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Employment Opportunity - Outreach Librarian:

Outreach Librarian

Job Summary

Furman University welcomes applications for the position of Outreach Librarian. The successful applicant will demonstrate passion and creativity in their pedagogy, advocacy, and problem-solving. A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion will be a natural component of their work. Essential qualities include curiosity, openness, and authenticity in their interactions with students, faculty and staff colleagues, and community members. As members of the Outreach team, they will embrace the variety of strengths, contributions, viewpoints, and work styles of their division members and colleagues. They will adapt and thrive amidst continual shifts in the profession.

Essential Duties

Outreach Librarians provide academic research assistance to students, faculty, and the campus community.

Each Outreach Librarian serves as a liaison to specific academic departments. The open position serves Business & Accounting, Economics, History, Politics & International Affairs and Classics. As liaison they will:

  • Build research relationships with faculty and act as personal librarian for majors
  • Promote and conduct course-integrated library instruction sessions and develop assignments in collaboration with faculty members
  • Create accessible, multi-modal instructional materials such as resource guides, course guides, and tutorials
  • Shape the collection in all its forms in conjunction with faculty
  • Promote collections and services; keep faculty informed of Library activities and policies

As a member of Outreach Services they will:

  • Conduct course-integrated library instruction sessions and develop assignments in collaboration with faculty members (Librarians work with all First Year Writing Seminars as well as many classes in liaison disciplines as requested)
  • Provide research assistance to students, faculty, staff, and community members, including weekend and evening shifts
  • Attend Outreach meetings and participate in creative planning and assessment of activities and programs
  • Build relationships with campus centers, institutes, and student groups
  • Collaborate to train student assistants for service at the research assistance desk

As a member of the library faculty they will:

  • Contribute to social media, displays, and promotional events
  • Collaborate with other library divisions to evaluate resources, collections and services by compiling statistics, conducting use studies, and compiling reports
  • Attend library faculty, staff, and special meetings; serve on committees and ad-hoc groups
  • Participate in the library faculty promotion process

As a member of the university faculty they will:

  • Attend faculty meetings and participate in faculty governance
  • Serve on university committees
  • Serve as an academic advisor
  • May propose and teach courses such as May Experience
  • Actively pursue professional development and participation in the scholarly conversation through professional organizations, conferences, presentations, and publications
  • Advocate for the library profession through high-impact practices, such as career guidance, mentoring, internships, and study away

Required Qualifications

  • Master of Library Science (and/or Information Science) from an ALA accredited library school or international equivalent.
  • Library experience, including research assistance and library instruction
  • Knowledge of research resources and emerging technologies
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with demonstrated experience in outreach

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with SpringShare products or other web authoring tools
  • Experience with discipline-specific research resources, databases, and data sets in liaison areas
  • Familiarity with accessibility best practices

About Us

Founded in 1826, Furman University is a selective private liberal arts university committed to helping students develop intellectually, personally, and interpersonally and providing the practical skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly-changing world. Furman faculty are exceptional teacher-scholars who mentor undergraduate students within a campus community that values and encourages diverse ideas and perspectives. Furman has an institutional commitment to embrace diversity as an implicit value and as an explicit practice in all of its endeavors. Following an inquiry into Furman’s ties to slavery, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a series of recommendations that are helping to educate the community about Furman’s history and commemorate Furman’s first African American students through educational programs, statues, historical plaques, and scholarships. Several research projects and initiatives have followed from this initial inquiry, and many faculty, staff, and students have been studying and working on these issues for several years now, with institutional support.

We acknowledge that Furman University is located on traditional Cherokee land. Furman is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff, and actively encourages applications from members of all groups underrepresented in higher education. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, spiritual belief, socioeconomic background, geographic origin, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Several faculty interest groups have formed within these underrepresented populations including African Americans and LGBTQ+. These groups encourage interested parties to interact with them during the search process. Furman extends comprehensive benefits to domestic partners of employees.

Our strategic vision, The Furman Advantage, promises students an individualized four-year pathway facilitated by team of mentors and infused with a rich and varied set of high-impact experiences outside the classroom that include undergraduate research, study away, internships, community-focused learning, and opportunities to engage across differences. The Libraries and its faculty and staff are an integral part of the Furman Advantage.

The Furman University Libraries include the James B. Duke Library, the Sanders Science Library, and the Maxwell Music Library. The Libraries have 27 employees (14 library faculty and 13 staff) and a robust collection of electronic and print materials. The Libraries are a member of the Oberlin Group consortium of liberal arts college libraries, PASCAL (The Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries), and have recently migrated to a shared Alma/Primo library services platform.

Furman University is located in Greenville, South Carolina, which is one of the fastest growing cities in the Southeast and was ranked #6 Small City in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine. The charming downtown features excellent restaurants, in-town parks, shops, museums, galleries, music venues, and theaters. The city also has excellent public and private schools and a vibrant international community. A 20-mile bike and running trail connects the university to Greenville and to nearby Travelers Rest, which was named one of America’s 10 best southern small towns by USA Today. The surrounding area abounds with outdoor recreational activities and has some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers, and mountains in the country. Greenville is within easy driving distance to Asheville, Atlanta, Charlotte, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Atlantic beaches. Greenville-Spartanburg Airport runs daily flights to major cities and airline hubs.

Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience (minimum $53,000). Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life plans, and retirement plan (TIAA). Conference and professional development support will be a part of this position.

Application Information

Interested applicants should submit 1) a letter of application, 2) a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume, and 3) a diversity statement that describes how their education, professional experience, and life experiences might contribute to a liberal arts university that includes a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as one of its core values. See How To Apply on this page.

Applicants will also be asked to submit the names and contact information for three professional references. Transcript requests and background checks will be conducted in the final stage of the hiring process.

Review of applications will begin on:  January 24, 2022


Contact Libby Young, Chair of the Search Committee: