Job Posting: Assistant Professor – Information Literacy Librarian

Assistant Professor -­ Information Literacy Librarian

Murphy Library at the University of Wisconsin-­La Crosse is seeking a creative and savvy librarian to provide leadership in shaping an information literacy program. The successful candidate will be passionate about student learning. Responsibilities include: Design and develop creative and innovative activities to enhance critical thinking and information literacy on campus.

  • Play a major role in conducting information literacy instruction sessions
  • Collaborate with the Instructional Technology Librarian in the development and implementation of a comprehensive information literacy program.
  • Coordinate and support information literacy instruction activities in collaboration with the reference and instruction team and the library department.
  • Participate in reference services and collection development in assigned subjects
  • Participate in collegial governance, and campus and professional activities

The library recognizes and values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We seek a colleague who shares the library’s commitment to diversity and who will be a dedicated librarian and mentor for students with diverse backgrounds, preparation, and career goals. Murphy Library is integral to student success at the University of Wisconsin-­La Crosse. Located in the heart of campus, the library provides a dynamic and diverse learning environment centered on the core principles of service, stewardship, information literacy and equity of access. Librarians have faculty status and are members of the library department, which is a peer­-reviewed academic department. Murphy Library is administered by the library director who functions as an academic dean.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA­-accredited MLS/MLIS or equivalent international degree in library or information science.
  • Demonstrated information literacy teaching experience in the classroom.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional experience working in an academic library environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to guide and advance an information literacy program based on best practices, tools, and emerging trends.
  • Understanding of and commitment to information literacy assessment methods.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively collaborate with faculty/staff, colleagues, and students.
  • Interest in working in a peer-­governed academic department.
  • Evidence of professional growth potential through publication, professional activities, or other contributions to the field.

Degrees from international institutions will be accepted under the following conditions:

  1. The degree has been recognized by the ALA as equivalent, or;
  2. The degree has been evaluated at the candidate’s expense by a U.S. credentialing service recommended by the ALA and sent to the Search & Screen chair by January 16, 2015.

Salary and Rank: Competitive salary for 9­month tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Partial summer contracts may also be available.

Anticipated Starting Date: August 31, 2015

First consideration will be given to applications received by February 16, 2015; this position is open until filled.

Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit

The University of Wisconsin-­La Crosse (UW-­La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW­-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life­long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-­La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.

UW-­La Crosse’s diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “… our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive.” The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-­La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-­La Crosse is a 2013 recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. UW­-L is proud to be one of only 55 recipients of this national honor recognizing our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

UW-­La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest. With a student population of roughly 10,000, the university offers 85 undergraduate programs in 29 disciplines and a variety of graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education. There are nearly 419 full­-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-­La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 87 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 69 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.

The UW-­La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 51,818) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid­America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year­round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world­-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.

UW-­La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. Please contact the Search and Screen Committee if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.

Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-­La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.