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Reference and Instruction Librarian I

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Reference and Instruction Librarian I

Job no: 500290
Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Healey Library
Date opened: 06 May 2019 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 24 Jun 2019 Eastern Daylight Time

Job Description:

Reporting to the Head of Reference, Outreach and Instruction (ROI) in the Healey Library, the Reference and Instruction Librarian provides in-depth library research and instructional support at the University of Massachusetts Boston. This entry-level full-time position will collaborate with colleagues in the library and across campus to instruct, engage and support the nearly 17,000 students, and 1,100 faculty in the full range of library resources and services, on and off campus.

The successful candidate will be a creative, proactive and innovative individual who engages and collaborates with our unique and diverse campus community in working with the information resources needed for student success, teaching, and research. The capacity for working enthusiastically, flexibly, and creatively in a user-centered environment is essential, along with demonstrable teaching experience, both synchronous and asynchronous, that reflects commitment to student success in an active learning environment.

The Reference and Instruction Librarian works collaboratively with the ROI team to reimagine and redesign library instruction sessions so that the focus is always on inquiry-guided active learning, student engagement, and student-centered pedagogy. This improvement process may happen in one-on-one meetings, team meetings to workshop upcoming library instruction sessions, or independently. The incumbent actively participates in the creation of a library of reusable lesson plans, learning objects, and assessments, all built around programmatic information literacy goals, so that these transformative pedagogies and practices may be easily reworked and reused for many different teaching and learning situations.

The incumbent will possess demonstrable ability to work independently and collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds, knowledge of the research process and familiarity with a wide range of educational technologies and productivity software; excellent interpersonal skills; verbal and written communication skills and demonstrable organizational and time management skills.

The individual will explore new ways of engaging library users and will advocate and provide leadership and vision to improve awareness and reach out effectively to the college and campus community.

The successful candidate provides excellent customer service; provides reference and research support both in-person and through virtual reference initiatives; thinks critically in analyzing problems and developing resourceful solutions; is able to manage a complex workload, can prioritize tasks and complete work on time with minimum supervision.

Example of Duties:

  • Develops and conducts in-person, online, synchronous, and asynchronous information literacy instruction sessions aligned with ACRL guidelines, standards, and frameworks, LEAP initiative, and the AAC&U VALUE rubrics
  • Develops integrated assessments for lesson plans and uses assessment data to inform continuous improvements in products and practice
  • Develops online and print research and instructional materials; lectures, workshops, web-based tutorials, and pre-recorded sessions; integrating educational technologies
  • Provides reference and research support virtually and in person
  • Collaborates with faculty, staff, and students to integrate information literacy instruction and assessments into UMass Boston curricula
  • Provides reference coverage for network-based 24/7 real-time chat reference services, using such platforms as LibAnswers, a shared library reference email account, and other platforms or channels
  • Participates in outreach and programming to engage students, faculty, staff, and outside stakeholders
  • Advocates for information literacy across campus and its application to teaching, learning, academic libraries, and higher education
  • Collaborates with technology staff to develop innovative approaches to reference services and teaching
  • Communicates with distance education faculty and students to keep them abreast of changes in online library resources; ensuring that library services are optimized to meet the needs of remote users
  • Serves as library liaison to multiple college departments and programs, as assigned through the Healey Library Liaison Program
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • A Master's degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent
  • Demonstrated expertise in conducting reference consultations and familiarity with academic research reference sources: databases, integrated library systems, and research tools
  • Knowledgeable about and some experience with creating online learning objects, including tutorials, instructional materials and/or research guides
  • Familiarity with the types of technology and online services currently in use in academic libraries
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively and inclusively with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students
  • Capacity for working enthusiastically, flexibly, and creatively in a student-centered environment
  • Familiarity with current trends in academic library information systems and higher education
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills
  • Competency with a wide range of educational technologies and productivity software as well as Microsoft Office Suite

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1-2 years of related academic library experience associated with information literacy instruction, reference, and research support
  • Experience with educational technologies and their applications in academic libraries

Applications close: 24 Jun 2019 Eastern Daylight Time




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Posted: 5/7/2019
Application Due: 6/28/2019
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