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Diversity Resident Librarian

Diversity Resident Librarian

University of Utah Job Location: Utah Date Created: 12-18-2014

The J. Willard Marriott Library is seeking candidates for their Diversity Librarian Residency Program. The program is intended to increase faculty diversity at the Marriott Library and to encourage people from traditionally underrepresented groups to choose the University of Utah as a place to launch their careers in academic librarianship. This two-year residency will be the incumbent's first professional library position; it will orient the Resident to academic librarianship through a broad range of activities designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in future library positions and contribute fully to the profession. This program is designed to meet the Resident's professional goals and interests in conjunction with the library's priorities.
 
The Resident will be supervised by the Diversity Residency Coordinator, who will provide oversight and consistency throughout the experience. During the first year, the Resident will rotate through the library's four departments: Research and Learning Services, Special Collections, Information Technology Services, and Scholarly Resources and Collections. The Resident will have meaningful work assignments that contribute to each department's success. Each rotation will build the Resident's understanding of the library's mission, role, and structure; the Resident's practical skills in meeting stakeholder needs; and the Resident's ability to adapt to new situations and work with many different groups. At the end of the first year, the Resident will have a solid grounding in the profession and a strong sense of how to integrate into a new organization. The Coordinator will work with the Resident to develop a personalized professional development plan that includes service activities, committee assignments, conference attendance, and training opportunities at the library, campus, regional and national levels. The Resident will also benefit from mentoring relationships with faculty throughout the library.
 
The Resident and Coordinator will jointly decide on additional projects for the second year, including placement in a library department that meets the Resident's interests. The residency will culminate in a capstone project (such as a paper or presentation) designed to showcase the Resident's competencies in an area of specialization.
 
Job Responsibilities include:
 
- Use of multiple technologies to advance library goals. Potential activities include the creation and maintenance of online teaching and learning tools, assessment, development and maintenance of print, multimedia and digital library collections, or maintenance and development of the library's web presence and discovery tools.
- Participation in the design and delivery of outreach and instruction programs to the university community.
- Provision of high-quality in-person, phone, and online reference and basic technology support.
- Participation in and contribution to library and university committees and initiatives and ability to communicate the results effectively to multiple library stakeholders.
- Participation in multiple professional development activities, including the completion of a comprehensive capstone project, which will be designed based on Resident interests and library needs during the second year of the project.
Required Qualifications:
The position requires a two year commitment to begin no later than July 2015.
 
- An MSI, MLIS, or MLS from an ALA-accredited institution by July 1, 2015.
- Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.
- Ability to manage multiple projects and responsibilities in a timely and efficient manner.
- Ability to take initiative and work independently when appropriate.
- Willingness to listen to and incorporate feedback from supervisors and colleagues.
- Demonstrated interest in and understanding of the mission of academic libraries and a desire to contribute to the profession.
- Demonstrated leadership skills and motivation to take advantage of opportunities across the library and campus community.
- Knowledge of and interest in emerging trends in academic librarianship and ability to apply this knowledge to improve and advance library services.
- Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and community members from diverse backgrounds.
 
Other:
For full consideration, please apply by February 13, 2015.
 
Salary:
$53,000 annually. This is a two-year career-line faculty appointment.
 
Information:
Excellent benefits are calculated at approximately 35% of salary including TIAA-CREF, medical, dental, generous paid sick and vacation accrual, sabbaticals, and professional development time. Marriott Library is an ARL library with holding of approximately 3 million volumes, 68,000 periodicals in electronic and print formats, 153,769 ebooks and over 400 databases. The university, with a student population of 31,000+ is situated on a 1,500 acre campus in Salt Lake City. The library has recently completed a large-scale renovation which includes a state-of-the-art Knowledge Commons and a center to create multimedia digital content. Teaching facilities, used by campus and library instructors, include 20 classrooms, labs and seminar rooms and a 200 seat auditorium. Salt Lake has a population of over 1 million and offers residents a wide variety of cultural entertainment and recreational activities, all located along the Wasatch Mountain Range. Information can be found on the web at http://www.utah.com/, www.slcgov.com/visitors and http://www.saltlakecityutah.org/relocate.htm. 
 
Application Procedures:
Complete the online application including a detailed cover letter addressing how your experience matches the qualifications; curriculum vitae; and names and contact information, including email, mail and phone numbers, of three references. Applications received by February 13, 2015 will be given full consideration. QuickLink to apply: http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/ 
 
The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans preference. Reasonable accommodations provided. For addition information: http://www.regulations.utah.edu/human Resources/5-106.html.
 
The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a [strong or demonstrated] commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.
 

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