention to detail and accuracy
 Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills
 Knowledge of student engagement best practices
 Knowledge of circulation best practices
 Knowledge of accessibility
 Knowledge of online learning best practices
 Ability to demonstrate vision and strategic thinking
 Willingness to embrace change
 Ability to effectively adapt to and use new technologies and software
 Strong customer service orientation
 Demonstrated commitment to professional development
 Familiarity collaborating with departments both internal and external to the library
 Experience with outreach and public relations
 Ability to prioritize work and meet multiple deadlines

Skills Considered Essential for Success
 Knowledge of the organization and administration of higher education.
 Knowledge of student development theory.
 Knowledge of state, federal, and university rules, regulations, and procedures.
 Ability to work in a diverse and dynamic environment.
 Ability to compile statistics into reports.
 Ability to work collaboratively and independently with common goals as a part of
a team.
 Ability to make sound judgments and assist in resolving student concerns.
 Effective interpersonal communication, writing, and organizational abilities.
 Civility in all interactions of a public or confidential nature.
 Demonstrate follow-up contacts and consultations promptly.
 Ability to prioritize work and meet multiple deadlines.
 Knowledge and ability with project management.

Skills Considered Essential for Success

-Knowledge of the organization and administration of higher education.
-Knowledge of state, federal, and university rules, regulations and procedures.
-Ability to work in a diverse and dynamic environment.
-Ability to work collaboratively and independently with common goals as a part of a team.
-Ability to make sound judgments.
-Effective interpersonal communication, writing, and organizational abilities.
-Civility in all interactions.
-Demonstrate effective follow-up.

Required Education and/or Experience

MLS or other appropriate ALA-accredited master’s degree
 Supervisory experience

Preferred Education and/or Experience

Prior work in Circulation, Instruction, or both

License(s)/Certifications (Required or Preferred)
University, Campus, and Community Description

Thank you for your interest in employment at the University of Central Arkansas.
Founded in 1907, UCA has an enrollment of more than 10,000, of which more than 15% are graduate students. The university offers more than 90 undergraduate and 60 graduate certificate and degree programs, including doctoral programs in five disciplines. The undergraduate student body consistently scores above the national average on the ACT exam. UCA is proud of its tradition of teaching excellence and its contributions in research, scholarship, and creative activities. UCA seeks to attract students and employees that are dedicated to building a culture of diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity.

Desired start date 11/16/2023

Posting Detail Information

Background Check Statement

This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal, sex-offender registry, financial history background check and 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.

UCA EEO Statement

The University of Central Arkansas is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution dedicated to attracting and supporting a diverse student, faculty and staff population through enhanced multicultural learning environments and opportunities. In keeping with its nondiscrimination policy in employment, admissions and other functions and programs, the university considers employees and students on the basis of individual merit and will not discriminate against a person on the basis of gender, race or color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, familial status, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, disability, political beliefs, intellectual perspective, genetic information, military status, or other factors irrelevant to participation in its programs.

Open Date 09/20/2023
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
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