Head, Information Commons Services

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Created: June 18, 2015


Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,300 students in eight schools and colleges across three campuses.

Located in Albany, New York, New York State's capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.

Job Description:
The University at Albany Libraries seek a Head, Information Commons Services who has a strong commitment to public services and is highly motivated to develop, deliver and oversee the services and operations of the Information Commons and Interactive Media Center located in the University and Science Libraries (uptown campus), and who will coordinate with the Dewey Library Information Commons (located on the downtown campus). The Head, Information Commons will develop collaborative initiatives and partnerships beyond and within the Libraries and supervise two professional positions. Responsibilities include assigned hours at the reference desk, including some evening/weekend hours, and information literacy instruction. Tenure-track library faculty at the University at Albany, SUNY, are expected to engage in research, publication, and service to the University Libraries, the University, and the profession, as required for promotion and continuing appointment. He/she reports to the Associate Director for Public Services.

  • Master's degree in librarianship from an ALA-accredited program or foreign equivalent, from a college or university accredited by a U.S. Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization
  • Demonstrated understanding of the services and operations of an Information Commons and its role in supporting teaching and learning in traditional and online courses in an academic library
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and coordinate services, facilities and digital media (software and hardware) for Macs and PCs
  • Demonstrated ability seeking and creating opportunities for collaborative initiatives and partnerships beyond and within the Libraries
  • Experience working collaboratively with colleagues with whom there is no direct reporting relationship to bring projects and initiatives to satisfactory and timely completion
  • Experience providing technology (software or hardware) support or teaching students or faculty how to use technology in an academic library
  • Knowledge of tools and strategies to assess Information Commons services and technology
  • Experience with reference services and information literacy instruction in an academic library
  • Evidence of ability to develop effective communication strategies in order to increase student use of the Information Commons
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
Experience working with a culturally diverse population

Experience with services and programs offered through an Information Commons
Knowledge of trends/current practices in teaching and learning, and the use of new/emerging technologies, including online education


Published: Thursday, June 18, 2015 22:01 UTC

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