Assistant Head of Research and Instructional Services–Gladys Marcus Library, Fashion Institute of Technology–New York, NY

The Assistant Head of Research and Instructional Services (AHRIS) contributes to and supports the strategic initiatives and goals set by the Head of Research and Instructional services (HRIS). The AHRIS works closely with the HRIS to manage daily operations and instructional programming.

DESCRIPTION OF THE JOB The AHRIS contributes to the Library’s mission to expand the instructional reach of the Library by planning, implementing, participating in and evaluating instructional programs and services. S/he reports to the Head of Research & Instructional Services (RIS). In absence of HRIS, the AHRIS is responsible for all aspects of managing the unit.


Unit Oversight & Management

S/he fosters a working atmosphere that promotes and supports productivity, creativity, innovation, collaboration, diversity, and inclusion in a student-centered environment

Assists with management of Research and Instructional Services (RIS) personnel
Directly supervises the RIS Unit’s full and part-time staff (2+FTE)
Sets unit procedures and coordinates workflow for RIS personnel (faculty FT & adjunct) as directed by the HRIS; determines scheduling needs for research services desk
Creates, implements and coordinates training programs and workshops (e.g. library instruction techniques, new technologies, new resources, etc.) for, and in collaboration with Library personnel to support professional development

Information Literacy / Instructional Services

Collaboratively develops, integrates and assesses dynamic, instruction-focused research services and information literacy goals

Teaches, implements, schedules and assesses library instruction including classes, embedded librarianship, tutorials, learning modules/objects and workshops
Develops and manages course materials and online instructional content for library instruction
Facilitates dynamic engagement and partnerships between Library and classroom faculty; collaborates with all faculty to integrate information literacy across the curriculum while enhancing this instruction delivered to FIT students
Works at the research services desk; answers patron questions in person, by phone, and electronically (Ask A Librarian, e-mail, etc.)

Web Presence and Special Technology Projects

Remains current with technology delivery trends; recommends new applications to provide digital content to users

Collaborates with the library web manager to maintain and develop web pages and content; determines content of the Library’s website to reflect current policies and services of the RIS unit
Collaborates with the Emerging Technologies Librarian on special technology projects including expanding the Library’s web presence, webinars, digital learning modules/objects, multimedia teaching tools and responds to need-specific distance learning, etc.
Authors, maintains and develops appropriate unit/professional web page/blog content


Encourages and facilitates partnerships between Library and Classroom Faculty. Works with all Library Faculty to foster dynamic engagement

Contributes to public relations programs for research and instructional services; promotes library instruction and information literacy programs; develops instructional and promotional materials, including web-based tutorials
Co-coordinates student orientation and instruction programs and activities outside of the Library such as tours; works closely with Student Life and the Office of Student Success
Develops instruction programming to enhance the freshman experience
Collaborates with the Center for Excellence in Teaching, the Writing Studio, and FIT departments to promote student and faculty awareness of Library resources through workshops or in-service programs, etc.
Seeks additional partnerships College-wide that reach beyond the classroom to develop and reinforce students’ information literacy
Coordinates public relations content for RIS including publicity, web pages/blogs, reports and statistics



ALA accredited MLS. At least five years professional (post-MLS) increasingly responsible experience with a minimum two years of management/personnel supervision experience and evaluating personnel
Superior teaching skills and relevant training or experience
Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills and ability to communicate effectively and confidently with colleagues, faculty, students, and staff
Strong public service orientation and enthusiasm for an evolving, collaborative environment
Proven leadership abilities
Experience with supervising Knowledge of information literacy concepts, trends, and standards
Demonstrated knowledge of current technologies especially those relating to research services and instruction as it applies learning both on and off-campus
Demonstrated experience with a variety of teaching concepts, learning styles, and instructional technologies to enhance library instruction, services, and assessment of student learning outcomes
Commitment to communicating effectively with a diverse and multicultural communities
Detail oriented and willingness to facilitate innovative change
Collaborative and creative
Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines with project management experience

Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Experience teaching and management of instructional support services in an academic library or higher education setting
Strong record of professional development with presentations, professional publishing and extensive networking within academic libraries
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in using LibGuides, Citation Software (e.g. Zotero, BibMe, EasyBib, Mendeley), Microsoft Office applications, and technologies that support digital literacy and assessment
Experience designing and creating tutorials, learning objects, or other curricular resources in a variety of mediums
Authorship of social media blogs, Facebook, etc.
Extensive experience in faculty liaison work between librarians and college teaching faculty
Direct management of information literacy assessment within an academic setting for undergraduates
Coordination, evaluation, promotion of Library sponsored workshops/courses for faculty, students and staff

Additional Information:

Liaison and Collection Development

Acts as the point-person for assigned subject areas and academic department liaisons with regard to information and referrals for all Library services.

Reviews and evaluates relevant library resources
Participates in the Library Liaison program by marketing program services and resources; creates and maintains connections with classroom faculty

Unit / Compliance Responsibilities

Works to foster a climate of continual improvement and efficiencies while maintaining research services seven days a week.

Contributes to unit goals, objectives, policies and procedures in conjunction with Library and College guidelines
Reviews and recommends best practices for unit operations to achieve continuous quality improvement objectives
Assists the HRIS with institutional assessment initiatives including designing and implementing programs and learning modules which assess students’ information literacy skills
Maintains and promotes interdepartmental communication


Represents the Library as faculty college-wide, participates in the mentoring of colleagues, and pursues professional growth.

Represents the Library at College functions (workshops, committees, special events)
Attends and participates in Library faculty meetings
Serves on Library and college-wide committees and task forces
Participates in Library governance and campus-wide initiatives and committees
Participates in the Library’s Strategic Planning Process and implements policies and procedures that support the Strategic Plan
Participates in curricular and pedagogical discussions by attending college-wide, school, and departmental meetings and shares knowledge gained with Library personnel
Holds active membership in local, state, and/or national professional organizations and maintains awareness of current topics in the field
Seeks relationships with other institutions, including collaborative initiatives
Participates in the mentoring program for new librarians in other areas of the Library
Attends meetings both on-campus and off for current awareness concerning instructional and reference services


This section may change regularly depending on special projects initiated and/or assigned during given years. Special assignments in the RIS Unit have included; web site migration, web content development and information architecture, integrated library systems (Aleph) administration, and specialty outreach to academic departments.

Application Instructions:

Please provide:

Letter of interest clearly indicating your qualifications for the position;
Curriculum vitae/resume;
Writing sample: a subject-specfic library instruction lesson plan for first year students on any topic of your choice
A minimum of three professional references, including names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail contact information;

This is a 30 hour per week tenure track non-classroom faculty position that carries a very generous benefits package including health insurance at no cost to you or your family, life insurance, LTD,
a retirement plan with generous match, and tuition exemption as well as many other benefits.

Please visit for more information about benefits.

Note: Art/design librarian experience is not required for this position.

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Due to the volume of applications, we will not be able to contact each applicant individually.

Application deadline: June 1, 2016.

Additional information about the Fashion Institute of Technology and our generous benefits package can be found at:

To learn more about FIT’s Strategic Plan go to

FIT is firmly committed to creating an environment that will attract and retain people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. By providing a learning and working environment that encourages, utilizes, respects, and appreciates the full expression of every individual’s ability, the FIT community fosters its mission and grows because of its rich, pluralistic experience. FIT is committed to prohibiting discrimination, whether based on race, national origin, gender, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. FIT is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, including the opportunity for upward mobility for all qualified individuals. Applications from minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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