Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott, Arizona campus is hiring an experienced Reference/Instruction Services Librarian. Embry-Riddle's Prescott Campus is respected worldwide for cutting-edge instruction and training for tomorrow's aviation, aerospace, security and intelligence leaders. Prescott is a mile-high city and its climate reflects seasonable weather excellent for flying. Daytime averages are 80F in the summer and 45F in the winter. At 5,000 ft. above sea level, it boasts a mild climate, clean air, pristine wilderness areas, and nearby national forests. The university is a small, private, residential university in the mountains of Arizona with approximately 3,500 students. Staff/faculty/student interaction is highly valued and is a central theme of our campus. It is located 100 miles north of Phoenix and 120 miles south of the Grand Canyon.
This position provides a high level of student centered learning support and expertise through the integration of library services, library instruction and research consultation services, information resources, and technologies by working closely with the ERAU learning community to promote academic success. Promotes and supports teaching and learning by collaborating with librarians and faculty in a comprehensive library research Instruction program designed for the diverse information literacy needs of our students, faculty, and staff in physical and virtual spaces. Integrates information literacy research skills throughout the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Supports research and scholarship by providing research consultation, and serving as liaison to assigned academic departments and disciplines. Coordinates initiatives for implementing Open Educational Resources (OERs) with the learning community. Promotes outreach and engagement by serving on library and campus committees.
Promotes and Supports Teaching and Learning:
* Cultivates innovative partnerships with faculty to integrate information literacy skills, critical thinking strategies, and research methods at all curriculum levels including the introductory, practicing, and mastery levels.
* Serves as a member of the Library Research Instruction team. Collaborates with librarians and faculty to develop and deliver individual teaching, general orientation programs, online instructional tutorials, learning objects, webinars/workshops, course-integrated instruction lectures, training sessions, and presentations, using online and face-to-face instruction multi-modalities, diverse communication practices, and addressing individual leaning styles. Works to embed librarians and library content into curricular courses, assignments, and the course management system.
* Provides instruction to multiple sections of the first year communications courses.
* Designs and produces instructional learning aids, tutorials, research and course guides, class resources, and brochures.
* Keeps current on best practices, emerging student expectations, and learning behaviors in order to provide innovative and effective assistance.
Supports Research, Scholarship and Liaison Services:
* Provides research consultation and assistance at onsite and remote/virtual service points. Participates in evening hours and weekend rotations as scheduled to provide research consultation.
* Assists clientele with methods to determine search strategies to teach clientele to locate, evaluate, and use information. Maintains current knowledge of educational trends, database search enhancements and implements emerging technologies.
* Collaborates with librarians, sharing expertise and knowledge of the curriculum and collections to support interdisciplinary research, scholarship, and information resources.
* Supports faculty and student research and scholarship across all phases of the research cycle and across all levels of research expertise to assist with publication and preservation of research.
* Serves as a subject liaison to assigned academic departments and disciplines. Initiates, cultivates, and maintains regular and ongoing channels for communication with faculty regarding curriculum changes, course syllabi, student research projects and student learning needs. Studies the college curriculum and understands faculty and student research and teaching needs and methodologies.
* As a member of the Information Management Committee, identifies, reviews, and evaluates information resources. Recommends selection and de-selection of resources to support the curriculum and specific courses.
Coordinates Open Educational Resources (OERs) Initiatives:
* Develops and promotes initiatives for Open Educational Resources in collaboration with faculty, librarians, staff, and campus stakeholders to adopt free and affordable open educational resources, including textbook affordability alternatives.
* Collaborates and partners with faculty in the discovery, creation, dissemination, identification, remixing, adoption, and assessment of open and affordable course content.
* Serves as resource to liaison librarians to support faculty adoption of OERs, research alerts, copyright compliance, property rights management, and educational fair use consulting.
* Provides training to match library materials to current course offerings. * Creates OER-related educational and instructional resources, including webpages, guides, and learning objects.
* Plans, implements, and evaluates a diverse range of outreach, programming, and workshops on open and affordable course content.
* Monitors and reports on trends, legal requirements and best practices regarding OERs and related subjects.
* Compiles and analyzes data and produces reports to determine and fulfill needs for strategic planning, assessment, and accreditation requirements. Calculates student savings and communicates impact to the learning community.
