Community Learning & Outreach Librarian

Dominican University
River Forest, Illinois

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Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Services
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

TITLE: Community Learning & Outreach Librarian

FLSA Status: Salaried (Exempt), Full-time (37.50 hours/week)

DEPARTMENT:  Rebecca Crown Library

Reports To: University Librarian



The Rebecca Crown Library seeks a motivated, enthusiastic, service-oriented individual to lead our instruction team. The Community Learning & Outreach Librarian teaches bibliographic, information literacy, and other research workshops and classroom sessions aligned with the ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education standards. This position is responsible for working collaboratively with colleagues in the Rebecca Crown Library, the Learning Commons, and faculty across the institution to develop in-person, online, blended, and mobile learning teaching materials and assessment. This position actively participates in library programming, collection development, and campus outreach to enhance learning initiatives. This position also provides leadership in the Rebecca Crown Library’s campus community learning strategies designed to inform, engage, teach, and build relationships with library, faculty, students, and other campus partners.


Reporting to the University Librarian, this position will continue to enhance and enrich the student-centered information literacy program by developing innovative curriculum design, deploying effective teaching strategies, mentoring instruction interns, overseeing online research guides, and gathering assessment data on student learning outcomes. As a faculty librarian, this is a tenure-track position.



To support the University’s mission of preparing students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.



  1. Teach library instruction sessions and workshops embedded in courses in the undergraduate and graduate levels, in-person and online. Collaboratively with the Learning Commons Librarian, oversee the library’s overall campus community instruction program.
  2. Teach in and actively participate in special topic workshops, such as new student orientation, transfer student learning modules, and other discipline-specific or institutional opportunities.
  3. Effectively outreach to teaching faculty, staff, and other campus partners to further enhance the University community’s engagement with the library’s instruction program.
  4. Actively participate in the Core Curriculum Committee and other assigned committees or subcommittees.
  5. Participate in the design and assessment of in-person and online learning library curriculum and other tutorials that develop students’ knowledge of and expertise in library resources and enhance students’ research experience.
  6. Develop and deliver open library workshops for the overall campus community on search and discovery, citation tools, and other library-related topics.
  7. Collaborate with Rebecca Crown Library & Learning Commons colleagues to develop and facilitate information literacy workshops to fulfill faculty requests.
  8. In collaboration with the Learning Commons Librarian, participate in online and distant learning initiatives - creating digital learning materials.
  9. Assess student information literacy skills and develop learning objectives and outcomes for the library’s instruction program. Measures the effectiveness of library and information literacy instruction.
  10. Effectively use tools to obtain assessment data, interpret results to maximize the library’s instruction program, and report statistics.
  11. Support programs that further the library’s learning goals for undergraduate students in collaboration with the Learning Commons Librarian and participate in SSE programming committee to advance the library’s outreach efforts.
  12. Actively contribute to campus diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and social justice efforts.
  13. Work independently and as part of the library’s management team; actively participate in policy development and decision making.
  14. Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate library instruction staff, graduate interns, and student employees.
  15. Keep abreast of developments and trends in the rapidly changing field of academic librarianship.



  1. Fulfill faculty librarian responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Handbook and the departmental Roles and Responsibilities.
  2. Participate and contribute to the library’s collection development efforts.
  3. Provide reference services online and in-person, including evenings and weekends.
  4. Actively participate in the Dominican University shared governance by serving on committees, cross-campus teams, working groups, projects, or other initiatives that furthers the university’s mission.
  5. Serve on one or more library teams to enhance library services.
  6. Other duties as assigned.



  1. Knowledge of pedagogical trends and techniques in information literacy instruction and online learning, including knowledge of learning management systems.  
  2. Expertise in providing reference services.  
  3. Excellent technological, organizational, and interpersonal skills.  
  4. Proficiency with MS Office and other typical office technologies.  
  5. Experience with library catalogs and software, more specifically Alma and PrimoVE. 
  6. Expertise with Springshare products, specifically LibGuides. 
  7. Experience creating online learning materials such as research guides and tutorials.   
  8. Commitment and respect for diversity, equity, and inclusion excellence.  
  9. Effective critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills.   



MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited library school required.


A background screening is required upon hire.



Founded in 1901, Dominican University is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic institution.  Dominican University is a relationship-centered community rooted in a vibrant liberal arts and sciences education, offering rigorous, integrative and innovative undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. It is known for its excellent academic programs, the care and respect with which it mentors its students, its enduring commitment to social justice, and the enriching diversity of its students, faculty and staff. U.S. News & World Report ranks Dominican No. 10 among master's-level universities in the Midwest.  Dominican is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Approximately 51% of the 3,000 currently enrolled students are Latino. Among undergraduates, 48% are Pell-eligible and 43% are the first in their families to attend college. Located on a 37-acre wooded campus in suburban River Forest, Illinois, and just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago, the university provides students and alumnae/i an accessible and welcoming location and superb access to a wealth of career, intellectual and cultural opportunities.


As a diverse, Catholic HSI (Hispanic-Serving Institution), we center access, belonging, and equity-minded perspectives. We are seeking an individual who can demonstrate effective engagement in an environment where colleagues and students come from many backgrounds and identities.  A successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to relationship-centered service and leadership reflective of the Dominican mission.


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