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Assistant Professor, Library & Information Science/Outreach Librarian

Southern Utah University
Cedar City
57000 per year + DOE

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Assistant Professor, Library & Information Science/Outreach Librarian

Cedar City, UT, USA
57000 per year + DOE
Full Time

Job Description:

The Gerald R Sherratt Library at Southern Utah University invites applications for the position of Outreach Librarian. The Outreach Librarian is responsible for developing the library's outreach program and works cooperatively with library colleagues and campus partners to connect library resources and services to students, faculty, staff and the community at large. The Outreach Librarian strives to increase the Library's visibility and contribution to the larger community by sponsoring/hosting events that reflect the Library's overall mission including information access, information literacy and lifelong learning. The person in this position works to ensure the Library informs, educates and provides equitable access to all members of the SUU community.

This 10.5-month, tenure-track, faculty position includes instruction and curricular responsibilities by teaching in the Information Literacy and/or School Library programs, working as a library liaison with one or more assigned departments, providing 1-shot in-class research instruction and working a scheduled shift at the library's Reference Desk. Library faculty are expected to work collaboratively and to be committed to student learning. The successful candidate will fulfill the responsibilities listed, contribute to faculty governance through campus committee service, and engage with the academic librarianship community through professional development, local/regional consortia or library association service, and scholarship.

Located in beautiful Cedar City, Utah, Southern Utah University is a rural, state university offering associate, bachelors, masters, degrees in over 100 programs. Within 5-hour drive of eight national parks, home to the Southern Utah Museum of Art, and host to the Tony-award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cedar City provides a plethora of scenic, historical, and cultural opportunities.

First Consideration Date for Applicants: 02/15/2023

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Provide leadership for the development of outreach strategies, partnerships and initiatives. Build partnerships with campus and community groups/organizations to promote and foster information literacy and lifelong learning. Promote the importance and recognized benefits of diversity, equity and inclusion.
2. Engage stakeholders across campus and the community in creating opportunities for the Library to support their mission and functions, and make the Library an essential partner for student success.
3. Organize and promote events, exhibits, tours, and other in-person and online engagement activities.
4. Assist to develop and participate in a work culture that promotes diversity and anti-racism, support key individuals and groups across campus, participate in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and promote library resources regarding diversity, intercultural competence and other areas of focus.
5. Teach assigned sections of courses that originate in the Department of Library & Information Science.
6. Work collegially with Library faculty and staff in internal planning, decision-making processes, participation in work groups, and regular service assignments at the Questions Desk.
7. Act as a liaison to academic departments to encourage faculty in best utilizing research instruction for student coursework.
8. Other duties as required and assigned by Library Administration.

Education and Experience Requirements:

1. MLS from ALA-accredited library school or foreign equivalent.
2. Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks asynchronously in an academic environment.
3. Flexibility and ability to work and serve effectively and cooperatively with diverse groups.
4. Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks asynchronously in an academic environment.
5. Ability to work and serve cooperatively with diverse groups.
6. Organizational, written, and oral-communication skills.

Documents Needed to Apply:
  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Contact Information for at least 3 Professional References

Southern Utah University is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values the worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages individual commitment to personal responsibilities in equal measure with personal rights. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the University seeks to develop and nurture diversity. The University believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life.

Southern Utah University does not discriminate against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, veteran status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related condition, genetic information, or other bases protected by applicable law in employment, treatment, admission, access to educational programs and activities, or other University benefits or services.

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