Promotes Outreach and Engagement:
* Promotes outreach and engagement by proactively initiating and maintaining regular and ongoing channels of communication with students, faculty, staff, and academic support and student engagement departments.
* Educates students, faculty, and staff on library services, including scholarly communication and publishing, digital initiatives, and teaching services.
* Serves on library-wide, campus, and Yavapai Library Network committees, as appropriate.
* Represents the university in scholarly and creative achievement contributions at conferences and seminars, and in the community. Attends conferences and workshops. Participates in professional associations. The listing of the positions functions and duties is not necessarily inclusive for this position. Omission of specific statements doe not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.
Contributes to University Learning Community:
* Endorses university value statements.
* Contributes to achieving university and library strategic initiatives.
* Expands and enhances quality library services so that they are promoted, provided, and continuously improve
ERAU benefits include:
* Relocation support provided
* Retirement Plan - ERAU offers immediate vesting and provides a 6% gift and will match up to 3.5% of employee contributions
* Two BC/BS health plans - PPO and high deductible plan with a health savings account
* Tuition waivers for employees, spouses, and dependent children will cover one undergraduate and graduate degree per person
* Use of various campus services: fitness center, library, mail room and enjoy observation flights
Area of study: Library or Information Science from an ALA accredited institution.
Required skills, knowledge, abilities:
1. Analytical Skills: with an in-depth knowledge of information systems and technical expertise with Microsoft operating systems,
Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook/email, and Internet end-user applications.
2. Adaptability: Ability to work in an environment with numerous interruptions while continuing to carry on work priorities and
responsibilities. Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability in implementing change. Willingness to learn new ways to accomplish work
activities and objectives.
3. Communication: Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, oral, written, public speaking and in listening and transmitting
ideas. Excellent proofreading skills.
4. Competency: Decision making ability to use appropriate information resources to acquire, organize, and disseminate information.
5. Creativity and innovation: Initiative to seek challenges and to create new opportunities. Generates valuable ideas. Self-directed.
6. Customer Service: Ability to interact positively with faculty, students, staff, and general public to create partnerships and alliances
with strong commitment and dedication to outstanding public and customer services.
7. Experience: Minimum of 3 years professional experience in academic library with significant experience in academic reference and
library instruction programs.
8. Knowledge: Expert knowledge of the content of scientific information resources including the ability to critically evaluate and utilize
traditional tools and new electronic technologies. Knowledge of online learning tools such as Canvas. Knowledge of Camtasia,
Dreamweaver, or HTML. Knowledge of ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and Best Practices
Guidelines. Knowledge of Copyright Law. Knowledge of Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Recovery procedures.
9. Leadership: Ability to develop administrative budget, business, and strategic plans, organize logical priorities, and initiate
recommendations for action.
10. Learning: Commitment to lifelong learning and personal career planning.
11. Negotiation and Problem Solving Skills: Uses negotiation and diplomacy skills in problem solving and decision-making. Identifies
conflicts and disagreements directly. Resolves them collaboratively. Seeks consensus.
12. Organizational Judgment: Understands organizational and political environment and uses sound judgment and tact.
13. Physical Skills: Ability to lift, handle, shelve, and shift a minimum of 10 pounds of books and to move a 50 pound book cart.
14. Professionalism: Conducts oneself as an emissary in a personable and committed manner, demonstrating respect of the position,
fellow colleagues, departmental integrity and the university's best interests. Works cooperatively and collegially with diverse members
of the campus community. Ability to maintain confidential information.
15. Project Management Skills: Ability to establish systematic course of action. Determines priorities, utilizes resources, and executes
16. Supervisory Skills: Sets high performance standards. Strives to develop competencies of others including coaching and taking
17. Teaching: Excellent instruction methods and ability to organize and present information techniques and critical thinking to various
user and audience learning styles.
18. Teamwork: Ability to work in a team environment of mutual respect, trust, and cooperative working relationships with others.
19. Technology Skills: Experience with electronic library technologies including online searching, database navigation, and integrated
Additional Mental Demands:
Ability to maintain professional composure under public pressure in public venues.
Additional Physical Demands:
Ability to lift, handle, shelve, and shift a minimum of 10 pounds of books and periodicals and to move a minimum of 50 pounds on a book cart.