Monday, July 14, 2008

Undergraduate Student Programs Librarian

The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Undergraduate Student Programs Librarian. VCU Libraries seeks a creative, energetic individual to join the recently formed Instructional Services Unit in Research and Instructional Services (RIS). The incumbent will partner with faculty in the University and Honors Colleges to integrate advanced research skills into the curriculum and to design education services that incorporate both classroom instruction and Web-based tutorials. The Undergraduate Student Programs Librarian will be responsible for designing programs and services for upper-division undergraduates that promote academic success. The successful candidate will join a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber.

Reporting to the Assistant Head for Instructional Services, the Undergraduate Student Programs Librarian is appointed one of two liaisons to the University College. The Undergraduate Student Programs Librarian identifies and meets the needs of students learning advanced research skills and is responsible for integrating those skills into Tiers 2 and 3 of the University College Core Curriculum. Together, the Librarian and the First Year Student Programs Librarian will develop an integrated suite of programs and learning tools that dovetail with the progression of the undergraduate curriculum and will ensure the full participation of the library in the campus life programs of the University. The Undergraduate Student Programs Librarian partners with library liaisons in RIS and academic departments to integrate advanced research skills into the undergraduate curriculum across disciplines. The Librarian is also appointed liaison to the Honors College and develops instructional programs in support of the curriculum as well as the Summer Undergraduate Honors Research Program and the Summer Freshman Research Institute. He or she will oversee the work of the Cabell Library Undergraduate Advisory Committee. The incumbent will be an active member of the library’s education and outreach programs, teaching introductory sessions, course-integrated instruction and workshops; developing course content and instructing students in the classroom; leading tours and staffing outreach and orientation events. The Undergraduate Student Programs Librarian also participates in the provision of reference services, including some evenings and weekends. The Undergraduate Student Programs Librarian is expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Faculty with the VCU Libraries are evaluated, and promoted, on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service.

Required: ALA-accredited graduate degree or accredited graduate degree in a related discipline. Preferred: Experience working with undergraduate students in an academic research library setting. Demonstrated commitment to teaching and undergraduate education. Demonstrated success in the application of technology to support student learning and familiarity with Web authoring tools and standards. Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment and a preference for group work. Evidence of project management skills and the ability to plan and implement programs. Excellent presentation and public speaking skills.. Academic reference and instruction experience in a research library. Ability to meet deadlines and manage competing priorities under pressure. Strong service orientation. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience working in a culturally diverse environment highly preferred.

Salary: $40,000 minimum annually. This is a full-time, non-tenured faculty position. Normal faculty benefits apply, including 24 vacation days annually and choice of retirement and annuity plans. For more information about benefits, see

For more information about the VCU Libraries, please visit our home page at Review of applications will begin August 15, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled. Submit cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to:

Kathleen McColgan, Personnel Administrator
VCU Libraries, Virginia Commonwealth University
901 Park Avenue
PO Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
804-828-0151 (fax)

Virginia Commonwealth University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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