Head, Learning and Engagement, Associate Librarian

Miami University
Oxford, OH

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Job no: 498825
Department: King Library
Location: Oxford, OH
Work type: Salary Staff
Categories: Library
Status: Full Time
Temporary: No

Job Title:Head, Learning and Engagement, Associate LibrarianJob Summary:

Head, Learning and Engagement/Associate Librarian is the Head of the newly created Department of Learning and Engagement. This role leads a team of 3-5 instruction-focused librarians charged with development and coordination of Libraries’ learning and instructional engagement programs. As a member of the Libraries management team, the Head of Learning and Engagement is responsible for fostering a highly collaborative instruction team within the department and across the Libraries, engaging in effective working relationships with Libraries’ staff; implementing a departmental vision for information literacy and learning services in alignment with Libraries’ strategy; coordination and management of instruction and learning engagement projects, budgets, and workflow; and supervision and mentorship of department librarians. The Head, Learning and Engagement/Associate Librarian meets regularly and works collaboratively with fellow department heads as well as librarians and staff with instruction-related duties in a team environment to help develop and implement the Libraries’ vision and goals. This role articulates strategies for end-user instruction and engagement with classroom instructors provided by the Libraries; developing shared practices, resources, and learning objects for use by library instructors, curricular instructors, and end users, particularly for online learning and flipped classroom models; and cultivating instructional skills and habits of continuous improvement in Libraries staff who have instructional duties. This position provides leadership and guidance needed to develop high-quality, innovative, and user-oriented learning services to a diverse body of students and faculty.

Duties/Physical Demands:

• Develop and provide high-quality, innovative, and user-oriented instruction services to a diverse body of students and faculty.
• Manage departmental activities relating to library learning and instructional engagement, including setting and evaluating operational goals and staff performance to make best use of resources, staff, technology, and services while recognizing synergy with other departments.
• Prepare and implement a long-range vision for learning engagement and instruction in the Libraries, in support of the broader strategic directions for the University Libraries and the University, developed in collaboration with other department heads and assistant/associate deans.
• Provide leadership in developing an effective, collaborative, and positive departmental environment; selecting, supervising, mentoring, and evaluating instruction duties of library staff; managing change; problem solving; communicating effectively within and across departments.
• Lead instruction focused librarians in provision of library learning opportunities in introductory-level and large enrollment courses, including first-year composition courses, Advanced Writing Courses, and integration into the University’s general education curricular strategies.
• Develop and lead library programming related to student engagement and development of information literacy skill sets. A strategy is anticipated including both programming intended directly for students, as well as “train-the-trainer” programming for library instructors and university faculty and instructors.
• Represent and connect the library as needed at University meetings, events, committees, and other collaborations, particularly in issues relating to student success, academic integrity, literacies, and well-being.
• Coordinate campus outreach activities, including student, faculty, and staff orientations, campus-wide events, and events promoting library services and resources.
• Evaluate new trends and issues relating to library learning and instructional engagement. Make appropriate recommendations as warranted.
• Cultivate partnerships and collaborate with faculty and peers on learning and engagement projects, including partnerships in credit and non-credit programs.
• Foster positive relations with faculty, students, and staff and promote the University’s and Libraries’ commitment to diversity.
• Collaborate regularly with Libraries leadership to collectively plan and execute action plans and strategies.
• Maintain and enhance professional skills through regular and meaningful professional development activities. Pursue an active career path contributing to the field of academic librarianship.

Minimum Qualifications:

Masters’ degree or higher in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution; Has attained the rank of associate librarian or higher with continuing contract at Miami University no later than July 1, 2021; At least 3 years of experience working in an academic library in a position with library learning and instruction responsibilities. Position not eligible for H-1B sponsorship.

Desired Qualifications:

Consideration may be given to candidates with: Familiarity with current and emerging technologies; Experience with grant writing and fundraising; Experience working with diverse groups to reach common goals; Experience assessing instructional services for effectiveness; Demonstrated interest, experience, or ability to build an inclusive work and educational environment; Experience leading and mentoring professional librarians in a direct supervisory role; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Demonstrated organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills; Demonstrated initiative, the ability to manage multiple projects and a commitment to professional development; Demonstrated evidence of strong leadership, management and mentoring skills; Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other library units.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Direct inquiries to John Millard at [email protected]

EO/AA Statement/Clery Act:Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to [email protected] or 513-529-3560. As part of the University’s commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe living, learning, and working environment, we encourage you to read Miami University’s Annual Security & Fire Safety Report at: http://www.MiamiOH.edu/campus-safety/annual-report/index.html, which contains information about campus safety, crime statistics, and our drug and alcohol abuse and prevention program designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of drugs and alcohol on campus and at university events and activities. This report also contains information on programs and policies designed to prevent and address sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Each year, email notification of this website is made to all faculty, staff, and enrolled students. Written notification is also provided to prospective students and employees. Hard copies of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report may be obtained from the Miami University Police Department at (513) 529-2223.Date to Begin Screening Applicants:

Screening of applications begins August 5, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Benefits Eligible:


A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact [email protected] or (513) 529-3560.

Advertised: 22 Jul 2021 Eastern Daylight Time


Nationally recognized as one of the country's most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio (35 miles north of Cincinnati), with regional locations in Hamilton, Middletown, and West Chester, Ohio, and the John E. Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg. Miami combines a wide range of strong academic programs with the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions. A liberal education core complements the more specialized studies of the majors.

Along with an impressive number of opportunities to gain practical, hands-on and immersive experiences, Miami is distinguished by a faculty who enjoy teaching and mentoring students. Recognized as a "Public Ivy" by Richard Moll in his 1985 book about America's flagship universities, Miami is consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best schools for “unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.” This commitment to teaching is demonstrated in the University's record of exceptional retention and graduation rates-which are among highest for NCAA Division I schools. Miami also regularly ranks among the top public doctoral university in the country for study abroad participation by undergraduate students.

Chartered in 1809, Miami is the 10th oldest public university in the nation. Enrollment includes almost 15,000 undergraduates and more than 2,200 graduate students on the Oxford campus, which is lauded for its exceptional beauty. The charming, historic uptown area of Oxford is adjacent to the campus.

Miami offers bachelor degrees in over 100 areas of study and master's degrees in more than 50 areas; the University also offers a number of doctoral degrees.

More information on Miami may be obtained via http://www.miamioh.edu.

Miami University is deeply committed to the success of every member of the community. At Miami, our mission is to empower each student, staff, and faculty member to promote and become engaged citizens who use their acquired knowledge and skills with integrity and compassion to improve the future of the community and the world.

The Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity (OEEO) exists to provide an inclusive, equitable, working, living, and learning environment to members of the Miami University community. OEEO provides members of the university community a place to obtain guidance for providing equal opportunity in personnel matters, and to resolve issues of harassment and discrimination

The Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity (OEEO) ensures that Miami University provides an equitable environment for students, faculty, and staff. This will be achieved with compassion, understanding, and fairness to all parties involved and act as a resource for all members of the university community.

Office of Diversity Affairs is located at 336 Shriver Center 3rd Floor. The Main Office line is (513) 529-6504.

Janine Todd, Program Associate
Mr. Gerald Yearwood, Senior Administrative Director
Dr. Juanita S. Tate, Director of Divisional Initiatives
Demere Woolway, Assistant Director of ODA & Coordinator of GLBTQ Services
Yvania Garcia-Pusateri, M.S., Assistant Director & Coordinator of Diverse Student Development

Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity is located at 219 E. Spring Street Oxford, OH 45056. The Main line is (513) 529-7157.

Kenya Ash, Director, Title IX Coordinator & Section 504/ADA Coordinator
Kristie Marcum, Associate Director
Tandy Hamm, Assistant Director
Janet Fink, Administrative Assistant

For a list of contacts involved in diversity-related efforts, see Diversity Contacts (PDF 229KB).

As part of institutional diversity and inclusion goals, our efforts diligently center on four core areas: recruitment, retention, curriculum and climate. These core areas are addressed through key initiatives that are tailored to faculty, staff, and students and are executed either through programs and support from our office or in collaboration with other university offices, departments, and programs. In addition, we also value relationships with our community partners who also work with us to promote diversity and inclusion at Miami.

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