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Interim Research Services and User Engagement Librarian, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI

About Roger Williams University:
Roger Williams University, located on the coast of Bristol, RI, is a forward-thinking private university with 45 undergraduate majors and more than a dozen graduate programs spanning the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. With small classes, direct access to faculty and boundless opportunities for real-world projects, RWU students develop the ability to think critically while simultaneously building the practical skills that today's employers demand. In the five years since launching its signature Affordable Excellence initiative, the University has established itself as a leader in American higher education by confronting the most pressing issues facing students and families - increasing costs that limit access to college, rising debt and the job readiness of graduates. In addition to its 4,000 undergraduates and 300 graduate students, RWU is home to a thriving School of Continuing Studies based in Providence as well as Rhode Island's only law school.

Roger Williams University is committed to creating and supporting an intellectual community devoted to teaching and learning and providing the opportunity for personal and intellectual growth for students, faculty and staff. The University credits much of its growth and success to the hard work and dedication of its employees.

Job Description:
Reporting to the Dean of University Library Services, the Interim Research Services and User Engagement Librarian is responsible for providing research services, library instruction, marketing of library resources, and serving as a library liaison to several academic majors/departments. This position is a faculty sabbatical replacement for the Spring semester, 2018.

Research Services and User Engagement

  • Continually develop and coordinate among librarians and staff, in-person and online reference and research services in support of student learning.
  • Provide expert user assistance that enables the research of students and faculty.
  • Identify and employ appropriate technologies that enhance the online learning environment and increase awareness of Library resources and services to the campus community.

Library Research Databases

  • Liaise with faculty on the curricular integration and evaluation of online resources for general and subject based research.
  • Ensure access to the library's research databases in collaboration with Electronic Resources Librarian and Electronic Resources Associate.
  • Ensure current and ongoing awareness and use of the library's research databases by all library staff.
  • Identify, investigate and recommend emerging technologies and discovery tools that enhance the user's experience and satisfaction in using online resources for research.
  • Promote the research services and databases of the University Library, working with liaison area faculty to assess the effectiveness of current databases and services and suggest possible new databases and services for consideration.

Liaison Program

  • Actively engage with faculty, students, and staff in assigned subject areas to promote services and collections.
  • Deliver effective instructional sessions and provide alternate learning opportunities such as instructional guides and research consultations.
  • Assess student learning in instruction sessions; use results to improve instruction.
  • Provide assistance and instruction in finding and evaluating information and accessing library resources and services.
  • Respond to reference questions in-person and through e-mail, chat and text services.
  • Provide research consultations for subject or other specialized areas of expertise.
  • Extend services through office hours, embedded librarians, and outreach to specialized groups.
  • Identify materials in relevant formats to serve the teaching, learning and research needs of the university community.
  • Analyze collection usage to better expend funds and maintain the collections. 
  • Identify areas where new online and digital tools can be integrated with teaching, learning, and research.
  • Collaborate in the design, implementation and maintenance of online tools and services. 

Master's degree in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA accredited program.

A minimum of two years' experience instructing students in a formal library instruction program.

Excellent oral and written communications skills.

Requires tact and a strong service attitude to work with students, faculty, and staff in a rapidly changing environment.

Must have thorough knowledge of print and electronic information resources appropriate to the curriculum.

Additional Information:
Roger Williams University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workforce. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state and federal law.

For information on our Non-discrimination and Title IX policy, visit:

Application Instructions:
Please attach a resume, cover letter, and list of three (3) professional references.


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