First-Year Instruction and Outreach Librarian

Duties of the Position

The University Library is seeking a creative, dynamic and energetic individual to join our faculty. The First-Year Instruction and Outreach Librarian must be passionate about teaching freshmen, both inperson and online. The successful candidate will be inspired by user-centered library services and excited about outreach to student communities. As our science liaison, the person in this position must have a demonstrated interest in teaching students in the School of Science and Technology. We are looking for a team player with the ability to bring fresh ideas to the table as well as collaborate and build consensus. This position will provide a fun and challenging opportunity for the right person to explore a variety of directions for professional growth and development.

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversees and manages Library instruction for first-year students and teaches the majority of information literacy sessions for freshman composition classes as part of the SSU General Education program.
  • Collaborates with the Library Instruction Coordinator in the assessment of first-year information literacy goals as part of holistic Library Instruction program planning.
  • Collaborates with key partners in the English department, including the Coordinator of Freshman Composition, adjunct writing instructors, and TAs to plan curriculum and manage scheduling for first-year composition classes.
  • Coordinates the Library’s outreach and orientation events for students (leads our participation in events like Seawolf Decision Day, Love Your Library for EOP students, Parents’ Day, etc.).
  • Develops innovative programs to engage new student communities, e.g., freshmen cohorts, living/learning communities, and new transfer students.
  • Designs instructional content in a variety of formats and for multiple platforms including Moodle (LMS), LibGuides, and the Web.
  • Liaison to the School of Science and Technology: Responsible for instruction, outreach, and collection development for the School.
  • Participates in the Library marketing team.
  • Provides reference services and research help.
  • As an active member of the Library faculty, contributes to a shared decision-making environment and serves on campus and Library committees.

Requirements

To be recommended for appointment, candidates must have:

  • MLS/MLIS/MIS degree or equivalent from an accredited academic institution.
  • Minimum 2 years professional experience in instruction and outreach in an academic library.
  • Demonstrated success teaching freshmen.
  • Experience coordinating events.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Experience designing instructional content in a variety of formats.
  • Experience with Learning Management systems, preferably Moodle.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently in a constantly changing environment.
  • Ability to fulfill the scholarly and service expectations of a tenure-track position.
  • Ability to communicate with and relate to an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community

Desired characteristics:

  • Academic background in the sciences or professional experience as a science librarian.
  • Experience with assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Experience using social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) as an outreach platform for academic libraries.
  • Experience with graphic design software, video creation and other multimedia tools.
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to multitask and meet deadlines.
  • Record of scholarly achievement.
  • Ability to flourish in a rapidly changing environment.

Rank and Salary

Senior Assistant Librarian ($57,084 - $72,132). Salaries are for a 12-month position and are competitive based on qualifications. Actual hiring salary within this range is dependent upon educational preparation and experience.

How to Apply

Please submit (in electronic format only):

  • Letter of Application
  • Complete and current Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information, including email addresses, for three references
  • Unofficial graduate transcripts (Official transcripts are required at the time of hire)

Please email all application documents to facultysearch@sonoma.edu.

Application Deadline

Applications should be emailed to facultysearch@sonoma.edu and received by Friday, October 18, 2013.

Questions concerning this position may be directed to:

  • Felicia Palsson, Chair, Search Committee
  • E-mail: palsson@sonoma.edu
  • Phone: (707) 664-2951

Questions concerning your application materials may be directed to: facultysearch@sonoma.edu.

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