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Graduate Engagement Librarian

Graduate Engagement Librarian

University of Kansas Job Location: Kansas Date Created: 11-30-2016

TO APPLY, GO TO:  http://employment.ku.edu/academic/7425BR
KU Libraries seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and highly motivated individual to advance the Libraries engagement with graduate students.  This position engages in, and contributes to, highly collaborative efforts within the Research & Learning Division of the KU Libraries and takes a leadership role in graduate student-related initiatives and projects as appropriate.
The Graduate Initiatives and Engagement Librarian works as a member of the Center for Graduate Initiatives and Engagement team and with Research & Learning Division colleagues to develop and implement a collaborative and programmatic approach to graduate outreach and research education across the University of Kansas campus.  This individual provides high-quality, innovative research consultation and instruction, develops and sustains engagement with graduate students, and pursues opportunities to work with units and departments that are affiliated with graduate students.  Reporting to the head of the Center for Graduate Initiatives and Engagement, the successful candidate will support strategic initiatives related to graduate students, will engage in proactive communication with units and departments that support graduate students, and will actively engage in teaching activities.
This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure track faculty position.  Rank considerations are based on professional performance, research, and service experience sufficient to qualify for appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian or Associate Librarian.  Discipline Expectations for additional details: https://lib.drupal.ku.edu/sites/lib.drupal.ku.edu/files/docs/LFPA/lcpt/discexpjuly14.pdf 
The University of Kansas Libraries is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to our key campus-wide strategic initiative: Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. For more information, see http://www.provost.ku.edu/planning/themes/
  • Develops and expands engagement initiatives, instruction, and consulting support to enhance students’ ability to discover, access and analyze needed scholarly resources.
  • Coordinates outreach and integration of information literacy concepts into GTA instructional training programs to support their teaching role.
  • Partners to integrate research and information literacy skills into research methods courses and other program curricula.
  • Supports graduate students as researchers, teachers, and academics and professionals through training, workshops,  and  library instruction.
  • Develops and maintains online tools and resources to increase awareness of information and library services.
  • Maintain awareness of graduate programs and research methods.
  • Initiates strategic alliances and supports the effective development and coordination of graduate initiatives and engagement.
  • Expands and broadens connections with graduate programs and departments as well as with other KU Libraries units and cross-functional initiatives teams.
  • In conjunction with graduate programs and departments, provides hands-on experiences through internships, employment, project-based initiatives, and other opportunities.
  • Works positively and productively in a changing environment, providing a supportive work setting and a positive role model that demonstrates professionalism, a strong user orientation and a willingness to adapt to change.
  • Fosters a highly collegial, collaborative and open environment with the ability to develop and sustain collaborative relationships.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to advancing diversity efforts and contributes to an inclusive environment.  
  • Contributes to the division’s instructional and research consultation support.
  • Actively communicate issues implicit in scholarly communication and open access in discussions with colleagues and with the KU community. Attends training and events designed and developed to promote understanding of trends and best practices in scholarly communications. Reflects this understanding in his or her work as a librarian at KU.
  • Actively participate in, and advocates for, the educational role of the Libraries through dynamic engagement in campus teaching and research, campus collaborations, or staff development and training.  Identifies and makes use of teaching opportunities in any circumstance, promotes the Libraries instructional resources and support, and obtains instructional expertise from colleagues as appropriate.
  • Actively participates in and contributes to strategic professional development and training for Division staff and other stakeholders.
  • Advances the Libraries’ priorities and strategic directions through active participation in pursuits such as cross-functional initiatives, cross-operational teams, project teams and/or task forces.

  • Contributes to the profession’s collective knowledge by engaging in scholarly research activity. 
  • Research may involve the publication of articles, books, book reviews, grant-supported inquiry, or editorial work (see Discipline Expectations for Librarians at KU, July 2014).

  • Engages in service to the Libraries, the University and to professional organizations by participating in committee work, projects, and other contributory achievements.

(Service and research percentages may not ordinarily be less than 5% each, and will generally total between 10% and 20%)

Required Qualifications
  1. ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library/Information Science or equivalent from a foreign institution by time of appointment.
  2. Effective written communication skills as demonstrated by the candidate’s application materials, and other examples of written work and/or publications.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Experience building and maintaining collaborations with researchers and/or graduate students in a university setting, as demonstrated by application materials.
  2. One year of full-time work experience providing research and/or instructional support in an academic library or in an academic department or program.
  3. Demonstrated creative thinking and problem solving abilities, and excellent interpersonal skills to effectively interact and work collaboratively with a diverse population of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and other members of the community.
  4. Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and self-direction.
  5. Ability to use a variety of pedagogical tools and applications in research and classroom contexts.
  6. Knowledge of assessment techniques employed in libraries and in higher education.
  7. Advanced degree beyond MLS or advanced graduate level coursework.
Contact Information to Candidates: Leah Hallstrom, leahnel@ku.edu  785-864-3103
Additional Candidate Instruction

Applicants should attach a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references (including at least one previous or current supervisor) to this online application. Please use your cover letter to address how you meet the required and preferred qualifications.  An online application must be completed to be considered for this position.

Apply by the extended deadline of December 12, 2016 to be considered.

TO APPLY, GO TO:  http://employment.ku.edu/academic/7425BR .

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