Posted on January 16, 2017.
The J. Willard Marriott Library is seeking candidates for their Librarian Residency Program. The program is intended to increase faculty diversity at the Marriott Library and to encourage people from traditionally underrepresented or underserved groups to choose the University of Utah as a place to launch their careers in academic librarianship. This two-year residency will be the incumbent’s first professional library position; it will orient the Resident Research Assistant Librarian to academic librarianship through a broad range of activities designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in future library positions and contribute fully to the profession. This program is designed to meet the Resident’s professional goals and interests in conjunction with the library’s priorities.
The Resident will be supervised by the Residency Coordinator, who will provide oversight and consistency throughout the experience. During the first year, the Resident will rotate through the library’s four departments: Research and Learning Services, Special Collections, Information Technology Services, and Scholarly Resources and Collections. The Resident will have meaningful work assignments that contribute to each department’s success. Each rotation will build the Resident’s understanding of the library’s mission, role, and structure; the Resident’s practical skills in meeting stakeholder needs; and the Resident’s ability to adapt to new situations and work with many different groups. At the end of the first year, the Resident will have a solid grounding in the profession and a strong sense of how to integrate into a new organization. The Coordinator will work with the Resident to develop a personalized professional development plan that includes service activities, committee assignments, conference attendance, and training opportunities at the library, campus, regional and national levels. The Resident Librarian will also benefit from mentoring relationships with faculty throughout the library.
The Resident and Coordinator will jointly decide on additional projects for the second year, including placement in a library department that meets the Resident’s interests. The residency will culminate in a capstone project (such as a paper or presentation) designed to showcase the Resident’s competencies in an area of specialization.
The Marriott Library is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, a program uniting academic libraries who share a commitment to increase the hiring pipeline of qualified, talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
The position requires a two year commitment to begin no later than July 2017.
Job Responsibilities include:
- Use of multiple technologies to advance library goals. Potential activities include the creation and maintenance of online teaching and learning tools, assessment, development and maintenance of print, multimedia and digital library collections, or maintenance and development of the library’s web presence and discovery tools.
- Participation in the design and delivery of outreach and instruction programs to the university community.
- Provision of high-quality in-person, phone, and online reference and basic technology support.
- Participation in and contribution to library and university committees and initiatives and ability to communicate the results effectively to multiple library stakeholders.
- Participation in multiple professional development activities, including the completion of a comprehensive capstone project, which will be designed based on Resident interests and library needs during the second year of the project.
Compensation: $53,000. The University of Utah offers an excellent benefits package including TIAA-CREF, medical, dental, generous paid sick and vacation accrual. This is a two-year career-line faculty appointment.
Applications received by February 13, 2017 will receive full consideration
Required qualifications include:
- An MSI, MLIS, or MLS from an ALA-accredited institution by July 1, 2017.
- Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.
- Ability to manage multiple projects and responsibilities in a timely and efficient manner.
- Ability to take initiative and work independently when appropriate.
- Willingness to listen to and incorporate feedback from supervisors and colleagues.
- Demonstrated interest in and understanding of the mission of academic libraries and a desire to contribute to the profession.
- Demonstrated leadership skills and motivation to take advantage of opportunities across the library and campus community.
- Knowledge of and interest in emerging trends in academic librarianship and ability to apply this knowledge to improve and advance library services.
- Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and community members from diverse backgrounds.
- Reading, writing, or speaking skills in a second language.
- Demonstrated proficiency and capability with information technology systems in the context of an academic library.
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