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Outreach Librarian for Student Success, Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA

General Statement of Duties and Responsibilities:
The Outreach Librarian for Student Success is a highly motivated, results-oriented librarian who values an
innovative student-centered approach to the development of library services. They develop, implement,
promote, and assess activities aimed at improving undergraduate and graduate student engagement, retention and success at Fitchburg State University. They provide research services. They participate in the Library Instruction program. They participate in the Library Liaison program and in collection development. They develop, implement and promote programs that engage diverse populations in the surrounding communities.

Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Develop, coordinate, implement and assesses programs and services aimed at improving undergraduate
and graduate student engagement, retention and success at Fitchburg State University. Examples might
include orientations, FYE program, personal librarian program, and finals support.
2. Work collaboratively with campus partners and student groups to support student success initiatives across
campus, e.g. student affairs, International Education Office, tutor center, etc.
3. Develop community-engaged programs for diverse populations in the surrounding communities in
partnership with the University and with local community members.
4. Publicize library services, resources, and events through various communication channels. Create
promotional materials.

Instructional Services:
1. Participate in the instruction schedule, providing formal and informal instruction or research sessions,
which may include upper-level and graduate research classes, Information Literacy classes, technology
workshops, and the Embedded Librarian program.
2. Participate in the development and management of course materials and curriculum content supporting
the instruction programs, including the creation and enhancement of online learning objects such as
specialized research guides and multimedia tutorials.
3. Participate in the evaluation of classroom technologies and pedagogies to improve teaching, and explore
and recommend new methods of delivering information literacy content and fostering critical evaluation

Research Services:
1. Participate in the research desk rotation. Answer both ready reference and in-depth research questions
by various methods, such as IM, email, appointments, phone, and in-person.
2. Participate in the development and evaluation of innovative uses of technology and other initiatives in
support of research services for various student populations.
3. Develop collaborative ongoing relationships with faculty, staff, and various student populations to
enhance research services offered in the library and support teaching and learning.

Shared Responsibilities:
1. Manage and participate in all aspects of collection development and librarian liaison responsibilities for
assigned academic departments and subject areas.
2. Stays abreast of current trends and best practices in areas of responsibility and takes steps necessary to
integrate these into the Library as appropriate.
3. Participate in the creation and management of related reports, statistics, and assessment of services.
Contribute to the design and implementation of overall library assessment initiatives.
4. Perform other related duties as assigned.

Campus Community
1. Librarian responsibilities as a professional may include those in the following areas:

      - Participation as a professional in public service
      - Participation in and contributions to the improvements and development of the academic programs or    academic services as those programs or services relate to the library

      - Participation in and contributions to the professional growth and development of the College

2. Attendance at University functions such as annual faculty meetings, commencement, convocations, etc.;
participate and carry out assignments for committees and departmental meetings.

This position requires some evening and weekend work, as needed to fulfill responsibilities of position.

Qualifications Required:
1. A Masters of Library Science (MLS) from an ALA-accredited program or an equivalent Master's
degree, such as a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) or a Master of Library Science
and Information Science (M.L.S.I.S.).
2. Ability to perform multiple tasks and responsibilities within established timeframes.
3. Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population of faculty, students, staff and community
4. Commitment to librarianship, scholarship, and service, which are required criteria to meet University
requirements for promotion and tenure. A terminal degree for librarians is required to attain tenure.
5. Ability to perform the duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
6. Must be able to satisfactorily pass a check conducted by the Criminal History Systems Board (CORI)
as well as a completed background check satisfactory to the university.

Desirable Qualifications:
1. Ability to create promotional and instructional materials.
2. Bilingual (Spanish-speaking).
3. Creative approach to the development of new services; commitment to responsive and innovative
4. Deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to creating and sustaining a diverse and
inclusive work and learning environments.
5. Demonstrated understanding of key issues and emerging trends in academic libraries and higher
6. Effective teaching skills, in group and individual settings. Understanding of the concepts and goals of
information literacy.

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