Instruction & Outreach Librarian

Mar 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Classification Title:

Instruction & Outreach Lib (Assistant or Associate University Librarian)

Job Description:

The Instruction and Outreach Librarian at the George A. Smathers Libraries is a 12 month, tenure track faculty position, which serves as the instruction, outreach, and student engagement librarian with additional responsibilities supporting Library West's Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS) reference and collection services. Develops and leads library programs related to student engagement and information literacy instruction. Connects the Libraries with campus-wide initiatives focused on student engagement, success, and academic wellbeing. As the liaison to the University Writing Program, Innovation Academy, the Honors Program, and the Dean of Students Office, develops customized information literacy programming and works with the Assessment Librarian to assess services to undergraduate students. Works closely with and provides training and support for all Library West faculty and staff members who teach. Coordinates all major H&SS instruction initiatives in collaboration with other branch libraries.

The Libraries encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the Instruction and Outreach Librarian will serve on various committees and teams. To support all students and faculty, and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the Instruction and Outreach Librarian will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in work activities. The Instruction and Outreach Librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.


  1. Coordinates the Library West undergraduate instruction and information literacy program, including creating and updating instructional materials, videos, course guides, and tutorials using a variety of formats including print, digital, and web-based technologies such as LibGuides and social media.
  2. Liaises with the University Writing Program (UWP), Innovation Academy (IA), the Honors Program, and the Dean of Students Office (DSO). Regularly communicates and meets with the departments' staff and faculty; provides specialized assistance to faculty and students. Builds and strengthens established relationships with groups on campus.
  3. Actively pursues new humanities and social sciences outreach opportunities on campus; cultivates new constituencies and identifies new services.
  4. Co-chairs the Smathers Libraries Instruction Committee and leads instruction and outreach strategies to promote and support library programs, services, and collections. Coordinates H&SS instruction programs with other libraries on campus.
  5. Teaches sections of Introduction to Library and Internet Research (LIS2001). Leads the Libraries Instruction Committee in development of new content for LIS2001, supports other LIS instructors, and helps promote and market the course.
  6. Provides reference services at the Research Assistance Desk, online via chat and email, and by appointment.
  7. Defines goals, establishes objectives, plans and manages budgets, and coordinates collection development activities with other subject specialists and librarians.
  8. Participates in appropriate professional development and continuing education endeavors and engages in scholarly research resulting in publication, including digital humanities projects.
  9. Participates in planning, policy formation, and department decision-making relating to Library West services, collections, and new technologies.
  10. Represents the Libraries in appropriate university, local, state, regional, and national bodies.
  11. Participates in Library fundraising efforts.
Advertised Salary:

Minimum salary $50,283 at the Assistant University Librarian rank; Minimum salary $58,179 at the Associate University Librarian rank; Actual salary will reflect selected professional's experience and credentials

Minimum Requirements:
  • Master's degree in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, or equivalent professional experience, plus advanced degree in subject specialty.
  • Eight years of relevant, post graduate degree experience for appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank.
  • Experience with in person and online instruction.
  • Competence with information technologies and demonstrated effectiveness in integrating technology with traditional services and resources, particularly instruction.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong presentation skills.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team within a culturally diverse user community of faculty, students, staff, administrators, and the general public.
  • Capacity to thrive in a dynamic environment, respond effectively to shifting needs and priorities of library constituents, and afford a willingness to be flexible with liaison and selector assignments as appointed.
  • Flexible and forward-thinking approach to challenges and opportunities.
  • Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion outlined at
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in a related field in the humanities and/or social sciences, or in curricular design.
  • Experience providing instructional services and outreach in an academic or research library environment.
  • Experience in provision of online and in person reference assistance to users or experience with public service.
  • Experience in the digital humanities.
  • Experience managing collections in an academic or research library.
  • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) a written statement regarding instructional needs in academic libraries (250 words); 3) your current resume or CV; and 4) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email). Apply by May 1, 2017 (applications will be reviewed beginning April 5, 2017). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system.  Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Bonnie Smith, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at

The University of Florida is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. We are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic environment. As part of the application process, applicants are invited to complete an on-line confidential and voluntary demographic self-disclosure form which can be found at: This information is collected by the University of Florida's Office of Human Resources to track applicant trends and is in no way considered by the Smathers Libraries in the selection process.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

Applications must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (EDT) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: No


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