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Special Collections Instruction & Education Librarian

Syracuse University
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 20, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Other Education, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Other Professional Fields, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration
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Full Time
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Job # 037402 Department Code 20640-5435 Department SU Libraries Job Title Special Collections Instruction & Education Librarian Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level S5 FLSA Status Exempt Hours
Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)

8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs. Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description
This position will manage the Special Collections ( SCRC ) educational program which centers active learning and the student experience. The librarian will implement strategic plans to assess and continuously improve the program, including creating and giving custom-designed instruction sessions to undergraduate and graduate classes, serving as primary liaison with faculty, and communicating the vision and mission of Special Collections through clear and engaging writing and public speaking. The librarian will be responsible for managing and coordinating all special collections instruction and instructional programming with Syracuse University (SU) and non-SU affiliates and liaise with the SU Libraries information literacy committee. Other core responsibilities will be championing primary source literacy initiatives across campus and working with academic departments and schools to integrate SCRC collections into the curriculum. The incumbent will implement inclusive teaching framework, policies, and strategies into the SCRC classroom and collect assessment data for SCRC instruction as well as manage the SCRC Faculty Fellows program, supervise any future SCRC teaching fellows, and coordinate tours of SCRC exhibitions and spaces. Qualifications
  • Accredited MLS with a special collections focus and an advanced degree in a relevant discipline or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of three years working in an academic special collections or archives environment
  • Minimum of two years teaching in an academic environment, special collections experience preferred
  • Familiarity with the interpretation of rare book and archival collections
  • Familiarity with trends in primary source literacy initiatives
  • Evidence of or interest in participation in professional and/or academic societies
  • Familiarity with collections care and security protocols within a special collections environment
  • The ability to work well with others and perform in a team-oriented, collaborative environment
Job Specific Qualifications
  • A strong understanding of scholarship, including the role of primary source materials in research, teaching, and learning
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively with faculty and students
  • Commitment to a reparative framework in primary source teaching and instruction
  • Proven ability to stimulate interest in special collections materials as cultural artifacts and primary sources for research
  • Strong commitment to providing high quality service in a collaborative, team environment to a diverse and inclusive campus and researcher community
  • Ability to model the safe and secure handling of special collections materials
  • Familiarity with conservation, preservation and collection management practices relating to special collections
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Passion for learning, working collaboratively with faculty, students, and community
  • Demonstrated service to the field
  • Experience supervising student employees and/or interns
  • Maximize student and faculty engagement with the SCRC¿s holdings by creating and delivering in-person and virtual interactive instructional sessions using Special Collections resources for a diverse community and student body, working across a range of disciplines.
  • Work with faculty and instructors on presentations, assignments, and lesson plans to integrate Special Collections materials into the curriculum
  • Manage SCRC¿s instruction schedule across 2-3 designated special collections classrooms and assign and manage instruction sessions conducted by SCRC and Libraries staff as appropriate.
  • Lead SCRC Instruction Team, support and foster a community of practice among SCRC instructors, and participate as main SCRC liaison on SU Libraries Information Literacy Team.
  • Assess and adjust instruction strategies and techniques based on learning objectives, student outcomes, and faculty feedback.
  • Provide engaging tours of SCRC exhibitions and collections to SU and community visitors.
  • Supervise student employees and/or interns.
Outreach & Visibility
  • Actively engage in outreach to SU faculty and students and others to promote awareness and use of SCRC resources, services, programs, and initiatives.
  • Manage the SCRC Faculty Fellows program.
Contribute to the day-to-day work of the SCRC by serving on the reference desk, participating in the SCRC blog, and performing other duties as needed.

Engage in activities that contribute to the advancement of the Libraries, the university, and the library profession.

Maintain awareness of professional developments, issues, and practices through research and activities that increase one¿s knowledge and abilities, and that positively impact one¿s performance and service contributions. Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions
In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter. About Syracuse University
Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit About the Syracuse area
Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal. EEOC
Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities. Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans
Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members. Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community
Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity. Quick Link Job Posting Date 08/20/2021 Application Deadline Full Consideration By Job Category Staff Message to Applicants
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