First-Year Experience Librarian

Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
May 11, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

First-Year Experience Librarian

About Susquehanna:
As a living, learning and working community, Susquehanna University affirms its commitment to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus. As we seek to embody the rich diversity of the human community, we commit ourselves to the full participation of persons who represent the breadth of human difference. The university encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Susquehanna University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in educating students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, dynamic and interdependent world. Its more than 2,300 undergraduates come from 35 states and 22 countries, and all students study away through Susquehanna’s unique Global Opportunities program. Susquehanna University’s 325 acre campus, noted for its beauty, is located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 50 miles north of Harrisburg in the scenic Susquehanna River Valley, about a three hour drive from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City. For more information, please visit

Position Summary:
Blough-Weis Library seeks an enthusiastic, creative and service-oriented professional for the position of First-Year Experience Librarian.

Job Summary
The First-Year Experience Librarian supports the library's efforts to connect with incoming students as they transition into higher education and throughout their first year at Susquehanna University. This librarian will be responsible for designing, coordinating and assessing an instruction program that prepares first-year students for a successful academic career. This includes leading information literacy instruction sessions and coordinating other outreach and programming for first-year students. This position will also serve as liaison to academic departments as assigned and as a member of the faculty with rank, but without tenure, as per the Susquehanna Faculty handbook.

Specific Responsibilities
  • Coordinates the creation, implementation, and assessment of first-year information literacy, academic success, and retention objectives.
  • Develop, coordinate, and take part in first-year and transfer student instruction and outreach programming initiatives.
  • Assess library instruction and programming for first-year students, as well as the general assessment of library resources, services, and activities, with other library staff.
  • Participate in other necessary reference and research services for all students and faculty, including occasional evening or weekend work.
  • Develop and maintain online research guides and other instructional materials.
  • Provide liaison support to academic departments for curriculum-related, research and collection development activities.
  • Identify effective outreach and programming that targets and improves first-year student retention and success.
  • Staff or participate in events and programming, including occasional evening or weekend programs.
  • Help lead the library's annual Open House event for all Susquehanna University students.
  • Collaborates with campus partners that support the first-year experience and coordinates meaningful and welcoming activities that foster student engagement and a sense of belonging. Represent the Library in campus-wide discussions of first-year students.

    Required Qualifications:
    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
    • Knowledge of information literacy concepts and best practices, including the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
    • Knowledge of effective assessment strategies for library instruction and programming, as well as assessment of library resources, services, and activities with other library staff.
    • Knowledge of inquiry-based teaching methods, and commitment to continually improving instructional pedagogies.
    • Knowledge of current trends and techniques in library marketing and outreach.
    • Skilled at supporting efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • Strong and effective organizational, interpersonal skills and service orientation
    • Skilled at written and verbal communication, including formal presentation to groups.
    • Ability to work outside the library with other campus partners on outreach, programming or other various projects.
    • Ability to support research and information needs of students and faculty in a liberal arts setting.
    • Ability to develop strong relationships and communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and students.

    ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library science or equivalent

    Minimum of one year of experience teaching information literacy in a library required. Experience using various technologies and multimedia in library and classroom settings required.

    Physical Demand
    Position requires the ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time. Position requires the ability to move about the campus. Position requires the ability to talk and to hear instruction. Position requires occasional manual dexterity and the ability to use fingers, hands, and arms to feel, handle, and reach. Position requires occasional stooping, crouching and bending. Position requires the ability to occasionally lift up to 10 pounds. Working conditions are indoor.

    Preferred Qualifications:
    Experience teaching information literacy in an academic library preferred.
    Experience working in a library with a diverse population strongly preferred.

    Special Instructions to the Applicant:

    Benefits Eligible: Yes
    Number of Months: 12 months
    Other Number of Months:
    Work Schedule/Hours per Week:
    Posting Date: 05/11/2021
    Closing Date:
    Open Until Filled: No
    Anticipated Start Date: 08/01/2021
    Posting Number: AH00731

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