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Studio Librarian, UTC Library, Knoxville, TN

The UTC Library seeks a motivated, creative, and user-focused professional for the position of tenure-track Studio Librarian in the Library's Studio. This is a great opportunity for a professional interested in working in a busy mid-sized academic library focused on providing user-centered services in a dynamic, transparent, and flexible environment. 

 

Library Description

In December 2014, UTC opened a 5-story 180,000 square foot library. The library staff comprises 22 librarians and 15 staff members, operates on an annual budget of over 3 million dollars, and possesses collection holdings of more than 500,000 volumes, 150 databases, and over 28,000 accessible online journals. The new library provides a large information commons with 175+ public computers, 38 group study rooms, a media studio, 3 library instruction classrooms, a writing center, a cafe and a 24-hour study space. The library delivers a comprehensive range of public services, including proactive outreach, instruction, and reference. UTC Library is well equipped to support the research and scholarship needs of the UTC community. 

 

Department Description

The UTC Library Studio is a collaborative creation space consisting of 24 workstations, a small recording studio, and a green screen photography studio. The space includes a service desk that provides reference services related to multimedia assignments as well as circulates cameras and recording equipment. We also provide 3D printing services and teach over 100 workshops and classes during the academic year. We support AV production, 3D modeling, graphic design, and interactive design for the UTC community.  The Department consists of 3 full-time tenured or tenure-track librarians and 2.5 FTE staff specialists that actively support 21st Century needs and addresses research related learning outcomes. 

 

Position Description

Reporting to the Director of Studio, this position provides support for the Studio as learning environment and digital development area. The Studio Librarian works with students and faculty to support the effective and innovative use of multimedia and instructional technologies in teaching and research across the UTC campus.   

 

Studio position responsibilities will include:

  • Develop and maintain the Studio as an effective student-learning environment.
  • Guide Studio patrons in use of technology resources.
  • Teach classes, workshops, provide reference services and assist in curriculum development.
  • Work with faculty on instructional design/development projects.
  • Promote educational technology and the Studio services to the campus.
  • Identify, evaluate, and recommend multimedia and emerging technologies for campus and library needs.
  • Assist in the development of the vision, goals, objectives, and actionable Studio Team events.
  • Promote student success and retention through advocacy of use of library services and resources.
  • Collaborate with other members of the Studio team on techniques and documentation.
  • Guide and help manage Student Assistants.
  • Help maintain a variety of circulating and non-circulating equipment including video and photography cameras, audio equipment, various accessories, and 3D printers.

 

Public Service, Library, and University responsibilities will include:

  • Participate in Research and Public Service Department initiatives.
  • Support public services operations as needed and appropriate in Patron Experience, Instruction, and the Writing and Communication Center.
  • Collaborate on multimedia content for Library-wide needs.
  • Participate in providing reference, liaison, and outreach services to University Community.
  • Participate in library-wide planning and committee work.
  • Participate in UTC governance, service, and be professionally active.
  • Conduct scholarship consistent with a tenure-track appointment.
  • Engage in continuing professional development.
 

Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program preferred; equivalent combination of graduate education and experience may be considered.

  • Demonstrated proficiency with any combination of contemporary multimedia software and hardware, including: Macintosh and Windows operating systems, audio and video production, graphic design, photography, 3D modeling, web design, virtual reality, etc.

  • Experience with subject guide platforms, blogging platforms, chat reference software and other commonly used library systems.

  • Strong customer service focus, a passion for the profession, and a deep commitment to service and outreach in an academic community.

  • Knowledge of current best practices relating to multimedia, including copyright, intellectual property and privacy laws as they relate to published and unpublished materials.

  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and manage time.

  • Possess the initiative, flexibility, and creativity to manage projects both independently and as part of a team in a dynamic work environment.

  • Ability to handle complex, analytical and detailed work.

  • Possess a positive attitude, be future-oriented, and embrace change.

  • Effective writing and oral communication skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills evidenced by the ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, faculty, staff and students.

UTC Librarians are expected to participate in library-wide and system-wide planning, University governance and service, and to be professionally active. 

 

Desirable Qualifications                    

  • One year of relevant work experience, including demonstrated experience in multimedia development.

  • Experience related to the assessment of instructional initiatives.

  • Experience related to instructional design, instructional technologies, educational technologies, or the equivalent.

  • Experience engaging and serving diverse user populations and information environments.

 

Salary

Salary: minimum is $46,000, commensurate with experience.

 

Rank

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position with faculty status and academic rank.   Appointment will be at the rank of Assistant or Associate professor.

 

Benefits

  • 24 days of annual leave per year

  • 12 days of sick leave per year

  • 12 paid holidays and scheduled administrative closing days

  • 80% of health and life insurance paid by the state

  • Choice of retirement programs 

  • Relocation assistance 

  • Professional development funding

  • Tax-deferred income plans and more

 

Application Procedures

Interested applicants should prepare and submit the information below:

  • A letter of application/interest
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • The names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references 

Review of applications begins on November 9, 2018 and continues until the position is filled. Applicants must submit applications electronically through the UTC Faculty Career Site.  

 

Additional Information

For information about UTC and the Library, please visit www.utc.edu and www.utc.edu/library.

For information about Chattanooga, please visit www.chattanoogafun.org or www.chattanooga.gov.

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