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Online Services Librarian

The UTC Library seeks a motivated, creative, and user-focused professional to fill our new Online Services Librarian position at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (UTC). The librarian in this position will plan, develop, and implement online and distance education service initiatives that support UTC faculty and students and enhance usage of the Library's research collections and services. This is a great opportunity for a professional interested in working in a busy, mid-sized academic library focused on providing user-centered services in a dynamic, transparent, and flexible environment.

Position Available

July 1, 2014

Library Description

UTC is in the final stages of preparation for the opening of a 5-story 180,000 square foot library with an expected move in date of December of 2014. The Library staff is comprised of 20 librarians and 11 staff members, has an annual budget of just over 3 million dollars, and collection holdings of more than 500,000 volumes, over 2,500 active journal subscriptions, 120 databases, and over 28,000 accessible online journals. The new Library will have a large information commons with 150+ public computers, 38 group study rooms, a media studio, 3 well-equipped library instruction classrooms, a cafe and a 24 hour study space. The Library delivers a comprehensive range of public services, including proactive outreach, instruction, and reference. Current projects include a website redesign, the development of an institutional repository and the upcoming grand opening of the new library.

Position Description

Reporting to the Head of Research and Public Services, the Online Services Librarian plays a leadership role in the development, planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of the Library's online and distance education efforts. The librarian will structure the Library's online and distance education program, serve as the Library's point person for online service initiatives, foster a culture of flexible support for students and faculty, and communicate and coordinate with library colleagues to distribute information and ensure successful and sustainable support programs.

Responsibilities Include

  • Coordinate, plan, develop, and implement online policies and services related to instruction and reference, such as teaching online workshops and classes, managing discussion boards, and developing web-based services, tutorials, portals, guides, etc.
  • Coordinate, and participate in the planning, development, and implementation of other online services and policies (such as interlibrary loan and collection development).
  • Provide information, support, and training to liaison librarians and instruction librarians as it relates to online and distance services and skill sets.
  • Actively engage with non-library colleagues working in the online and distance education arena at UTC, such as faculty, instructional designers, and advisors.
  • Experiment with emerging technologies and resources supportive of online and distance services.
  • Work with library departments to support the gathering and reporting of appropriate statistics.
  • Participate in the Library's instruction program.

This position has regular reference desk work, collection development in assigned subject areas, committee assignments, a weekend reference desk rotation, and other library-wide efforts.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Minimum of one year of professional experience providing instructional services in person and online.
  • Evidence of innovative teaching and proficiency with Web 2.0 and emerging instructional methods and technologies.
  • Evidence of the ability to develop relevant and engaging instructional materials.
  • Experience with course management software.
  • Demonstrated experience as a successful project manager and the ability to organize, prioritize work, and manage time.
  • Possess a positive attitude, be future-oriented, and embrace change.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills evidenced by the ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, faculty, staff and students.
  • Strong customer service focus, a passion for the profession, and a deep commitment to service and outreach in an academic community.
  • Preparation and commitment to conduct independent scholarship consistent with a tenure-track faculty appointment.
  • Commitment to engage in ongoing professional development.

UTC Librarians are expected to participate in library-wide and system-wide planning, University governance and service, and to be professionally active.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Coursework or experience in instructional design
  • Experience with collection development
  • Second subject master's degree


The minimum salary is $43,500, commensurate with experience.


This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position with faculty status and academic rank. Appointment will be at the rank of Assistant or Associate professor.

Benefits Include

  • 24 days vacation and 12 days sick leave per year
  • 11 paid holidays
  • 80% of health/life insurance paid by the state
  • Choice of retirement programs which are paid by the state and equivalent to approximately 10% of an individual's annual salary
  • Partial relocation reimbursement
  • Professional development funding
  • Tax program savings

Application Procedures

Interested applicants should submit the following to

  • A letter of application
  • Vita
  • Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references including the professional relationship of reference and applicant

Review of applications begins on April 25, 2014 and continues until position is filled.

Additional Information

For information about Chattanooga, please visit Chattanooga Fun or the Chattanooga government website.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution.