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ACRL Board of Directors

Discussion Pre-vote discussion: 12/28/17–1/8/18 Fall Board Proceedings

by Allison Payne-IL (staff) on Thu, Dec 28, 2017 at 11:13 am

The Board is invited to review the draft 2017 ACRL Fall Board Meeting proceedings, and have discussion during the period of 12/28/17–1/8/18.

Please post comments regarding the draft proceedings using threaded discussion to provide feedback regarding the content. Board members can also email editorial corrections directly to Allison at apayne@ala.org. The draft proceedings are posted as a Word document to allow the use of track changes if significant changes are needed. 

The Board is invited to review the draft 2017 ACRL Fall Board Meeting proceedings, and have discussion during the period of 12/28/17–1/8/18.

Please post comments regarding the draft proceedings using threaded discussion to provide feedback regarding the content. Board members can also email editorial corrections directly to Allison at apayne@ala.org. The draft proceedings are posted as a Word document to allow the use of track changes if significant changes are needed. 

Following the discussion period, the Board will vote on the 2017 ACRL Fall Board Meeting proceedings via virtual vote during 1/9/18 to 1/15/18, and confirm its vote at the 2018 Midwinter Meeting.

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Student Gift Membership Task Force

Online Doc ALSC Student Gift Membership Task Force Dec 15 Quarterly Report

by Andrea V. Johnson on Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 08:54 pm

 

 

Reporting Period*: December 15
Name of Committee or Task Force*: Student Gift Membership Task Force
Priority Group Area *: Organizational Support (PGC IV)
Current Chair(s)*: Andrea Vaughn Johnson
Chair's Email*: andreavaughnjohnson@gmail.com
Co-Chair's email (if applicable): andreavaughnjohnson@gmail.com
Incoming Chair (if known): n/a
Committee/Task Force Members (names only (no dates), separate by comma, do not include chair)*: Patrick J. Gall,
Melody Leung,
Lauren Magielnicki, 
Kenneth Roman, 
Brittany A. Tavernaro, 
Karen Ann MacPherson
Per the Division Leadership Manual, the committee is expected to annually review its function statement to ensure the charge meets the responsibilities of the priority group area, recent changes to the professional environment, and facilitates the implementation of the ALSC Strategic Plan. When did you last review it with your committee? Note: Recommendations for changes should be submitted to Organization & Bylaws. : December 15 Reporting Period
Summarize work accomplished, decisions reached, and follow-up action needed (objectives, timetable, and assignments) since your last report. Please remember not to include confidential or sensitive information.*: This fall we welcomed a new member, Melody Leung, to the task force. She joined us at a virtual meeting on Dec 4. The team discussed the effectiveness of our bi-monthly emails to gift membership recipients. Not many of the students are responding to our emails with ALSC news. A decision was reached to make our emails more informal and monthly in an effort to deepen engagement. In January we will also send them a mid-point survey to assess their involvement in ALSC in their first year of membership, and how we can support them. There has also been discussion about creating an online forum for recipients to meet each other, if there is enough interest. We are also recruiting recipients to be featured in ALSC blog posts. One recipient was interviewed on Dec 4http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2017/12/student-gift-membership-recipient-angela-bair/.
Please do not copy a.../Diversity and Inclusion: n/a
Please do not copy a.../Advocacy: n/a
Please do not copy a.../Learning and Development: We continue to alert gift membership recipients about professional development opportunities in ALSC. Recipients will have a chance to win a free ALSC online course by filling out our mid-point survey.
An ALSC core value is collaboration. Please describe collaborations you have initiated or would like to initiate with other ALSC or ALA committees to help further your work. Please list the desired outcomes you envision from this/these collaboration(s). What are the next steps you have set to accomplish this? What assistance do you need in taking this forward?: No collaborations currently.
Please describe activities you would like to pursue for future education topics, publications, or online resources (such as toolkits) to be developed based on the committee’s work? What are the next steps you have set to accomplish this? What assistance do you need in taking this forward? Please be as detailed as possible.: No additional activities being pursued at this time.
If you could recommend a research topic, pertaining to the realm of your committee’s work, to an academic colleague, what would you request s/he research and why? (In other words, what gaps in research do you see in this particular area so that ALSC can share with the Association for Library and Information Science Educators and/or help develop ALSC's own research agenda?): No new research topics to suggest at this time.
If you are a virtual committee or task force, what is your primary method for holding meetings or communicating?: Email, Google Hangouts
When you communicate electronically, how are you preserving the work of the committee for the next committee?*: Posting minutes in committee's ALA Connect space., Saving emails in folder to forward to next chair., Documents are saved in Google Drive
Did you attend or watch the online committee/task force orientation? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms.*: Yes
If you are the chair of a virtual committee/task force, have you reviewed the resources available in the Best Practices for Virtual Committee Work wiki? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms*: Yes
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Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion Call for Papers: Politics of Libraries Conference April 23, 2018 University of Alberta - School of Library and Information Studies

by Anjelica Rufus-Barnes on Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 06:05 pm

Deadline: January 30, 2018 (from politicsoflibraries.github.io)

Deadline: January 30, 2018 (from politicsoflibraries.github.io)

The spring of 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the turbulent spring of 1968 where social and political movements resulted in protests and strikes across many Western democracies. In France in May of 1968, where unrest was most pointed, some declared the month to be the “début d’une lutte prolongée” or “beginning of a prolonged struggle.” While the protests and strikes seemed to indicate a progressive momentum in the waning period of the so-called ‘golden era’ of the Fordist social contract, the response to thesocial protests of 1968 (and political radicalism that followed) was the emergence of economic and political neoliberalism. Looking back on 50 years since 1968, we aim to question not what failed in the spring of 1968 nor how a new political and economic orderarose, but what is the state of the politics of libraries in 2018? What struggles continue and what new ones must be undertaken?

Reflecting on this 50th anniversary, an interested group of librarians, information professionals, students, and academics is hosting a conference questioning the politics of libraries in 2018, discussed over one day in April 2018 at the University of Alberta. In the spirit of 1968, we invite practitioners, scholars, activists, students, and other members of the general public interested in library allied information services to submit proposals on the issue of the politics of libraries in 2018. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Neutrality in libraries
  • Hegemonic and counter-hegemonic roles of libraries
  • Resistance in library services and work
  • Neoliberalism and its relationship to libraries
  • Precarity in library work

Please submit proposals (not to exceed 400 words) for individual (20 minute presentations) and group/panel contributions using this form by midnight January 30, 2018.

All submissions will undergo a double-blind peer review process undertaken by the conference organizers. Notification on the status of submissions will be made by mid-February, 2018.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact politicsoflibraries@gmail.com.

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Continuing Education / Professional Development Discussion Group (ACRL - Association of College & Research Libraries)

Discussion The ACRL Mile High RoadShow: “Engaging with the ACRL Framework" (February 9, 2018, Denver)

by Chase Ollis (staff) on Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 11:04 am

The ACRL Mile High RoadShow: “Engaging with the ACRL Framework: Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices”

ALA Midwinter Meeting Workshop
Friday, February 9, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Denver, CO

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Join us in the Mile High City for the day-long workshop “Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices,” offered at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting!

The ACRL Mile High RoadShow: “Engaging with the ACRL Framework: Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices”

ALA Midwinter Meeting Workshop
Friday, February 9, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Denver, CO

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Join us in the Mile High City for the day-long workshop “Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices,” offered at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting!

Program

The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education - with its emphasis on self-reflective and lifelong learning and on conceptual understandings about information, research, and scholarship and encouraging - has prompted many librarians to consider their teaching practices from fresh angles, as they explore their evolving instructional roles within and beyond the library classroom. The Framework’s vision of information literacy education as a shared responsibility of all educators suggests both opportunities and challenges for teaching librarians, as we expand pedagogical approaches and partnerships. This workshop supports librarians in engaging more deeply with the Framework and exploring ways that it may help to enrich their individual teaching practices, as well as their local instruction programs and institutions.

