Posted: Feb 2, 2024
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Research and Instruction Librarian

Framingham State University - Framingham, MA
Full-time
Application Deadline: N/A

Company Description:

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 for a singular purpose - meeting a public need to promote the public good. At our founding as the nation's first public normal school, that need was for comprehensively educated public school teachers who would, in turn, promote an educated citizenry. FSU continues to offer exceptional teacher education programs and, while we are proud of our roots as a teachers' college, we have grown far beyond them. Public need continues to evolve and FSU right along with it. Our students and alumni are making waves in the fashion industry, designing nutrition plans for professional athletes, writing for major media and news organizations, and working for Fortune 500 companies right here in Framingham. FSU is unapologetically a public institution offering accessible, affordable educational opportunities that integrate an academically challenging liberal arts education with workforce preparation programs, in a highly personalized teaching environment. Our programs have expanded but our purpose and commitment to public education for the public good remain steadfast.

At FSU, we are deeply committed to inclusive excellence and strive to promote a culture of antiracism, encouraging a challenging yet collaborative learning environment, and providing culturally relevant education. FSU is designated as an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and also belongs to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence community, providing national leadership in science education and exploring strategies that will lead to more inclusive science education. We are honored that our commitment earned FSU six Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Awards from INSIGHT Into Diversity. We encourage applications from those who share our commitment to promoting a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community.

FSU currently enrolls about 3,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate and professional students, offers 39 undergraduate majors, and enrolls 41% BIPOC students in our undergraduate programs. Ideally situated between Boston and Worcester, FSU and the surrounding area are steeped in history, achievement, and innovation and provide access to urban hotspots, verdant landscapes, natural and cultural amenities, and diverse communities.

Our founding motto, LIVE TO THE TRUTH, was said at the end of each class by beloved first principal, Cyrus Peirce, who sought to discover and teach "truth in theory and principle...truth in spirit and motive...truth in manner and form...truth intellectual and truth moral." Early leaders found this motto "speaks of sincerity of spirit...of intensity of effort, of resolution to succeed, of joy in achievement." LIVE TO THE TRUTH aptly reflects our past and our pledge for the future as it continues to guide our institution in practice and endeavor. If you share in this quest for truth and a commitment to living it fully, make the next chapter of your career the best chapter at Framingham State University.

Learn more about our career opportunities at www.framingham.edu/careers.

 

Job Description:

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:

Framingham State University Henry Whittemore Library seeks a motivated, student-centered, Research and Instruction Librarian. Under the direction of the Dean of the Library and informed by the University's strategic priorities, the Research and Instruction Librarian is an integral member of the Research and Learning Department. The Research and Instruction Librarian provides information literacy instruction and research assistance to both students and faculty.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

The Research and Instruction Librarian reports to the Library Dean.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:

N/A

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Teach information literacy instruction aligned with ACRL's Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education to students, particularly first year students in Rams101, Composition I and Composition II courses.
  • Support students online in the LMS course environment through the Embedded Librarian Program, and through the Ask A Librarian online chat consultations.
  • Collect, assess, and disseminate data related to teaching and outreach for internal use and external reporting.
  • Serve as the administrator for Springshare products including LibAnswers and LibGuides.
  • Coordinate and participate in the staffing rotation of the Research and Learning help desk and chat service.
  • Stay current on pedagogical, technological, and universal design best practices, particularly for the instruction of first year students.
  • Teach in the Research and Learning workshop series.
  • Develop online research guides through the Libguides platform.
  • Serve as a library liaison to the academic college in coordination with the Scholarly Resources Acquisitions and Management Librarian.
  • Participate in library and university governance committees.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Requirements:

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • ALA-accredited Master's degree in library information science
  • At least two years of relevant professional library experience assisting patrons with research and teaching information literacy classes in an academic library
  • Demonstrated knowledge of issues, trends, and technologies related to academic research, and information literacy instruction
  • Experience in searching academic library research databases
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a department
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Appreciation of the importance of equity, inclusion, and diversity in the workplace

 

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, exempt, benefits-eligible position in the Massachusetts State College Association (MSCA) bargaining unit at a faculty rank commensurate with experience and credentials. Salary commensurate with experience in accordance with Appendix O of the MSCA contract (http://mscaunion.org/day-and-dgce-contracts/)

Framingham State University conducts criminal history and sexual offender record checks on recommended finalists prior to final employment for all positions.

Framingham State University is an equal opportunity employer.

Members of underrepresented or minoritized groups, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to equity, diversity, and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Application Instructions:

Candidates must apply online by submitting:

  • Cover Letter,
  • CV/Resume,
  • Equity and Inclusion Statement*, and
  • Names and contact information for three professional or academic references (references are not contacted automatically upon submission of application).

*An Equity and Inclusion Statement is a personal statement on a candidate's past efforts, as well as future plans, to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion. Regardless of personal demographic characteristics, FSU has a commitment to hiring candidates who share our commitment to the American Association of College and Universities (AAC&U) Inclusive Excellence Model. The equity and inclusion statement is an opportunity for candidates to discuss scholarship, professional skills, experience, and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance the university's efforts to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Equity and inclusion statements will be considered as part of a transparent and comprehensive review of candidates' application materials.

For best consideration, please submit application materials by February 16th. The review of applications may continue beyond that date and until the position is filled, at the discretion of the search committee.

Framingham State University only accepts application materials through our online application system. We are unable to accept application materials through mail, email, fax, or hand delivery. If you experience technical issues with the online application process, please submit a helpdesk ticket.

Framingham State University understands that persons with specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance, please contact the Human Resources Office at 508-626-4530 or [email protected].

 

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