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Discussion Call for Proposals: Reference Librarianship & Justice: History, Practice & Praxis

by Twanna Hodge on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 02:16 pm

Call for Proposals: Reference Librarianship & Justice: History, Practice & Praxis

Proposal Deadline is July 1, 2016. 

Editors: Kate Adler, Ian Beilin, and Eamon Tewell
Publisher: Library Juice Press

Call for Proposals: Reference Librarianship & Justice: History, Practice & Praxis

Proposal Deadline is July 1, 2016. 

Editors: Kate Adler, Ian Beilin, and Eamon Tewell
Publisher: Library Juice Press

Reference work often receives short shrift in the contemporary discourse and practice of librarianship. Conversations that concern critical pedagogy, social justice, and theory tend to revolve around instruction or cataloging practice. Moreover, reference librarians and reference services themselves seem to be disappearing. Reference Librarianship & Justice: History, Practice & Praxis seeks to stake out a space and make a passionate case for reference work in a manner that is historically, socially and politically compelling. It will highlight the unique position of reference librarianship, a liminal and dialectical space, potentially distinct from the power dynamics of classroom instruction and singular in its mission and practice. At heart, reference is a conversation and partnership. The stakes are significant, not only because of the unique potential for social justice work but because of the risk that the profession is now overlooking reference’s central importance.

Libraries can be viewed as “leaks in the informational economy” (Vaidhyanathan, 2004) and reference services inside and outside of the library have the capacity to create radical spaces of critique and social justice. Reference has a long history of contributing to libraries as sites of democratic access to information, ideas, books, and culture. That access is an essential element of an informed democracy and the intellectual engagement of the autonomous individual. Yet we overlook that this access doesn’t happen magically. Point-of-need interaction, key to the positioning of libraries as agents of social change, often pivots around the work of reference.

The Book’s Three Sections:

Part 1: Praxis
This chapter will mine diverse theoretical frameworks as they pertain to Social Justice & Reference. This may include the canonical theorists that Critical LIS Literature has traditionally engaged but an emphasis will be placed on work beyond the canon. In so doing, it will trouble and broaden traditional academic conventions. For example, the work of various activist traditions and social movement thinkers might be discussed, or epistemologies associated with non-western cultural ideas of property, ownership, knowledge, etc. Contributors are also encouraged to look to theorists writing in a variety disciplines: architecture, computer science, or law, among others. These frameworks can come from both inside and outside LIS literatures. For example: How has work in the area of radical cataloging or archival theory served to provide a lens through which to engage reference work?

Part 2: History
Part 2 makes the case that reference librarianship has a long tradition of social justice work. It will feature historical studies of reference work both in and out of libraries, international and domestic (e.g. librarians in totalitarian regimes, librarians during the cold war, etc.). In this section we encourage authors to make connections from the past to the present: what historical examples of reference service might serve as inspiration or as caution for present day efforts to provide a socially conscious reference service? Possible examples: reference work in Nazi Germany or Nazi-occupied Europe; reference services in segregated, Jim Crow libraries.

Part 3: Dispatches from the Field
Articles about mindful, social justice-oriented reference work in diverse settings (e.g. rural, Native American reservations; inner-city neighborhoods; situated within myriad institutions such as the federal government; and within myriad collections, e.g. archives, special collections, etc.) Part 3 seeks to bring parts one and two together. We laid the groundwork for the book’s claim about the centrality of social justice in reference work by presenting a variety of theoretical models; we’ve explored the rich genealogy of social justice in reference librarianship by looking to the past in part 2; and now, in our closing section, we seek to illuminate parts one and two and their relevance by looking to practice today.