Throughout this workshop participants will explore concepts and pedagogical approaches outlined in the Framework and their significance to their own instructional work. Attendees will apply their learning and reflection to creating instruction plans for their local contexts and considering possibilities for growing teaching partnerships.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Recognize the overarching goals and the major components of the Framework and what theories influenced the document's creation.
  • Reflect on their personal perspectives on and experiences with the Framework and how these influence their engagement with the document.
  • Examine their unique institutional and instructional contexts and the possibilities and constraints these contexts present for their pedagogical work,
  • Apply principles of instructional design to develop instruction that is centered on the Frames and that fosters learning transfer and metacognition.
  • Explore the unique knowledge and experiences that librarians bring to teaching and learning and their implications for expanding librarians' instructional roles and partnerships.
  • Explore how the Framework can be used to foster dialogue and collaboration among educators.

Presenters:

Samantha Godbey is Education Librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she is liaison to the College of Education and Department of Psychology. In this role, she has worked directly with faculty to integrate research-based assignments and information literacy concepts into their courses. Samantha’s research focuses on the Framework as well as information literacy instruction and assessment, and she is co-editor of Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts (ACRL, 2017). She holds a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of California at Berkeley.

Lindsay Matts-Benson is the Instructional Designer for the University of Minnesota Libraries in Minneapolis, where she collaborates and consults with librarians and library staff on building accessible, thoughtful and creative instructional material, such as online tutorials, websites, videos and in-person presentations. Lindsay has designed online learning modules and developed semester-long courses ranging from insurance law and trial advocacy skills to library research skills and job searching using library databases. Lindsay holds a Master of Arts in Learning Technology with a certificate in e-learning from the University of St. Thomas, and a Master's in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest, IL. Along with Andrea Baer and Brittney Johnson, Lindsay co-designed this workshop curriculum.

Registration

Access the ALA Annual Conference registration materials to submit your registration. The workshop code is ACR1.

Want to add this event to an existing registration?
Visit your dashboard link, which can be found in your confirmation email. If you need additional assistance or cannot locate your confirmation, please call CompuSystems at 866-513-0760 or email alaregistration@compusystems.com.

Registration fees
ACRL member - $255
ALA member - $295
Nonmember - $325

Questions?
Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org.

Can’t make it to Denver? You can bring this workshop to your campus, chapter, or consortia upon request! Visit the RoadShow section of the ACRL website for more information.

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Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion NEXT Library® Emerging Leader Travel Fellowship-Berlin Conference Sept. 2018, apply by Jan. 19

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 10:31 am

NEXT Library® Emerging Leader Travel Fellowship-Berlin Conference Sept. 2018

NEXT Library® Emerging Leader Travel Fellowship-Berlin Conference Sept. 2018

Six emerging leaders in U.S. public libraries will be selected and given travel awards by the Central and Regional Library of Berlin to attend the Next Library® Conference, September 12-15, 2018, under federal grant no. SGE-210-17-GR-0148 provided by the U.S. Department of State and the American Embassy in Berlin.  Emerging leaders is an open definition and is not tied to the ALA Emerging Leaders program (though those individuals past and present are welcome to apply.)  Any public librarian/staff who meets the criteria are eligible to be nominated.   The Next Library Conference programs are in English. 

Fellows will receive travel grants to cover conference registration, roundtrip economy airfare, hotel accommodation for 4 nights (between 11 September and 15 September), and per diem in connection with hotel nights.

The American Library Association’s Europe Committee and members of the Next Library® Advisory Board are assisting the Central and Regional Library of Berlin in selecting the 2018 US Public Library fellows.

Applicants need to be nominated by the director, or other supervisory manager at the library and/or a past attendee of the NEXT Library® Conference. Nominators must to fill out the application with support from the fellow.

In addition to the application here, nominators/nominees are encouraged to send an up to two-page maximum bio or resume of the nominee to Nick Sweig at nsweig@ala.org after completing the application.  Questions about the fellowship should also be addressed to nsweig@ala.org

Nominees must be currently working at a U.S. public library and have served ten years or less in the profession. Ideal candidates will have direct responsibility or oversite in services delivery, design, and implementation; have demonstrated leadership and an entrepreneurial mindset; have taken risks and weathered challenges, even failure; and those that demonstrate a deep commitment to the future of the field.  Nominees are preferred to have an MLIS but it is not required.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, January 19, 2018

Notifications will be made mid-February.

