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Reference/Instruction Librarian

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Review date is November 20, 2017 and will remain open until filled.

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Reference/Instruction Librarian
Posting Number P1064F

Position Summary Information

Job Description Summary

Reference/Instruction Librarian. We seek a creative, enthusiastic and user-focused librarian, with a strong commitment to teaching, to join the Reference and Instruction Services Department’s instruction team. The responsibilities of team members include teaching information literacy sessions throughout the curriculum and coordinating instruction-related projects and initiatives for the department. The librarian hired for the position will also be responsible for providing reference services and engaging in liaison activities and collection development. This twelve-month tenure-track position requires professional and scholarly activity as well as service on library and university committees.
As a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Auburn University Libraries houses a collection of more than 4.5 million volumes and operates with a materials budget of $8.1 million. The Libraries’ Strategic Plan is available at
In August 2017 Auburn University’s newest classroom building, the Mell Classroom Building @ RBD Library, opened its doors to students. The $35 million, 69,000-square-foot facility, built onto the front of the main campus library, features 26 state-of-the-art active learning classrooms, two lecture halls and multiple group study spaces. The integration of the new classroom building with Ralph Brown Draughon Library provides Auburn University students, faculty and staff with seamless access to the library’s resources and services, including its Learning Commons (shared with university academic support services), multimedia labs, and collaborative study spaces.
Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. In 2018, it was ranked 46th among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctor’s degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2017 enrollment of 29,776 students includes 23,964 undergraduates and 5,812 graduate and professional students. Organized into twelve academic colleges and schools, Auburn’s 1,450 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, its positive work environment, its student engagement, and its beautiful campus.
Auburn residents enjoy a thriving community, recognized as one of the “best small towns in America,” with moderate climate and easy access to major cities or to beach and mountain recreational facilities. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama, the combined Auburn-Opelika-Columbus statistical area has a population of over 500,000, with excellent public school systems and regional medical centers.

SALARY/BENEFITS: Minimum salary of $54,025 for a Librarian II, higher with experience, or appointment as a Librarian III. Rank will be commensurate with experience/qualifications. This is a twelve month tenure-track position. Benefits include 20 days vacation leave/12 days sick leave per year; participation in State Teachers’ Retirement System (mandatory); additional voluntary retirement plans available; health/dental/life/disability insurance.

APPLICATION: Application review process begins November 20, 2017 and will continue until a qualified candidate is selected and recommended for appointment. Complete application must include letter of interest, resume or curriculum vitae, and the names of three current, professional references (please include mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers). The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

•Plan, teach, and assess information literacy sessions at various levels throughout the curriculum
•Design engaging and effective class activities and lesson plans grounded in ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
•Engage faculty in academic departments in planning, developing and assessing information literacy instruction. Build strong, collaborative relationships with other campus stakeholders
•Advocate for strategically integrated information literacy instruction throughout the curriculum
•Employ the appropriate set of best practices for both face-to-face and online instruction
•Stay informed of emerging trends in teaching and learning in higher education
•Collaborate with instruction team members to prioritize and coordinate instruction-related projects and initiatives
•Provide reference services, both virtual and in-person, for the University community as well as members of the public; some evening and weekend reference desk service is required.
•Serve as liaison to faculty and students in at least one academic unit or program; in this role, provide instruction, reference, and collection development services to the unit or program.

Minimum Qualifications

•An ALA-accredited MLS degree or equivalent
•Knowledge of learning theory, best practice pedagogies, ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, and instructional assessment methods
•Experience in designing and delivering instruction based on student learning outcomes
•Ability to implement technologies to enhance user services and student learning
•Proven ability to build rapport with students
•Commitment to excellence in public service; adaptability, flexibility, and willingness to engage in continuous learning in order to meet the changing needs of library users
•Demonstrated ability to work independently to problem-solve and carry projects through to completion
•Demonstrated ability to contribute collegially and productively in a team environment
•Excellent interpersonal skills
•Strong and effective written communication skills
•Potential to meet university promotion and tenure requirements for library faculty

Desired Qualifications

•Professional work experience in an academic library
•Experience providing information literacy instruction to first-year or general education courses
•Experience providing information literacy instruction within the disciplines
•Experience in designing and delivering information literacy instruction grounded in ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
•Experience providing reference, instruction, liaison, and collection development services in an academic library
•Experience creating materials for online learning based on best practices for online instructional design
•Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with campus stakeholders
•Participation in campus-wide information literacy and/or general education initiatives
•Record of scholarly, professional, and research activity

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review date is November 20, 2017 and will remain open until filled.

Posting Detail Information

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References required for this position? Yes
If yes, minimum number requested 3

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Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
Optional Documents
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