College Park, Prince Georges County
Jan 23, 2014
F0004122 Title: Librarian (Open Rank) Functional Title: Teaching and Learning Librarian Position Number: 102816 Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con Applicant Search Category: Faculty University Authorized FTE: 1.000 Unit: LIBR-Libraries Campus/College Information: As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University of Maryland Libraries serve 37,000 students and faculty of the flagship College Park campus. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. Its role as a key academic resource is evident in its service to the academic community and its actionable strategic plan. With collections including 4 million volumes and more than 40,000 serials subscriptions, the University of Maryland Libraries allocates 75 percent of its materials budget to electronic resources. Maryland ranks 44th among the 115 member libraries of the Association of Research Libraries and has an operating budget of $23.7 million. The University of Maryland Libraries benefit from being situated geographically within minutes of the nation’s capital and its departments, agencies, and research centers. Position Summary/Purpose of Position: The University of Maryland Libraries serve the flagship campus of the 16 member University System of Maryland. The Libraries’ information literacy program is large and robust in that it reaches approximately 20,000 participants in 1,000 orientations, tours and instruction classes annually. Within this program, this position is responsible for designing, creating, coordinating, teaching, and assessing instruction programs for undergraduate students, especially for large first-year courses. To assist in expanding these teaching activities through the development and implementation of blended learning initiatives, including classroom, online, and mobile learning, we are seeking a creative, industrious, and service-oriented librarian who will play an important part in doing this work. The Teaching and Learning Librarian is responsible for three categories of duties: 1) librarianship, 2) service, and 3) scholarship and creativity. Librarianship includes supporting the Libraries information literacy program, especially for undergraduate students by teaching classes, by assessing student learning, by developing learning objects for students, liaising with an assigned campus departments, and by providing general reference and instructional assistance. Service includes a variety of work for the Libraries, the University, and/or the profession, typically through service on committees beyond the assigned areas of responsibility. Scholarship and creativity may be several types typically (but not exclusively) regarding subject specialization as it relates to undergraduate education. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Teaching and Learning Librarian will serve to support the reference and instructional needs of the University’s undergraduate students especially (but not limited to) first-year students. Reporting to the Head of Teaching and Learning Services, the librarian manages a combination of important duties and responsibilities. • In collaboration with the Outreach and Marketing Services Librarian, serves as the liaison to the Department of English’s Academic Writing Program in maintaining the Library Day Program for students enrolled in ENGL 101-Academic Writing. Stays abreast of changes and developments with this course as it relates to first-year students, and the University’s plan for general education. • Participates by teaching in all the instruction and orientation activities coordinated by the department. • In partnership with the department’s Graduate Assistant, ensures that all teaching tools (i.e. web pages, instruction manuals, assessment forms, handouts, guides, etc.) that pertain to the department’s various instruction programs are maintained and enhanced. • In collaboration with the Digital Learning Initiatives Librarian, responsible for the design, creation, implementation, and evaluation of tutorials, videos, and other media to enhance student learning of library services, resources, and research skills. Works with the unit head to define project scope, goals and deliverables that support the face-to-face and online instruction initiatives managed by the department, as well as special initiatives and/or workshops designed by the department for instruction librarians. Minimum Qualifications: •MLS degree from an American Libraries Association accredited institution of higher education. •A minimum of 2 years of professional level library work in public services in an academic library setting with similar clientele. •Experience in teaching information literacy skills to undergraduate students. •Experience with trends, standards, and teaching technologies in libraries, possessing an understanding of teaching design, methodologies, and best practices especially in online teaching methods. •Experience in providing online and in-person reference service. •Excellent verbal and written communication skills. •Excellent planning and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously. •Positive interpersonal skills; ability to function independently and in a team environment including the diplomatic skills to build and maintain relationships with library colleagues and campus partners. Preferences: •Advanced degree in English or other related subject area. •Experience with learning outcomes assessment processes, and requisite ability to design instruments, analyze results, and formulate appropriate changes. •Excellent technical background with experience in developing online learning objects such as library tutorials, videos in an academic setting. •Demonstrated ability to bring creative ideas forward in service of helping undergraduate students learn about the value and use of libraries for their academic success. •Some experience supervising graduate and/or undergraduate student workers. Additional Certifications: Additional Information: This position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks, as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. As such, the incumbent must be able to meet requirements for promotion and permanent status in the areas of librarianship, service, and scholarship/creativity. Rank at appointment will be based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. For additional information, consult the following website: For the full position description, please go to: Posting Date: 01/15/2014 Closing Date: 02/09/2014 Open Until Filled Best Consideration Date Diversity Statement: The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.