Possible Chapter Topics:
– Reference as praxis: Explorations of diverse theoretical models and frameworks through which to think about Reference. We encourage proposals that engage thinkers, writers and traditions beyond the traditional Critical LIS canon, though new engagements of canonical thinkers are welcomed too.
– Studies exploring the historical tradition of reference librarianship as social justice practice. We encourage proposals that seek to connect and draw parallels between librarianship’s historical tradition and contemporary practice and the contemporary context.
– Examples of specific social justice initiatives tied to reference services.
– Linking reference services to social justice movements outside of the library.
– Innovations in reference service to better serve marginalized and oppressed groups.
– Reference work and anti-racism.
– Successful efforts at repurposing reference services with a social justice and/or critical focus.

Submission Guidelines:
Please submit the following to ReferenceAndJusticeBook@gmail.com by July 1, 2016:
– An abstract of up to 500 words describing your proposed chapter
– A brief biographical statement about the author(s)

Notifications will be sent by July 29, 2016. First drafts will be due December 1, 2016, with an anticipated final publication date of Fall 2017. Chapters are expected to be between 2000 and 5000 words.

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Discussion Main Library Manager, Dayton Metro Library

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Main Library Manager
The Dayton Metro Library (DML) is innovative library leaders, to apply for the position of Main Library Manager.

Main Library Manager
The Dayton Metro Library (DML) is innovative library leaders, to apply for the position of Main Library Manager.

Job Responsibilities: Establish goals and objectives for the Main Library which support the Library’s mission. Provide and direct the vision for Main Library. Direct all public services of Main Library, including information assistance, readers’ advisory, outreach, circulation, interlibrary loan, youth services, local history, Ask Me Line, and programming. Hire, supervise, evaluate, and monitor the development and work of direct reports. Serve as the primary channel of communication between Director Deputy and Main Library staff. Ensure the efficient, effective, customer service oriented delivery of services. Support Library event planning and ensures innovative and coordinated use of Library spaces. Develop and maintain rapport with community organizations. Identify library needs in the community, plan and provide innovative services and programs to meet these needs. Oversee the evaluation, development and maintenance of Main Library’s collections and information resources. Ensure the establishment, preparation, and implementation of Main Library public services budget. Order necessary equipment and furnishings for Main Library. Make recommendations for security with an emphasis on customer service.

Job Qualifications: MLS from an A.L.A. accredited program. Four to ten years of increasingly responsible experience at a professional level that includes managing a department with a minimum of three years supervisory experience required.

Salary and Benefits: Starting salary $70,258 with exceptional benefits.

Application Process: Send resume to cchibis@daytonmetrolibrary.org

CYNTHIA CHIBIS, SHRM-SCP
Human Resources Manager
DaytonMetroLibrary.org
P: 937.496.8550 • F: 937.496.4302

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Discussion Data Services Librarian, University of Maryland Libraries (apply by July 5)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 11:49 am

Title: Data Services Librarian
Category: Librarian (Open Rank)
Department: Digital Programs and Initiatives
Benefits: 22 Days Annual Leave, 15 Days of Sick Leave, 3 Days Personal Leave, 15 Paid Holidays, Tuition Remission, Health, Dental, Vision, and Prescription

Title: Data Services Librarian
Category: Librarian (Open Rank)
Department: Digital Programs and Initiatives
Benefits: 22 Days Annual Leave, 15 Days of Sick Leave, 3 Days Personal Leave, 15 Paid Holidays, Tuition Remission, Health, Dental, Vision, and Prescription

The University of Maryland Libraries serve more than 37,500 students and 4,200 faculty at the University System of Maryland’s flagship campus and constitute the largest university library system in the Washington D.C./Baltimore area. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. Recent membership in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a robust organization of Big Ten member institutions, is particularly meaningful to the University Libraries and will further propel the university’s ascendancy in academic excellence.