 

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Discussion Digital Projects Archivist, Washington State University (apply by Jan. 21)

by Briana Jarnagin (staff) on Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 08:42 am

Digital Projects Archivist

Work Location: Pullman, Washington

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications  

Position Details: Librarian 2, full-time, 12-month, 2-year temporary, non-tenure-track

Posting Close date:  January 21, 2018

Required Applicant Documents:  Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, Reference Contact Info (for 3 references)

Finalists for this position may be subject to a background check as a condition of employment.

Digital Projects Archivist

Work Location: Pullman, Washington

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications  

Position Details: Librarian 2, full-time, 12-month, 2-year temporary, non-tenure-track

Posting Close date:  January 21, 2018

Required Applicant Documents:  Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, Reference Contact Info (for 3 references)

Finalists for this position may be subject to a background check as a condition of employment.

For additional information and to apply:  https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/36062

 

 

Position Summary:

The Washington State University Libraries invites applications for Digital Projects Archivist, a full-time, 12-month, grant-funded, 2-year temporary position with the possibility of extension, located on the Pullman campus.  This position reports to the Associate Dean of Digital Initiatives and Special Collections.  Start date is targeted for February 2018.

 

As a part of a larger team comprised of personnel from the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (CDSC) and Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections at Washington State University, this position will support the digital workflow and lifecycle of digital materials in on-going CDSC projects and provide support for digital platforms including, but not limited to: Mukurtu CMS, Scalar, Omeka, CONTENTdm and WordPress. The Digital Projects Archivist will work directly with faculty, students and staff on projects that vary in scale and scope related to curating collections, providing culturally appropriate access to collections, and producing widely available resources for teaching, research and scholarship in the University. This position will play a leading role in supporting the Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal (Portal) in all aspects of the Portal project initiatives including 1) providing instructional support for tribal community users, community members, and institutional partners, 2) overseeing metadata creation, 3) updating and managing ingest of digital content from multiple institutions, 4) delivering training and support resources (online and in person) for the collaborative curation process and 5) assisting tribal staff with added content creation from digitized materials. The Digital Projects Archivist will be an integral part of the team at the CDSC and will work on grant-funded and ongoing projects.

 

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited Library and Information Studies program at date of hire.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written, organizational, problem-solving and planning skills.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.
  • Ability to work with diverse sets of stakeholders.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Mukurtu CMS and Scalar experience preferred.
  • Experience with digitization management and workflows.
  • Experience with instruction and training for a diverse set of users of digital systems.
  • Experience working with or supporting a Content Management System.
  • Experience in Special Collections or archives management.
  • Familiarity with current trends in digital library initiatives and digital curation.
  • Strong attention to access, privacy and security issues from diverse perspectives.
  • Commitment to working with diverse populations, particularly Native American communities.
  • Willingness to work in a face-paced, innovative team environment, assist in expanding the Portal community of users, lead and think creatively, problem-solve and be flexible.
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Discussion Education and Outreach Archivist, Washington State University (apply by Jan. 21)

by Briana Jarnagin (staff) on Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 08:41 am

Education and Outreach Archivist

Work Location: Pullman, Washington

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications  

Position Details: Librarian 2, full-time, 12-month, 3-year temporary, non-tenure-track

Posting Close date: January 21, 2018

Required Applicant Documents:  Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, Reference Contact Info (for 3 references)

Finalists for this position may be subject to a background check as a condition of employment.

Education and Outreach Archivist

Work Location: Pullman, Washington

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications  

Position Details: Librarian 2, full-time, 12-month, 3-year temporary, non-tenure-track

Posting Close date: January 21, 2018

Required Applicant Documents:  Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, Reference Contact Info (for 3 references)

Finalists for this position may be subject to a background check as a condition of employment.

For additional information and to apply:  https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/36061

 

Position Summary:

The Washington State University Libraries invites applications for Education and Outreach Archivist, a full-time, 12-month, grant-funded, 3-year temporary position with the possibility of extension, located on the Pullman campus.  This position reports to the Associate Dean of Digital Initiatives and Special Collections.  Start date is targeted for February 2018.

