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Information Literacy Instruction Coordinator and Professional Librarian

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Please send a letter of application, your curriculum vitae, and have three referees write and send letters of support on your behalf by April 14, 2017 to: Dr. Chris Nicol, University Librarian The University of Lethbridge 4401 University Drive Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4 Telephone: (403) 329-2261 Fax: (403) 329-2234 E-Mail materials directly to: Ms Jacquiline Geneau, Administrative Assistant to the University Librarian (jacquiline.geneau@uleth.ca)

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Information Literacy Instruction Coordinator and Professional Librarian
Rank Professional Librarian II
Tenure Information Tenure Track
Position Details

Initial Probationary Appointment (tenure-track/tenured), Information Literacy Instruction Coordinator and Professional Librarian, University of Lethbridge Library

The University of Lethbridge Library seeks an energetic, student-focused, innovative, technology-savvy, and creative professional librarian to fill an Initial Probationary Appointment (tenure-track) at the rank of Librarian II or III, depending on experience and qualifications. This appointment will commence on July 1, 2017, subject to budgetary approval and may be an appointment with tenure, again depending on the candidate’s experience and qualifications.

As one of Alberta’s four comprehensive academic and research institutions, the University of Lethbridge offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Library advances the University’s strategic direction to excel as a comprehensive university through instruction, research support, collection development and community engagement programs that situate the Library as a vital research resource for all members of the University community. Joining the Library’s professional team will present the successful candidate with opportunities for professional growth in a wide range of possible assignments.

Reporting to the University Librarian and working collaboratively with colleagues, the successful candidate will serve as the Library’s Instruction and Information Literacy Coordinator, performing in addition a variety of professional librarian activities in areas such as instruction, reference services, research support, subject area liaison in collection management and instruction, outreach, collection development, scholarly communication, and operations management. The Library Academic Plan has a special focus on information literacy, as this links to Liberal Education at the University. Our team-based approach to instructional delivery necessitates some flexibility in the role.

This position will appeal to a librarian interested in playing a significant role in the continued development of the Library’s strong information literacy program which advances the University’s goal of providing high quality student learning experiences. Developed over many years, this program is delivered by librarians in a variety of modes including library science credit courses, information literacy sessions embedded within other subject-specific courses, synchronous and asynchronous online sessions, as well as a workshop-style instructional modality. The successful candidate is expected to play a leadership role in the development, assessment and delivery of the Library’s instructional program, and cognate services or initiatives in information literacy more generally.

This position will appeal to individuals who:
• have demonstrated leadership in Library instructional program development;
• have strong instructional skills, and a passion for teaching, including library science courses;
• are strongly committed to teaching and research;
• work effectively both independently and as part of a team;
• are eager to contribute to a wide range of Library initiatives and undertakings in a medium sized academic library;
• have an interest in improvement-oriented library assessment and evaluation; and,
• are ready to innovate, adapt and thrive in a dynamic, collaborative and diverse academic environment.

Professional librarians at the University of Lethbridge have status as academic staff members and, as such, are expected to engage in research and service activities, as well as to be professionally active. Some scheduled evening and weekend hours are also required.

Position qualifications:

Education/Experience
• A minimum of a Master’s degree in Library Science (ALA accredited or its equivalent)
• Familiarity with the academic environment and an understanding of current issues and trends in academic libraries
• Demonstrated experience in delivering relevant and reflexive information literacy instruction in collaboration with Faculty academic staff, to promote student success and retention
• Demonstrated experience in leading the development/delivery of engaging, pedagogically sound, effective, scalable instructional programming.

Communication
• Superior interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective and collegial working relationships with students, staff, and other academic staff members
• Excellent presentation, teaching, and communication skills

Team/Work Style
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and to collaborate effectively with staff at all levels and with people of diverse backgrounds, as part of a collegial team
• Flexibility, innovation and the ability to meet the challenges of rapid changes in higher education

Service
• A strong commitment to responsive, user-focused, and quality library services and to the provision of information resources that benefit a diverse community of users

Organizational/analytical/problem solving
• Ability to manage successfully a variety of simultaneous tasks in contexts that may involve competing priorities and changing circumstances
• Superior organizational skills and the ability to develop and lead projects effectively within a collaborative environment
• Excellent analytical and problem solving skills with a demonstrated ability to deal with both quantitative and qualitative data

Other
• Technical aptitude and an interest in using technology to improve Library services
• An interest in contributing to important Library priorities such as Open Access publication, Research Data Management and the support/use of Open Educational Resources

Setting:

Located in Southern Alberta, near the Rocky Mountains, Lethbridge offers a sunny, dry climate which is surprisingly mild for the prairies, excellent cultural and recreational amenities and attractive economic conditions. Founded in 1967, the University has an enrolment of over 8,000 students and offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs through the Faculties of Arts & Science, Education, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Management, and a School of Graduate Studies.

The University Library, with a staff of over 40, has a collection in a variety of formats, an integrated approach to technology and services, and an emphasis on information literacy instruction. For more information about the University and/or the Library, please visit our web site at www.uleth.ca and/or www.uleth.ca/lib.

Faculty University Library
Campus Lethbridge

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 03/10/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Please send a letter of application, your curriculum vitae, and have three referees write and send letters of support on your behalf by April 14, 2017 to:

Dr. Chris Nicol, University Librarian
The University of Lethbridge 4401 University Drive Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4
Telephone: (403) 329-2261 Fax: (403) 329-2234

E-Mail materials directly to: Ms Jacquiline Geneau, Administrative Assistant to the University Librarian (jacquiline.geneau@uleth.ca)

Employment Equity

The University of Lethbridge hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given preference.

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