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Thursday, January 5, 2017

[LIBJOBS] Vacancy: Agriculture Librarian, University of Tennessee, USA

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries

Faculty Vacancy

Position Title: Academic Liaison Librarian for Agriculture and Natural Resources

Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor

Department: Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library

Reports To: Head, Branch Libraries and Collection Logistics

Available: June 1, 2017

Annual Salary: starting $52,000 for Assistant Professor

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) Libraries seeks a service-focused individual to join the Pendergrass Library team as the university’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Liaison Librarian with liaison assignments to units within the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA), including UT Extension, UT AgResearch, and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR). The successful candidate will be committed to cultivating close working relationships that serve the diverse needs of faculty, students, staff, and other institutional stakeholders, connecting them to library resources and services that add value to the university’s land-grant mission.


This librarian collaborates effectively with Pendergrass team members to proactively identify, prioritize, implement, and assess library services. Within this collegial environment, this position provides leadership by identifying trends, determining service and instruction priorities, promoting UT Libraries services and collections, and advocating for new scholarly communication models in agriculture and natural resources. The successful candidate will also participate in library-wide liaison activities to develop a shared vision for library resources and services which align with the UTK Libraries’ Strategic Plan. 


The Pendergrass Library team is comprised of two other librarians, three full-time staff, plus  graduate and undergraduate library assistants. This position reports to the Head of Branch Libraries and Collection Logistics. Learn more about the team and why the Pendergrass Library is a great place to work.



      Build relationships with faculty, staff, and students in eight assigned UTIA departments, UT AgResearch, and UT Extension that support the university’s teaching, research, and Extension missions

      Serve as the UTK Libraries’ subject specialist for agriculture and natural resources

      Provide general and specialized research assistance for students, faculty and staff

      Develop, implement, and assess innovative instruction, research guides, tutorials and user-consultation services

      Develop and curate collections that support the university’s teaching, research, and Extension missions

      Advocate for the services and resources that support new and emerging models of scholarly communication, including Open Access, Open Research, and Data Curation

      Work collaboratively and effectively with diverse stakeholders across all UT Libraries and  the campus community to support the UTK Libraries’ mission and strategic plan

      Serve the institution and the profession through involvement in professional organizations and through cooperative efforts with other professionals and institutions

      Produce and disseminate scholarly work through publications, presentations, and other creative outlets

      Engage in continuing education and professional development


Required Qualifications:

      Master’s Degree from an ALA-accredited program

      Demonstrable service orientation and understanding of library services in a research university, including but not limited to collections, assessment, diversity, scientific literature, and publishing trends

      Familiarity with tools and technologies used in academic libraries

      Engage and serve diverse user populations and information environments

      Excellent interpersonal, communication, and analytical skills

      Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member

      Evidence of ability to engage in research, publication, or service consistent with the University and the Libraries’ guidelines for tenure and promotion

Preferred Qualifications:

      Experience as a reference or liaison librarian in an academic setting

      Experience working at a land-grant university

      Academic background in STEM, natural resources, life sciences, or a field in agriculture

      Experience with scholarly communication trends and issues

      Demonstrated proficiency using tools and technologies in academic libraries or equivalent experience

      Demonstrated record of publication or professional contributions

      Experience working across departments and divisions in a complex organization



The University of Tennessee Libraries serves the campus, a land-grant Carnegie university and the flagship campus of the state university system. The UT Libraries supports the teaching, research, and service mission of the university and enhances the academic experience of each student at the Knoxville campus — through outstanding print and electronic collections, reference and instructional services, and top-notch facilities and technological resources. The John C. Hodges Main LibraryWebster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library, and George F. DeVine Music Library serve the Knoxville campus. 


The UT Libraries serves as an intellectual, cultural, and social center for the university and community.  We are a national leader in the creation of regionally significant digital collections; in support of open access though our digital repository Trace; and through a rich history of designing innovative spaces and building key partnerships that enhance the teaching/learning enterprise.   The University of Tennessee Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, Lyrasis, and the Center for Research Libraries. The UT Libraries collaborates actively at the state level with the other UT System Libraries as well as the libraries in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.


The UT Libraries participate in cultural programming on the UT campus, hosting a Writers In The Library series of readings, international and documentary film series, and co-sponsoring programs with campus groups such as the Baker Center for Public Policy and UT’s Ready For The World initiative.


The UT Libraries champions diversity in collections and staffing. The University of Tennessee is committed to creating a welcoming environment.  More information about how we continually strive to put our principles of civility and community into action here in Knoxville is available at


Additional information about this position and the UT community is available at



Appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with a minimum salary of $52,000.  Faculty rank and status; twelve-month, tenure-track appointment.  Library faculty must meet University requirements for promotion and tenure.


Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days; choice of state retirement plan (TCRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) (VOYA, TIAA, VALIC) with nonrefundable contributions paid for the employee by the University; optional group health and life insurance plans.  Tuition remission is available for all university employees and partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent children and spouses of UT employees. Start-up funding in the amount of $10,000 allocated over a three-year period; annual support for travel & professional development. 


UT’s Prospective Faculty Viewbook has information on academic support, personal support, and living in Knoxville.

Application Procedures:

A background check and official transcripts are required prior to hiring.  In order to be considered for candidacy, you must submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a current resume or CV, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three recent references to: Elizabeth Greene, Manager, Library Dean’s Office and Human Resources, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000.  Application materials may be sent via email attachment to   Review of applications will begin February 6, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.


All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.



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