 

As a part of a larger team comprised of personnel from the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (CDSC) and the Libraries at Washington State University, this position will support and extend the collaborative curation model and method through educational initiatives, curriculum development and instruction. The Education and Outreach Archivist will support the Tribal Digital Stewardship Cohort program and the Sustainable Heritage Network (SHN) by providing hands-on educational instruction, working as part of a team to develop and extend curricular modules, leading outreach efforts to potential program participants and collaborating with faculty, staff, community members and other educators to deliver instruction in person and online as part of the collaborative curation process. This position will support CDSC developed platforms and tools including Mukurtu CMS and the Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal (Portal) including support for users at all levels, training aimed at tribal heritage institution staff and community members. The Education and Outreach Archivist will be an integral part of the team at the CDSC.

 

Required Qualifications:

●       Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited Library and Information Studies program at date of hire.

●       Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written, organizational, problem-solving and planning skills.

●       Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.

●       Ability to work with diverse sets of stakeholders.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

●       Experience with curricular creation, educational models, instruction and outreach to diverse sets of stakeholders.

●       Experience creating outreach materials, working with production teams, and delivering instruction online and in virtual settings.

●       Digital archives training and experience.

●       Familiarity with Mukurtu CMS.

●       Familiarity with current trends in digital library initiatives, digital curation, and archives instruction.

●       Strong attention to diverse needs, access issues, learning needs, and community work.

●       Commitment to working with diverse communities.

●       Willingness to work in a fast-paced, deadline driven team environment, assist in expanding CDSC programming and projects, and think creatively, problem-solve and be flexible.

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Discussion Exhibition Program Manager/Preservation Librarian, Yale University

by Briana Jarnagin (staff) on Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 08:40 am

Exhibition Program Manager / Preservation Librarian

Yale University Library

New Haven, CT

Requisition:  46743BR

http://bit.ly/2B28M7s

 

Exhibition Program Manager / Preservation Librarian

Yale University Library

New Haven, CT

Requisition:  46743BR

http://bit.ly/2B28M7s

 

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

 

Position Focus: Reporting to the John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History/Head of the Medical History Library, the Exhibition Program Manager & Preservation Librarian oversees the exhibition and preservation activities within the Medical Historical collections, the general collections of the Medical Library, and the Cushing Center. The Exhibition Program Manager & Preservation Librarian manages and implements the exhibition program for the Medical Library and provides planning and production support for the effective operation of the program. The Exhibition Program Manager & Preservation Librarian assists the Librarian for Medical History in managing day-to-day activities associated with the maintenance of the collections, archives, supporting documentation, and collection facilities of the Medical Historical Library and Cushing Center.

 

Required Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or a postgraduate degree in a related discipline is required. Individuals new to the profession are encouraged to apply.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability.
  • Demonstrated record of designing exhibitions and/or preservation projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion.
  • Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.
  • Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of a wide range of preservation and conservation issues and current developments within the library, archival and preservation profession, including born digital preservation.
  • Demonstrated ability with working in a special collection environment, with some collection management experience.

 

 

Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments. Librarian ranking information can be found at: http://www.library.yale.edu/about/departments/lhr/rank.html.

 

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Two years preservation experience; knowledge of at least one Western European language (other than English); supervisory experience; strong project management and interpersonal skills.

 

The University and the Library

The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 15 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Center for Science and Social Science Information, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at www.library.yale.edu.

 

The Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library

The Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library serves the Yale Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, the Yale-New Haven Hospital and other affiliated institutions of the Yale-New Haven Medical Center. The Medical Library is a dynamic and busy place; library staff work together as a team to provide responsive and effective information support to the Medical Center's missions of research, education, and patient care.  A collection of 400,000 volumes and a wide range of state-of the art electronic resources brings information to the community at the library, on campus and remotely.  For additional information, see: http://library.medicine.yale.edu.

 

Salary and Benefits

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

 

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at http://bit.ly/2B28M7s.

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Discussion Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Librarian, Pennsylvania State University (apply by Jan. 22)

by Briana Jarnagin (staff) on Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 08:38 am

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Librarian

Penn State University Libraries, Harrisburg Campus

To apply, please visit https://libraries.psu.edu/STEMlibrarian.

 

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Librarian

Penn State University Libraries, Harrisburg Campus

To apply, please visit https://libraries.psu.edu/STEMlibrarian.

