Experiential Learning Librarian, Cline Library @Northern Arizona University

By June 21, 2019

Website Northern Arizona University Cline Library

This is a full-time, 12-month continuing status eligible Academic Professional position at the assistant rank.  Candidates’ application materials should address how they meet required and preferred qualifications.  Only complete applications will be considered.

Job Description

Northern Arizona University Cline Library seeks a creative, collaborative, and innovative Experiential Learning Librarian to provide overall leadership and vision for the library’s experiential learning spaces.

The Experiential Learning Librarian will oversee, expand and promote the library’s efforts to provide outstanding immersive user experiences in these spaces, which currently include a MakerLab, a virtual reality studio, one button video recording studio, a photography studio and multimedia production studios. This position will work closely with the library’s Teaching, Learning and Research Services unit and other stakeholders to design and deliver programming and learning experiences that support and enrich curricula and research.  It reports to the Head, User Services and Experience.

The successful candidate will supervise User Services and Experience library employees whose work focuses on experiential learning spaces, services and programs; serve as liaison to campus and community partners and actively seek and develop new partnerships and funding opportunities; and continue to research, propose and develop new experiential learning spaces.

Responsibilities include

·         Serve as primary liaison to faculty, students, undergraduate and graduate academic and research programs, students, school and community groups, and other users of the library’s experiential learning spaces.  Collaborate with stakeholders to design, develop, implement and assess spaces and services that provide an outstanding immersive user experience and increase the impact of Cline Library’s experiential learning spaces.  Identify, recommend, and implement new experiential learning spaces and services that support and promote learning, creativity and innovation.

·         Provide programming that promotes innovative and immersive learning, including course-based instruction and regularly-scheduled workshops that support NAU’s academic and research goals.  Develop and present customized experiences for other campus, school and community groups.  Evaluate programming for continuous improvement.

·         Lead a team of 2 FTE library employees and 6 student employees whose work supports current and future directions of the library’s experiential learning spaces.  Manage performance, support employee development, and foster an environment that promotes accountability, high performance, employee engagement, and a shared sense of purpose and spirit of cooperation and collaboration.

·         Oversee assessment of experiential learning spaces to ensure they are aligned with university goals, academic programs, user needs, and budget limitations.

·         Develop and participate in outreach activities, with the support of other library employees, on campus and in the community to demonstrate experiential learning space capabilities and introduce tools, technologies, and services. Help develop promotional materials for these programs.

·         Collaborate with other library employees to pursue grants and other funding opportunities that support and enhance experiential learning spaces.

·         Keep abreast of developments in current and emerging experiential learning spaces, technologies, and other areas as related to position responsibilities.

·         Actively participate in achieving organizational and departmental priorities through cross-training in other library units. Participate in and contribute positively to library-wide planning and initiatives.

·         Provide outstanding quality customer service and comprehensive information, research, and referral support at the Ask Us! Desk, virtually through chat and web conferencing software, by phone, and through email.

·         Maintain a high level of awareness of library policies and procedures and apply appropriately to user interactions.

·         Sustain flexibility in work schedule to accommodate shifting priorities of the unit.

Minimum Qualifications

·         ALA-accredited graduate degree from a library or information science program or equivalent graduate degree in a relevant field.

·         One year of experience working in an academic library or similar setting.

·         Demonstrated experience working in experiential learning spaces such as makerspaces, audio production studios, virtual reality labs and data visualization labs.

Preferred Qualifications

·         Experience designing, implementing and evaluating services in makerspaces, innovative experiential learning spaces or similar facilities.

·         Supervisory experience including performance oversight and evaluation.

·         Experience working with faculty to design, deliver and assess experiential learning activities in academic or research environments.

·         Strong knowledge of issues and technology trends related to maker and user technologies used in experiential learning spaces, and ability to use self-directed learning to stay current.

·         Ability to design, develop, implement and assess efficient, effective operations including workflows and processes.

·         Experience with library-specific tools including online resources, chat, library services platforms such as Ex Libris Alma/Primo, and/or scheduling tools.

·         Ability to design and deliver effective training and instruction to users of different ages, cultural backgrounds, and experience levels.

·         Experience developing, presenting and evaluating outreach activities that promote a program or service.

·         Experience providing research support in an academic library.

·         Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.

·         Experience providing outstanding customer service in a diverse and user-centered environment.

·         Evidence of a high level of productivity and flexibility when working independently or in teams.

·         Ability to manage multiple, conflicting, and shifting priorities while remaining positive and productive. Ability to remain calm and respectful under pressure or during difficult interactions.

·         Ability to work effectively in and contribute positively to a collaborative and inclusive environment that values and leverages diverse perspectives.

General Information

Northern Arizona University is a 31,073-student institution with its main campus in Flagstaff, a four-season community of about 70,000 at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks. NAU’s emphasis on undergraduate education is enhanced by its graduate programs and research as well as distance learning. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.

For information about diversity, access, and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following:  a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment.  You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees’ right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year the Northern Arizona University Police Department releases an annual security report.  The report is a result of the federal law known as the Clery Act and contains policy statements that address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security including policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses.  The report contains three years of data for Clery reportable crime statistics for the campus along with the most current year’s Fire Safety Report, which includes policy statements and fire statistics for Flagstaff on-campus student housing.

The report may be viewed at nau.edu/clery or by visiting the NAUPD website.  A printed copy of the report is available upon request by contacting the NAU Police Department, Records Department at (928)523-8884 or by visiting the department at Building 98A on the NAU Mountain Campus.


$57,000 – $63,000


This is an Academic Professional (APF) position.  NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System or the Optional Retirement Program; 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents.  More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU’s BCBS Plan).  New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date.  Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. If a new employee chooses the ASRS retirement option, participation in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, will begin on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee’s start date. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), which is an alternative to the ASRS plan for faculty and other appointed staff, will begin to participate on the first day of employment.  Additionally, the long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of employment.  More information is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed.  Review of applications will begin on May 20, 2019.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the “Apply” button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to nau.jobs, follow the ‘Faculty and Administrator Openings’ link, locate vacancy 604334, and then “Apply” at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a resume/curriculum vitae; and (3) names and contact information for three professional references.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website  or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus – on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD – 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.  Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service.  AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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