Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience + benefits package
Library Information Services
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position
This is a full-time, twelve-month position. Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm. One
evening reference shift a week may be required.
Pacific Lutheran University is seeking an Instruction and Reference Librarian
to participate in our information literacy program, work collaboratively on
digital library initiatives and improvements and collection development, and
provide stellar reference service. Librarians at Pacific Lutheran University
hold faculty rank and are expected to participate in university governance and
service, as well as pursue an active research agenda.
The successful candidate will have the option of either tenure track or
clinical faculty status, contingent on the candidate's qualifications and
interests. The librarian is expected to work as a peer with faculty, and to
develop collegial relationships with faculty and others via research
assistance and committee work.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Provide general and specialized reference service in traditional and digital
environments, including chat reference;
Participate in an information literacy program under the leadership and
guidance of the instruction coordinator;
Actively develop the library collection in several subject areas, in
collaboration with librarian colleagues and departmental faculty liaisons;
Collaborate with other librarians in strategic planning for and implementation
of digital collections and services, including but not limited to online
journals, e-books, online reference tools, and data sources;
Take a leadership role on collaborative library projects as needed.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
We are looking for a candidate with interest in and enthusiasm for innovative
library instruction and services in an academic setting. The successful
candidate will demonstrate most, if not all, of the following skills and
abilities: a dynamic and engaging teaching style, with demonstrable
pedagogical skill and an interest in innovative teaching methods; enthusiasm
for teaching and experience with information literacy instruction; an
outgoing, creative and entrepreneurial spirit; ability to work both
collegially in a library setting and independently in various departments and
other locations on campus; demonstrated knowledge and experience with
electronic and Web-based research resources, course management systems (e.g.,
Sakai), and content management systems; ability to present, publish, or
otherwise contribute to the library profession; ability to become an active
participant in campus life.
ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent master's level degree in library and
information science. Candidates currently enrolled in a master's program are
eligible to apply, but degree must be in hand by July 1, 2013.
Instruction and reference experience in an academic library. Teaching
experience in other academic settings would be considered as a substitute for
Broad familiarity with research methods in major disciplines.
Demonstrated experience or interest in online instructional design, and/or
familiarity with design tools such as Camtasia, Jing, Youtube, Adobe
Commitment to professional development and service.
Experience teaching in a course-integrated library instruction program, and/or
credit-bearing term-length information literacy courses.
Experience with digital library technologies, features, and services including
online catalogs, serials portals, link resolvers, content management systems,
course management systems, proxy servers, and/or social media channels.
Subject expertise in one or more of the following areas: business, economics,
and/or political science.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please submit your application including a letter of application, resume/vita,
a 1/2 page statement on "the future of library instruction in hybrid
college/university settings," and a list of three references online by
clicking on the "Apply" at https://employment.plu.edu/postings/2187.
For questions or more information, please contact Genevieve Williams at
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Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) is a comprehensive university with an
enrollment of about 3,500 students, including international students from two
dozen countries. Located in a uniquely scenic region on the Pacific Rim, the
university's campus is 40 miles south of Seattle in suburban Tacoma,
Washington. PLU's academic program is an integration of the liberal arts and
professional programs, and the university's mission is to educate students for
lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care. PLU enjoys a
healthy and progressive relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America (ELCA). The university is committed to exploring, affirming and
enriching dignity and diversity in the campus community and endorses the goals
of equal opportunity and affirmative action. PLU actively seeks applications
from women and persons of color.
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