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Kathryn A. Martin Library, University of Minnesota-Duluth

Research Support and Liaison Librarian

Location: MN-WI - Duluth-Superior
Type: Full Time
Category: Libraries and archives

City: Duluth, MN
Salary: $45,046.23 min. annual
Is this a remote / WFH position?: No

Job description

The person in this position provides library liaison services to assigned departments and programs and provides leadership for library research support services. This person also delivers library instruction for the College Writing program. For assigned departments and programs, this librarian provides specialized reference services, selects information resources, creates web content, serves as a liaison to faculty, and provides library instruction for classes. The person in this position participates in Research & Learning Team meetings, activities, and projects, serves on teams and groups working on library-wide initiatives, and contributes to the library profession and/or campus.

Assigned departments/programs: Communication (including Journalism); World Languages and Cultures; History, Political Science and International Studies

Essential Job Functions:

Liaison Assignments (50%)

For assigned departments and programs: Communication (including Journalism); World Languages and Cultures; History, Political Science and International Studies:

Provide in-depth research assistance in assigned subject areas

Develop and use expertise in knowledge and use of information resources

Keep current on academic trends and changes

Monitor assigned databases and keep library users informed of changes

Promote electronic and other information resources

Provide library instruction for courses in subject areas and for Advanced Writing classes

Create and update course and research guides

Develop good working relationships with faculty to support teaching and research

Assess user needs to develop and maintain relevant, high quality services and information resources

Oversee collection management of books, periodicals, multimedia, and electronic resources

Manage acquisitions budgets

Research Support (20%)

Lead the collaborative development and implementation of updated research support initiatives that meet the needs of the campus community and align with library priorities and context

Lead continuous improvement of research support services based on usage patterns, assessment data, and campus needs

Facilitate training and discussion opportunities to support library staff members’ ongoing learning related to delivering research support

Coordinate chat service, including participation in 24/7 chat consortium

Gather and share usage statistics for the library’s research support services

General Responsibilities as a Member of the Research & Learning Team (20%)

Provide general research assistance to library users during scheduled hours, including evening shifts

Provide foundational information literacy instruction to classes in College Writing and College in the Schools

Assist students and other researchers in evaluating resources and refining topics for research

Continuously develop expertise in database and web searching

Serve as a member of the Research & Learning Team and participate in team meetings

Participate in Team events and initiatives

Work cooperatively with library staff

Keep current on and use new technologies to enhance research support services

Keep current on professional issues related to research support services

Share information on resources and research skills with colleagues

Document data on research transactions and instruction sessions

Library-Related Professional Service and Engagement (10%)

Attend library, UMD, and community meetings and events

Serve on University committees, boards, or projects

Engage in professional development

Contribute to the profession through organizational work, presenting papers at conferences, or publishing

Other Duties as Assigned

Special Notice for COVID-19
The UMN has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University’s mission and operations at this time. Applications are being accepted for this position and you are encouraged to apply. In-person interviews are suspended indefinitely and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.

Qualifications or requirements


ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science or equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience

Excellent organizational and written communication skills

Demonstrated experience with proposing and/or implementing actions that improve equity and inclusion in your work

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, and colleagues in a research environment

Experience delivering research assistance in a library or delivering academic or co-curricular student services and/or programs in a college or university


Experience designing and/or delivering information literacy instruction

Experience providing liaison services in an academic environment

Demonstrated knowledge of current research tools

Proficiency in a language other than English, especially Chinese, French, German, or Spanish

Degree or significant library-related experience in subject area related to liaison assignments

About the Department

The Research Support & Liaison Librarian acts as a departmental liaison and leads the collaborative development and implementation of research support initiatives at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Kathryn A. Martin Library. While we are currently delivering research help service remotely, UMD liaison librarians and Access & Collection Services staff members continue to plan for the future of research support. In 2016, liaison librarians began delivering research help service from our offices instead of a traditional reference desk. In 2019, we began an open-ended process of exploration with the goal of identifying a research support model that fits our library and meets the needs of our campus community. The successful applicant for this newly created position will guide this continuing exploratory process, coordinate our current service, and work collaboratively to implement and continuously improve new research support initiatives.

The successful applicant will be part of a team that is focused on removing barriers that impede our community’s growth and development. Our library is committed to diversity and inclusion, striving to open our doors as widely as possible to be a welcoming environment in which to work, learn, study, and collaborate. UMD library employees are encouraged to pursue educational opportunities, professional development, participation in functional and advisory committees, and other opportunities to expand their careers. The successful applicant will also be an integral source of support to the success of UMD students.

The Kathryn A. Martin Library is prized for its design and architecture and features views of Lake Superior. It has been updated to serve today’s researchers, including the renovation of our library teaching spaces. UMD is a medium-sized regional university that offers students a supportive atmosphere and access to the resources of the larger University of Minnesota system. UMD students can choose from more than 93 undergraduate and post-baccalaureate degrees, and from graduate programs in more than 20 different fields.

The UMD campus is located in the picturesque city of Duluth, Minnesota. Duluth sits on the north shore of Lake Superior, with a population of approximately 85,000 people. Duluth is a major shipping port and regional health care and education center. The city offers a vibrant music, theater, and art scene; community events; plenty of green space; and readily accessible outdoor activities.

How to apply

Apply online:

This is a 100%, 12 month, annual renewable appointment. Minimum salary $45,046.23, salary commensurate with experience. Anticipated start date January 5, 2021.

Position will be open until filled. Review of completed applications will begin October 5, 2020.

Completed applications must include:

1. Letter of Application addressing the qualifications

2. Current Curriculum Vitae

3. Contact information for five professional references

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Background Check Information
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