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Information Literacy and Research Librarian (Assistant Professor)

Employer
Stetson University
Location
Deland, Florida (US)
Salary
Salary is competitive.
Date posted
Apr 10, 2024

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Stetson University - duPont-Ball Library

Position: Information Literacy and Research Librarian (Assistant Professor)

Stetson University seeks an innovative and dynamic Information Literacy and Research Librarian for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor. The ideal candidate has a desire to work collaboratively with a small team of librarians in a place where you can make a difference. The Information Literacy and Research Librarian is responsible, through the application of established policies and procedures, for providing and coordinating information literacy instruction and will provide research help services. The successful candidate is conversant with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy, understands learning theory, and leverages technology to teach information literacy and research skills.  Expertise in instructional design with an understanding of active engaged learning is especially desired. In addition to practicing the specific skill sets described below, the librarian in this position will participate in the professional activities and University service required of a tenure-track faculty member.

Qualifications:  

Master of Library & Information Science (MLS/MLIS) from an ALA-accredited institution is required, second Master’s degree preferred.  Experience with information literacy instruction services and reference services is preferred. 

The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge of best practices, issues, and trends in information literacy instruction in academic libraries; demonstrated teaching or presentation experience and the ability to contribute to a growing and changing information literacy instruction program; effective communication, interpersonal, presentation, organizational, and analytical skills; ability to manage projects and meet deadlines; and the ability to work flexibly and creatively. All Stetson librarians are expected to contribute to general reference and research services and function well as a member of a collaborative team. 

In addition, the successful candidate should have the demonstrated potential or ability to engage in publication and professional service to meet University tenure and promotion requirements.

Responsibilities: 

This position reports to the Director of Public Services. Duties include teaching information literacy classes, coordinating requests for library instruction, and on-call research assistance shifts. Instruction and research services require occasional night and weekend shifts. The Information Literacy and Research Librarian will be expected to give special attention to the following responsibilities:

  • Coordinates and assesses the library’s information literacy instruction program, in consultation with research librarians. Works with established University committees to assess information literacy learning in the general education program and in the University’s Quality Enhancement Project, Bridging the Gap: Enhancing Information Literacy (https://www.stetson.edu/other/qep/).
  • Advocates for the library’s role in student learning, including working with faculty to incorporate information literacy and library research skills into their courses.
  • Collaborates with colleagues to design, create, and maintain various learning objects, information literacy modules, and online tutorials to integrate into the library’s instruction program.
  • Engages librarians who provide instruction services in discussions about instructional design, pedagogy, technology tools, and relevant professional development.
  • Maintains currency regarding reference, research, and database sources and tools.

The duPont-Ball Library:

The duPont-Ball Library (https://stetson.edu/library) has a collection of approximately 250,000 print volumes and large collections of electronic journals, databases, and e-books, as well as a collection of scores and recordings in support of the School of Music. The library staff includes 8 library faculty members and 16 support staff.  The library is a member of LYRASIS and uses OCLC’s WMS system. The ongoing library fundraising program has resulted in library endowments totaling about $5M.  Librarians are tenure-track faculty members who hold leadership positions on campus committees and are actively engaged in scholarly activities, professional organizations, and service.

The University: 

Founded in 1883, Stetson University (https://www.stetson.edu) is a private, selective university comprised of a rich array of liberal arts and professional academic programs. Collectively, Stetson’s faculty works with more than 3,000 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The University’s historic main campus, located in DeLand, enrolls more than 2,500 students in undergraduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music. Stetson University College of Law, Florida’s first law school, is in Gulfport, and, with the addition of the Tampa Law Center, serves approximately 1,000 students working full-time or part-time toward J.D. or LL.M. degrees. Graduate programs offered at the DeLand campus include Business, Accounting, Educational Leadership, and Counseling.  One of Florida’s oldest private institution of higher learning, Stetson has regularly been ranked among the best regional universities in the Southeast and was the first private college in Florida to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Stetson University provides an inspiring education that engages students with rigorous academic and creative study grounded in liberal learning and promotes civic values of personal and social responsibility. Working closely with faculty and with one another, students cultivate abilities to explore issues deeply, think critically, reason empirically, speak persuasively, and connect ideas creatively. Firmly committed to inclusive excellence, our vibrant community of teacher-scholars nurtures the potential of individual students to lead lives of significance and prepares each to meet the challenges of shaping the future—locally, nationally, and globally.

The Community:

DeLand is a picturesque residential community of 38,000 located 20 miles west of Daytona Beach and 35 miles northeast of Orlando. The area offers extensive cultural as well as recreational activities.

Salary:  Salary is competitive.

Starting Date:  Summer or Fall 2024

Application: Applicants should supply a cover letter, a detailed CV, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references. All information may be submitted electronically to Jennifer Corbin, Director of Public Services, at jcorbin1@stetson.edu. Review of applications will begin on May 1 and continue until the position is filled.  All correspondence will be held in strictest confidence.

Stetson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirms cultural diversity and inclusion as a core value of academic excellence at Stetson University. We are committed to achieving equal access in education, employment, and participation through the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and to meaningful academic and intellectual transformation in curriculum, research and service. We are dedicated to actions and policies that foster a community in which individuals with various identities, cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints work together to create opportunities for engagement through rewarding and fulfilling careers and personal experiences in a culturally and racially diverse society and a globalized world. We strongly encourage members of historically under-represented and economically disadvantaged groups and women to apply for employment. Stetson University is an EEO, ADA, ADEA, and GINA employer.

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Our mission at Stetson University is to provide an excellent education in a creative community where learning and values meet, and to foster in students the qualities of mind and heart that will prepare them to reach their full potential as informed citizens of local communities and the world.

At Stetson, the art of teaching is practiced through programs solidly grounded in a tradition of liberal learning that stimulates critical thinking, imaginative inquiry, creative expression, and lively intellectual debate. The art of learning is enhanced through small interactive classes, close student-faculty alliances, and collaborative approaches that provide the foundation for rewarding careers and advanced study in selective graduate and professional programs. We embrace diverse methodologies to foster effective communication, information and technological literacy, and aesthetic appreciation. We encourage the development of informed convictions, independent judgment, and lifelong commitments to learning that are characteristic features of the enlightened citizen. In bringing together learning and values, the University encourages all of its members to demonstrate personal integrity; to develop an appreciation for the spiritual dimension of life; to embrace leadership in an increasingly complex, interdependent, and technological world; and to commit to active forms of social responsibility.

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