Instruction and Research Librarian

$58,102 yearly
  • Auburn University Libraries
  • Auburn, AL, USA
  • Feb 18, 2022
Full time Library & Information Science

Job Description

Auburn University Libraries seeks a creative, enthusiastic, and mission oriented individual to join the Special Collections & Archives (SC&A) Department as Instruction and Research Librarian. The individual in this position will provide innovative instruction, digitization and digital projects management, collection development, outreach, and research services using the distinctive special collections materials held at Auburn University Libraries. Reporting to the Head of Special Collections & Archives in the University Libraries, the successful candidate will be responsible for published collections in the unit and their integration into the Auburn University mission.

Special Collections & Archives collects, preserves, makes available, and publicizes institutional records, personal manuscripts, photographs, rare books, and selected artifacts in support of the research, teaching, and outreach at Auburn. This twelve-month tenure-track position requires professional and scholarly activity as well as service on library, university, and professional association committees.


  • Work with faculty and subject librarians to design and conduct innovative and student-centered instruction workshops using special collections materials, both analog and digital
  • Coordinate and manage digitization and digital projects with special collections materials in consultation with SC&A, Technical Services, and Research Support colleagues
  • Collaborate with the Head of Special Collections & Archives on collection development decisions for special collections and archival print, manuscript, and digital collections in support of departmental strengths and areas of growth
  • Coordinate with the Head of Special Collections & Archives and the Archivist, to research and implement policies and procedures that deliver high quality, user-centered services in accordance with professional standards and best practices
  • Enhance access to special collections materials through descriptive bibliography and metadata for digital collections in collaboration with the Metadata Librarian in Technical Services to meet best practices and professional standards
  • Provide reference and research services related to departmental collections to students, faculty, staff, and the community
  • Hire, train, and supervise undergraduate and graduate student employees
  • In collaboration with colleagues, create and engage in outreach activities with special collections materials and SC&A programs for students, faculty, staff, community, and the state of Alabama
  • Serve as liaison to an academic department that aligns with educational background and/or areas of expertise
  • Serve as a member of the Collection Development Group

Auburn University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), Hathi Trust, and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). The Libraries’ Strategic Plan may be found at: Auburn University’s Strategic Plan may be found at:

Auburn University, a Carnegie R1 institution, is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. Auburn University improved its ranking among the top 50 public universities by U.S. News and World Report in its annual Best College rankings for 2021, rising four spots from last year. In the most recent edition, released this week, Auburn is ranked No. 40 among all public universities and No. 97 among all universities in the country. Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctor’s degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2020 enrollment of 30,737 students includes 24,505 undergraduates and 6,232 graduate and professional students. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, its positive work environment, its student engagement, and its beautiful campus.

Auburn residents enjoy a thriving community, recognized as one of the “best small towns in America,” with moderate climate and easy access to major cities and to beach and mountain recreational facilities. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama, the combined Auburn-Opelika-Columbus statistical area has a population of over 500,000 with excellent public-school systems and regional medical centers.

Auburn University is understanding of, and sensitive to, the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples. Additional information can be found on our website:

Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Master of Library Science or similar graduate degree from an ALA, or equivalent, accredited program at the time employment begins
Strong commitment to providing high quality information services in a collaborative, team environment to a diverse and inclusive campus and researcher community
Demonstrated familiarity with digital asset/content management systems and archival information systems such as CONTENTdm, Omeka, and/or ArchivesSpace
Demonstrated experience working effectively with faculty, students, and staff
Excellent interpersonal skills; strong and effective written communication skills
Ability to work independently; evidence of ability to initiate and carry projects through to completion
Demonstrated ability to contribute collegially and productively in a team environment.
Potential to meet university promotion and tenure requirements for library faculty

Experience teaching with special collections materials as cultural artifacts and primary sources
Experience coordinating and managing digital projects within a content management system (e.g. CONTENTdm, dSPACE, Omeka)
Demonstrated familiarity with digital humanities and digital scholarship
Strong understanding of the role of primary source materials in research, teaching, and learning
Knowledge of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, ACRL/ALA Competencies for Special Collections Professionals and Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy
Ability to model the safe and secure handling and preservation of special collections materials
A record of professional, scholarly research activity

Application Details

Application review process begins March 14, 2022 and will continue until a qualified candidate is selected and recommended for appointment. A complete application must include a letter of interest, resume or curriculum vitae, and the names of three current, professional references (please include mailing addresses, e- mail addresses, and telephone numbers). The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. For questions, contact the search committee chair, Tommy Brown at

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Application Deadline

Application review process begins March 14, 2022 and will continue until a qualified candidate is selected and recommended for appointment.