The UConn Library seeks two proactive librarians who are passionate about positively impacting the holistic student experience. The Student Success Librarians will work collaboratively with Library colleagues, students, and campus partners to actively support student academic success and lifelong learning at UConn. The successful candidates will draw on strong interpersonal and collaboration skills to build and maintain successful working partnerships across the UConn Library and larger University community.
Reporting to the Head of Reference & Curriculum Services, both Student Success Librarians will develop, deliver, and assess engaging, scalable, and sustainable programming and services. One position will have a special focus on advancing Open Educational Resources (OER) efforts and the other on advancing the Library’s information literacy programming.
Along with all UConn Library personnel, the successful candidates will advance diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion efforts at the Library, making positive contributions to a culture of inclusion and respect in all interactions within the Library and across the University. The contributions of the successful candidates will exemplify the UConn Library values of kindness and trust, curiosity and inquiry, equity and inclusion, and having fun.
- Engages in proactive outreach and networking to build relationships with campus stakeholders to connect existing Library collections, services, and spaces to efforts in support of student success.
- Develops innovative Library programming and services in consultation and collaboration with campus stakeholders, such as the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Institute for Student Success.
- Works collaboratively with the Information Literacy Librarian and the Instructional Design Specialist to advance UConn Library information literacy efforts.
- Advances the awareness and adoption of OER at UConn Library and UConn.
- Develops and delivers in-person and online instruction, reference and research services, workshops, and consultations as required by the position.
- Creates, modifies, and/or maintains tools and programs to support learning and research according to established best practices.
- Assesses the efficacy of programming in collaboration with the Coordinator of Library Research and Assessment and other colleagues through collection and provision of relevant data and information on student success initiatives.
- Participates in professional activities at a statewide, regional, and/or national level.
- May serve as a student employee supervisor.
- May serve as a liaison to one or more disciplinary areas.
Shared Expectations for All Staff
- Applies the principles of the Library’s Strategic Framework and core values through active contribution and cooperation in achieving Area and Unit priorities and operational goals.
- Demonstrates reliable and effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills to provide excellent professional service and collaborate with other departments and divisions within the Library and across the University.
- Demonstrates active learning in and communication of ongoing trends and developments related to professional and positional responsibilities.
- Works effectively in current office applications, software, and communication tools as employed by the UConn Library and University of Connecticut.
- Exhibits appreciation of, sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse working environment, inclusive of social, economic, cultural, ideological, gender, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.
- Performs duties parallel to position responsibilities as required.
- A graduate degree in Library and Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an international equivalent.
- Demonstrated understanding of the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and ability to work collaboratively with individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
- A strong commitment to customer service and a demonstrated ability to provide solid public service and outreach.
- Demonstrated ability to deliver reliable, effective, and appropriate verbal and written communications that follow current professional standards across various and diverse audiences.
- Experience or interest in teaching library principles through student-focused learning experiences.
- Willingness to work a flexible schedule; limited evenings and weekends required.
- Demonstrated ability to plan and organize work both independently and collaboratively.
Additional Minimum Qualifications for Appointment as Librarian 2
- Minimum of three years related professional experience.
- Demonstrated recurrent active engagement in professional activities at a statewide, regional, and/or national level.
Preferred Qualifications for Both Appointments
- Work experience in a library setting.
- Demonstrated experience with instructing individuals or groups online and/or in person.
- Demonstrated experience with planning or presenting programs or events.
- Demonstrated experience providing research assistance.
- Demonstrated experience with creating online research guides, instructional videos, tutorials, and/or other digital learning objects and instructional support materials.
- Demonstrated experience, either on the job or through graduate level coursework, with library assessment practices and methodologies.
- Knowledge of issues in open education or equitable access to education and information.
- Demonstrated success in fostering partnerships with various stakeholders that focus on student success.
Employment at UConn and Appointment Terms
UConn is one of the top public research universities in the nation, with more than 30,000 students pursuing answers to critical questions in labs, lecture halls, and the community. Knowledge exploration throughout the University’s network of campuses is united by a culture of innovation. An unprecedented commitment from the state of Connecticut ensures UConn attracts internationally renowned faculty and the world’s brightest students. As a vibrant, progressive leader, UConn fosters a diverse and dynamic culture that meets the challenges of a changing global society.
The main 4,400-acre campus is set in a university town located in the heart of Connecticut; approximately a half hour’s drive from Hartford, 90 minutes from Boston, and 3 hours from New York City. Storrs offers New England village charm, with outstanding recreational facilities and open space initiatives, farm to table agricultural communities, and excellent public schools.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The diversity of students, faculty, and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians, and salutatorians who make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top public research universities.
UConn’s faculty and staff are a critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.
Both appointments are full-time positions based in Storrs, Connecticut. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn, and a highly desirable work environment. Salary and rank are dependent upon education, qualifications, and experience.
Applications must be submitted online using UConn Jobs at http://www.jobs.uconn.edu, Staff Positions, (Reference search #494988) and include a cover letter, detailed resume, and contact information for three professional references. Candidates must address in their cover letter and/or resume how their candidacy meets the position responsibilities, minimum qualifications, and preferred qualifications (if applicable). Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Nominations and inquiries should be sent in confidence to email@example.com. To ensure full consideration, inquiries and applications should be submitted by February 28, 2021. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on February 28, 2021.
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Published: Sunday, February 7, 2021 15:17 UTC
Last updated: Sunday, February 7, 2021 15:17 UTC