School/Unit: VCU Libraries
Department: University Libraries
Purpose of Position:
The Public Affairs Research Librarian will serve as the liaison to the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. In this position the liaison will assume a leadership role for providing research and instructional support for faculty, staff, and students. The successful candidate will apply adult and active learning theories, principles, and practices to develop and deliver course content to support teaching and learning in curriculum-integrated and library instruction settings. S/he will work collaboratively with library team members to develop and provide interdisciplinary support of scholarship and research at VCU, and as appropriate, support outreach efforts related to community engagement.
Reporting to the Head of Academic Outreach, the Public Affairs Research Librarian will actively build and maintain relationships with faculty, students, and administrative units within the Wilder School. They will provide course-integrated instruction, workshops, individual consultations, and research assistance. They will actively pursue outreach opportunities to promote library services and advance research and learning for public affairs faculty and students. They will ensure reference collections are relevant to evolving public affairs research demands by actively monitoring scholarship in the field and the curriculum and research interests of the faculty. Academic Outreach Librarians are expected to contribute beyond their subject area by providing collaborative and cross-disciplinary support for departmental and library-wide outreach activities. Academic Outreach librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Faculty with VCU Libraries are evaluated and promoted on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service.
ALA-accredited graduate degree or accredited graduate degree in another appropriate discipline. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
Graduate-level degree in a social sciences related discipline. Two or more years of public services experience in an academic library. Experience teaching in a classroom setting and providing in depth research assistance. Familiarity with specialized research sources and methods for public affairs. An interest in mapping and GIS applications. Experience working with web authoring tools including LibGuides and developing promotional materials. Ability to work in a fast-paced, service-oriented, and collaborative environment. Evidence of successful project management skills and the ability to plan and implement programs. Proven ability to meet deadlines and manage competing priorities under pressure. Evidence of creativity, initiative, and flexibility when working independently and on teams. Ability to work professionally with faculty. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: www.vcujobs.comVirginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability.