Outreach and Scholarly Communication/Research & Instruction Librarian Assistant Professor, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

DATE LISTED: March 13, 2017
TITLE: Outreach and Scholarly Communication/Research & Instruction Librarian
Assistant Professor
CITY: Cullowhee, North Carolina
SALARY: This is a 12-month, tenure-track position, reporting to the Research and Instruction Services department head. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience with a minimum annual salary of $45,000. The successful candidate will be professionally engaged, intellectually curious, creative, and interested in establishing and refining this new position. Faculty librarians are fully committed to fulfilling tenure expectations and requirements in teaching/librarianship, service, and scholarship.

The University
Western Carolina University (WCU) is one of the 17 senior institutions of the University of North Carolina (UNC) system. WCU is a dynamic regional comprehensive university with more than 10,000 students and is dedicated to continuous enhancement of its academic programs and integrating engaged learning with service to the region. WCU focuses on academic quality through its Quality Enhancement Plan and through its commitment to integrated learning and the scholarship of engagement. The university has implemented the Ernest Boyer model of scholarship and is committed to its stewardship of place role in serving western North Carolina. Located in Cullowhee, NC, WCU is situated in a beautiful valley nestled between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains, 52 miles west of Asheville and near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the nation’s most spectacular and most visited national parks. While in a small town setting, the university is only three hours from the vibrant urban centers of Atlanta and Charlotte.

The Library
Hunter Library has a long, respected record of providing excellent service to the university and region. The library is dedicated to the thoughtful integration of print and digital resources and to supporting and developing the general, information, digital, graphic, and visual literacy of students and the teaching and research needs of faculty and staff.

 REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• MLS from an ALA-accredited or international equivalent program of library or information science
• Experience performing successful outreach in libraries or other settings
• Basic knowledge of scholarly communication issues, including institutional repositories; traditional and alternate scholarly publishing models; copyright, fair use, and author’s rights; and data management
• Demonstrated knowledge of general reference sources and a desire to offer reference in all subject areas
• Demonstrated passion for supporting students and faculty
• Strong collaboration, critical thinking, and communication skills
• Initiative and ability to work productively, both independently and as a part of a team
• Time management and organizational skills to balance a varied workload, including scholarship and service
• Flexibility to adapt and respond to the ever-changing landscape of information services in an academic library

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Experience in synchronous and asynchronous information literacy instruction
• Experience creating and maintaining online tutorials
• One year of reference experience in an academic library or in a large public library
• Knowledge of or interest in learning about criminal justice, emergency management, or parks and recreation
• Familiarity with current trends in library technology and electronic resources along with the ability to apply this knowledge to a local situation
• Demonstrated understanding of principles and best practices of information literacy instruction
• Experience planning successful and innovative programming in libraries or other settings

DUTIES:
Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library seeks a knowledgeable and responsive librarian to join its service-oriented, tenure-track faculty in the Research and Instruction Services (RIS) department. The successful applicant will lead the planning and delivery of innovative outreach, web content, and instruction to the university community, with an emphasis on scholarly production issues such as open access and copyright. In addition, the librarian in this position would coordinate general distance education services such as creation of video tutorials, maintenance of the library’s presence at the Biltmore Park instructional site, the course management software (Blackboard) and the Campus Online Portal (MyWCU). The Outreach Librarian will also develop outreach related to current events, such as the campus theme and student and faculty research.
Outreach efforts include, but are not limited to, workshops, programs, events, and exhibits; marketing and publicity materials; social media; and research guides and tutorials. The person in this position will create partnerships with other campus entities such as student services and may perform outreach to underserved campus and community groups including transfer, military, and international students.
All RIS librarians at Hunter Library provide interdisciplinary, high-quality research assistance and library instruction during weekdays, evenings, and weekends. RIS librarians also participate—both on campus and at other instructional sites—in an active information literacy program; collaborate with colleagues in library-wide decision-making and initiatives; and participate in collection development. The librarian in this position will assume primary responsibility for the promotion and delivery of library instruction and services in one discipline such as Criminal Justice or Parks and Recreation. The subject liaison librarian will assume responsibility for additional duties, projects, assignments, and initiatives as needed or assigned.

AVAILABLE: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

TO APPLY: To be considered, you must apply online and attach a cover letter, resume and a list of professional references with contact information.

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
visit our website http://jobs.wcu.edu/ or contact Sarah Steiner at sksteiner@wcu.edu, 828.227.3417.

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