Emerging Technologies Librarian

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Emerging Technologies Librarian

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Library (Adm)


Library Technology & Digital Strategies

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Permanent - Full-time

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Primary Purpose of Department:

Technology and Digital Strategies unit inspires innovation, supports learning and research, and cultivates scholarship through the flexible and dynamic use of user-centered technologies. The Department develops, manages, customizes, and assesses technologies and related services to connect people, ideas, and resources. The Department is responsible for providing technology and related support services for students and faculty in support of teaching, learning, and scholarship.

Vacancy Open to:

All Candidates

Description of Work:

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte recognizes the differentiation of mission, goals, and objectives inherent in the diversity of disciplines represented by its colleges and departments. Thus, the job responsibilities and essential functions for library faculty should be interpreted in the context of the Library’s strategic plan.

Library faculty engage in service to the University, community, and profession. We create physical and digital environments that encourage learning and innovation, build and preserve collections, support research, and advance scholarship. We provide access to and promote the discovery of information. We help our communities become proficient information users and lifelong learners. Library faculty serve current and future UNC Charlotte students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the Greater Charlotte and global community by sustaining the intellectual and creative life, and facilitating lifelong learning, discovery, and engagement.

Library faculty are expected to collaborate within the Library and beyond in the performance of professional duties that may include, but are not limited to: selecting, organizing, preserving, and facilitating access to materials; supporting teaching, learning, and research; providing outreach to the campus and community; and developing and maintaining digital and technological innovations.

Library faculty participate in scholarly research, creative endeavors, and professional activities to serve the Library, the University, and the information professions. Library faculty are strongly encouraged to pursue external funding for library-related initiatives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Emerging Technologies Librarian identifies new technologies appropriate for students to master in and out of the curriculum as well as manages the technology in several of the library’s innovation spaces and coordinates activities within these spaces. This position provides technical and programmatic support and guidance for these spaces and collaborates with and supports internal and external content experts in the use and integration of specialized technologies. Duties include maintaining, troubleshooting, and training users on technology and equipment; developing training materials; coordinating outreach activities; providing group/individual consultations; and working in collaboration with technologists and content experts to develop and host tutorials, workshops, and instruction sessions. This position requires knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of technologies to effectively support users’ needs.

- Sets up, maintains, and troubleshoots technology and ensures the safe use of all Area 49 spaces, including the Technology Support Desk, Makerspace, EZ Video Studio, Gaming Lab, Multimedia Lab, Visualization Lab, and Photogrammetry Lab;
- Manages the Photogrammetry Lab;
- Stays informed of trends and best practices in library technologies, innovative technologies, and making;
- Conducts individual, group, and/or classroom training sessions on technologies, digital applications, and tools;
- Develops and conducts technology- and maker-focused workshops;
- Collaborates with the Digital Pedagogy & Emerging Technologies Librarian, as well as Subject Librarians, to deliver innovation-focused instruction sessions that align with the curriculum;
- Develops and maintains training modules and support materials, such as creating Libguides and user guides for library technologies and developing web content in areas of responsibilities;
- Works shifts at the Technology Support Desk and other technology spaces;
- Assists customers with public computing and printing services;
- Represents Area 49 at events, such as maker fairs and campus creative and/or informational events;
- Drafts and recommends new, and edits to existing, policies and procedures;
- Researches and recommends innovative technologies for adoption and obtains quotes from vendors;
- Actively seeks resources and activities that support inclusive and anti-racist practices in Area 49;
- Tracks Area 49 supply and materials levels and places orders as appropriate;
- Builds strong working relationships with and develops collaborative partnerships with innovators, content creators, and experts within the library, across campus, and in the community;
- Engages in professional development and scholarly contributions both locally and nationally;
- Participates in faculty governance through representing library spaces, as well as through library and campus task forces and/or committees;
- Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Experience/Education:

The minimum academic credential required for applicants for faculty positions in Atkins Library is completion of a master’s degree in the field of library and information science from a program accredited by the American Library Association by time of application.

Graduation with master’s degree in a specialized area directly relevant to the position description may be an acceptable substitute in certain situations if approved by the Dean. A second masters in another discipline or an earned doctorate is highly desirable.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience:

- Ability to master new technologies quickly and thoroughly;
- Experience in setting up, maintaining, troubleshooting, and training others in nontraditional and emerging technologies;
- Evidence of experience building and maintaining collaborative partnerships and services with and for faculty, staff, students, and administration, including working across boundaries;
- Committed to working as an effective member of a high-functioning team;
- Knowledge of emerging trends in research libraries and higher education;
- Experience designing and delivering both face-to-face and online instruction, including technical training, workshops, and classroom sessions;
- Experience drafting policies, reports, documentation, and web content;
- Superior interpersonal and communication skills;
- Demonstrated initiative and flexibility and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a complex and diverse environment;
- Ability to think creatively, strategically, and proactively;
- Ability to communicate complex issues to diverse audiences;
- Ability to work effectively with diverse groups and to create an environment of mutual respect;
- Commitment to continuous personal and professional improvement in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

Special Notes to Applicants:

Maximum budgeted salary for this position: $63,000
The following application materials must be attached to your electronic submission:
● Cover letter
● Resume/CV
● Names (including titles and company/institutions), addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least 3 professional references. The Search Committee will not contact references before verifying permission with the candidate.
● Written statement of 250 words or less on your skills, experience, and/or willingness to engage in activities that will advance UNC Charlotte’s diversity plan, including through digital scholarship programs. Applicants should attach their written statement in the “Other Documents” section of the application.
The review of applications will begin January 19, 2021. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2021.
Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender and sexual identities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social categories and backgrounds. These varied identities and experiences enrich the University as a whole. UNC Charlotte and Atkins Library strive to celebrate this diversity, and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. For library-specific information, please visit the Atkins Library Diversity Page.

As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.
Only an MLS or MLIS degree will be considered for this position, we will not accept an alternative degree.
The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their MLS or MLIS degree.
The candidate chosen for this position will be subject to a criminal background check.
For additional information about The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, please visit our Web site: http://www.uncc.edu. For further details about Atkins Library, please consult our web site: http://library.uncc.edu.

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Posted: 1/6/2021
Application Due: 1/18/2021
Work Type: Full Time