The University of Vermont Howe Library seeks an innovative and user-oriented librarian to lead the Information and Instruction Services Department. This person provides leadership, planning, coordination, direction, and supervision for the Department’s services and its team of 8 faculty and 1 staff.
The work of this Department includes reference, research assistance, and instruction services for the University community and all library users. The Department also works collaboratively with other units in the Libraries to maintain reference, government information, and maps collections; it has significant roles in collection development and communications.
Imminent priorities will include redesigning and filling faculty positions; coordinating new information literacy instruction initiatives supporting General Education requirements; and implementing a new Libraries strategic plan.
The position reports to the Dean of Libraries and works collaboratively across UVM’s three libraries: Howe Library, Dana Medical Library, and Silver Special Collections Library. This position provides leadership in the Libraries’ planning and operations as a member of the Dean’s Council and Operations Group. The position also has a leadership role across campus, particularly in establishing and supporting information literacy programs and disciplinary research instruction in courses, programs, and majors.
Librarians at the University of Vermont hold faculty appointments without tenure. As such, librarians are expected to perform in three areas: Educational Mission (Librarianship), Scholarly and Creative Activity, and Service. Rank at time of initial hire and promotions are based upon performance in all three areas.
• Develops and leads the Department through overall administration and continuous improvement of its services, based on strategic priorities, analysis of user needs, and knowledge of professional best practices.
• Cultivates Department services and working practices that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion values and align with the Libraries’ plan for inclusive excellence.
• Leads the development and implementation of strategic goals for the Department.
• Participates in strategic planning and policy-making for the Libraries through membership on the Dean’s Council and Operations Group.
• Mentors faculty and staff in their professional growth and career progression, and supports their development of teaching, scholarship, and service.
• Works with Collection Management Services in developing and managing reference, government information, and maps collections.
• Provides expertise and guidance to the collection development process and serves on the Collections Team.
• Builds effective partnerships and outreach with appropriate on- and off-campus units, programs, and faculty, such as the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Writing Centers.
• Facilitates inclusive and participatory decision-making processes.
• Continually assesses the effectiveness of Department services and interprets and articulates the impact of library instruction to diverse audiences across campus.
• Develops and pursues a personal agenda for scholarly and/or creative activities.
• Engages in service activities at library, university, association, and/or community levels.
• Master’s degree (M.L.S., M.S., or M.A. in Library or Information Science, or other variation) from a program accredited by the American Library Association or foreign equivalent. Minimum 5 years’ experience in an academic or research library, including reference and instruction.
• Excellent facilitation, interpersonal relations, and communication skills.
• Demonstrated success in leadership and management, in librarianship or another capacity, including planning and implementing services and programs.
• Extensive knowledge of the state of practice in library information and instruction services, fluency in information literacy theory and pedagogy, and a record of successful teaching.
• A strong record of scholarship, and service, commensurate with appointment to the level of Library Associate Professor or above.
We seek candidates who will contribute to the Libraries’ evolving Inclusive Excellence Plan, a plan that embraces UVM’s Our Common Ground, the ACRL Diversity Standards, and fundamental principles of intellectual freedom embodied in UVM’s statement on Academic Freedom, the ACRL Statement on Academic Freedom, and the AAUP Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure. The Libraries have committed themselves to building collections that serve an increasingly diverse curriculum, to affirming all persons and supporting all intellectually rigorous thought and traditions, to building the most diverse recruitment pools possible, to creating mentorship opportunities for colleagues, and to making our services and spaces accessible and welcoming to all.
The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. For more information on diversity at the University of Vermont, see https://www.uvm.edu/president/inclusive-excellence-uvm.
Salary and Application Information: Salary range is $100,000 to $110,000. Generous benefits package includes: TIAA/CREF (or alternative plan), managed health care plan, and 22 days of annual leave.
To apply online, please visit our website at: http://www.uvmjobs.com and refer to job posting number F1909PO. Candidates are required to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references. The search will remain open until the position is filled. The search will remain open until the position is filled. For best consideration, complete applications should be received no later than August 30, 2021.
Campus Profile: The University of Vermont (UVM), established in 1791, is a top public research university. Often referred to as a Public Ivy, UVM is the largest institution of higher education in the state, with over 12,600 degree students enrolled in nine schools and colleges, including a medical school. UVM is known as a small, premier research institution, combining the faculty-student relationships found at small liberal arts colleges with the resources of a major research institution. UVM Libraries, comprised of Howe Library, Dana Medical Library, and Silver Special Collections Library, deliver distinctive and outstanding service to the campus community, the State of Vermont, and the University of Vermont Medical Center through excellence in instruction, innovation in research and scholarship, and dedication to public service.
UVM is located in Burlington, Vermont, which has consistently been named a top city to live in. Uniquely situated near both Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains, the surrounding area offers easy access to a variety of outdoor activities year-round. Burlington enjoys excellent school systems, a dynamic and stimulating cultural scene, and a vibrant and diverse social life. It is also within a short distance of several major metropolitan areas, including Montreal, Boston, and New York City.
The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.