| Location: Binghamton, NY Category: Faculty Posted On: Fri Jan 6 2017 Job Description: |
The Head of Research and Instructional Services is responsible for the overall direction and management of Research and Instructional Services for the University Libraries. The incumbent serves as a Public Services Division team member in providing strategic direction for the Libraries. The Head of Research and Instructional Services provides leadership in establishing and implementing goals, objectives, priorities and performance standards for the departmental areas of research and reference services, instructional services, general library instruction and information literacy. This position coordinates the design and implementation of innovative, user-centered research and curriculum support services for faculty, students and staff. S/he works creatively and collaboratively to build partnerships within the Libraries, with teaching faculty, and across campus in support of the teaching and research mission of the University.
The Research and Instructional Services Team comprises library faculty and professional staff. The Head of Research and Instructional Services reports to the Associate University Librarian for Public Services and Collections. Librarians at Binghamton University are members of the faculty and are expected to contribute significantly to the profession as well as to perform their specific duties.
Duties and Responsibilities
Working collaboratively with members of the Research and Instructional Services Team, this position provides leadership and coordinates the following activities:
- Setting priorities and leading strategic planning, policy formation, budget and resource allocation.
- Creating high-quality, user-centered research and instructional services, outreach activities and resources.
- Coordinating the overall strategy for reference services both virtually and in-person.
- Developing and implementing ongoing assessment of research and instructional services and resources; overseeing data collection and analysis of statistics.
- Developing budget and funding requests.
- Identifying staff training and professional development needs.
This position serves an administrative role for the following:
- Managing the overall operations of the Research Help Desk at Bartle Library.
- Managing the research and instructional services software applications, platforms and tools for subject guides, reference statistics, virtual reference and citation management; works with library systems staff on technical aspects, including upgrades.
- Serving as the functional (HR) supervisor for Research and Instructional Services library faculty.
- Hiring, supervising, training and mentoring professional staff.
- Serving as an advocate for Research and Instructional Services by building partnerships with faculty, university administration, and other campus units to promote the Libraries as the intellectual center of the University.
Additional duties include:
- Representing the Libraries to appropriate campus units and University offices and participating in professional activities and committee assignments within the Libraries and on campus.
- Representing the Libraries through participation in local, regional and national cooperative, outreach and professional activities.
- Maintaining knowledge of current and emerging trends in research services, library instruction and information literacy.
- May serve as subject liaison for one or more academic departments; liaison duties include course-specific instruction, outreach and collection development for assigned disciplines.
Binghamton University Libraries
Binghamton University Libraries serves as the center of the University's intellectual community, providing a welcoming environment for the creation and management of knowledge through innovative thinking, open inquiry and collaborative partnerships. Our collections total 2.4 million volumes and we offer a vast array of electronic resources.
Glenn G. Bartle Library houses collections in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, and mathematical and computer science as well as Special Collections. Special Collections and University Archives is home to unique material which includes rare books, sound recordings, films, realia, manuscripts, campus publications and local history. The Science Library contains materials in the fields of science and engineering. The University Downtown Center Library serves the College of Community and Public Affairs. The Library Annex@Conklin currently houses important older but lesser used materials in a high-density, climate controlled environment.
The Libraries feature Information Commons in three library locations offering workstations with access to online research materials and productivity software. In addition to our electronic and networked resources, we provide a discovery platform, an institutional repository and a digital preservation system.
The Libraries are dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive teaching, research and working environment. Potential applicants who share this goal, especially underrepresented minorities, women and persons with disabilities, are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution
- At least 3 years of managerial and supervisory experience in an academic research library
- Extensive experience with reference services, library instruction and information literacy in an academic research library
- Significant experience in library instruction assessment
- Demonstrated leadership in collaboratively developing and implementing innovative library research and instructional services
- Demonstrated knowledge of library instruction and educational technologies
- Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging trends in research and instructional services
- Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing environments and priorities
- Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with faculty and staff
- Experience working with a culturally diverse community
- Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated commitment to teamwork
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Strong commitment to service and professional development
- Demonstrated ability to meet requirements necessary for achieving tenure
- Experience as a head of a library department or managing research and instructional services in an academic research library
- In-depth knowledge of and experience in instructional design