Sunday, October 2, 2011

Four Positions

Grand Valley State University Libraries is pleased to announce an expansion of our program in preparation for the Fall 2013 opening of the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons ( This structure will connect students, resources, and technology and change the face of education at GVSU. This new facility is designed with green building concepts and we are pursuing the highest possible LEED certification.

We are seeking energetic and innovative candidates for four (4) new positions:
Assist/Assoc Librarian: Head of Instructional Services (12-month, tenure-track)
Assist/Assoc Librarian: Data Management Services (12-month, tenure-track)
Assist/Assoc Librarian: Digital Initiatives (12-month, tenure-track)
Library Program Manager (12-month, academic professional)

Head of Instruction Services
The new Head of Instructional Services position will provide leadership and direction for all GVSU Libraries instructional programs. The successful candidate will be responsible for establishing standards for teaching, developing a framework for assessment of library instructional efforts and coordinating continuing education programs for library faculty instructors. With the Head of Operations and User Services, this position will act as co-coordinator of the Knowledge Market, an academic support service in the new Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons, designed to offer research, writing, and speech consulting all in one common space. This position will work with Knowledge Market partners to set the pedagogical direction for services and develop success measures for this service and develop, coordinate, and assess a training program for peer-coaching student assistants. 

Data Management Services Librarian
The new Data Management Services Librarian position will provide leadership and guidance in the development and implementation of data management strategies that will support discovery, access, management, and preservation of the Libraries’ and University’s physical and digital assets and resources. The successful candidate will be responsible for assessing user needs and keeping abreast of evolving metadata standards in order to develop appropriate descriptive, structural and administrative metadata schema for complex heterogeneous collections. This position will work with various departments and individuals throughout the campus to develop an e-records management and preservation strategy, determine faculty data service needs, and provide faculty and researcher assistance in writing data management plans for federal grant applications.

Digital Initiatives Librarian
The new Digital Initiatives Librarian position will provide leadership and expertise in the identification, assessment, and implementation of emerging technologies that further the Libraries’ mission. The successful candidate will also identify, develop and assist with implementing innovative technologies for improving the discovery, access, description, and sharing of scholarly digital resources. This position will develop, provide, and assess services in the new technology-equipped Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons and will support scholarship, research, and academic activities conducted or enhanced through the use of digital technologies. This position will work with various departments and individuals to support and implement new and innovative ways to deliver library instruction, support faculty and students in the area of digital scholarship, and provide advice on technical best practices, standards, and processes for digitizing and archiving materials in a variety of formats.

Library Program Manager
The new Library Program Manager position will develop, manage and present an innovative digital exhibit and events program designed to enrich the intellectual, educational, and cultural life of students. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate across the institution. This position will oversee scheduling, coordinating and promoting of external programs, services, and events; manage policy and procedure for event selection, space scheduling and space conflict resolution; maintain formal promotional materials and scripts; and curate content from academic units and other partners for presentation in the new Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons.

Salary ranges are commensurate with experience. GVSU employees enjoy a comprehensive benefit package, including support for professional development.

Complete position descriptions, as well as required qualifications and application information can be found at Review of applications will begin on October 31 and continue until positions are filled.

Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. Minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. We are interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

Grand Valley State University is a public comprehensive university located in western Michigan with campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts nearly 25,000 students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities, including the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons scheduled to open in Fall 2013. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of over one million, and offers numerous cultural and recreational opportunities, a moderate cost of living, and a high quality of life. For information related to the GVSU work/life experience, visit

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