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Research and Instruction Librarian/Diversity Resident, Blough-Weis Library, Selinsgrove, PA

As a living, learning and working community, Susquehanna University affirms its commitment to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus. As we seek to embody the rich diversity of the human community, we commit ourselves to the full participation of persons who represent the breadth of human difference. The university encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Susquehanna University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in educating students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, dynamic and interdependent world. Its more than 2,200 undergraduates come from 35 states and 22 countries, and all students study away through Susquehanna's unique Global Opportunities program. Susquehanna University's 325 acre campus, noted for its beauty, is located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 50 miles north of Harrisburg in the scenic Susquehanna River Valley, about a three hour drive from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City. For more information, please visit https://www.susqu.edu.

The Research and Instruction Librarian/Diversity Resident is a position created as part of Susquehanna University's commitment to the ACRL Diversity Alliance to enrich and diversify the profession. Our goal is to attract recent Library and Information Sciences graduates for a three-year program of research and service in academic librarianship. The position provides transferable professional early work experiences and career development in preparation for future leadership roles in the field. The Research and Instruction Librarian/Diversity Resident will learn how to develop the vision, strategies and goals for the Library's teaching and learning initiatives, including coordinating the planning, promotion and assessment of the Library's Information Literacy Program. Serves as a diversity liaison to the Sigmund Weis School of Business and/or other departments as assigned. Serves as a member of the faculty with rank, but without tenure, in accordance with the Susquehanna Faculty handbook. Rank at appointment will be at instructor or assistant professor.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Ability to learn inquiry-based teaching methods
  • Ability to support research and information needs in business and/or other related social sciences
  • Demonstrated ability to advance the University goals of diversity and inclusion
  • Strong interpersonal skills, multicultural perspectives and service orientation
  • Knowledge of new models and patterns of scholarly communication, including open access
  • Ability to learn methods and tools for digital scholarship
  • Ability to work collegially and communicate effectively with racially and ethnically diverse faculty and students
  • Skilled at written and verbal communication, including formal presentation to groups

Specific Responsibilities

  • Articulate the value of integrating information literacy skills into the curriculum and the impact of IL to Susquehanna's students as lifelong learners
  • In collaboration with other librarians, coordinate information literacy programming
  • Provide instruction to students and faculty in the use of library and other information resources
  • Participate in reference and research services for students and faculty, including occasional evening or weekend work
  • Provide liaison support for curriculum-related and research activities including anticipated support for the Sigmund Weis School of Business
  • Assess information literacy efforts in order to continuously improve teaching and services for the campus community
  • Actively engage, communicate effectively, and develop strong collaborative relationships with faculty, students, and staff
  • Grow and develop professionally by collaborating on committees and initiatives as well as engaging in professional and academic activities

Physical Demand
Position requires the ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time. Position requires the ability to move about the campus. Position requires the ability to talk and to hear instruction. Position requires occasional manual dexterity and the ability to use fingers, hands, and arms to feel, handle, and reach. Position requires occasional stooping, crouching and bending. Position requires the ability to occasionally lift up to 10 pounds. Working conditions are indoor.

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