Head of Research & Instruction – United States Naval Academy, Nimitz Library, Annapolis, MD

Position description:

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.

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