Assistant Professor, Engagement and Learning Librarian
Position: Assistant Professor, Engagement and Learning Librarian
You like disruption and innovation. You have great ideas about libraries and want to help create an exceptional academic library in today’s fast-paced technological learning environment. You want to engage library users through face-to-face information literacy instruction, online tutorials, and social media. You want to serve as a role model for students from diverse backgrounds. You want to work collaboratively with a small team of librarians in a place where you can make a difference.
Stetson University seeks an innovative, collaborative, and dynamic Engagement and Learning Librarian for a full-time tenure-track appointment as an assistant professor. The ideal candidate has a desire to develop expertise in learning technologies, library user behavior, communications, and marketing. This new position will work to develop relationships with the library’s various user communities in-person and online, and instruct students both in the library and in classroom sessions. The person in this position will help the library enhance services to meet the needs of traditionally under-served populations on campus. Working collaboratively, the Engagement and Learning Librarian will coordinate the development and implementation of programming, activities, and projects designed to improve the overall library experience. The successful candidate will be expected to meet the standards for librarianship, scholarship, and service outlined in the University’s tenure and promotion policies. Recent MLS/MLIS graduates are encouraged to apply.
Master of Library & Information Science (MLS/MLIS) from an ALA-accredited institution required. Second Master’s degree preferred. All Stetson librarians are expected to contribute to general reference and research services and function well as a member of a collaborative team. In addition, the successful candidate should have the following: demonstrated ability or potential to engage in publication and professional service to meet University tenure and promotion requirements; knowledge of best practices, issues, and trends in user-centered design in academic libraries, including trends in teaching and learning, online learning; demonstrated teaching or presentation experience; the ability to contribute to a growing and changing library; demonstrated skill with a variety of online tools such website management systems and learning management systems; effective communication, marketing, interpersonal, organizational, and analytical and assessment skills; ability to manage projects and meet deadlines; and the ability to work flexibly and creatively in a changing environment.
This position reports to the Director of Public Services. Duties include on-call research assistance shifts, including some nights and weekends. The Engagement and Learning Librarian will be expected to give special attention to the following:
- Coordinate and assess the library’s User Experience program, including working with librarians and staff on improving current services and developing new services; user-centered space design; and other aspects of the physical and online library that enhance the user experience.
- Use skills and knowledge about library users, including data gained from usability testing, focus groups, and surveys to understand the library user experience and develop recommendations to better engage library users.
- Collaborate with the librarians and library staff to enhance the online library user experience.
- Design and engage in activities to understand what kind of library collections, services, and support the faculty and students need and how they want to receive those services.
- Stay informed of trends related to information literacy instruction, user-centered design, the development of online library interface capabilities, and website enhancements.
- Conduct outreach activities with faculty, students, and staff to ensure that library users are aware of collections, services, and technologies available to them.
- Effectively communicate the library’s goals, services, and news to various campus constituencies, as well as to outside constituencies as appropriate.
The duPont-Ball Library:
The duPont-Ball Library (http://stetson.edu/library) has a collection of approximately 250,000 print volumes and a large collection of electronic journals, databases, and e-books, as well as a collection of scores and recordings in support of the School of Music. The library staff includes 8 library faculty members and 16 support staff. The library is a member of LYRASIS and uses OCLC’s WMS system. The ongoing library fundraising program has resulted in library endowments totaling almost $5 million. Librarians are tenure-track faculty members who hold leadership positions on campus committees and are actively engaged in scholarly activities, professional organizations and service.
Founded in 1883, Stetson University (http://www.stetson.edu) is a private, selective university comprised of a rich array of liberal arts and professional academic programs. Collectively, Stetson’s faculty works with nearly 4000 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The University’s historic main campus, located in DeLand, enrolls more than 3,000 students in undergraduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music. Stetson University College of Law, Florida’s first law school, moved from the main campus to Gulfport in 1954, and, with the addition of the Tampa Law Center, serves approximately 1,000 students working full-time or part-time toward J.D. or LL.M. degrees. Graduate programs offered at the main campus and at Stetson University Center in Celebration include Business, Accounting, Educational Leadership, and Counseling. Florida’s oldest private institution of higher learning, Stetson has regularly been ranked among the best regional universities in the Southeast and was the first private college in Florida to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Stetson University provides an inspiring education that engages students with rigorous academic and creative study grounded in liberal learning and promotes civic values of personal and social responsibility. Working closely with faculty and with one another, students cultivate abilities to explore issues deeply, think critically, reason empirically, speak persuasively, and connect ideas creatively. Firmly committed to inclusive excellence, our vibrant community of teacher-scholars nurtures the potential of individual students to lead lives of significance and prepares each to meet the challenges of shaping the future—locally, nationally, and globally.
DeLand is a picturesque residential community of 32,000 located 20 miles west of Daytona Beach and 35 miles northeast of Orlando. The area offers extensive cultural as well as recreational activities.
Salary: Salary is competitive.
Starting Date: Spring 2019
Applicants should supply a detailed current vita and supply the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references. All information may be submitted electronically to Jennifer Corbin, Director of Public Services, [email protected]
Review of applications will continue until position is filled. All correspondence will be held in strictest confidence.
Stetson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirms cultural diversity and inclusion as a core value of academic excellence at Stetson University. We are committed to achieving equal access in education, employment, and participation through the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and to meaningful academic and intellectual transformation in curriculum, research and service. We are dedicated to actions and policies that foster a community in which individuals with various identities, cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints work together to create opportunities for engagement through rewarding and fulfilling careers and personal experiences in a culturally and racially diverse society and a globalized world. We strongly encourage members of historically under-represented and economically-disadvantaged groups and women to apply for employment. Stetson University is an EEO, ADA, ADEA, and GINA employer.