Research & Instruction Librarian/Business Liaison – Western Carolina University – Cullowhee, NC

Research & Instruction Librarian/Business Liaison

Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library seeks a knowledgeable and responsive research & instruction librarian to join its service-oriented, tenure-track faculty in the Research and Instruction Services (RIS) department. The successful applicant will provide general and subject-specific reference and instruction to students, faculty, and the community; participate in an active information literacy program; collaborate with colleagues in library-wide decisions and initiatives; and develop collections. All RIS librarians work some evening and weekend shifts and make trips to the Biltmore Park Instructional Site in Asheville. The subject liaison librarian will assume responsibility for additional duties, projects, assignments, and initiatives as needed or assigned.

The successful candidate will assume primary responsibility for the promotion and delivery of library instruction and services to students and faculty in the growing College of Business. The subjects of focus in the College are accounting, business administration, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality and tourism, information systems, law and sport management, management, marketing, and project management; individuals with interest or experience in one or more of these areas are encouraged to apply. The College of Business is engaged in a number of online and distance initiatives, so this position will require the incumbent to assist patrons on campus, online, and at remote instructional sites.

This is a 12-month, tenure-track position, reporting to the Research and Instruction Services department head. The successful candidate will be professionally engaged, intellectually curious, creative, and up to the challenge of serving a growing and evolving College of Business with a diverse offering of undergraduate and graduate programs. Faculty librarians are fully committed to fulfilling tenure expectations and requirements in teaching/librarianship, service, and scholarship.


Western Carolina University (WCU) is one of the 17 senior institutions of the University of North Carolina (UNC) system.  It is a dynamic, regional comprehensive university with more than 10,000 students and is dedicated to continuous enhancement of its academic programs and integrating engaged learning with service to the region. WCU focuses on academic quality through its Quality Enhancement Plan and through its commitment to integrated learning and the scholarship of engagement. The university has implemented the Ernest Boyer model of scholarship and is committed to its stewardship of place role in serving western North Carolina.  The university is a Carnegie Community Engagement-certified institution. Located in Cullowhee, NC, WCU is situated in a beautiful valley nestled between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains, 52 miles west of Asheville and near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the nation’s most spectacular and most visited national parks. While in a small town setting, the university is only three hours from the vibrant urban centers of Atlanta and Charlotte.


Hunter Library has a long, respected record of providing excellent service to the university and region. The library is dedicated to the thoughtful integration of print and digital resources and to supporting and developing the general, information, digital, graphic, and visual literacy of students and the teaching and research needs of faculty and staff. The library has three departments comprised of 19 faculty and 30 staff members. The collection includes over 600,000 print and over 450,000 e-books and provides access to more than 60,000 journals; the library has 11 digital collections. The library provides support across the university for open access, data management, and work in the digital humanities. The library is an active partner in the Western North Carolina Library Network, NC DOCKS, and the Carolina Consortium.


$45,000 minimum. This is a twelve-month, tenure-track position with a generous 24 days of vacation leave annually.


  • MLS from an ALA-accredited program of library or information science
  • At least one year of reference experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of business and general reference sources
  • Demonstrated passion for supporting students and faculty in the business field
  • Desire to learn and practice the craft of reference in all subject areas
  • Strong interpersonal and excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Initiative and the ability to collaborate with others
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of principles and best practices of information literacy instruction
  • Ability to work productively, both independently and as a part of a team
  • Time management and organizational skills to balance a varied workload, including scholarship and service
  • Strong commitment to public service
  • Flexibility to adapt and respond to the ever-changing landscape of information services in an academic library


  • Experience in synchronous and asynchronous information literacy instruction
  • Reference experience in an academic library or in a large public library serving the business community
  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in a business discipline or equivalent business/entrepreneurial experience
  • Familiarity with current trends in library technology and electronic resources along with the ability to apply this knowledge to a local situation


To apply, access our online employment system at: You will be required to attach a letter of application, resume, and names and telephone numbers of three references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  For more information, contact Sarah Steiner at

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.  Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.  Final candidates for employment are subject to a criminal background check.  All new employees are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment.

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