First Year Experience Librarian

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Aug 27, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences
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Employment Type
Full Time

First Year Experience Librarian

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
Northeastern University seeks enthusiastic and innovative candidates for two First Year Experience Librarians. One position will have an Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Focus and the other position will have a STEM & Entrepreneurship focus. We invite candidates to apply for one or both positions. Applicants should specify if they would like to be considered for both positions or a specific position in their cover letter. Both opportunities are on-ground positions on Northeastern's Boston campus.
With a sensitivity to the needs of a diverse population of students who are new to the college experience, the successful candidate will advance the library's goal to integrate information literacy into the curriculum, partner with stakeholders to improve the first year experience, and facilitate experiential learning and undergraduate research. They may also liaise with programs, departments, or colleges.

The position is a part of the library's Research and Instruction department, a collaborative and supportive team of over a dozen librarians who foster the Northeastern community's research and learning activities through teaching, consultation, reference, and collection development.

1. Build connections with Northeastern's dynamic and ambitious students, staff, and instructors

2. Support programs for First Year students that further the library's learning goals for undergraduates

3. Partner with instructors and librarian colleagues to create new and engaging programs and instruction to support first year students

4. Create and deliver open workshops (that is, workshops open to students outside formal classroom settings) on search and discovery, citation tools, and other topics or tools as needed

5. Participate in the library's growing online learning activities (for example, creation of Canvas modules, library guides, and video and PDF tutorials), with support and training from the Online Learning Team.

6. Contribute content as needed to the library's websites, social media, chat, or other appropriate channels to promote the library's services to first year students.

7. Communicate with instructors, researchers, and colleagues to develop and promote learning activities

8. Select materials for the collection in liaison areas to meet program, accreditation, and grant activities

9. Actively participate in the Northeastern community through committees, teams, working groups, projects, or initiatives that further the university's mission

10. Keep abreast of developments and trends in the rapidly-changing field of academic librarianship

Required: BA or BS; ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library/Information Science attained or in process of completion and/or Master's degree in education/teaching; excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills; passion for working with students and ability to build relationships in a diverse community.

Preferred qualifications: ALA-accredited master's degree in Library/Information Science; demonstrated success developing programs and services for undergraduate students, including first year students; experience applying best practices in instructional design and pedagogical principles; experience designing and delivering programs and/or services online.

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About the Department & the Library
The Research & Instruction department consists of three teams: the STEM & Entrepreneurship team, the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities team, and the Online Learning and Global Campus Engagement team. Depending on their focus, these positions will sit within the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities team or the STEM & Entrepreneurship team.

Team members across Research & Instruction are deeply engaged in teaching and learning support and are actively developing partnerships and new modes of support for information, data, and digital literacies.

The Northeastern University Library supports the mission of the University by working in partnership with the University community to develop and disseminate new scholarship. The Library fosters intellectual and professional growth, enriches the research, teaching, and learning environment, and promotes the effective use of knowledge by managing and delivering information resources and services to library users.

Why Northeastern?
Join a leading R1 institution committed to intensive research and deep, meaningful educational experiences for students at all levels. Here you'll find a diverse campus community driven by innovative leadership in higher education where experiential learning and deep research are central to the mission. In this landscape the University Library is a vital partner in learning, teaching, and research, serving a vibrant urban campus and global online community. Unique space planning initiatives, new collaborations with key partners, and a commitment to experiential learning, diversity and inclusion, community engagement, and supporting the research lifecycle shape the library's innovative spirit and strategic directions.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see To learn more about the Northeastern University Library's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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