Documents Coordinator and Political Science Liaison

University of North Texas

Date Posted December 5, 2013
Type Non tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time


Title: Documents Coordinator and Political Science Liaison

Rank: Assistant Librarian, Associate Librarian or Librarian

Dept: Libraries- Eagle Commons Library




The Documents Coordinator is responsible for administering the multi-format Government Documents Collection, the Libraries' Legal Collection, and the Libraries' General Map Collection. The librarian ensures that all departmental public services and technical services activities meet or exceed the standards set by the Federal Depository Library Program as well as those of the UNT Libraries. Duties also include providing reference services, assisting with collection development, and teaching library instruction sessions.


The Documents Coordinator will provide liaison services for the Department of Political Science. Liaison duties include providing instruction, research assistance, assisting with collection development, and other collaborations with the students and faculty of the Department of Political Science.  The librarian exercises broad independent judgment and authority under the general direction of the Eagle Commons Library Department Head. The librarian serves on library committees and work groups as assigned.





The Documents Coordinator works with the Eagle Commons Library Department Head to coordinate the development of departmental goals and objectives to support the Libraries' Strategic Plan and improve public access to the federal and state documents, both physical and electronic.

          Responsible for the overall activities of the Government Documents  Unit including public and technical services activities, web content  and digital projects  development.

          Evaluates operations of the Government Documents Unit to make best use of technology and staff, including prioritization of projects.

          Serves as the primary contact to the Federal Publications Depository Program, as administered by the Government Printing Office.

          Serves as the primary contact to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in working to maintain access to the State of Texas government publications.

          Actively promotes the collections and services to the University, outside organizations and community groups through outreach events, public speaking, and marketing initiatives.

          Responsible for collection development of the federal and state documents collections (physical and electronic) as well as the Libraries' Legal Collection and General Maps Collection.

          Collaborates with the Collection Development Liaison Librarian to meet the collection development needs of the Department of Political Science.

          Collaborates with the Assistant Dean of Digital Libraries to initiate and/or manage partnerships with state and federal agencies to provide permanent public access to electronic government information.

          Collaborates with the Assistant Dean of Digital Libraries and Assistant Dean of External Relations to initiate, manage, and seek external funding for digitization projects involving government information.

                      Fosters collaborative relationships with other institutions to provide permanent public access to government information and market depository library services.






          Fosters positive relations with faculty, students, and staff and promotes the University's and Libraries' commitment to diversity.


          Performs reference services, guest lectures, faculty liaison duties, and serves on Library and University Committees as needed.












          Education: ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information sciences or an international equivalent.


          Five years experience as a Federal Depository Library Coordinator.


          Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.


          Demonstrated ability to adjust priorities, manage time wisely, and make quick effective decisions in a fast-paced environment.


          Demonstrated aptitude for thinking creatively and developing products and services, such as publications, training materials, workshops, conferences, and other tools.


          Strong interpersonal skills, with ability to establish positive and productive collaborations with faculty and library departments and divisions.


          Knowledge of current issues in government information policy and of rules and regulations of federal depository library programs.










          1year supervisory experience, preferably in an academic environment.


          Experience managing digital projects.


          Experience creating and maintaining subject guides or other online tools for classes and subjects such as LibGuides.


          Experience in collection development for an academic or research library.


          Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, statistical data set software, and numeric data.


          Demonstrated management skills, including managing employees, scheduling, budgeting, and leadership skills.


          Demonstrated contribution to the profession with scholarly publications and/or presentations and through contributions to professional organizations appropriate to the level of appointment.




About UNT:






As the nations 25th largest public university and the largest, most comprehensive in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, UNT is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to its 36,000 students while powering the North Texas region, state and nation through innovative education and research. A student-focused public research university, UNT graduated 8,400 students last year from its 12 colleges and schools and offers 97 bachelors, 81 masters and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. UNTs ultimate mission is to give a green light to greatness by helping its students, region, state and nation excel.




UNT is investing heavily in its growth as a major public research university and a key goal in its 5-year strategic plan is to provide superior graduate education, scholarship and artistic endeavors on par with the nation's elite research universities.  Known for its comprehensiveness, UNT is a diverse institution that is furthering its impact in science, engineering and nanotechnology while building on its foundation in the arts, education and business. As a university at the forefront of change, UNT provides a broad-based, student-focused education powered by award-winning faculty who unleash students' potential and advisors and mentors who help guide and keep them on track in earning their degrees.




POSITION AVAILABLE: November 1, 2013. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2013.






Librarian rank will be determined by the Library Personnel Affairs Committee through review of the selected candidate's education, experience, scholarly and professional involvement, and service. Salary commensurate with experience. Complete information about Librarian rank can be found at




To apply, please submit a letter of application, vita, a brief statement on your philosophy of service and collections related to government information and names, addresses (e-mail address helpful if available), and phone numbers of at least three professional references to







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