First Years’ Experience and Engagement Librarian
Develop and implement a comprehensive, literacies and outreach program for first-year, second-year, and transfer students. Build and maintain connections and collaborations with key campus partners that support first-year orientation and coordinate the library’s participation in campus orientations. Support student-centered learning, focusing on building library research skills and engaging students with the tools of scholarship. Work collaboratively with librarians, technologists, faculty, and other campus partners to develop face-to-face, online, blended and mobile learning objects and teaching materials. Plan and implement experimental and innovative activities through a combination of instructional activities and outreach regularly assessing effectiveness, benefits, and gaps. Regularly inform colleagues on best practices and trends relating to first-year students, first generation students, and lower-division undergraduate retention, and student success.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Teaching: Develop, coordinate, and assess a comprehensive literacies program for all first-year students via 100-level writing courses, first year seminars, and other opportunities as appropriate. Develop and teach course-integrated library sessions and research workshops (e.g. citation management, evaluating sources, etc.). Provide individual research support to first- and second-year students. Design, administer, and assess learning objects in various formats to meet a wide range of user needs, including newly-accepted students support colleagues in focusing on first year students. Continually assess and refine the library’s first-year experience program. Collaborate with librarians, instructional designers and technologists, writing and quantitative skills tutors, and other campus partners to support student learning. Keep abreast of pedagogical theories and practices on developing undergraduate student research skills and literacies.
Outreach: Develop and lead library outreach initiatives for first-year, second-year, and transfer students. Establish working partnerships with campus stakeholders and programs that contribute to the college-wide First-Year Experience Program. Cultivate and sustain collaborative relationships with student-centered college departments, e.g. the Writing Center, Student Engagement, First and Second Year Deans, Student Affairs, Wellness Center. Develop, coordinate, assist, and assess academic and non-academic services and programming that increase student engagement with the library.
Additional Responsibilities: Serve as library liaison to the English Language and Literature and Comparative Literature departments, including teaching, collection development, and other liaison activities. Supervise student library worker(s) in areas including but not limited to outreach, citation, etc. Provide individual reference and research support to all members of the Smith community. Participate in
library programs that support digital scholarship and scholarly communication initiatives. Serve on library, college, Five Colleges and professional committees.
Other duties as assigned.
Education/Experience: Master’s in Library Science, Information Studies, Education or related field or an equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience. Demonstrated engagement with current and best practices in teaching and learning. Demonstrated proficiency with information technologies such as learning management systems, web authoring tools and technologies, social media, digital learning objects, screencasting, LibGuides and MS Office.
Skills: Strong service-orientation and creativity in designing outreach initiatives and activities. Ability to track, introduce and pilot emerging technologies and best practices in information, research, digital and other literacies. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team-based environment; to manage workload, priorities and deadlines; to work successfully in a complex, dynamic environment with competing demands. Creativity in problem-solving and enthusiasm for self-directed projects. Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
Experience with undergraduate learning environments and day-to-day experiences of first-year students. Experience with providing research and reference services face-to-face and remotely. Knowledge of instructional design and learning outcomes assessment, including ability to design assessment instruments, analyze results and implement evidence-based changes. Knowledge of trends and services in higher education and academic libraries to support first-and second- year programs, online learning, including the ability to design and assess library tutorials, videos, and learning objects. Knowledge of best practices in web accessibility and user experience methods.
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