The incumbent reports to the Manager of Digital Programs and Initiatives (DPI), serves as the technical lead to develop and design novel, sustainable data services throughout all stages of the research data lifecycle, and supports the collection, description, storage, and analysis of data acquired or generated by researchers. S/he serves as the expert on technology and tools to support researchers and partners as they manage, analyze, share, communicate, and preserve their research data. S/he must collaborate closely with Libraries’ staff to ensure Research Data Services are aligned with the diverse needs of a broad variety of researchers, and s/he takes the initiative to identify and support the technical needs of researchers as well as suggest improvements and new services or workflows. S/he also actively participates in programs and projects in DPI including but not limited to the institutional repository (DRUM), digital publishing, and digital collections. The incumbent’s goals should be to facilitate broad dissemination of UMD-generated researcher data on appropriate platforms as well as ensuring the UMD Libraries is preserving data as necessary and required by policy. S/he engages in technical consultations with researchers to identify needs, provides instruction in tools for data collection, description, analysis, and exploration, and coordinates closely with both technical and non-technical staff throughout UMD Libraries to deploy technical solutions for data management. S/he works across disciplinary, departmental, and divisional boundaries to forge connections between problem sites, resources, and applications. S/he is the communication hub between a variety of teams to carry out data curation projects and related programs. S/he helps cultivate partnerships and strengthen collaborations between researchers, curators, technologists, and administrators.

Required Qualifications/Education/Experience:
• Proficiency with at least one programming or scripting language, such as R, Python, JavaScript, or Ruby.
• Knowledge of issues and technical challenges related to use and archiving of digital data.
• Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution of higher education by the start of employment, or an advanced degree in a relevant field.
• One year of work experience in the field of data management or information technology, in libraries or private industry.
• Experience administering, developing, or designing databases (relational, hierarchical, or graph based).
• Familiarity with institutional or subject repository systems such as Fedora, DSpace, Dataverse, or comparable products.

For the full position description including preferred qualifications, please go to http://www.lib.umd.edu/hr/employment-opportunities/staff-faculty-positions.

Position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. For additional information, consult the following website: http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/2014-ii-100b.html .

APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at http://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/42925. No relocation assistance will be provided. You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment. An application consists of a cover letter which includes the source of advertisement, a resume, and names/e-mail addresses of three references.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until July 5, 2016.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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Discussion Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian, Tufts University Tisch Library

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 11:47 am

To apply, please visit: http://tufts.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=16001364&lang=en **

Tisch Library supports Tufts’ School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering, providing the services and resources to assist members of the Tufts community in their teaching, learning and research. Tisch Library provides collections, expertise, and technology-rich environments to support the creation and dissemination of scholarship. The Technical Services Department provides support for the creation, management and preservation of scholarship. The department cultivates teamwork and collaborative relationships within and outside Tisch Library to provide high-quality resources and services for your users.

Reporting to the Assistant Director for Technical Services, the Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian will help drive the development and growth of metadata services in Tisch Library in support of scholarship at the University. He/She will be part of a collaborative team that develops, recommends, and implements policies and procedures to provide cataloging and metadata services at the University.

Basic Requirements:

• MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent experience in an academic research library
• Demonstrated working knowledge of established and emerging national and international standards and tools relating to metadata and classification such as: Dublin Core, MODS, RDA, AACR2, LCSH, FRBR
• Excellent analytical skills and oral and written communication skills. Evidence of high productivity and problem solving skills when working independently and in groups, as changing situations require
• Self-motivated, detail-oriented, with good team-working skills, a strong service orientation, and a demonstrated commitment to staff development and diversity in the workplace
• Knowledge of trends and issues in academic libraries, scholarly communications, higher education, publishing

Preferred Qualifications:

• Two or more years of professional experience working in an academic library setting.
• Working knowledge of a foreign language desirable
• Knowledge of music cataloging practices desirable
• Experience with the management of electronic resources
• Experience creating and/or working with authority data (e.g. LC authorities, Getty vocabularies, ISNI, etc.)
• Familiarity with linked data and semantic web applications
• Experience with original metadata creation and retrospective metadata projects
• Familiarity with markup and transformation languages such as: HTML, XML, XSLT
• Experience with XML editors such as Oxygen
• Knowledge of metadata application in a repository environment

Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds. Please see the Tufts University non-discrimination statement.

** To apply, please visit: http://tufts.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=16001364&lang=en **

 

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Discussion Information Literacy Librarian, Limestone College - SC

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 09:37 am

AJ Eastwood Library at Limestone College seeks energetic, innovative, service and team-oriented librarian to participate in coordinating, developing, and delivering library instruction to support classroom and online instruction for both the Day (traditional) and Extended Campus (satellite and online) programs. This position also teaches a 3-credit Academic Research course developed by the Library and participates in face-to-face and online reference services.

AJ Eastwood Library at Limestone College seeks energetic, innovative, service and team-oriented librarian to participate in coordinating, developing, and delivering library instruction to support classroom and online instruction for both the Day (traditional) and Extended Campus (satellite and online) programs. This position also teaches a 3-credit Academic Research course developed by the Library and participates in face-to-face and online reference services. This position reports to the Director of Library Services and is a twelve month, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. Tentative start date is July 1, 2016. This position is based in Gaffney, SC.

Required: MLS or equivalent from an ALA accredited institution. Excellent oral and written communication skills with a high degree of computer literacy, ability to work independently and collaboratively with minimum supervision. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office. Demonstrated knowledge of library database searching and the research process. Flexible hours are required; may work evenings and weekends.

Preferred: Demonstrated experience in teaching library instruction or equivalent teaching experience. Demonstrated knowledge of student learning outcome assessment. Experience with data collection, organization and analysis. Experience with an integrated library system, and LibGuides.Experience with Archives a plus.

Applicants should complete the online application http://my.limestone.edu/offices/human-resources/jobs and upload a cover letter and resume. For additional information, please email Lizah Ismail at iismail@limestone.edu. *Resumes may not be submitted in lieu of the application.
Limestone College is an equal opportunity employer. AA/EOE

To Apply: http://my.limestone.edu/offices/human-resources/jobs

Lizah Ismail

Assistant Professor

Director of the Library

AJ Eastwood Library

Limestone College

Gaffney, SC

864-488-4610

iismail@limestone.edu

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Discussion Reference and Instruction Librarian, SUNY Geneseo - NY (apply by June 17)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, May 23, 2016 at 01:45 pm

Job Opening: SUNY Geneseo
Apply online at https://jobs.geneseo.edu

Job Opening: SUNY Geneseo
Apply online at https://jobs.geneseo.edu

Reference and Instruction Librarian
The State University of New York at Geneseo, Milne Library, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, reference and instruction librarian. This individual will serve as liaison to academic and non-academic departments and programs that support first-year, transfer, and international students. This person will be a member of the library’s Instruction & Reference Services unit and will coordinate, design, promote, implement, and assess instruction and outreach programs.

We are looking for a creative, student-centered, team member with a commitment to user services who can thrive in an environment that encourages experimentation and creativity. The ideal candidate will develop and lead library-wide efforts to integrate information literacy concepts into the first-year framework and assess the effectiveness of these programs in promoting student retention and success.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement innovative programming to engage incoming students with the library in collaboration with the Academic Excellence Librarian and others.
  • Design, implement, manage, promote, and assess the library’s information literacy efforts for incoming students and K12-to-college experiences in collaboration with key partners within the divisions of Academic Affairs and Student & Campus Life.
  • Coordinate the library’s presence at campus orientation and new student events.
  • Reference and research support to faculty and students.
  • Participate in the library’s general instruction program for undergraduates.
  • Engage in collection development and information resources management.
  • Develop and manage online resources and tools (such as subject guides, tutorials, and assessments) to support information literacy instruction.
  • In collaboration with librarians, faculty, and staff, support digital scholarship initiatives.
  • Participate on library teams in support of the library’s mission.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree in information and/or library science from an ALA-accredited school or an ALA-approved foreign equivalent.
  • Reference service experience.
  • Teaching experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience helping first year students incorporate library research into their writing.
  • Experience working with or providing services for diverse, incoming or at-risk students.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects in a collaborative environment.
  • Knowledge of and ability to learn new technologies and their applications to instruction.

For a complete job description or to apply, visit https://jobs.geneseo.edu.
Review of completed applications will begin upon receipt. To be guaranteed consideration, applications must be completed by June 17, 2016. 

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Discussion University Laboratory High School Librarian, UIUC (apply by June 13)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, May 23, 2016 at 01:40 pm

University Laboratory High School Librarian

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available: Position available July 16, 2016. This is a 100%-time, twelve-month appointment Academic Professional position.

University Laboratory High School Librarian

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available: Position available July 16, 2016. This is a 100%-time, twelve-month appointment Academic Professional position.

Responsibilities:  Reporting to the Head of the Undergraduate Library, the University Laboratory High School Librarian will provide leadership for and supervision of library services to students, faculty, and staff using the University Laboratory High School Library.  The University Laboratory High School Librarian is a member of the Central Public Services Division within the University Library. 

The successful candidate will:

  • Lead the provision of library instructional services, reference services, and educational technology integration support for University Laboratory High School students, staff, and other users of the library;
  • Exercise professional judgment, select print, electronic, and audiovisual materials for the library collection;
  • Teach and team-teach research based projects in the classroom and collaborate with teachers on curricular issues;
  • Collaborate and be a resource for classroom teachers, University Laboratory High School administrators, and other school staff in planning and administration of instructional services and educational technology integration;
  • Manage daily all operations of the University Laboratory High School Library including instruction; educational technology support; reference service; collection development, management and maintenance; liaison; and outreach services;
  • Direct the selection, training, evaluation, and deployment of support staff, student, and graduate assistants in the University Laboratory High School Library;
  • Formulate and recommend policies for University Laboratory High School Library, prepare strategic plans, annual goals, annual reports, budgets, funding requests, and other regular and on-demand reports;
  • Collaborate with the Undergraduate Library in the provision of services to K-12 programs and students, including tours, summer workshops, and programs geared to students transitioning to college;
  • Investigate topics, techniques, skills, methods, and procedures that will benefit library projects as well as develop advanced professional skills (5-10% of time, in consultation with supervisor).

Environment:  University Laboratory High School is a selective admission, public, laboratory school sanctioned by the State of Illinois and associated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The school serves academically talented students, residing in Illinois, from the subfreshman level (combined 7th and 8th grades) through high school. University Laboratory High School, or Uni, was established in 1921 and is a laboratory school located on the campus of the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois. Its enrollment is approximately 320 students. The school is notable for the achievements of its alumni, including three Nobel laureates and a Pulitzer Prize winner; in 2006 and 2007 it was recognized as a "public elite" school by Newsweek because of its students' high scores on the SAT. According to its mission statement, Uni is a catalyst for educational innovation. The faculty at Uni challenge students through traditional and experimental strategies to ignite their potential for active, responsible involvement in the adult world.

The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research libraries in the world. With more than 13 million volumes and significant digital resources, it ranks second in size among academic research libraries in the United States and first among public university libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of the campus, the Library is committed to maintaining the strongest possible collections and services and engaging in research and development activities in pursuit of the University’s mission of teaching, scholarship, and public service. The Library currently employs approximately 90 faculty and 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants. For more detailed information, please visit http://www.library.illinois.edu/>.  The Library consists of multiple departmental libraries located across campus, as well as an array of central public, technical, and administrative service units. The Library also encompasses a variety of virtual service points and “embedded librarian” programs.

Qualifications:

Required qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science (MLS) or State of Illinois Teacher License with an LIS Endorsement, or equivalent certification;
  • Successful experience working with multiple age groups;
  • Public service experience in a library setting;
  • Experience managing programs and projects ;
  • Experience using a research library;
  • Facility with educational technology and knowledge of technology trends or educational technology leadership experience;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Academic library experience;
  • Secondary level teaching experience;
  • State of Illinois teaching license;
  • Experience working with gifted students;
  • Familiarity and/or experience with trends in school libraries and their application to teaching;
  • Record of participation and contribution in library, education, or related professional organizations.

 

Salary and Rank:  Salary commensurate with credentials and experience. This is a full-time, regular, Academic Professional position in the University Library.

Terms of Appointment: Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation days; 11 annual paid holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an additional 13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if needed, each year; health insurance requiring a small co-payment is provided to employee (with the option to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents); required participation in State Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8% of annual salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination), with several options for participation in additional retirement plans; newly-hired employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.

Campus and Community:  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at www.illinois.edu.

The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community, visit: http://illinois.edu/about/community/community.html> or http://www.ccchamber.org/>.

To Apply:  To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.

Deadline:  In order to ensure full consideration, applications and nominations must be received by June 13, 2016. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

 

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

 

Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

 

 

Donna Hoffman

Administrative Assistant

University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign

Business & Human Resources Service Center

1408 W. Gregory Dr. - Suite 127

Urbana, IL  61801

 

Phone: 217-333-5495

Cell: 217-621-9149

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Discussion Reference and instruction librarian (entry level), Clayton State University

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, May 23, 2016 at 10:16 am

Clayton State University Library seeks an enthusiastic entry level reference and instruction librarian to provide innovative reference support, instruction, and outreach services to Clayton State University faculty, staff, and students.

Clayton State University Library seeks an enthusiastic entry level reference and instruction librarian to provide innovative reference support, instruction, and outreach services to Clayton State University faculty, staff, and students.

The successful candidate will show a strong sense of community values and embrace the Clayton State philosophy by supporting diversity, teaching excellence, student academic goals, creativity and desire to learn. The successful candidate will actively participate with the other librarians in the information literacy program at the Clayton State University Library, demonstrating knowledge and flexibility with current trends in library technology, electronic resources, and information services. Schedule requires one evening a week, and may include an additional evening and occasional weekend hours.

Required Education and Experience
• ALA accredited Master’s Degree in Library and/or Information Sciences prior to start date.
• Ability to work productively, both independently, and as a part of a team.
• Strong commitment to public service and enthusiasm to work in the public services area of the library.
• Ability to pass a background check.

Preferred Qualifications
• Reference experience in an academic library or a public library and experience with preparation of reference guides and tools.
• Knowledge/experience in information literacy instruction and assessment of student learning.
• Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.

 

Master’s Degree in Library and/or Information Sciences prior to start date.

 

Responsibilities

• Create and deliver library instruction and assess student learning outcomes.
• Provide reference and research assistance, face to face, electronically, and by phone.
• Develop liaison relationships with faculty in assigned subject areas in support of common educational goals.
• Participate in the collection development process by evaluating and selecting materials.
• Involvement in outreach opportunities to the campus and to other constituencies.
• Collaborate with library staff to promote library awareness and participate in campus committees as appropriate.
• Supervise student assistants.

Physical Demands
This position requires frequent sitting, using hands and fingers for keyboarding, handling and feeling objects to control computer and print resources. This employee will need to be able to stand, walk, reach, climb and maintain balance. Employee needs to be able to move or lift up to ten pounds.

 

Gordon

Dr. Gordon N. Baker

2013-2014 SELA President

Dean of Libraries

Clayton State University

2000 Clayton State Blvd.

Morrow, GA 30260

678/466-4334 (O); 678/466-4349 (F)

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Discussion PT Evening Reference Librarian, Clayton State University

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, May 23, 2016 at 10:15 am

Clayton State University Library seeks an enthusiastic part-time evening reference librarian to provide innovative reference support and outreach services to Clayton State University faculty, staff, and students.

The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge and familiarity of current trends in library technology, electronic resources, and information services. Part time librarians will primarily work evenings during the semester, (Monday-Thursday), and should have flexibility to work occasional day or weekend slots, during interim semester and as staffing is needed.

Clayton State University Library seeks an enthusiastic part-time evening reference librarian to provide innovative reference support and outreach services to Clayton State University faculty, staff, and students.

The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge and familiarity of current trends in library technology, electronic resources, and information services. Part time librarians will primarily work evenings during the semester, (Monday-Thursday), and should have flexibility to work occasional day or weekend slots, during interim semester and as staffing is needed.

Required Education and Qualifications
• ALA accredited Master’s Degree in Library and/or Information Sciences or a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology/Library Media prior to start date.
• Ability to work productively, both independently, and as a part of a team.
• Ability to pass a background check.
• Experience working with the public.

Preferred Qualifications
• Strong commitment to public service.
• Reference experience in an academic library or in a public library.
• Experience with preparation of reference guides and tools.
• Knowledge/course work of the trends in information literacy instruction.
• Knowledge of automated library systems.
• Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.

 

Master’s Degree in Library and/or Information Sciences or a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology/Library Media prior to start date.

 

Responsibilities
• Provide reference and research assistance, face to face, electronically, and by phone.
• Staff the Information/Reference Desk and perform tasks including: check in/out of study rooms and technology equipment, answer basic computer assistance and general informational questions, and provide assistance with copier/print services.
• Supervise student assistants.
• Participate in collection development by evaluating and selecting materials.
• Collaborate with other library staff to promote awareness of library services and resources.
• Other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands

This position requires frequent sitting, using hands and fingers for keyboarding, handling and feeling objects to control computer and print resources. This employee will need to be able to stand, walk, reach, climb and maintain balance. Employee needs to be able to move or lift up to ten pounds.

 

Gordon

Dr. Gordon N. Baker

2013-2014 SELA President

Dean of Libraries

Clayton State University

2000 Clayton State Blvd.

Morrow, GA 30260

678/466-4334 (O); 678/466-4349 (F)

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Discussion Health Sciences Research & Education Librarian - Virginia Commonwealth University (apply by June 15)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, May 23, 2016 at 10:12 am

The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Research and Education Librarian. The Research and Education Librarian will serve as the liaison to the School of Pharmacy. In this position the liaison will assume a leadership role for providing research and instructional support for School of Pharmacy faculty, staff, and students. The successful candidate will join a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber.

The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Research and Education Librarian. The Research and Education Librarian will serve as the liaison to the School of Pharmacy. In this position the liaison will assume a leadership role for providing research and instructional support for School of Pharmacy faculty, staff, and students. The successful candidate will join a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber.

Located in culturally diverse, historic, and dynamic Richmond, convenient to the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the recreation destinations of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Commonwealth University is one of Virginia's largest universities and among the nation's leading research institutions. The VCU Libraries, one of Virginia’s outstanding research library systems, advances the University’s teaching, research, service, and patient care mission with comprehensive print and digital journal, database, and reference collections with nationally prominent collections in the health and biological sciences, social work, the arts, the history of medicine, and comic and book arts.

Responsibilities
Reporting to Head of Research and Education, the Research and Education Librarian will serve as the liaison librarian to the programs of the School of Pharmacy, the School of Medicine’s Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and VCU Health Department of Pharmacy Services on the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) Campus. The Research and Education Librarian will assume a leadership role for providing research and instructional support for faculty, staff, and students. The successful candidate will apply adult and active learning theories, principles, and practices to developing and delivering course content to support teaching and learning in curriculum-integrated and library-based instruction. To facilitate the success of this position, the librarian is expected to use platforms such as Blackboard and LibGuides; web conferencing systems including Adobe Connect and Zoom; audience response systems; mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones and other emerging technologies. The incumbent will provide in-depth and on demand research consultations for individuals and small groups. S/he will guide faculty, staff, and students in the effective use of library services and resources to support the delivery of systematic reviews and evidence-based practice. Research and Education faculty are expected to actively contribute to the library’s education and outreach programs beyond their liaison assignments. The Research and Education Librarian is expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. The incumbent for this position will pursue opportunities for professional development and networking in the American Association for Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). Tompkins-McCaw librarians are expected to pursue and maintain membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP). Faculty with the VCU Libraries are evaluated and promoted on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service.
Qualifications
Required: ALA-accredited graduate degree or accredited graduate degree in another appropriate discipline. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred: Experience working in an academic health sciences library setting. Undergraduate or graduate degree or previous work experience in a basic science, chemistry, health science, or biomedical field. Knowledge of current and emerging trends in teaching and learning in academic library instruction with emphasis on adult learning and demonstrated understanding of active learning principles. Experience teaching to a variety of audience levels and using emerging technologies for education, communication, and professional purposes. Demonstrated success in applying technology to support student learning and engagement. Familiarity with web authoring tools including LibGuides. Knowledge of principles related to evidence-based practice. Experience with literature reviews, systematic reviews, and mediated searching of relevant databases including AccessPharmacy, BIOSIS Reviews, CINAHL, NCBI databases, PubMed, Web of Science and others. Experience searching additional information sources including but not limited to conference proceedings, statistical data, and government databases. Experience evaluating and using electronic resources. Understanding of scholarly communications and awareness of government mandated policies related to scholarly publishing. Experience with reference management software including RefWorks, EndNote, Mendeley or others.

Virginia Commonwealth University and the VCU Libraries

Virginia Commonwealth University ranks among Virginia’s largest research universities, enrolling over 31,000 students. Located in the heart of Richmond, VCU offers 41 doctoral, 72 masters, 3 professional, and 62 baccalaureate degree programs. Thirty-two of VCU's graduate and professional programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the best in the nation, with 20 programs ranking in the top 50; sculpture and nurse anesthesia are ranked number one. Over 3,200 faculty comprise the University's teaching force. Research strengths at the University include health and life sciences, education, engineering, social work, behavioral sciences, public affairs, advertising and design, and the fine arts. Sponsored research funding totals over $270 million, placing VCU among the top 100 research institutions in the United States. VCU’s strategic plan embraces an acceleration in the growth of VCU’s library system and includes a new Master Site Plan that envisions additions to both library facilities operated by the VCU Libraries. As part of that plan, construction has been completed on a new library facility at James Branch Cabell Library on the university’s Monroe Park Campus, and significant renovations and upgrades are scheduled for Tompkins-McCaw Library on the MCV Campus

Libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University,including the James Branch Cabell Library on the Monroe Park Campus and the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences on the MCV Campus, employ over 66 professionals and 83 staff with annual expenditures exceeding $20 million. VCU also operates academic programs in Doha, Qatar, supported by a library there, and in various locations throughout the U.S. and the world. The VCU Libraries is a Resource Library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and a member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, BioMed Central, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, National Digital Stewardship Alliance, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, and the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), a statewide networking consortium for shared access to electronic and print resources. The VCU Libraries has adopted Primo as its discovery layer and is one of the first libraries worldwide to have implemented Alma as its next generation cloud-based system for library management. CONTENTdm, Digital Commons, and Omeka supplement the foundation of its system architecture to enhance access to its collections and services.

VCU Health is mainly located on the MCV Campus in historic Court End, near the government and financial centers of the city. The campus includes the schools of allied health professions, dentistry, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy. VCU Health includes an 820-bed hospital, outpatient clinics, a 600-physician-faculty group practice and nearly 200 specialty areas, many of national and international renown. It also includes the Massey Cancer Center, Virginia's first NCI-designated cancer center. In addition to multidisciplinary centers for cancer, cardiology, neurosurgery, and transplantation, VCU Health offers virtually every form of contemporary medical service.

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience, not less than $48,000 annually. This is a full-time, non-tenured faculty position. Normal faculty benefits apply, including 24 vacation days annually and choice of retirement and annuity plans. For more information about benefits, see http://www.hr.vcu.edu/benefits/.

For more information about the VCU Libraries, please visit our home page at http://www.library.vcu.edu/. Review of applications will begin June 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, go to https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/52326, complete the application and submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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A. Kathy Bradshaw
Assistant University Librarian for Organizational Development
VCU Libraries
Virginia Commonwealth University
901 Park Avenue
PO Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
804-828-1171

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