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Instruction & Information Literacy Librarian

University of Bridgeport
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 26, 2024

The mission of The University of Bridgeport is to promote academic excellence, personal responsibility, and commitment to service. Distinctive curricula in an international, culturally diverse supportive learning environment prepare graduates for life and leadership in an increasingly interconnected world.

Position Description Summary/Purpose :

The Wahlstrom Library seeks a dynamic, experienced Instruction and Information Literacy Librarian to work 4 or 5 days a week for 12 months a year.

Cultivating relationships with students and faculty, the Instruction and Information Literacy Librarian develops and implements an effective plan for Library Instruction and Information Literacy that is aligned with University goals, accreditation requirements, and best practices.

The incumbent develops and delivers curriculum and teaching materials to support a broad range of instructional activities. By encouraging collaborative partnerships, this Librarian works to embed information literacy instruction and assessment in the curriculum, Canvas, and classroom teaching.

As a member of the General Education Committee, the Instruction and Information Literacy Librarian will be an advocate and expert for information literacy across the campus. He/she supports academic programs such as business, humanities, education, engineering and technology, social sciences, and criminal justice at the undergraduate and graduate level.

This individual works with the Health Sciences Librarian to offer consistent support for the university.

Essential Job Functions/Primary Responsibilities :

(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)
  • Lead UB information literacy initiatives within an outcomes assessment model.

  • Work with faculty to produce curriculum, assessment tools, educational materials for Canvas, online tutorials, and other e-learning materials.

  • Serve as an expert in assessment, information literacy, and all library databases.

  • Delivers effective and innovative instruction sessions to faculty, students in classroom.

  • Represents the Library on committees, furthering Information Literacy and other Library goals including in new student orientation and summer bridge programs.

  • Measures the effectiveness of the instruction program, make changes as appropriate and provide reports regularly, especially to Library management.

  • Works closely with Reference Librarians to coordinate activities and develop consistent support.

  • Maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning in the Library by enforcing University policies, explaining policies as necessary in a professional manner.

  • Back Up the I.T. help desk, ILL and Access Services .

  • Monitor, Oversee and Direct work of student assistant(s).

  • Act as a member of the Library Professional Team monitoring the quality of service provided by staff at Service Points, and reporting any issues observed.

  • Answer Reference Questions via phone, email, chat, online, or by appointment.

  • Work closely with Library technical staff to create the best Digital Library/Discovery tools.

  • With technical team, maintain the look and functionality of databases (excluding Health Sciences).

  • With technical services team, develop all collections (excluding Health Sciences),
    collaborating with faculty on collection needs and bench marking individual collections.

  • Keep other librarians informed of national level information literacy activities and initiatives.

  • Work collaboratively with Academic Support Services on programming and student services.

  • Keep library administration informed of all information literacy issues.

  • Conducts all work in a safe manner and all work safety practices are followed.

Other Functions :
  • Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates.

  • Continues professional development and training; keeps current with trends.

  • Assists other department staff as needed to promote a team effort.


Knowledge, Ability and Skill :
  • Demonstrated commitment to developing and fostering best practices and policies to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, and build an environment in which all members of the University community are treated with respect and dignity.

  • Ability to work independently as the head of a team and as a member of a team.

  • Ability to read and order in Library of Congress Classification Scheme

  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to establish good working relationships with colleagues/students.

  • Excellent presentation skills, including speaking to groups. Strong teaching skills and experience in classroom instruction.

  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and to acquire new skills quickly and independently.

  • Strong service orientation.

Minimum Required Qualifications :

Education, Training and Experience :

The qualifications required would generally be acquired with a MLS or MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited and 2 years’ experience in Information Literacy curriculum design in an academic library or any equivalent combination of education, work experience and training.
  • MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited program

  • 2 years’ experience in Information Literacy curriculum design in an Academic Library is preferred.

Physical and Mental Requirements :

Work Environment None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3
Outdoor Weather Conditions X
Work with fumes or airborne particles X
Work near moving mechanical parts X
Risk of electrical shock X
Vibration X

Physical Activity None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3
Standing X
Walking X
Sitting X
Talking & Hearing X
Using hands/fingers to handle/feel X
Climbing or balancing X
Bending, pulling, pushing X
Driving X

Lifting Requirements None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3
Up to 10 pounds X
Up to 25 pounds X
Up to 50 pounds X
Up to 75 pounds X
Up to 100 pounds X
Over 100 pounds X

Vision requirements (Especially relevant if driving is required by the job)

_X_ Close vision (i.e. clear vision at 20 inches or less)

___ Distance vision (i.e. clear vision at 20 feet or more)

___ Color vision (i.e. ability to identify and distinguish colors)

___ Peripheral vision (i.e. ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or

left and right while the eyes are fixed on a given point)

___ Depth perception (i.e. three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and

spatial relationships)

___ No special vision requirements

Full-Time Employee Benefits:
  • Medical Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Pet Insurance

  • 401k employer match

  • Employee & dependent life insurance

  • Great tuition benefits for employee, spouse & dependents

  • PTO program

(This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between The University of Bridgeport and employee. It is used as a guide for personnel actions and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.)

The University of Bridgeport provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. The University of Bridgeport complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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