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University of Massachusetts Amherst Education Librarian in Amherst, Massachusetts

Education Librarian

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Work type: Faculty Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:Lib - Res & Learning Services


Categories: Library, Faculty

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The Education Librarian provides innovative and high-quality programming and services for students, faculty, staff, and the community at UMass Amherst. The work of the Academic Engagement department includes building partnerships and promoting library services with assigned liaison areas, providing research assistance, designing and implementing information literacy instruction and programming for undergraduate and graduate students, and creating and participating in outreach opportunities. The position is responsible for supporting activities within the department in partnership with colleagues in the department as well as across the Libraries and on campus. Academic Engagement liaisons actively collaborate with faculty and students in meeting both the teaching and research aims of the university and the Education Librarian serves a vital role in ensuring the Libraries are poised to meet the goals outlined in the University's strategic plan.

Essential Functions

  • Serve as the Libraries’ liaison to the College of Education and foster collaborative relationships and partnerships with the College’s departments and programs.

  • Actively participate in the Libraries' Academic Liaison Program and collaborate with other liaisons in Academic Engagement and in the broader Academic Liaison Program.

  • Communicate regularly with faculty, staff, and students in assigned academic departments and programs.

  • Partner with faculty in assigned areas to integrate information literacy and research skills into the curriculum, such as course-related information literacy sessions, workshops for undergraduate and graduate students, and/or credit-bearing courses classes in a classroom or online environment.

  • Collaborate with colleagues to create accessible learning objects, modules, and other resources for librarians to use in course management systems and/or for distance learning.

  • Provide general and advanced research assistance to library users through emerging technologies, by email, by phone, by LibAnswers and by in-person consultations.

  • Maintain knowledge of and support for current and emerging scholarly publishing models, including open access, research data management, institutional repository promotion, authors' rights, bibliometrics including alternative metrics, and digital preservation/curation.

  • Collaborate with staff in Information Resources Management (IRM) departments to develop collections to support program and research needs.

  • Actively recruit, monitor, facilitate use of, and analyze high-quality collections in support of relevant curricula and research, such as the Masha Kabakow Rudman Children's Literature Collection.

  • Evaluate services, programs, and user experience, such as improving instructional techniques, refining outreach strategies, and adjusting collection development approaches.

  • Align planning, priorities, goals, and services with the strategic initiatives of the Libraries and the University.

  • Keep apprised of key issues and trends in academic success initiatives, information literacy, instructional design, learning support services, online and distance learning, open access, open educational resources, and research assistance, and regularly incorporate this knowledge into planning and sharing of information with library colleagues and campus partners as relevant.

Other Functions

  • Represent the Libraries at library or university events to promote Libraries’ services, such as student-focused events, orientations, end of semester support activities for students, etc.

  • Serve on internal committees as assigned and may be asked to represent the Libraries on campus committees, Five College Committees, and Boston Library Consortium Committees, and/or at other selected professional meetings and conferences.

  • Participate in professional development and continuing education activities, including service in professional and scholarly associations, and presenting and publishing on work-related topics.

  • Work a flexible schedule, which includes some evening, weekend, and holiday hours.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned or required to meet the goals of the department, Libraries, and University

Organizational Values

  • Commitment to support justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) within libraries and institution.

  • Ability to build and sustain effective working relationships and work collaboratively in a diverse and fast-paced environment.

  • Purposefully promote a One Library environment for all that encourages inclusion, personal growth, respect, self-reflection, curiosity, and continuous learning.

  • Understands responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behaves in ways consistent

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Graduate degree in librarianship (from a program accredited by the American Library Association) or related field by time of hire, or combination of an advanced degree in a relevant subject area and experience in libraries, archives, museums, or similar institutions.

  • Evidence of understanding of the academic library's role in research, teaching, and learning,

  • Evidence of commitment to user-centered service to students and faculty in an academic institution.

  • Evidence of participation in professional development and continuing education activities, professional and scholarly associations, or presenting and publishing on work-related topics.

  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and problem-solve.

  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, service excellence, innovation, and creativity.

  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain effective working relationships and work collaboratively in a diverse and fast-paced environment.

  • Strong organizational, project, and time management skills to lead or coordinate multiple projects and work with minimal supervision.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in education or the social sciences.

  • Experience providing library instruction programming in an academic library setting.

  • Fluency with tools for creating and delivering instructional and research support, and specialized programming, such as Springshare modules, and GOBI.

  • Knowledge of instructional design

  • Knowledge of open educational practices, including the creation, adoption, or adaptation of open educational resources or open pedagogy.

Work Schedule

  • The regular working schedule for this position is Monday - Friday, day hours.

  • The incumbent of the position is expected to work on a flexible schedule, which includes some evening, weekend, and holiday hours.

Salary Information

  • Librarian I or II

  • Librarian I salary floor: $55,000.

  • Librarian II salary floor: $61,500

  • Salary commensurate with experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information of three (3) professional references.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Sep 18 2023 Eastern Daylight Time

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