 

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for the position of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Librarian at the Penn State Harrisburg Library. The campus library seeks a proactive, creative, and inventive librarian to fill a tenure track, faculty position as part of Penn State University Libraries. The primary assignment of the STEM Librarian is to provide reference, instruction, and collection development with particular emphasis on supporting the information needs of Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Science, Engineering, and Technology, one of five academic schools at the College. Additionally, the STEM librarian will oversee collection management projects at the Harrisburg Campus Library and support data and technology initiatives with the University Libraries.  

 

Major responsibilities of this assignment include: managing reference and general collections in the fields of engineering, computer science, mathematics, biology, environmental science, and general sciences; developing and presenting course-related bibliographic instruction and information literacy workshops in STEM liaison areas; outreach to STEM-related constituencies on campus; developing online library guides and tutorials for STEM faculty and students; providing instructive reference services both face-to-face and online; and partnering with other University librarians, the World Campus, and other units on campus and within the University to support learning and literacy in STEM disciplines. Responsibilities as collections and data coordinator include: assisting the Harrisburg library director and other librarians in collection analysis and assessment; coordinating major collection management projects; providing user support for citation management software and data management software; and collaborating in University-wide information/data initiatives. In addition, the STEM Librarian is expected to participate in library, college, and university governance. The STEM librarian is also expected to remain abreast of current developments in library and information sciences and devote time to research, scholarly activity, and service to the University, the public, and the profession. New faculty benefit from the strong mentoring program developed by the University Libraries to support new faculty in tenure-track appointments in fulfilling expectations in the areas of librarianship, research, and service. The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect.  We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment. More information on Penn State’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting http://equity.psu.edu/psu-diversity-statement.

 

REQUIREMENTS: This position requires a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution (or equivalent); experience with reference and instruction; knowledge of STEM print and electronic information resources; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and collaboratively; strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion; and the potential to achieve the requirements for tenure and promotion in the areas of librarianship, research, and service. Some evening and/or weekend work is required. Preferred qualifications include at least one year of post MLS experience with relevant reference and instruction experience at an academic or research library. An advanced degree or graduate level study in the sciences, technology, engineering or mathematics is also desirable. Early career librarians are encouraged to apply.

 

ENVIRONMENT: Penn State Harrisburg is located in Middletown, Pennsylvania. The campus is just east of Harrisburg, the state capital, and about one and one half hours from Philadelphia and Baltimore, and two hours from University Park and Washington, D.C. The three-story, 115,000-square-foot, technologically advanced academic research library includes 300,000 volumes, more than 200 journals, and 1 million microforms. With access to nearly 750 databases and 110,000 online full-text journals through the Penn State University Libraries, the facility provides extensive support to online and remote users. The college offers 35 baccalaureate degree programs, 25 master degree programs, and three doctoral programs. Penn State Harrisburg also offers the first two years of study leading to more than 160 baccalaureate majors offered throughout the Penn State system. There are approximately 5,000 students. More details about the Penn State Harrisburg Library can be found at http://www.hbg.psu.edu/library. Information about the college and surrounding area can be located at http://www.hbg.psu.edu//hbg/generalinfo.html.

 

The Penn State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University’s strategic goals in teaching, research, service, and outreach.  The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve more than 6,400 faculty and 46,800 students at University Park, and approximately 97,500 students university-wide. More than 120 faculty librarians in the University Libraries benefit from extensive technological resources and research support services. Penn State, a land-grant institution, is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Association of American Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the international Center for Research Libraries. For information on the University Libraries Framework to Foster Diversity Strategic Plan, visit https://libraries.psu.edu/about/diversity.

 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: Salary and rank are dependent upon qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, State or TIAA retirement options, and educational privileges. In addition, faculty in the University Libraries are afforded funds for professional development travel annually. Faculty may be asked to travel as official representatives of the Libraries to certain events and those trips are reimbursed at full cost within limits established by the University.

 

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online.  To apply, please visit https://libraries.psu.edu/STEMlibrarian. To be considered for the position, interested candidates should upload a letter of application, resume or C.V., and the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses).   Review of applications will begin January 22, 2018 and continue until position is filled.  Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at lap225@psu.edu.

Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS:  For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to www.police.psu.edu/clery/, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

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