Position and Responsibilities:
Georgia State University Library seeks an enthusiastic, collegial, service-oriented, and dynamic blended librarian and manager to lead online learning and research initiatives in a fast-paced and innovative setting. The Coordinator is responsible for leading the effort to further define online learning and research support for a growing research university and for working collaboratively with library and university communities to deliver those services. Working in a team-based environment, the Coordinator
• Leads library personnel in using the latest technologies for learning and research;
• Manages the library’s virtual reference services and explores ways of expanding virtual outreach and communication to the campus community;
• Helps design and manage the production and use of next-generation e-learning tools, including online learning objects and tutorials;
• Assesses learning outcomes;
• Collaborates with campus technology groups and committees on a broad range of curricular initiatives;
The Coordinator has a strong commitment to students’ success and promotes the use of emerging technologies in reaching learners and researchers beyond the physical library. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Public Services, he/she works to implement services and programs for students and faculty that stimulate the creative and innovate use of new technologies (social media, multimedia, cloud collaboration, CMS, etc.) across the curriculum, with particular focus on information literacy goals and Critical Thinking Through Writing initiatives. The successful candidate coordinates online learning and virtual reference services (IM, chat) involving all Public Services librarians, with a minimum of 3 library faculty and 2 library staff members reporting directly to the Coordinator.
Since its 2007 renovation, the Georgia State University Library provides one of the most attractive, open and inviting educational facilities in the Southeast. With over 1.5 million visitors this past year, the library is an integral part of the university community. It supports both teaching and research with an expansive collection and outstanding assistance. The library also exhibits a new, modern image, providing the campus with an attractive, centralized location. Its signature bridge, a glass link that overlooks downtown Atlanta, connects the library’s two prominent buildings. Many appreciate the comfort of the library’s new interior design, often enjoying a coffee from the cafe located on the first floor.
Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Georgia State University is one of the country’s top urban research universities. Over 28,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll each semester in six different colleges. This diverse community offers a unique cultural and intellectual atmosphere, with
many opportunities to engage in stimulating activities and events. Between college sports, the performing arts and a variety of local restaurants, the campus location has it all.
For additional information about the Georgia State University Library: http://www.library.gsu.edu
• ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science
• Commitment to innovative and successful user-centered services
• Experience in delivering library instruction, research assistance, and other services in an online environment
• Experience in developing online tutorials and other learning objects
• Knowledge of virtual reference services, including IM/chat applications used in libraries
• Knowledge of applications and technologies used in higher education instruction, including course management systems
• Evidence of professional activity and scholarship appropriate for faculty appointment at assistant professor level or above
• Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
• Ability to pass a background check
• Instructional technology and/or design experience in higher education
• Coursework or degree in instructional technology and/or design
• Experience supervising librarians and staff in a team-based environment
Condition of Work and Benefits
Forty-hour work week Retirement plans include: Teachers Retirement System
Twenty-one days vacation TIAA–CREF, VALIC, & Fidelity
Twelve paid holidays Group health and life insurance
Twelve days sick leave Social Security
Faculty rank and status Optional pre-tax benefits
Non-Tenure track Support for research and professional activities
Salary and Rank
Minimum salary of $50,000 for 12 months commensurate with the candidate’s education and experience. Appointment at a faculty rank, on a contract renewal basis.
Submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications; resume; name, address and phone number of three references, including immediate supervisor. Review of materials will begin July 19, 2010 and continue until the position is filled. Send materials to:
Human Resources Coordinator
Georgia State University
100 Decatur Street, SE, Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Georgia State University is an equal opportunity educational institution/affirmative action employer strongly committed to cultural diversity.