Assistant Professor/Access Services and Assessment Librarian



Job description

Ashland, OR

Position Number: F00154

Position Summary:
The Access Services and Assessment Librarian oversees the Access Services department at Southern Oregon University’s Hannon Library and leads faculty and staff in the assessment of the library’s varied services and resources. The librarian has a high degree of fluency in multiple library and administrative technologies, such as Alma, ILLiad, Banner, Improve, and others. Setting the tone for excellent public services at Hannon Library to students, faculty, staff, and community members, the librarian leads by example and ensures the effective functioning of the Access Services team responsible for circulation, resource sharing, and stacks maintenance.

Assessment is an essential part of Southern Oregon University’s mission and values; the campus as a whole is committed to using data and analytics to promote student learning, service excellence, and civic engagement. The Access Services and Assessment Librarian uses data gathered from library departments and assessments of student work to communicate the library’s alignment with institutional goals to the campus and to work with library staff and faculty to propose policies, services, and initiatives to support student success and retention. In addition, the librarian provides analytics data to library faculty to support decision making.

Hannon Librarians are an integral part of teaching and education at Southern Oregon University. The Access Services and Assessment Librarian proactively participates in the library’s information literacy and instruction program (faculty-requested instruction sessions, credit courses, and instructional workshops) with a focus on teaching students the essential skills necessary to successfully navigate today’s information landscape. The individual in this position participates in an active faculty liaison program, serving as collection coordinator and faculty liaison to assigned departments and delivering library instruction. Other instructional responsibilities include providing research guidance at the Research Help desk (6-8 hours/week), via email, and in one-on-one consultations to a culturally diverse faculty and student body with increasingly interdisciplinary research interests.

Hannon Library is a collaborative library environment where staff and faculty work together on programs, planning, services, collections, and more. The Access Services and Assessment Librarian works with other library faculty and staff to develop, demonstrate, and promote instructional and user support materials for liaison programs. They serve on library and university committees and participate in varied library initiatives as appropriate.

The position is open until filled with a priority deadline of May 24, 2021.

Southern Oregon University is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive learning environment for all students. Librarians play an important role in making students feel at home and also helping them move toward the successful completion of their studies. In our efforts to further this goal, each librarian will be a liaison to a student group associated with a marginalized population. As the leader of the Access Services department, the librarian in this role also works with campus stakeholders, library faculty and staff, and administration to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion at Hannon Library.

This position reports directly to the University Librarian and is a tenure-track faculty position. The librarian will be expected to participate in service and scholarly activities commensurate with faculty rank.

Southern Oregon University is a public liberal arts institution of approximately 6,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. The surrounding area is known for cultural offerings such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland International Film Festival, and the Britt Music Festival. The region is noted for its unparalleled biodiversity and the university lies in close proximity to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The Rogue Valley is renowned for outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and biking. We offer excellent comprehensive health and retirement benefits.

Minimum Qualifications:
ALA accredited Masters Degree in Library or Information Science

A second masters degree or in the process of completing a second masters degree (Successful applicant must complete the second masters degree to achieve tenure and promotion)

1+ years successful teaching experience preferably in an academic or research library

Strong public service orientation with the ability to interact effectively with faculty, students, staff, and the public

Mastery of circulation functions such as processing notices and reports and solving complex circulation problems

Demonstrated ability to adapt to change and work effectively and creatively both independently and in a collaborative and collegial environment

2+ years experience supervising professional staff

Proficiency with the circulation module of a shared ILS, preferably Ex Libris Alma, and other library-related software and technologies

Documented evidence of scholarly activities

Demonstrated ability to interact with a diverse population

Experience in providing quality reference services

Commitment to professional growth and development in librarianship

Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualification:
Experience as an administrator of the fulfillment module of Ex Libris Alma

Experience with Alma Analytics

Experience managing library spaces

Two or more years of professional experience in an academic library

Three or more years of experience as a reference librarian

Experience creating electronic research guides and video tutorials

Experience leading sustainable assessment initiatives

Experience applying quantitative and qualitative assessment methods

Experience utilizing data visualization tools and techniques to communicate assessment results

Experience participating in collecting, analyzing, and reporting data to external agencies such as IPEDS and ACRL

Background in currently needed subject areas such as nursing, STEM, music, sociology, anthropology, communication, or other areas depending on need and expertise.

How to apply

Each applicant is required to provide (as attachments to the online application) the following supplemental documents: (1) letter providing some detail of the applicants qualifications and interest in the position; (2) current resume/CV; (3) teaching philosophy; and (4) at least three professional references. If you are unable to attach the supplemental materials to the online application please contact Human Resources for assistance.

For inquiries and additional information, please contact: Human Resource Services via email at [email protected] or by phone at (541)552-8553.

Special Conditions
Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA):

  • Position classification defined as exempt are not subject overtime

* Position classifications defined as non exempt *are *subject to overtime
The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the Oregon Revised Statues and is required to comply with the requirements set forth by the Oregon department of Human Services.

Notice to Prospective Employees
Section 485 of the Higher Education Act, and The Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (now referred to as the Clery Act),requires that prospective employees be notified of the availability of SOUs Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report provides the annual statistics and campus policies for the reporting of and responding to campus crimes and fires; access to campus facilities; conduct code and campus policies on use, possession and sale of drugs/alcohol; and educational/information programs to inform the campus community about campus security procedures and crime prevention.

An electronic copy of the Annual Security Report (ASR)can be accessed at the following link: A physical copy of the ASR is available at no charge upon request. To request a copy please visit the Campus Public Safety Office at 382 Wightman Street, Ashland OR 97520. For more information call 541-552-6258, or email [email protected].

All applicants must apply online at

Diversity Statement
Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.