The Research and Instruction librarian provides research consultation and instructional services to students, staff, faculty and community users. Responsible for liaison relations with faculty members and students in assigned degree programs, with the object of developing relevant collections of print and electronic resources in these subject areas. As a member of the Public Services professional team, this librarian participates in library planning and policy implementation, serves on library and university committees, and participates in projects to develop and improve library services. Participates in all aspects of library instructional services, including face-to-face teaching and the creation of course-specific resources, guides, online tutorials, and web pages for use in both traditional and virtual environments with particular attention devoted to resources for freshmen.
Collaborates with faculty in order to integrate information literacy into the curriculum and to prepare active-learning-based instructional sessions and resources that meet student learning needs. Participates in the development and assessment of library instructional activities and programs. Maintains awareness of emerging trends in information literacy, library instruction, and instructional technology, and participates in their implementation to enhance the library’s instructional services. Provides in-depth information and research assistance at the Research Consultation Desk and by telephone, email, instant message, and other communication technologies on a daily basis, including one evening per week when classes are in session and on weekends as assigned.
Provides one-on-one instruction in use of print and electronic resources, including the library catalog, databases, reference sources, and Internet resources. Maintains knowledge of library’s collection and resources. Composes and revises collection development statements in assigned subject areas, with input from faculty. Selects electronic and print resources in assigned subject areas that support the university’s teaching and research mission. Participates in and makes recommendations in collection evaluation projects. Takes responsibility for existing collections in assigned subject areas by replacing materials and, when necessary, weeding materials that no longer meet collection standards. Communicates with faculty (in assigned subject areas) to increase their awareness of library resources and services, and to better inform library collection development. Responsible for developing and maintaining online research guides for assigned subject areas. Works as a team member of the Public Services unit in implementing library policy and in planning library services. Assists with special projects. Serves on library committees, task forces, and UHCL shared governance committees. Other duties as assigned.
Please note: Position is scheduled to begin June 1, 2014.
Minimum Requirements: Master’s in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution. Six months of work experience in a academic, public or school library setting.
Working knowledge of print and electronic information resources and effective search strategies. Excellent teaching/instructional skills in classroom and online settings and on an individual basis. Ability to communicate clearly, orally and in writing, and to interpret and explain bibliographic data. Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills; ability to work effectively in a collegial environment and with the public, handling patrons’ suggestions and complaints. Excellent skills in use of presentation software and bibliographic citation software. Ability to utilize social media and new technologies in a library setting and maintain awareness of emerging trends in information literacy.
Must be able to work one night per week and regular weekend rotation. Must be able to drive to other campus locations to present library instruction. Must be able to maintain regular communications with faculty in assigned subject areas, and to maintain online research guides.
Security sensitive position – must pass a criminal history and motor vehicle records check before an offer will be made.
Preferred Requirements: A second master’s degree in an academic field. Experience in library instruction. Teaching experience at the college level.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is paid monthly.