Research Commons, Head
University of Maryland Libraries
Job Location: Maryland
Apply By: Open until filled, best date of consideration 02/27/2021
Date Created: 01-29-2021
Title: Research Commons, Head
Category: Faculty, Librarian (Open Rank)
Department: Digital Services and Technologies
Benefits: 22 Days Annual Leave, 15 Days of Sick Leave, 3 Days Personal Leave, 15 Paid Holidays, Tuition Remission, Health, Dental, Vision, and Prescription
As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University of Maryland Libraries serve more than 37,500 students and 4,200 faculty of the flagship College Park campus. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. Its role as a key academic resource is evident in its service to the academic community and its actionable strategic plan. Recent membership in the Big Ten Academic Alliance is particularly meaningful to the University Libraries and will further propel the university’s ascendancy in academic excellence.
This is a full-time permanent status track librarian position in the Research, Teaching, and Learning Department with responsibilities for overseeing the Research Commons. The Head of RC will expand on the educational mission of RC, including development and coordination of workshops and events; maintaining and developing services for researchers of all levels, from undergraduate students through faculty, (for example, IRROC and copyright assistance); putting forward marketing campaigns to promote RC; establishing measures and assessments in determining value; and assuming leadership for the development and support of a cohesive digital scholarship service, incorporating GIS, data visualization, data research and OER in accordance with the Libraries’ strategic priorities. The Head of RC will advise and contribute to the developments of commons models across the University of Maryland Libraries, including those at STEM, MSPAL, and TLC units, and provide leadership to their unit by supervising RC staff members.
Duties include actively engaging with colleagues across the Libraries and the campus community in developing and maintaining partnerships, services, and spaces; developing a strong understanding of research needs on campus in order to enhance service models; creation of assessments to determine awareness of the services, overall satisfaction, and suggestions for improvement; drafting strategic goals for the Research Commons; developing a plan for the comprehensive and coherent digital scholarship services. The Head of RC actively participates in services and collections related activities for assigned subject responsibilities, including collection development and management, provides instruction and in-person and virtual reference services, and promotes services available through the Libraries.
The Head of RC is an active member of Research and Academic Services (RAS) division, contributing to divisional initiatives and leading specific projects in collaboration with other RAS units (e.g., TLC), and with other units in the Libraries (e.g., Digital Programs and Initiatives). In addition, the librarian works with the Director of RTL and other RTL unit managers to enhance cooperation between units and to develop and maintain a departmental culture that is inclusive, equitable, diverse, customer-centered, and responsive to changes happening in academic libraries and higher education.
Master’s degree in library science from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association or equivalent professional degree with relevant library experience.
Three years of professional experience in an academic research library with demonstrated increase in responsibilities.
Demonstrated experience working effectively and creatively with academic faculty, students and library faculty and staff.
Experience with research/information and instructional services, particularly in developing large-scale instructional programs.
Experience or aptitude for developing new research-based programs and services with broad appeals to large and diverse audiences.
Experience or aptitude with digital tools, data collection, data visualization, data research, and web and information technologies.
Experience with open educational resources (OER), open access and academic integrity.
Experience or aptitude to plan, deliver and maintain complex projects and strategic initiatives.
Experience with designing measures and assessments to determine value, experience with a variety of assessment tools.
Subject background in assigned disciplines demonstrated through academic degrees, course work, or substantive experience.
For the full position description and faculty requirements, please go to http://www.lib.umd.edu/hr/employment-
Position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. Applicant must meet the Libraries' requirements for promotion, which includes a commitment to professional development, service, and self-directed research, scholarship, and/or creative activities. For additional information, consult the following website:
APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/80895. No relocation assistance will be provided. You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment. An application consists of a cover letter, which includes the source of advertisement, a curriculum vitae, and names/e-mail addresses of three references.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. For best consideration, please apply by 02/27/2021.
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.
The University of Maryland Libraries are committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We support university and library efforts to create a more just campus environment, understanding the unique, interdisciplinary focus of libraries and archives as collectors and curators of the historical, literary, artistic, and scientific record. We provide collections, services, and programs that reflect the diversity of our community, heighten cultural awareness, and incorporate the histories, experiences, and expressions of those who have been historically marginalized and/or underrepresented. We work to ensure equitable access to our facilities, resources, and services.
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