Alaska & Polar Regions Area Studies Librarian

Alaska & Polar Regions Area Studies Librarian

• Job No:
• Classification:Assistant Professor (F9)
• Grade:UNAC Grade 30
• Work type:Faculty Full-time, On Campus
• Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
• School/Business unit:UAF Rasmuson Library
• Location:Fairbanks
• Categories: Education/Instructional, Library/Physical/Social Sciences

Position Summary:
The University of Alaska Fairbanks' Rasmuson Library is seeking an Alaska and Polar Regions Area Studies Librarian. This position serves the leading research university in Alaska, and requires an individual dedicated to meeting the information needs of UAF faculty, staff and students, as well as researchers worldwide. Your job will be to further develop and refine the published resources collected by the world-renowned Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives (APRCA), dig into our holdings to help our patrons, and collaborate with a dedicated team of librarians and curators on outreach, instruction, and development. Working with a collaborative team of instruction and collection development librarians, you'll connect users to these resources, teach university students information literacy skills, and help to create a vibrant academic library environment in our corner of the subarctic. The Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives provides exceptional resources for the study of Northern affairs with more than 150,000 monographs and serial volumes, 11,000 rare books and maps, 20,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts, 1 million photographs, tens of thousands of historical films and videotapes, and over 11,000 hours of oral history recordings. Your role will be to ensure the high quality of our circulating monograph and serial collections, as well as acquire e-book and e-journal collections needed for scholarship and research on Alaska and polar regions topics.

10Faculty and professional responsibilities: Participate in faculty shared governance including committees or other service activities Participate in job-related professional organizations at international, national and state levels, with a focus on promoting our circumpolar collections and collaborating internationally Provide training for reference staff on finding specialty research materials Other duties as assignedEssential 30Instruction and Reference: Teach at least two or more sections of LS101 or other UAF credit courses per year, as required. Contribute to development of course readings, assignments or other curriculum, in collaboration with other LS faculty Teach subject-based information literacy skills to students by developing instructional materials, and delivering course-related instruction upon request of campus faculty Contribute to the development and delivery of reference services through regular online or in-person service hoursEssential 60Alaska Collection management and outreach duties: Serve as subject specialist, select and manage print and digital information resources across disciplines relating to Alaska and polar (Arctic and Antarctic) regions, using current selection methods such as approval plans, online tools, publisher catalogs, and gifts. Review and weed unneeded materials as appropriate, with a focus on the present and future needs of researchers Collaborate with Rare Books Curator on gifts and the appropriate location of potentially rare items Collaborate with Collection Development and Engagement Librarian, Head of Acquisitions and Technical Services, and Library Director on budget allocations for collections Collaborate with Circulation Manager on overall shelving plan to accommodate changes in collection emphases and growth/reduction of subject areas Serve as liaison for faculty and students in History, Arctic and Northern Studies, Anthropology and other academic program areas as needed to meet information needs for Alaska and polar regions resources at UAF Network and coordinate with librarians statewide on patron access to library collection resources related to Alaska and the polar regions Actively promote Alaska and polar regions collections to potential library users through a variety of methods, including but not limited to creating research guides, physical or digital exhibits, holding workshops, using social media or other promotional means, and providing other training and outreach opportunities as needed Maintain current and comprehensive collection policy for Alaska and polar regions collections Participate with APRCA department curators to host events, assist patrons with research needs, and engage with donors

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

• Experience with web-based instructional and office technologies, such as course management systems, online meeting software, document and file sharing applications, and calendar systems.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Evidence of outreach activities.

Preferred Experience & Education:
Education or scholarly background in Alaska or northern studies subject areas, or in History, Anthropology, or related social science discipline
Collection development experience
Reading knowledge of Russian language
Other language skills including German, French, Danish or Alaska Native Languages
Evidence of ability to complete projects both independently and as part of of a team
Experience teaching information literacy

Required Experience & Education:
Master's Degree from an ALA-accredited library and information studies program or equivalent.

Academic library work experience

Teaching, training or presenting experience

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, 9 + 3 appointment with a salary range starting at $80,728 DOE and, including relocation expenses. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references with your application.

Applications must be received by October 1, 11:59pm, in order to be considered.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

This position is term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Wendy Frandsen, HR Coordinator, at

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Fairbanks, AK

15 day(s) ago

Closing Date 2024-09-10