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Outreach Librarian
DATE:   9/17/2012
JOB TITLE:   Outreach Librarian
JOB STATUS:   FT
WORK LOCATION:   Library
TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:   Director of Library
DEPARTMENT:   Library
SECTOR:   Academic Affairs

SUMMARY:

Under general supervision, the Outreach Librarian designs and implements user education services for distance and online education, provides reference service, and markets library services and information literacy.

 


ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

Teach course-integrated and stand-alone user education sessions;

Staff the reference desk and assists Library patrons;

Participate in print and electronic collection development;

Design, implement, and assess on-line and classroom curricula;

Develop and use emerging and/or innovative instructional technologies and online learning pedagogies in support of hybrid or distance education.

In collaboration with the User Education Librarian, actively pursue outreach partnerships with campus programs and departments and seek opportunities to integrate library resources and information literacy into academic programs.

Promote and market library services.

Maintain confidentiality of information (including but not limited to: student and employee personal information, student grades, etc.), both during and after their employment with the University.  Any question regarding the confidentiality of material, should be referred to the supervisor.  Any violation shall subject the employee to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

Serve as subject specialist to one or more academic departments.

Perform other duties as assigned.


GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

40%   Design, implement, and assess on-line and classroom curricula.

30%   Serve on the Reference Desk.

25%   Perform outreach.  Market and promote library services.

5%    Other librarian duties.


REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

1.    Ability to be flexible with schedule, including the ability to work nights and weekend hours.

2.    Knowledge of print and electronic collection development.

3.    Experience in an automated library environment with strong database searching skills.

4.    Knowledge of high quality reference practices. Ability to provide reference assistance to the patrons of the Library.

5.    Ability to collaborate with faculty, design curricula, teach, and engage students.

6.    Knowledge of user education and emerging and/or innovative instructional technologies and online learning pedagogies in support of hybrid or distance education.

7.    Ability to manage multiple tasks, set priorities, and implement new information services and technologies.

8.    Ability to work in a team environment.

9.   Strong working computer and mobile technologies, office applications software, and technologies used in classroom teaching.

10.Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with a diverse population of students, faculty and staff.

11.Sufficient manual dexterity with proficiency to handle various office machines including but not limited to: computer, keyboard, calculator, copy machine and fax machine.

12.Ability to receive telephone calls, respond to inquiries and communicate with others by telephone with or without reasonable accommodations.

13.Ability to travel off-campus in the United States and Canada to meet with users, vendors, peers, etc.

14.Commitment to excellence in customer service.

15.Commitment to professional development.


ERGONOMIC REQUIREMENTS:

The functions of the position usually performed sitting, but may require some amount of time standing, stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, lifting, walking, carrying and other movements may be required. Tasks involving working on a computer keyboard, calculators, involve extensive wrist and hand movement. This position also requires the ability to travel off-campus to attend meetings. All individuals are required to be able to perform these movements without significant risk of injury to themselves or others, or to otherwise demonstrate or explain how they can perform the essential functions listed above.


QUALIFICATION STANDARDS:

 

Master Degree in Library Science accredited by the American Library Association, with three years of experience is preferred.

Teaching experience is required, preferably at the higher education level.

Experience in an automated academic library environment is preferred.

A valid New York State driver’s license is required that satisfies both University and insurance company underwriting rules and regulations for driving a motor vehicle. Must also be able to operate a motor vehicle in Canada. 



Non Discrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Policy:

The University affirms its commitment to equal opportunity and non-discrimination and recognizes its responsibility to provide for all employees an environment that is free of discrimination and harassment based on gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, national origin, age, marital status, predisposed genetic disorder, Vietnam Era or disabled veteran status, disability or other category protected by law. The University also does not tolerate any actual or attempted reprisals or retaliation against an employee who raises a sincere and valid concern regarding harassment or discrimination. All such discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation is, therefore, strictly prohibited. This policy protects and covers the conduct of all employees, without regard to job title or status. Anyone engaging in the above mentioned conduct is subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge or termination of any other status.

Niagara University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. A copy of the Student Right to Know Annual Security Report is available at: http://www.niagara.edu/safety
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