Student Success Librarian for Foundational Learning/ Assistant Librarian

Oxford, Ohio
Feb 23, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Miami University Libraries seeks an enthusiastic and service-minded colleague to collaborate with librarians, faculty and other university partners as Student Success Librarian for Foundational Learning. The position focuses on integrating information literacy into foundational and general education courses both in person and online, developing and supporting programming and services to new and prospective students and leading collaborations with key partners that support foundational student populations. The position will have a specific focus on programs designed for foundational student populations who participate in: first-year experience; college composition and general education courses; pipeline and high school programs; Honors/Scholars; First Year Research Experience (FYRE); living-learning communities and orientation and transition programs. The successful candidate must be passionate about teaching and student success and have a willingness to experiment with and deliver creative instruction, with the goal of a programmatic and sustainable approach to information literacy instruction. The Student Success Librarian for Foundational Learning is a key contributor to advancing the Libraries’ goals to integrate information literacy into the curriculum. This position is part of a team of librarians within the Advise and Instruct department that focuses on engagement, information literacy and e-learning initiatives. The Student Success Librarian for Foundational Learning collaborates closely with the Student Success Librarian for Campus Engagement and reports to the Assistant Head of Advise and Instruct.

Responsibilities included:  Participate in the Libraries’ expanding efforts in facilitating undergraduate engagement and learning experiences and other undergraduate student activities in collaboration with Miami University Libraries colleagues and strategic campus partners; cultivate and sustain collaborative relationships with students, staff, and faculty in support of undergraduate learning in concert with librarian colleagues; participate in the Libraries’ instruction program teaching and developing courses, workshops, and programs and assessing student learning outcomes to support continuous improvement of student learning and engagement; actively participate in, and advocate for, the educational role of the Libraries through dynamic engagement in campus teaching and research, campus collaborations, and/or staff development and training; participate in university programs and events that support student recruitment, academic preparedness, and retention, such as first year student orientation, international student orientation and the Personal Librarian program; provide general and specialized information services and support the Libraries’ public service points, including reference and research consultation, virtual reference, and technology assistance. Evenings and weekends as needed; serve as library liaison to University services and offices, potentially including: College Composition, Office of Residence Life, Office of Orientation and Transition Programs, Parent and Family Programs, Rinella Learning Center, Enrollment Management and Student Success, Office of Community Engagement and Service, Honors and Scholars Programs, and Office of Research for Undergraduates.

Require: Graduate library degree from an ALA-Accredited institution by date of appointment; experience providing assistance to diverse student populations; aability to work in a team environment and build working relationships with campus colleagues and strategic partners; outstanding oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills; ddemonstrated knowledge of trends, methods and best practices in undergraduate student engagement and instruction; ability to manage workflow, projects, and multiple tasks while meeting deadlines and solving problems in a complex and rapidly changing environment; proven ability to use a variety of technological applications both in and beyond the classroom context, such as online tutorials and research guides and basic web content tools (e.g. Libguides, HTML, content management systems, screencasting software); ability to meet the Libraries’ promotion and continuing contract requirements (see

Desire: Prior work experience in an academic library, especially in library instruction; experience with English composition and/or first year experience instruction; familiarity with information literacy theory, practice and assessment; experience supporting online learning, including teaching in an online environment; demonstrated ability to reach out and build successful relationships with campus stakeholders to promote library initiatives; experience working with non-academic university units.

Submit cover, resume and list of three references to

Inquiries about the posting can be directed to Donna Richardson at  Review of applications will begin on March 2, 2018 and continues until position is filled. 

The University is committed to equal opportunity, affirmative action, and eliminating discrimination and harassment. Miami University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for all reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.  Miami University’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report with information on campus crime, fires, and safety may be found at: Hard copy available upon request. A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

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