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Learning Commons Research & Instruction Librarian

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APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position must apply at http://facultyjobs.uga.edu/postings/2516. Attached to their online application form should be a 1-2 page letter of interest, complete CV, and the names, titles, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references. Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by Thursday, August 24, 2017, when the committee will meet to review applications; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Position Information

Position Information

Faculty Rank Open Rank
Posting Number 2017_00407F
Posting Type
Official Title Open Rank (Librarian)
Working Title Learning Commons Research & Instruction Librarian
Title Code 55194
Retirement Plan TRS or ORP
Department LIBRARIES-GENERAL OPERATIONS
Salary Range
Job Summary

Learning Commons Research and Instruction Librarian
Zell B. Miller Learning Center
University of Georgia Libraries

The University of Georgia Libraries seeks a Learning Commons (LC) Research and Instruction Librarian who will be responsible for assisting students, faculty, and staff in making effective use of library resources through virtual and in-person reference assistance, class instruction sessions, and one-on-one consultations. The LC Research and Instruction Librarian provides research assistance in all subjects with a special focus on cultivating and maintaining strong relationships with faculty and students in assigned outreach departments within the College of Public Health. The LC Research and Instruction Librarian also teaches EndNote and develops research guides for faculty members who wish to incorporate library resources into their curriculum. The LC Research and Instruction Librarian reports to the Head of the Research and Instruction Department.

The Research and Instruction Department covers three in-person service points: in the Zell B. Miller Learning Center (MLC), the Main Library, and the Science Library. This position is based in the MLC, a learning commons incorporating reference and technology services, 26 general classrooms, 500 individual workstations and a Digital Media Lab. The Department provides remote assistance through chat, e-mail, text, and telephone reference. One evening reference shift per week and 2-4 Sunday shifts per semester are required. The LC Research and Instruction Librarian will also provide reference service at the Science Library to foster regular exchange of ideas within the Department.

The MLC is a UGA Libraries strategic initiative undertaken in collaboration with a variety of University partners including the Enterprise Information Technology Services, UGA Center for Teaching and Learning, Facilities Management, Vice President for Instruction, and Campus Reservations as well as the Research and Instruction Department within the UGA Libraries to provide a library commons with transparent and seamless academic support and services for students. The MLC Learning Commons staff is comprised of 5 librarians and 5 support staff. For more information about the MLC: http://mlc.uga.edu/

The UGA Libraries is located on the university’s main campus in Athens, Georgia, and its facilities include the Main Library, Science Library, Zell B. Miller Learning Center, Map and Government Information Library, Repository, Special Collections Libraries, and the Carnegie Library. Perennially rated as one of the nation’s top college towns, Athens offers a vibrant place to work and live. With Atlanta 70 miles to the west, Athens offers good proximity to the city while maintaining a small-town culture and feel. Information about Athens: http://www.libs.uga.edu/athens/.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

*Teaches students and faculty to make effective use of resources through general and subject-specific library instruction classes; develops innovative teaching techniques and technology to promote information literacy.

*Provides a variety of reference services to patrons, including general reference assistance delivered primarily via chat and in-person, plus in-depth reference in public health.

*Actively cultivates and maintains dynamic relationships with faculty and students in the College of Public Health by promoting collaboration and marketing the Libraries’ resources and services. Provides office hours at the UGA Health Sciences Campus.

Trains students and faculty in citation management software such as EndNote and RefWorks by presenting workshops and conducting individual training in their use.

Contributes to the mission of the Research and Instruction Department and the Miller Learning Center by participating in the development and evaluation of policies and services, assessing user needs and satisfaction, creating Libguides, serving on committees, and maintaining an awareness of changes in allied departments including campus IT and instructional support.

Develops and maintains professional skills by participating in continuing education and professional development activities such as conferences, workshops, and committee work; by conducting research or writing for publication; or by engaging in other creative and learning activities.

Participates in library-wide communication by reading, responding to, and initiating information transmitted via the Libraries’ listserv and other communication tools and appropriate library-wide or departmental meetings and asking questions, seeking clarification, or initiating discussion on library issues.

Maintains awareness and acts upon changes and needs in the organization by assuming similar duties and responsibilities.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Entry-level annual salary starts at $47,476. UGA librarians are non-tenured faculty members. UGA offers an attractive benefits program including a choice of health and retirement plans, dental plan, vision plan, tuition remission, paid relocation, 21 days annual leave, 12 days sick leave, and 12 paid holidays.

Rank on hire will be determined according to these guidelines: http://www.libs.uga.edu/employee-resources/committees/promotion/ranks

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position must apply at http://facultyjobs.uga.edu/postings/2516. Attached to their online application form should be a 1-2 page letter of interest, complete CV, and the names, titles, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references. Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by Thursday, August 24, 2017, when the committee will meet to review applications; however, the position will remain open until filled.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Minimum Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS:
ALA-accredited MLIS; Ability to develop instruction sessions and to instruct users effectively both individually and in the classroom setting; Knowledge of virtual reference services; Knowledge of applications in current and emerging instructional technologies and experience creating classroom resources using web-based and multimedia authoring tools; Knowledge of issues associated with working in an information commons context; Bachelor’s degree in the sciences or demonstrated interest in library research in the health sciences; Effective verbal and written communication skills; Ability to create and maintain productive, long-term, effective working relationships; Demonstrated ability to efficiently manage multiple projects and priorities; Ability to troubleshoot Microsoft Office software applications.

Preferred Qualifications
Degree Level
Posting Date 07/25/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Closing Date
Appointment Status Regular
Location of Vacancy Athens Area

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents