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Coordinator of Library Instruction

Coordinator of Library Instruction

University of Alabama Job Location: Alabama Apply By: 11/22/2021 Date Created: 10-22-2021

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LIBRARIES

Coordinator of Library Instruction

The University of Alabama Libraries seeks a forward-thinking librarian with innovative ideas for learning-centered approaches to research and instructional services in disciplines across campus. This is a twelve-month, tenure-track position that reports to the Head of Gorgas Information Services. The Coordinator of Library Instruction will lead the instructional program for undergraduate and graduate courses. The position will train and work with University Libraries liaisons and campus faculty to develop a robust program that identifies needs and opportunities for instruction across academic departments. The ideal candidate possesses a strong desire to teach and seeks out further knowledge in teaching and learning theories for different disciplines. The coordinator will teach course-related instruction sessions, and will organize and participate in other venues to promote information literacy across campus. The candidate will continuously improve instruction across the Libraries by coaching instruction librarians, sharing expertise in library instruction theory and practice, and staying abreast of innovations in library instruction and the use of technology in instruction.

This position will serve as a University Libraries liaison to different departments with current assignment for the social sciences. The librarian will be responsible for instruction, proactive communication and training, and other support mechanisms for those departments’ teaching and research-related information needs. As Coordinator of Library Instruction, the librarian will also teach periodically and on an ongoing basis for all disciplines at UA to maintain current knowledge of the liaison program. Equally, the Coordinator will assess librarian teaching performance through annual classroom observation and will ensure Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) of liaisons take place on an annual basis. The Coordinator will also partner with and teach actively within the Data Services Program to ensure liaison engagement with related workshops and assessment activities. This position also plans and coordinates activities for individuals who are involved in creative programs and communities in the social sciences, such as the Honors College, the Sanford Media Center, and the Alabama Digital Humanities Center. The candidate also coordinates instruction efforts and provides instruction in support of the First-Year Writing program. The Coordinator of Library Instruction will guide instruction librarians in their efforts and work closely with the Head of Gorgas Information Services and the Director of Branch Library Services to set goals, to balance workload and scheduling equitably, and to identify opportunities for professional development for liaison librarians.

This position promotes collaboration and shared information experiences among students, assists with development and implementation of assessment initiatives aimed at improving services and collections, and creates and utilizes a variety of technologies, media, and digital learning objects for the advancement of library goals and objectives. The coordinator is responsible for collecting and analyzing data, assessing student learning outcomes, evaluating effectiveness of the instruction program, and reporting analyses.

This position collaborates with a broad range of stakeholders to conceptualize, define, and deliver contemporary services in support of cutting-edge approaches in instruction and research. Candidate will work in a team environment in the University Libraries and must have a willingness for continual learning, development, and application of additional expertise through work related experiences and professional development opportunities. Candidate must also possess the ability to deal with change, ambiguity, and complex problems in an academic setting. This position may also provide outreach to non-academic units such as student housing to develop events and services that promote the University Libraries and perform other duties/functions as requested. Responsibilities of this position change as the University Libraries continue to evolve.

Required qualifications:

  • MLS from an ALA accredited program.
  • 3–5 years’ experience providing reference services and instruction in a research library setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with information literacy concepts and trends (ex: ACRL Framework for Information Literacy and curriculum mapping).
  • Experience with online instructional technologies (e.g., e-learning software and authoring tools, content management systems, and learning management systems).
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt emerging technologies to enhance user services and student learning.
  • Experience creating assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Evidence of commitment to students at the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Demonstrated record of excellence in public service.
  • Adaptability, flexibility, and willingness to engage in continuous learning in order to meet the changing needs of library users.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong and effective written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and evidence of the ability to initiate and carry projects through to completion.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute collegially and productively in a team environment.
  • Ability to support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment.
  • Potential to meet university promotion and tenure requirements for library faculty.

Preferred qualifications:

  • A record of curriculum development collaboration with faculty.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Additional graduate or doctoral degree.
  • Research experience, including experience with Institutional Review Board processes.
  • Experience developing programmatic assessment.
  • Experience with assessment of teaching.

ENVIRONMENT:

The University of Alabama, The Capstone University, is the State of Alabama’s flagship public university and the senior comprehensive doctoral level institution in Alabama. UA enrolls over 38,320 students, with record breaking freshman classes for each of the past three years. UA has also increased graduate student enrollment by seven percent for Fall 2021. Ranked among the top 70 public universities in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings for more than a decade, UA ranked 67th among public universities in the 2020 rankings. UA made the Forbes list of America’s Best Employers for New Graduates in 2021. University of Alabama students continue to win prestigious national awards. Fifty-nine UA students have been named Goldwater Scholars. The University of Alabama has produced a total of 15 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 32 Hollings Scholars and 11 Boren Scholars. The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 900currently enrolled, the highest number in UA’s history. Under the leadership of President Stuart Bell, UA has launched a strategic planning process that includes an aggressive research agenda and expansion of graduate education. There are currently 36 faculty who have received NSF Career awards, the nation’s most prestigious recognition of top performing young scientists. UA was also recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for the fifth time in six years in 2021-2022. UA is located in Tuscaloosa, a metropolitan area of over 250,000, with a vibrant economy, a moderate climate, and a reputation across the South as an innovative, progressive community with an excellent quality of life. Tuscaloosa provides easy access to mountains, several large cities, and the beautiful Gulf Coast.

The University Libraries maintains memberships in the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, centerNet, LYRASIS, HathiTrust, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, LOCKSS, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network. As a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository since 1860, the UA Libraries serves Alabama libraries and the public. The University Libraries homepage may be accessed at http://www.libraries.ua.edu

Prior to employment the successful candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation.

SALARY/BENEFITS:

12-month tenure-track faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor rank, depending on qualifications. Salary is $70,000.00–$78,000.00, commensurate with qualifications, experience, and advanced degrees. Strong benefits, including professional development support, tuition fee waiver, and matching retirement contributions.

TO APPLY:

Applications are accepted online only at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu. Click Search Positions. University Libraries in Organization drop down box. Please include your application, Curriculum Vitae, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e- mail addresses of three references, including one current supervisor.

Position open until filled. Applications received by November 22, 2021 are assured of receiving full consideration. Position will remain open until filled.

The University of Alabama is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including women, members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply. For questions regarding the search, contact Dr. Millie Jackson, Senior Associate Dean, at mljackson@ua.edu .

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