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Assistant Librarian, Liaison in Liberal Arts Programs (University Libraries)

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Work type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Allendale
Categories: Library

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Libraries is seeking candidates for two entry-level tenure-track faculty positions. The positions are for inclusive, user-focused, and collegial Liaison Librarians. They will report to the Head of Liberal Arts Programs and be located on the Allendale Campus.

Liaison Librarians collaborate with faculty to provide learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. The current open positions will work with humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary programs. Liaisons engage in library instruction, research services, collection development, and scholarly communications outreach in their assigned areas as well as support the first-year writing program. They demonstrate a commitment to student success, an understanding of the liberal education mission, and work collaboratively and independently within a dynamic team-based organization.

These positions will give the selected candidate the opportunity to:

CREATE— Liaison Librarians will identify and implement new and emerging trends, best practices, and models in instruction and research support as well as scholarly engagement. They develop projects that align with their areas of focus and anticipate the future needs of the Libraries.

COLLABORATE— Liaison Librarians work collaboratively to ensure our instructional and research services are meeting the needs of our users. They have opportunities to work with faculty, staff, and students across the University. We invite applicants who have a user-focused, innovative, and creative approach to their work.

GROW— GVSU Librarians are full members of the university faculty with a 12-month appointment. Librarians must possess the potential to fulfill the University Libraries’ requirements for promotion and tenure by engaging in scholarship, professional development, and service to the institution, including faculty governance. Additionally, as a faculty position, there will be opportunities to provide leadership on Libraries and University committees.

In support of this requirement, GVSU and the GVSU Libraries have a culture that encourages professional growth and development. Funding for conference travel and the dissemination of scholarly output is provided by both the Libraries and the University via internal grants. For more information on how GVSU supports travel and scholarship, please see the Pew Faculty Teaching and learning Center grants page at and the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence dissemination travel grant page at

DISCOVER more about the benefits GVSU offers by visiting, the GVSU Wellness website (, or the GVSU HR site (

Required Qualifications

  • Master's Degree awarded by or before Spring 2019 from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) or from a program in a country with a formal accreditation process as identified by ALA
  • Ability to function productively and with flexibility in an evolving environment
  • Strong time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy
  • Demonstrated teamwork skills complemented by the ability to take initiative
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing customer service to meet user needs
  • Commitment to inclusion, equity, and to serving the needs of a diverse population

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate course work or degree or work experience in humanities, social sciences, or interdisciplinary areas
  • Knowledge of or experience with collection development
  • Knowledge of or experience developing and delivering instructional programming
  • Experience using research tools and knowledge of teaching information literacy
  • Ability to learn and use new instructional technologies

Campus: Grand Valley State University Libraries is a recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries 2012 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award and a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance. GVSU is a public four-year comprehensive university located in west Michigan with campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids and Holland, plus centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 24,000 students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of over one million, is rich in cultural amenities, and in easy driving distance of superb summer and winter recreational venues. For more information visit our FAQ:

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Application deadline: May 31, 2019

How to apply:  Go and search for Liaison. Apply online at and select "Apply now". Please attach a cover letter and resume. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215

Questions? Feel free to contact Sarah Beaubien ( or Hazel McClure (, search committee co-chairs.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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