Digital Literacy Librarian
The Lawrenceville School Job Location: New Jersey Apply By: Open until filled Date Created: 03-30-2021
Title: Digital Literacy Librarian 3/2021
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports to: Library Director
The Lawrenceville School is a highly selective, private independent boarding school that has built a legacy of excellence in education and has earned national recognition for its commitment to environmental sustainability. The 200 plus-year-old campus occupies 350 landscaped acres in the historical town of Lawrenceville, NJ, and is listed on the National Historic Register as reflected by the campus’s old-world architecture and landscaping.
Recognizing the increasingly critical role that technology, e-resources, and digital collections play in the Bunn library’s future directions, the Digital Literacy Librarian position will work with a team of librarians to assess, order/license, market, and engage the community in the use of the library’s resources in the curriculum and beyond the classroom. This position will work with the Instruction and Engagement Librarian on the design and implementation of the information and media literacy curriculum school-wide. The individual will design training and engagement materials for faculty, staff, and students using various methods, and will lead efforts to help the community make the most of the library’s electronic resources and digital collections.
The position will represent the Library in ongoing campus initiatives around the use of technology, the library’s electronic resources, media literacy, and digital citizenship.
This position will have reference/circulation desk duties, including some weekend shifts, and collection development responsibilities. As part of the librarian team, this position will also contribute to the strategic planning for library programs, collections, and space.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
- Follows library and other technology trends and makes recommendations for the adoption of electronic resources and software within the library budget that would enhance student learning and faculty teaching. Works with library and technology vendors on the purchase of eresources and continues the relationship with the vendors to provide training, marketing, statistical analysis, and administration of the databases. Monitors the electronic resources budget and works with the Director to balance the needs of the community with the financial resources.
- Collaborates with other librarians in a team approach to build relationships with users and increase awareness of library resources and services in the campus community, especially for our electronic resources and digital collections.
- Builds and strengthens connections between students and faculty, information, and research needs, curricular content, learning outcomes, and resources. In particular, works with the Archives department to leverage and highlight the growing archival digital collections.
- Works with the Instruction and Engagement Librarian as well as the faculty to ensure that information and media literacy skills are embedded systematically throughout the school and library programs.
- Works with a team of librarians and ITS to incorporate the appropriate digital resources and technology into the information literacy and media literacy curriculum. Leads and collaborates with other campus technology leaders on promoting digital citizenship and the application of library resources and technology in the classroom.
- Acts as the library liaison with the Tech Mentor group and will serve on the ITS Technology Governance Committee, which will be charged with developing a strategic plan for technology for the School community.
- Provides collection development and budget oversight for electronic resources and ebooks, as well as print subject areas.
- Covers the reference desk for 6-8 hours per week, as well as one weeknight per week, and a rotating weekend shift on Sundays (3-4 per trimester).
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.
- Attention to detail and strong analytical skills.
- Able to show initiative and flexibility.
- Strong time management skills and the ability to prioritize.
- Strong knowledge of electronic resources, ebooks, publishing trends, and library technology. Demonstrated experience in the acquisition of library databases, ebooks, and other digital content, and the best practices for ensuring accessibility and use of the library’s electronic resources.
- Proficient with Mac and PC operating systems, Microsoft 365, G Suite, Adobe Photoshop, iMovie, and other technologies, as well as a familiarity with emerging technologies.
- Able to work effectively with a diverse population including young people (teenagers) and adults from diverse cultures.
Education and Experience
- Masters in Library/Information Sciences from an ALA-accredited institution.
- Experience or significant coursework in providing reference service.
- Customer service experience.
- 3-5 years demonstrated information literacy and/or technology education teaching experience in a school, college, or public library setting.
Work Environment and Physical Demands
- Ability to lift and push up to 25lbs.
- Must be capable of using visual display terminal with continuous wrist movement on a keyboard.
- Ability to stand and walk around a three-story building for extended periods of time.
- Uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
- Retrieve items from low or high shelves.
- Able to climb stairs.
- Required to talk, hear, use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.
The School is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to the individual’s race, creed, color, religion, national origin, nationality, sex, pregnancy, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability (including AIDS and HIV related illness), genetic information, refusal to provide genetic information, refusal to submit to genetic testing, ancestry, familial status, marital status, domestic partnership status, civil union status, atypical cellular or blood trait, military service, application for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The Lawrenceville School will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.
This commitment is evident in all aspects of the School’s employment practices and policies, including recruiting, hiring, job assignment, promotion, compensation, discipline, discharge, benefits and training.
Background Check Statement:
The Lawrenceville School conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Eligible employees receive a competitive benefit package that includes health insurance coverage, paid leave and retirement plan options and many other valuable programs.