The University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library | Geschke Learning Resource Center seeks a creative, innovative, engaged, and student-centered candidate for the Outreach Librarian position. Gleeson Library recently formed a new Instruction and Outreach Department to lead the library’s programmatic efforts in these areas.
The Outreach Librarian, as part of the Instruction and Outreach Department, will focus heavily on teaching library instruction, primarily to undergraduate students, and lead the library’s outreach and marketing efforts. The Library does a range of library instruction, from one-shot course related teaching, to teaching credit-bearing courses with significant information literacy learning objectives. Outreach efforts span from planning beginning of the year welcome events, to year-round programming. This position also is responsible for coordinating, creating, and assessing social media posts and strategy.
The University of San Francisco, a Jesuit Catholic institution, strives to promote safe, affirming, and inclusive communities for all students, faculty, and staff to learn and work together in alignment with the University’s mission. These communities are enriched by the presence of people of different abilities, ages, colors, creeds, cultures, races, ethnicities, family models, gender identities, gender expressions, health statuses, nationalities, political views, religious, spiritual, and philosophical beliefs, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses, educational backgrounds, and veteran statuses.
Early-career librarians and candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Librarians are part of the USF Faculty Association, an American Federation of Teachers collective bargaining unit. This position is expected to start in Fall 2021 with the note that beginning August 2, 2021, all university employees are expected to work onsite. This position reports to the Head of Instruction and Outreach. Appointment will be at the Assistant Librarian rank and the expected salary range is $59,476 to $83,495.
Full Job Description:
The Instruction and Outreach Department members are expected to provide face-to-face instruction on campus, online instruction, including working with instructors on asynchronous and flipped classroom instruction. Will serve as a subject liaison to disciplines in the humanities, which includes teaching discipline specific library instruction, collection development, maintaining research guides in those areas, and providing research consultations for faculty and students in those programs. Instruction responsibilities will primarily include one-shot sessions for undergraduate students, with the possibility of teaching credit-bearing courses for Muscat Scholars Program and USF 101.
- Teach course-related instruction sessions and stand alone workshops
- Create online instructional materials like LibGuides, online tutorials, or other asynchronous methods.
- Cultivates and sustains collaborative relationships with students, staff, and faculty in support of campus teaching and learning.
Responsible for leading collaborative efforts in marketing and outreach events. This includes being a liaison between campus student groups and offices to ensure the library is represented at relevant campus events. Outreach events can include coordinating beginning year welcome events like DonsFest, Involvement Fair, Tutorpalooza, National Library Week, and celebrations for seasonal events and festivities.
- Coordinates and assesses the events and programs that the library does.
- Oversees the social media and marketing strategy for the library.
- Oversees a budget for marketing and outreach supplies.
- Collaborates with the department and other library staff as needed to support outreach events.
Reference services are provided by librarians within the Reference, and Instruction and Outreach departments. It is expected that this position may provide approximately five hours of reference services per week, online and in-person.
- Provides reference assistance in person and online to the University communities.
- Some evening and weekend hours are required.
Additional Duties (15%)
Librarians at the University of San Francisco are encouraged to participate in local and national professional organizations; engage in service to the USF community; serve on library and university committees; engage in research, professional development, and other activities related to promotion.
Distribution of job percentages may change and there may be other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will have enthusiasm for student success and interest in teaching library research/information literacy classes or similar classes; ALA accredited MLIS or MLS degree (degree completed before appointment); highly service-oriented, and able to collaborate positively with faculty, colleagues, and administrators. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Commitment to advancing the university’s mission and core values.
Familiarity with ACRL information literacy standards and framework; and understanding of outreach and programming best practices for libraries.
One year of library experience (or the equivalent), preferably in an academic library.
Additional Application Requirements
Gleeson Library aims to work vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension, all people. We acknowledge, respect, and celebrate differences and commonalities. We also acknowledge the roles our institution and many other academic libraries play, both historically and today, in the ongoing subjugation of Black people and the intersections between librarianship and systemic racism. We affirm that Black Lives Matter.
— Shawn P. Calhoun, Acting Library Dean (June 2020 from the Black Lives Matter Statement)
Gleeson Library is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and infusing these values in our work. Recent examples of this work includes the creation of an EDI focused collection development policy, creating community engagement guides and teaching EDI focused learning outcomes. Gleeson Library believes that anti-racist work is an ongoing commitment — it is not something one can check off a list. Doing this work and grappling with our histories is uncomfortable, but that will not stop us from engaging with it or taking action, and learning how to do better along the way.
Please include an EDI statement of 250–500 words addressing the following:
The University of San Francisco is an institution committed to social justice and to creating an inclusive environment for all. What initiatives or contributions in the area of EDI are you most proud of that exemplify your awareness and sensitivity towards promoting an inclusionary work environment? Please also briefly describe what you have learned working with diverse populations.
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