We’re excited to share this job opportunity at The Claremont Colleges Library, ideal for entry level or early career librarians. First consideration date is 7/28/21.
Teaching & Outreach Librarian
The Teaching & Outreach Librarian focuses on supporting the Library’s successful First Year Information Literacy program and the Core Curriculum of the five distinguished undergraduate liberal arts colleges of The Claremont Colleges. This position provides research, teaching, and learning support for first-year, second-year, and transfer students, and is heavily involved in outreach and orientation efforts aimed at the undergraduate campuses. This position will also work closely with Subject Librarians who focus on supporting the research, teaching, and learning needs of upper level undergraduate and graduate students. The Teaching & Outreach Librarian will participate on various Library, college, and intercollegiate committees. This position reports to the Head, Information Literacy & Student Engagement, in the Research, Teaching, and Learning Services division.
- Delivers impactful Information Literacy Instruction (ILI) to undergraduate students in their first and second years.
- Provides information literacy instruction in the First Year Instruction program by:
- Collaborating with faculty to design and scaffold research assignments
- Teaching in-person or synchronous online ILI sessions
- Developing online learning materials (e.g., videos and interactive tutorials) to be used as alternatives or complements to in-person instruction
- Participating in student learning and programmatic assessment efforts
- Offering in-person and online research consultations
- Conducts outreach to various undergraduate student services, including affinity groups, and campus writing centers.
- Provides targeted outreach to first generation college students by collaborating with various student or 5C programs. This may involve identifying opportunities to engage this population by offering targeted Library orientations and information literacy instruction or by hosting events.
- Develops collaborative relationships with librarians, Library staff, faculty, and students to support the research, teaching, and learning of undergraduate students across The Claremont Colleges.
- Collaborates with and backs up Subject Librarians who focus on supporting upper level undergraduate and graduate students by providing some ILI and research consultations.
- Continuously works to improve teaching abilities by assessing student learning during instruction sessions, participating in pedagogical professional development at the colleges and within the profession, and by participating in the Library’s peer teaching observation program.
- Strategically integrates digital and scholarly communication literacies into introductory ILI sessions.
- Contributes to training student assistants in chat and in person research support and coordinates various student assistant outreach initiatives.
- Contributes to the development of digital learning objects including interactive tutorials and videos.
- Contributes to the scaffolded internal professional development program aimed at expanding teaching skills and capacity within the division.
- Participates in Library-wide planning and assessment projects through service on teams, committees, task forces, and special projects.
- Actively engages in networking and professional development through national/regional/local organizations through committee work, office-holding, presentations, and publications.
- Other duties and projects as assigned.
- MLIS from an ALA-accredited program, or equivalent combination of education and experience in a closely related field, by the time of appointment.
- Strong commitment to supporting diversity and inclusivity within the library, as both a place of work and as an educational partner.
- Passion for teaching information literacy to undergraduate students and assessing student learning.
- At least one year of experience working in an academic library.
- Familiarity with inclusive pedagogy and Universal Design for Learning principles.
- Exemplary emotional intelligence when working with colleagues and users.
- Experience using Springshare’s products (LibGuides, LibAnswers, LibChat, etc).
- Experience creating instructional videos or online tutorials.
Required Knowledge and Critical Skills:
- Knowledge of how digital literacy and scholarly communications intersect with and extend information literacy concepts, practices, and dispositions.
- Adaptable, flexible, and proactive in dealing with evolving Library and campus priorities, which may require taking on new/varied responsibilities.
- Interest in experimenting with new modes of instruction, assessment, and research support services.
- Knowledge of current trends and issues in information literacy instruction approaches, frameworks, and pedagogies.
- Strong interpersonal skills, especially the ability to work collaboratively and diplomatically as a team player.
- Dedicated to providing responsive and proactive learner-centered public services.
- Effective planning, organizational, and time management skills.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Capacity for working independently to set priorities and meet deadlines.