University of North Carolina Wilmington — First Year Engagement Librarian / Lecturer

Position Title: First Year Engagement Librarian/Lecturer
Department: Randall Library – 30800
Vacancy Number: E108
Position Number: 1376
Location of Workplace: Main UNCW Campus

Summary of Position:
The primary duties of the First Year Engagement Librarian are to coordinate Randall Library’s efforts to engage first year students in information literacy skills development and developing the library use habit. “First year students” refers to students who are entering UNCW in their first semester of college coursework as opposed to students who are transferring from other institutions with incoming college credit. Works closely with University College to develop appropriate, interesting, and relevant instruction in library and information use for academic research, lifelong learning, and recreational purposes. Participates on the Programming and Exhibits Team (PET) which plans and presents cultural events such as readings, film screenings, lectures, panel discussions, and writing contests. Also participates in providing reference and research service at the Research Help Desk in the library’s Learning Commons. Contributes to planning, implementing, and assessing services in these areas. Assists in building the library’s collections and produces creative and scholarly contributions to librarianship.

More specifically, the First Year Engagement Librarian collaborates with University College personnel to develop information literacy instruction for first year students through face-to-face instruction sessions, assignments, and assessments. Schedules First Year Seminar (FYS) information literacy sessions and assigns librarians to present sessions to these classes. Assists in the development of tutorials or other online presentations of material for this audience. Conducts needs assessments for continuous improvement of the information literacy components of First Year Seminar. Maintains statistics of programs and participation. Teaches library credit courses (e.g. LIB 103) as needed. Advocates to all library constituencies for the value and principles of information literacy. Plans, presents, and evaluates instruction in information-seeking for groups (primarily course-related instruction in a variety of disciplines.) Consults with course instructors and librarians to provide optimum library instructional services. Creates instructional materials, both print and online, to guide users in information seeking. Provides research assistance, helping library users find information, including the execution of database searches and individualized instruction in the use of the library’s online catalog, Internet resources, and other print and online finding aids. Includes working with both undergraduate and graduate students. Collaborates with faculty to improve awareness and effective use of information resources, to incorporate use of information resources into the curriculum, and to develop strategies for the improvement of library services. Promotes the use of library services, in collaboration with library personnel, faculty, and others. Includes production of Web pages, brochures, and other promotional products, presentations to groups and individuals, collection development projects, and other associated activities. Engages in scholarly or creative activity to produce new knowledge and share expertise. Serves as Liaison Librarian as assigned. Liaison Librarians assist teaching faculty with resource awareness, library instruction, collection development, and relevant programming. Provides in-depth research assistance to students majoring in the assigned areas. Selects new acquisitions for library collections. Participates in the development, implementation, and review of library policies, procedures, and services. Serves on Library and University committees, as requested.

Minimum Requirements:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library and information sciences.
  • Minimum of two years providing information literacy instruction in an academic environment
  • Demonstrated ability to teach course-related information literacy instruction in a variety of disciplines to undergraduate students.
  • Demonstrated experience in classroom management.
  • Demonstrated experience in assessment of learning.
  • Strong capacity for working enthusiastically, flexibly, and creatively in a student-centered environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing library reference/research assistance including knowledge of online databases and search strategies.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and public speaking skills.
  • Knowledge of trends and services in academic libraries to support first year experience programs.
  • Experience applying best practices in instructional design and pedagogical principles.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated success developing programs and services for first year students.
  • Demonstrable experience with multimedia tools required for the creation of interactive instructional material.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit:
Academic Affairs is the central division for implementing the mission of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Through effective academic policies, practices, and programs, it provides leadership for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and creative work as well as service to local, regional, and global communities. William Madison Randall Library supports the mission of the University of North Carolina Wilmington through the provision of information resources, services, and programs relevant to the needs of its students, faculty, and staff. It also serves as a rich cultural resource for the surrounding community and the region. To accomplish this mission, the library provides (1) diverse collections of informational resources in multiple formats; (2) efficient access to informational resources; (3) assistance and instruction in identifying, evaluating, and interpreting information; (4) a safe and comfortable facility which stimulates intellectual curiosity and reflective thinking; and (5) programs that connect scholars and interested individuals with information and expertise to inspire lifelong learning.

The First Year Engagement Librarian will join a team of colleagues in the Research and Instructional Services (RIS) Division of Randall Library. These faculty are responsible for the design, delivery, and assessment of research services, information literacy instruction, collections services, and outreach that contribute to student, faculty, and staff success. RIS librarians lead educational and research support initiatives, outreach, and other liaison activities that support the unique information, learning, and research needs of the students, faculty, and staff of assigned departments.

University Information:
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with over 14,000 students, the university is known for its superb faculty and staff and powerful academic experience. With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology and educational leadership, UNCW is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability by publications like U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Business Journals. UNCW also recently earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, bestowed to higher education institutions dedicated to community involvement.

EEO Statement:
UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Months Per Year: 11 Months (August-June)
Position Type: Permanent

Priority Consideration Date: 10/24/2016

Priority Consideration Information:
Priority consideration will be given to applications received by the Priority Date; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.