Public Affairs Research Librarian
The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, joining the Association of Research Libraries in 2018 as the first new U.S. member of ARL in over 15 years, invites applications and nominations for the position of Public Affairs Research Librarian to serve as liaison to the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs with programs in criminal justice, homeland security, public administration, and urban studies. The successful candidate will join a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber.
Located in culturally diverse, historic, and dynamic Richmond, convenient to the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the recreation destinations of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Commonwealth University is among the nation's leading research institutions. The VCU Libraries, one of Virginia’s outstanding research library systems, advances the University’s teaching, research, service, and patient care mission with comprehensive digital and print collections with nationally prominent collections in the health and biological sciences, social work, the arts, the history of the health sciences, and comic and book arts.
Reporting to the Head of Academic Outreach, the Public Affairs Research Librarian will actively build and maintain relationships with faculty, students, and administrative units within the Wilder School. The successful candidate will provide course integrated instruction, workshops, individual consultations, and research assistance, and pursues outreach opportunities to promote library services and advance research and learning for public affairs faculty and students. The Public Affairs Research Librarian will ensure reference collections are relevant to evolving public affairs research demands by actively monitoring scholarship in the field and the curriculum and research interests of the faculty. Academic Outreach Librarians are expected to contribute beyond their subject area by providing collaborative and cross-disciplinary support for departmental and library-wide outreach activities. Academic Outreach librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Faculty with VCU Libraries are evaluated and promoted on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service.
Required: ALA-accredited graduate degree or accredited graduate degree in another appropriate discipline. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
Preferred: Graduate-level degree in a social sciences related discipline. Experience teaching in a classroom setting and providing in depth research assistance. Familiarity with specialized research sources and methods for public affairs. An interest in mapping and GIS applications. Experience working with web authoring tools including LibGuides and developing promotional materials. Ability to work professionally with faculty. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Virginia Commonwealth University and the VCU Libraries
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research, enrolling over 31,000 students across its campuses. Located in the heart of Richmond, VCU offers 41 doctoral, 72 masters, 3 professional, and 62 baccalaureate degree programs. Thirty-two of VCU's graduate and professional programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the best in the nation, with 20 programs ranking in the top 50; sculpture and nurse anesthesia are ranked number one. Over 3,200 faculty comprise the University's teaching force. Research strengths at the University include health and life sciences, education, engineering, social work, behavioral sciences, public affairs, advertising and design, and the fine arts. Sponsored research funding totals over $270 million, placing VCU among the top 100 research institutions in the United States. VCU’s strategic plan embraces an acceleration in the growth of VCU’s library system and includes a new Master Site Plan that envisions additions to both library facilities operated by the VCU Libraries. As part of that plan, construction has been completed on a new library facility at James Branch Cabell Library on the university’s Monroe Park Campus.
The VCU Libraries is the newest member of the Association of Research Libraries, and the first new U.S. member in over 15 years. Libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University, including the James Branch Cabell Library on the Monroe Park Campus and the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences on the MCV Campus, employ over 66 professionals and 83 staff with annual expenditures exceeding $21 million. VCU also operates academic programs in Doha, Qatar, supported by a library there, and in various locations throughout the U.S. and the world. The VCU Libraries is a Resource Library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and a member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, National Digital Stewardship Alliance, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, and the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), a statewide networking consortium for shared access to electronic and print resources. The VCU Libraries has adopted Primo as its discovery layer and was one of the first libraries worldwide to have implemented Alma as its next generation cloud-based system for library management. CONTENTdm, Digital Commons, ArchivesSpace, and Omeka supplement the foundation of its system architecture to enhance access to its collections and services.
Salary commensurate with experience, not less than $50,000 annually. This is a full-time, nontenured faculty position. Normal faculty benefits apply, including 24 vacation days annually and choice of retirement and annuity plans.
For more information about benefits, see VCU Human Resources. For more information about the VCU Libraries, please visit our home page. Review of applications will begin December 11, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Apply via VCUJobs. Complete the application and submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references. Virginia Commonwealth University is an urban, research institution with a richly diverse university community and commitment to multicultural opportunities.
Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.