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Teaching and Learning Librarian

Library & Learning Services

Huron University is completely unique to post-secondary institutions in Canada. With the aim to redefine Liberal Arts education, Huron is creating a university experience unlike any other that prioritizes ethical leadership and community engagement, as much as the pursuit of academic achievement.

As the founding institution of Western University, since 1863, Huron has remained strategically small to best serve the needs of its students. We provide an elite, yet accessible, education, because every student with the passion and work ethic to positively change our world deserves to access the knowledge to understand it and the skills to shape it. Huron’s mission is to develop Leaders with Heart from all backgrounds and foster a vibrant and inclusive community and prepare students to be engaged citizens who transform the sectors they work within. Our commitment to providing the best-possible Liberal Arts education means students have many unique opportunities to enrich their learning experiences.

Huron University invites applications for the position of Teaching and Learning Librarian (Contract: May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020)

SUMMARY:

The Library at Huron strengthens and supports the academic pursuits of our University's students and scholars. We deliver high-quality content and collections and user-centred services and spaces - be they physical or digital - that at once acknowledge our proud past while embracing our ever-changing world.

Reporting to the Director of Library and Learning Services (LLS), the Teaching and Learning Librarian is one of two professional librarians on the LLS team, along with two full-time Library Assistants, a Writing Services Coordinator, and part-time academic support staff.

Visit: Library & Learning Services to learn more.

As Teaching and Learning Librarian, you will be a key member of the LLS team at Huron, and will hold primary responsibility for the overall design, delivery, and assessment of research help (i.e., reference services) and teaching and learning (i.e., information literacy). In this role, the Teaching and Learning Librarian is responsible for overseeing both day-to-day and in-year (i.e., cyclical) operations of the following two portfolios:

  • Research Help – designs, directs, and manages the day-to-day operations and delivery of research help (i.e., reference) services, ensuring they meet the needs of the Huron community; contributes to the delivery of in-person and online research help services, including: conducting reference interviews, and teaching effective strategies to locate, evaluate, and manage information; monitors and evaluates the work of part-time student staff; follows-up on in-depth research questions referred by other staff; consults individually with students, faculty, and staff on research projects; creates and maintains teaching and learning support resources (e.g., print and digital guides); and regularly engages in both short-term (i.e., tactical) and long-term (i.e., strategic) review of research help services.
     
  • Teaching and Learning – builds and strengthens the Library’s educational role and impact at Huron by collaborating with teaching faculty to integrate information literacy programming into both the FASS and Theology curriculum; ensures the integration of information literacy aligns with standards established by relevant governing bodies, such as the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Association of Theological Schools; designs, delivers, and evaluates information literacy programming (i.e., course-specific, in-class instruction, as well as stand-alone workshops), both independently and in partnership with teaching faculty and instructional staff; actively facilitates and promotes the use of information resources, and library and learning services (e.g., content and collections, digital initiatives, research and writing services); develops assessment tools, implements assessment programs, and analyzes both the quality and impact of the Library’s teaching and learning initiatives.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited degree-granting institution;
  • Minimum of two (2) years’ relevant library experience, ideally in a post-secondary environment or other educational setting;
  • Demonstrated experience in the design and delivery of information literacy curriculum and programming preferred;
  • Strong understanding of information literacy curriculum and effective classroom instruction techniques; familiarity with critical pedagogy;
  • Demonstrated foundational knowledge of: reference theory, practice, techniques, and resources; cataloguing standards; and current legislation affecting libraries;
  • Strong initiative and ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities in dynamic, changing environment;
  • Commitment to outstanding public service and to continual service improvement;
  • A high level of initiative; ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Exceptional communication skills; ability to establish rapport and to work collaboratively with colleagues and library patrons alike (students, faculty, university staff, and members of the public);
  • Knowledge of the academic programs and disciplines taught within the Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS) and Faculty of Theology at Huron University;
  • Supervisory experience, with a desire to mentor and lead a team of part-time Reference Assistants.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit their application by Monday, February 18, 2019 at 11:59pm.

Letters of application and a current curriculum vitae, including three references should be submitted in Mail: 

Huron University, 1349 Western Road, London, ON, N6G 1H3         Fax: 519.438.4309         E-mail: jhenry56@huron.uwo.ca

Huron University values its place in an interconnected world and desires to reflect this value, acknowledging our responsibility to strive towards a diverse and equitable employment and educational environment that recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We encourage applications from qualified members of the four designated groups, and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Applications from all qualified individuals are invited; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given hiring priority. We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected to proceed in the competition will be contacted.

Should you require accommodation in making an application please contact Huron by phone at 519.438.7224 or at the email address above.

Teaching and Learning Librarian (Contract: May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020)​​​​​​​