Research Success Librarian

at The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries (view profile)
Published August 4, 2023
Location Arlington, Texas
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Cover Letter Requirements Required
Education Requirements Master’s degree
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $52,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $56,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary


Job Summary:

The Research Success Librarian provides leadership for walk-in and virtual reference and research services. This position is critical to advancing the University’s and Libraries’ strategic plan, particularly related to student success. Additionally, the Research Success Librarian will engage with students, faculty, staff, and the community to enable excellence in learning, research, scholarship, and teaching. This position reports to the Director for Research Services.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  1. Reflects the Libraries’ Guiding Principles in partnership with and service to the university:
  • Provides leadership for developing, managing, and evaluating walk-in and virtual reference and research services for University Libraries.
  • Develops a peer-to-peer appointment-based research consultation service.
  • Provides vision for the walk-in reference and research service model to include promotion of the Libraries’ varied services, resources, and partnerships to meet student and faculty needs.
  • Coordinates virtual reference and research services, which includes collaboration with the Springshare LibChat consortium.
  • Identifies, shares, and trains Libraries staff on new tools and capabilities in reference and research resources.
  • Manages, develops, and revises online research tools including LibGuides, video tutorials, and other digital learning objects for library-wide use.
  • Manages and mentors one full-time staff Coordinator and a portion of 15-20 student employees and interns who provide support for walk-in and virtual reference and research services.
  • Develops and manages the departmental student budget.
  • Develops a quality excellence program using assessment data, evidence-based library practice, and iterative design principles for continual service model improvement.
  • Collaborates across departments to maintain consistent communication and integrated services.


  1. Serves as library liaison to academic department(s):
  • Collaborates to create and deliver curricula; offer teaching and learning experiences that integrate active learning strategies; develops and shares disciplinary expertise across multiple literacies to best meet learning and professional growth outcomes for students.
  • Discovers and promotes access to institutional scholarly, research data, and other creative content through faculty excellence, student success, and open scholarship initiatives.
  • Collaborates in the design, implementation, and maintenance of relevant online tools and services in order to place the Libraries into the flow of teaching, learning, and research.


  1. Advance departmental, Libraries’, and university goals:
  • Be an advocate and ally for equity, diversity, justice, and inclusion.
  • Participate in committees and task forces within the Libraries, university, and the profession.
  • Identify and integrate best practices in service, teaching and learning, and scholarly activity.
  • Foster an environment of continual professional development, improvement, and learning.
  • Continuously assess and iterate programs to improve services and advance initiatives.
  • Demonstrate commitment to innovation and discovery in order to remain relevant in higher education and support others in doing so as well.


  1. Performs other duties as assigned


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an ALA-accredited program or a related graduate degree
  • One (1) to three (3) years of professional experience providing reference and research services in a library


UTA Libraries encourages applications from all who meet the minimum qualifications but may not meet every preferred qualification.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience managing reference or research services in a library
  • Library instruction experience or other teaching experience
  • Supervisory experience


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively including both verbal and written skills.
  • Model and mentoring student employees in the development of their interpersonal skills.
  • Expertise in teaching, both in person and online.
  • Developing instructional competencies in others who provide reference and research support.
  • Experience managing busy in-person and online service points.
  • Commitment to developing professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity, and to serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse and inclusive community.
  • Ability to foster a positive working environment and model the Libraries’ Guiding Principles through daily actions and behaviors.


Our future colleague will also have an affinity for our Guiding Principles. These principles define HOW we do our work. These are our Guiding Principles exemplified through how we treat our colleagues:

We Care. We care about you, your success, your growth, your passions and all that you bring to the table.

We Empower. We empower our staff to be creative, think outside the box, work autonomously, and provide resources necessary for success.

We Take Ownership. We take ownership of our organizational culture and YOU take ownership of how our culture is shaped.

We Are Extraordinary. We are extraordinary because we attract and hire extraordinarily talented individuals like you!


APPLY NOW – We can’t wait to welcome you to our team.

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EEO Statement

UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. The UTA is a tobacco free campus.