Faculty Positions

Posting date:  04.10.14

Instruction & Outreach Librarian

The Instruction and Outreach Librarian engages the University's communities through student-centered instruction, innovative outreach and extraordinary customer service and provides leadership in planning, implementing, promoting and assessing the Library’s instructional services.

This position works with the librarians, faculty, and campus stakeholders to develop outreach services to meet the information needs of students and promote awareness of library resources.  The Instruction and Outreach Librarian will work to identify partnerships with campus programs and departments and seek ways to integrate library resources and instruction into academic programs. He/she will also be responsible for producing online instructional content, leading workshops and information literacy sessions, and teaching a freshmen seminar course (or other course as needed and appropriate).

In addition, all librarians assist library patrons, faculty, and staff in the use of the library’s resources and participate in reference service (including scheduled nights and weekends and online), instruction, collection development, and serves as liaison with academic departments.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide Library instruction and related information literacy resources in support of campus programs, departments, Student Success, and evolving initiatives
  • Collaborate with other librarians to plan, teach and assess first-year library instruction and advanced instructional experiences that cultivate students' critical thinking and evaluative skills and their engagement with the campus community
  • Coordinate programs and services associated with new and first-year students and their personal and academic success
  • Assess Library resources, policies, and services on regular scheduled intervals
  • Collaborate with Library personnel, faculty members, and administrators to further develop and maintain the Library's services and resources (including support of online courses)
  • Maintain areas of the Library's digital presence (primarily social media websites, limited Web page design, technical support and troubleshooting)
  • Create digital resources and instructional content via tutorial videos, screencasts, blogs, and how-to guides in conjunction with faculty and other librarians
  • Participate in the planning, development, and management of a broad range of special events and traditional library services
  • Accept collection development assignment for specific subject areas, working with faculty to assess and meet needs
  • Cover reference desk on rotation schedule
  • Assist with bibliographic instruction, student orientations, and information literacy initiatives
  • Act as an advocate for users' needs and concerns and suggests improvements in services that benefit users and/or staff
  • Participate fully in departmental duties, committee service, academic advising, campus activities, and engage in scholarship and/or creative activities aligned with institutional goals
  • Attend training and professional seminars to maintain & increase knowledge in the area of teaching, active learning, first year students, and information literacy.
  • Complete other projects and duties assigned.

Eduction, Experience and Required Skills:

  • MLS, MLIS, or equivalent degree from an ALA accredited program
  • Experience leading instructional and informational sessions related to library services and resources
  • Experience with blogs, wikis, media-casting, RSS, and other Web 2.0 applications
  • Experience creating online instructional content and support resources
  • Experience with the assessment of library resources, services, and policies
  • Able to work effectively as a team member to insure that departmental goals are met
  • Strong analytical skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, strong problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of current trends in library systems and services
  • Ability to provide effective reference and research assistance
  • Ability and flexibility to work in a changing environment and within several areas of library services and operations.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience at an academic library reference desk;
  • Substantial experience in providing support for library-related information technology services
  • Knowledge of and experience working with a multitude of digital file types and applications
  • Some knowledge and experience with basic web authoring (HTML, CSS, etc.), blogs, content management systems, and learning management systems

Working Conditions:  Work nights and week-ends following an established rotation; all faculty librarians may be required to teach one class per year.

In addition to the application, applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, teaching philosophy, the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references, and other support materials such as teaching evaluations to:

Schreiner University
Human Resources Office, CMB 6233
2100 Memorial Blvd.
Kerrville, Texas 78028

Position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin March 2014. Schreiner University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community.

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