The George Mason University Libraries seeks an innovative and collaborative librarian to fill the position of Teaching and Outreach Librarian. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The Teaching and Outreach Librarian is a collaborative, student-centered teacher-librarian on the Teaching and Learning Team. The individual is responsible for providing library services such as information literacy instruction, research support, and outreach expertise for the Teaching and Learning Team’s academic and co-curricular partners. The position reports to the Lead, Teaching and Learning Team and works in an innovative and adaptive public service environment.
This individual works to expand and coordinate outreach and engagement activities for the Teaching and Learning Team and the Learning, Research and Engagement (LRE) division. This may include developing library events and programming, managing student orientations and retention events, and assisting with library marketing services. Additionally, this position manages the University Libraries’ InfoGuides workflow, maintenance, and assessment process.
The Teaching and Outreach Librarian will provide liaison services to assigned academic programs or departments, which includes information literacy instruction, student and faculty teaching/learning support, and may involve collection development responsibilities. The Teaching and Learning Team focuses on undergraduate education across the university, including (but not limited to) the Honors Program, the Communications Lab, Mason/NOVA ADVANCE, English Composition, the School of Integrative Studies, and the Bachelor of Individualized Study (BIS) program. As a member of the Teaching and Learning Team this individual will assist patrons in the use of teaching and/or research resources, and will provide general and specialized reference and research assistance.
The Teaching and Outreach Librarian will actively participate in the work of the Teaching and Learning Team, including participating in and contributing to team-based projects. In the absence of the Lead, Teaching and Learning Team, this individual may be asked to fulfill a senior librarian supervisor role and mediate and resolve issues as necessary.
This individual will also engage in professional development, scholarship and service in accordance with university/library standards for appointment renewal and promotion. This includes serving on committees, task forces, projects, etc. within the Mason University Libraries, and the university.
- ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science OR an equivalent certified foreign degree;
- One – three years of teaching experience in an academic or research library;
- Knowledge of various educational theories and pedagogy that inform library instruction, including thorough grounding in Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education;
- Experience in providing responsive and quality reference, instruction, digital and collaborative library research services;
- Experience in developing, building and sustaining working partnerships and relationships with teaching faculty, researchers and students;
- Demonstrated ability to use current technologies for delivering and developing library services, employing course management systems, developing online research guides, using digital learning objects, and building online library instruction modules;
- Ability to build collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationships with people of varying backgrounds;
- Ability to thrive in a team-based environment and work collaboratively;
- Demonstrated commitment to professional development and growth; and
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
- An additional advanced degree in a field broadly related to teaching and learning, or willingness to attain such a credential;
- Experience designing and implementing library programming or events;
- Experience working with Adobe Creative Suite or an equivalent;
- Experience writing grant proposals to support outreach events and programming; and
- Project management experience.
12-month professional faculty appointment with rank; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAA–CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; tuition waiver for self.
The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and four other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. One of Virginia’s leading academic research libraries, the Mason Libraries continues to gain steadily in national stature as it undergoes extensive transformation in all areas that are key to a 21st century research library—innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. Visit us at library.gmu.edu for more information.
How to Apply
All applications for this position (FA785z) MUST be submitted online at George Mason’s employment page (https://jobs.gmu.edu/). Applicants must submit letter of application, CV or resume, and the names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three current references. Questions should be directed to Renee Prokop (firstname.lastname@example.org), Human Resources Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Libraries. Review of applications will begin April 22, 2019.