Monday, September 8, 2008

Communication & Political Science Liaison/Librarian

The Georgia State University Library seeks a committed and energetic librarian to provide innovative teaching and research support to the areas of Speech and Journalism within the Department of Communication, and to the Department of Political Science. For these departments of responsibility, the librarian will develop collections in all formats. This position reports to the Head of Liaison & Outreach Services.

The Department of Communication partners with some of Atlanta’s most vibrant corporate and artistic organizations. Areas of emphasis within Speech and Journalism include Journalism Studies, Political Communication and Speech Communication. Masters degrees are offered in Mass and Human Communication and a doctoral degree is offered in Speech Communication. The Department of Political Science teaches in all of the major fields of the discipline including American Government, Comparative Politics and International Relations. Masters degrees are offered in general Political Science, American Politics, International and Comparative Politics, and Professional Political and Governmental Practices. The department also grants a doctoral degree.


The successful candidate serves as liaison to assigned Departments, meeting regularly with members of the departments to provide information and instruction about library services, collections, and programs. The successful candidate will deliver quality, in-depth reference and consultation services in the designated subject areas; develop library collections in the assigned areas, including participation in the management of the library materials budget; promote the library and information literacy; foster communication between the assigned departments and the library. Liaison librarians assist with the general reference service that includes desk and virtual reference hours and are responsible for occasional weekend and evening hours. As faculty members, liaison librarians serve on library committees and engage in scholarly activities.

Required qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in information/library science.
  • Relevant experience in one of the designated subject areas.
  • Familiarity with resources in a variety of formats.
  • Skill in use of technology and web based applications,
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.

Desired qualifications

  • Second Master’s Degree in appropriate subject area.
  • Experience in collection development within one of the subject areas.
  • Demonstrated interest in research and professional activities.

University and Library Environment

Georgia State University (GSU) is a dynamic urban institution located in downtown Atlanta The close relationship that exists between the university and its surrounding business, government and cultural communities makes GSU unique in the University System of Georgia and distinctive among universities in the South.

With approximately one million visitors each year, the Library is an important partner in teaching and research at the University. The Library provides a newly-renovated physical environment that encourages active learning and study and is engaged in several digital initiatives designed to provide access to an array of scholarly information. The Library employs a motivated staff of over 100 FTE who have the opportunity to work with a diverse faculty and student population, as well as participate in Library and University governance. The Library supports and encourages professional development of librarians through an established mentorship program.

The University Library houses over 1 million volumes, subscribes to more than 7,600 serials, and is a Federal Document Depository. Its growing Media Center has holdings of approximately 21,000 audio, video, and multimedia materials. The carefully selected collections are designed to serve the research, teaching, and outreach needs of a diverse university community. Library services are supported by the Ex Libris Voyager integrated library system. The University participates in GALILEO, a state-wide initiative that provides Georgia citizens with access to a wide array of electronic resources. The Library is a member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET), and the Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education, consisting of fourteen academic and research libraries serving nineteen institutions in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area.

Condition of Work and Benefits

Forty-hour workweek Retirement plans include: State Teachers

Twenty-one days vacation Retirement Plan, TIAA–CREF and VALIC

Twelve paid holidays Group health and life insurance

Twelve days sick leave Social Security

Faculty rank and status Optional pre-tax benefits

Non-Tenure track Support for research and professional activities

Salary and Rank

$42,000-$50,000 for 12 months commensurate with the candidate’s education and experience. Appointment at a faculty rank, on a contract renewal basis.

Submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications; resume; name, address and phone number of three references, including immediate supervisor. Review of materials will begin October 1, 2008 and continue until the position is filled. Send materials to:

Human Resources Coordinator

University Library

Georgia State University

100 Decatur Street, SE, Atlanta, GA 30303-3202

(404) 413-2700

For more information please visit our web site at:

Georgia State University is an equal opportunity educational institution/affirmative action employer strongly committed to cultural diversity.

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