Position type
Faculty Position
Librarian Open Rank
Job Summary

The Research and Instruction Librarian for Special Collections Libraries (SCL) ensures effective and responsive frontline research assistance to on and off-site patrons for all three special collections libraries: Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, and Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection. The position performs reference desk and reading room desk shifts; contributes in staff training on reference service activities; provides instruction and assistance to patrons; provides instruction in the classroom; participates in the SCL faculty fellows program and with K-12 outreach initiatives; and assists in maintaining the Aeon patron management system and performing financial transactions. Some weekend and evening work is required.

The Research and Instruction Librarian is responsible to the Public Service Coordinator for SCL. The Librarian provides leadership in research services. To achieve this goal, the Coordinator develops strong relationships with faculty and students by providing assistance with searching and browsing finding aids and databases, GIL (the UGA online catalog), GALILEO (a statewide information system), and other electronic resources; and developing web-based resources and other guides to SCL holdings. The Special Collections Libraries is composed of 18 librarians and archivists and 19 support staff.

The UGA Libraries is located on the university's main campus in Athens, Georgia, and its facilities include the Main Library, Science Library, Zell B. Miller Learning Center, Map and Government Information Library, Repository, Special Collections Libraries, and the Carnegie Library. Perennially rated as one of the nation's top college towns, Athens offers a vibrant place to work and live. With Atlanta 70 miles to the west, Athens offers good proximity to the city while maintaining a small-town culture and feel. Information about the UGA Libraries:  http://www.libs.uga.edu/  Information about Athens: http://www.libs.uga.edu/athens/.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.  Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu). Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.


Duties and Responsibilities




*Provides reference services and effective orientation to resources housed in the SCL to patrons with a variety of interests and research experience, both on and off-site, from the university community and the general public.


*Participates in instructional activities for the department to encourage effective use of Library's collections and services by establishing standards and goals for effective interactions with faculty, students, researchers, and visitors; participates in collaborative instructional initiatives between and among Libraries departments as well as with University personnel departments including the Special Collections Faculty Fellows Program.


*Trains SCL faculty, staff, and student assistants of policies and procedures for public service areas; and providing information and direction to the University community, researchers, and donors.


*Participates in the implementation of K-5 outreach for the SCL by driving State vehicles carrying collection items to school visits and curriculum based field trips, and liaising with other departments or organizations. 


*Participates in the fulfillment of photoduplication requests for patrons and donors by supervising duplication student assistants; processes billing and payment transactions in Aeon; and arranges for shipping and handling of requests.


*Participates in the development of SCL instructional tools, research guides, and specialized indexes. Maintains awareness of new acquisitions and facilities.


Assists with the material requests and patron management system (AEON). Provides training as needed for SCL faculty, staff, and student assistants to ensure that all employees maintain a working knowledge of the system and its developments. Collaborates with the vault staff to ensure effective circulation of materials and proper tracking in Aeon.


Maintains working knowledge of each departments’ usage policies and collaborates with representatives from each department to revise and develop access policies and procedures as needed.

Contributes to the mission of the SCL, and UGA Libraries as a whole, by participating in meetings, planning, program review, developing and evaluating policies and procedures, and strategic planning for the department as assigned.

Participates in library-wide communication by reading, responding to, and initiating information transmitted via GRAPEVINE (the Libraries’ listserv) and other communication tools, and appropriate library-wide or departmental meetings and asking questions, seeking clarification, or initiating discussion on library issues.

Maintains flexibility and awareness of changes in the organization and contributes to the team effort by assuming other similar duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Maintains an awareness of current trends in research and reference in the archival field by participating in professional activities.


All candidates must have an ALA-accredited Master’s in Library and Information Science and two years of archival experience in providing research and reference services in an archives or special collections environment, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

  • To be considered at the level of Librarian I, candidates must show evidence of the potential for successful overall performance as a librarian as well as demonstrate the ability to meet the eligibility for ACA certification within 2 years of employment.
  • To be considered at the level of Librarian II, candidates must show evidence of initial professional growth as evidenced by involvement in service appropriate for the position, professional activities, and/or research or other creative activities.
  • To be considered at the level of Librarian III, candidates must show evidence continued professional growth as evidenced by significant contributions to service appropriate for the position, professional activities, and/or research or other creative activities. Candidates must also demonstrate the potential for performing or administering complex or highly specialized duties or the potential for developing a high level of expertise in his/her specific area of librarianship. 
  • To be considered at the level of Librarian IV, candidates must show evidence of sustained professional growth as evidenced by extensive contributions to service appropriate for the position, professional activities, and/or research or other creative activities. Candidates are also expected to demonstrate the ability to perform or administer complex or highly specialized duties or have developed and maintained a high level of expertise in his/her specific area of librarianship. 
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and/or Competencies

• Excellent communication, research and writing skills;
• Excellent collaboration skills;
• Working knowledge of relevant intellectual property rights;
• Working knowledge of historical research methodology, and background with standard bibliographic tools;
• Interest or background in instruction and archives-based learning desired.
• Knowledge of the AEON patron management system desired.
• Ability to tolerate dust and inactive mold spores.
• Ability to drive a State vehicle.

Other information

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position must apply at:   http://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/34168 Attached to their online application form should be a 1-2 page letter of application (cover letter), complete CV, and the names, titles, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references. This position is open until filled, but first review of applications will be January 11, 2018.

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Salary and Benefits

Minimum annual salary:  $47,476. UGA librarians are non-tenured faculty members.  UGA offers an attractive benefits program including a choice of health and retirement plans, dental plan, vision plan, tuition remission, paid relocation, 21 days annual leave, 12 days sick leave, and 12 paid holidays.