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Business Information Specialist, Purdue University Libraries

Business Information Specialist

Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, and Business Division Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics Assistant Professor

Purdue University Libraries (PUL), recipient of the 2015 Award for Excellence in University Libraries from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), seeks a highly motivated, innovative, learner/research-centered individual and energetic professional for the position of Business Information

Specialist.   The Business Information Specialist will create a close working

partnership between the Libraries and students, faculty, and researchers in departments of the Krannert School of Management; Hospitality, Tourism Management, and Consumer Science in the College of Health and Human Sciences; and Entrepreneurship programs in the Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship Center and across campus.  Purdue Libraries is recognized as a leader in the teaching of information literacy, data management, scholarly communication, and creation of both physical and virtual leading-edge learning spaces.  The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and to promoting a multicultural environment for learning.  Collaborate with other Libraries faculty and staff to develop print and technology-based instruction materials.  Develop interdisciplinary collaborations and research opportunities with faculty in other campus disciplines to meet the University’s strategic directions.  Participate in collection and data management activities, providing excellent business resources. Participate in the planning activities of the HSSEB Division.   Members of the Libraries faculty must meet Purdue requirements for promotion and tenure, including demonstration of an active role in mentoring, advising, and supporting the academic success of students.   As a member of the HSSEB Division, the Business Information Specialist articulates a research agenda that explores questions within her/his area of specialization and results in a scholarly publication record required for promotion and tenure at Purdue University.

Duties and Responsibilities:  Develop and teach specialized classes and workshops that incorporate complex, rapidly evolving informational technologies as well as traditional methods.  Provide information literacy instruction and pursue interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty while understanding the research process in the social sciences in a highly collaborative library setting.  Participate in continued development and teaching of Libraries for-credit level information science courses.  Provide reference service in the Parrish Library of Management & Economics and participate in the Parrish Library’s and the Libraries’ system-wide digital reference service.

Required Qualifications:  Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school or a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline, and 3-

5 years of academic or corporate research library experience.  Knowledge of and/or experience in business librarianship.  Enthusiasm for new methods of disseminating information.  Excellent communication skills.  Ability to work independently and as a team member in a dynamic environment and on a variety of simultaneous projects.

Preferred Qualifications:   An undergraduate or graduate degree in business,economics, or social sciences, or a certificate in entrepreneurship.

Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative data analysis and experience teaching the use of datasets.  Familiarity with current issues and trends in library technology and information resources.  Experience conducting library instruction or teaching in an academic environment.   Demonstrated commitment to user instruction and to consultation with users on their information decision and strategy needs.

Salary and benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience in the context of Purdue University’s salary structure.

Faculty tenure-track position with a twelve-month appointment. Rank of assistant professor.  Start-up funds in support of research are provided for computer/software/equipment, for travel/professional development, and for a half time graduate assistant for two years.

Purdue provides a generous fringe benefit package that includes retirement benefits as well as health, disability and life insurance, 22 annual vacation days, and tuition support for employee, children, and spouse/same sex domestic partner.  Purdue University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Relocation funding will be available and discussed on a case-by-case basis.

A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Application process:

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information of at least three references via email to Carole Tolley, HR Coordinator at libhr@purdue.edu.

When applying:

•             Place “BIS” in the subject line of the email.

 In the cover letter:

•             Describe your interest in Business librarianship;

•             Address the required qualifications;

•             In keeping with Purdue Libraries commitment to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement, the cover letter must address at least one of these areas, indicating past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Nominations for the position will be accepted and should be sent to libhr@purdue.edu.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  Questions may be directed to Carole Tolley at 765-494-2899 or the above email address.

This position announcement will be found at:  www.lib.purdue.edu/about/ employment.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.