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Nimitz Library Head of Research and Instruction


United States Naval Academy, Nimitz Library


Review of applications will begin on September 30, 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled. 


The United States Naval Academy is a unique institution of higher learning located in desirable Annapolis, Maryland.  As an historic officer accession program and premier undergraduate college, the United States Naval Academy has its own distinctive niche amongst American educational institutions. Our talented faculty and staff are united by one common purpose--to develop the next generation of leaders for naval service. In order to deliver on this promise to our nation, we recruit from all segments of society to find faculty, instructors, and support staff who model the highest professional standards.

The United States Naval Academy is committed to building a diverse workforce who collaborate to provide a multi-disciplinary and hands-on approach to student learning and leadership development.  We believe that individuals from diverse backgrounds strengthen our programs and positively impact student success. We encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply for consideration.

Every year more than one million people tour "the Yard" to experience what our employees already know — the United States Naval Academy is a special place, with a special purpose. Those selected for employment will find challenging and rewarding work; state-of-the-art facilities which inspire academic and athletic excellence; the benefits of Federal employment; and exceptional quality-of-life.


The Head of Research and Instruction leads, manages, and supervises the Research and Instruction Department and is responsible for the information literacy and research support services offered by Nimitz Library.  This position reports to the Associate Library Director for User Services. 

This position includes:

  • Leading, supervising, and evaluating librarians in the Research & Instruction Department in alignment with Library and institutional policies and priorities. 
  • Serving as library subject specialist for midshipmen and faculty in one or more subject areas.
  • Overseeing the planning, execution, and assessment of information literacy and research support services.
  • Demonstrating leadership and expertise by providing high-quality research support services as evidenced by staffing the research help desk, teaching information literacy sessions, holding individual research consultations, providing research support tailored to meet the needs of faculty, and creating resources for asynchronous research support.
  • Maintaining current knowledge of developments in the academic library field in order to contribute to planning and decision making regarding the Library’s functions and services.
  • Evaluating and maintaining the Library’s collections, both physical and electronic, for currency and relevance to the curriculum and to faculty research needs in assigned subject areas.
  • Formulating and revise policies and procedures related to the work of the Research & Instruction Department.  
  • Facilitating collaboration and communication among various library and Academy departments and advocates for the needs of the department.
  • Collaborating with other Library department heads and staff to support the Library’s mission, vision, and goals. 

This is a 12-month faculty position with a 3-year renewable appointment, a highly competitive salary, and full federal benefits. This position may require evening and weekend work. 



  • A master’s degree in library or information science from a program accredited by the American Library Association;
  • U.S. Citizenship required


  • Strong user-centered public service philosophy and dedication to working in public service;
  • Demonstrated experience with or commitment to diversity and inclusion; 
  • Supervisory experience that includes demonstrated experience in managing team projects to completion, including planning, assessment, and reflection phases;
  • Experience, preferably in a leadership capacity, providing research help, information literacy instruction, working in collection management, and acting as a liaison;
  • Knowledge of information technologies available to libraries for providing end-user access to electronic resources;
  • Evidence of professional growth through contributions and/or participation in relevant organizations, publications, and/or presentations;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.


Interested candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three relevant references to the Search Committee at: 

Please note:Applications will be reviewed beginning September 30, 2019 but the position will remain open until filled.


The Department of the Navy provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants with disabilities who believe they require reasonable accommodation should contact our Human Resource Office to ensure that the Department of the Navy can consider such requests.  The decision to grant an accommodation will be made on a case by case basis.

Submit a Demographic Information on Applicants Form to Your responses will not be shared with the panel rating the applications or to the official making the selection for this position

All Civilian Faculty Positions at USNA are subject to a background investigation.  These investigations are conducted to ensure that individuals hired are trustworthy, of good conduct, and reliable. More information about the background investigation process can be found at the Academic Dean and Provost’s website here

Announcement: LIB-19-20-2

The U.S. Naval Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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