The University of the District of Columbia is currently seeking candidates for the position of Information Literacy Librarian. This highly visible position supports the mission of the university and library by leading in the development and maintenance of the library’s information literacy program. Reporting to the director of the library, the librarian works collaboratively with academic faculty and librarians in planning and implementing a program for teaching and fostering information literacy skills relevant to the university curriculum, and for developing students’ competence to discover, access, evaluate, and use electronic and print resources. This is a 12-month position. Some evening and weekend work is required. We strongly encourage candidates who demonstrate professional and pedagogical commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion to apply.
The only public institution of higher education in the nation’s capital, the University of the District of Columbia is a land-grant HBCU dedicated to providing quality, career-focused undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare its highly diverse students with the knowledge, skills, and credentials needed to launch, enhance, or change careers. The university is a member of the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), which manages the shared integrated library catalog, the high-density off-site shared collections facility, the consortium and interlibrary loan systems, and other initiatives. Librarians are expected to serve on appropriate WRLC committees and other task forces, as assigned.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Assumes primary responsibility for developing in-person and online information literacy instruction in collaboration with fellow librarians and teaching faculty, including developing common content, goals and objectives, expected outcomes, and teaching methodologies.
- Coordinates the scheduling, planning, and delivery of information literacy instruction with university faculty and staff.
- Develops print and online instructional materials.
- Develops and maintains a schedule of offerings and develops and disseminates clear and up-to-date policies and procedures governing the information literacy instruction program.
- Collaborates with Assessment Librarian on information literacy instruction assessment and implements actions for continuous program improvement.
- Keeps current professionally by participating in relevant conferences, peer group meetings, etc., and conducts ongoing professional development activities for colleagues and staff.
- Disseminates information on information literacy, scholarly communication, plagiarism, copyright, and related trends to the university community.
- Teaches information literacy instruction sessions.
- Performs reference (in-person and virtual) and other related duties.
- Works with relevant faculty and staff on additional library projects as needed.
- Serves as a representative on relevant Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) committees.
- Serves on university and/or departmental committees as assigned.
Minimum Job Requirements
- ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Information or Library Science.
- Strong communication, organizational, and project management skills.
- Computer proficient, including Microsoft Office and standard office equipment.
- Evidence of professional and pedagogical commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion strongly preferred.
- Experience developing digital tutorials and video preferred.
- Experience teaching and coordinating information literacy activities at an academic institution preferred.
- Demonstrated evidence of involvement in professional research activities preferred.
A candidate for appointment to the rank of Assistant Professor shall be required to meet the following qualifications:
a) An appropriate terminal degree or agree to complete this degree within a period of time to be specified in the terms of the initial contract; and b) At least three (3) years of full-time teaching experience, including two (2) years in an institution of higher education.
Appropriate professional experience and achievements may be substituted when formal teaching experience in the discipline is limited or absent. When formal teaching experience is limited or absent, the candidate shall be required to demonstrate verifiable potential for effective teaching.
Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit:
Applications received before April 3, 2020 will receive first consideration.
Please note that, as a tenure-track faculty position, the posting includes standard language from the university regarding terminal degrees and teaching. However, this librarian position does not primarily involve course teaching, so those without the listed years of teaching experience should not hesitate to apply. The MLS is the appropriate terminal degree for librarians.