Engagement Librarian (12-month, Tenure-Track)

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Work type: Faculty - Temporary & Continuing
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Faculty

Position Title: Engagement Librarian (12-month, Tenure-Track)  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

44200 - Research & Instruction Services

Advertised Salary: $60,000-$65,000. Salary commensurate with education, experiences, and other requirements. Comprehensive benefit package (health care, vacation, etc.).  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: Ferris Faculty Association (MEA-NEA)  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: Just Cause  
Summary of Position: The Ferris Library for Information, Technology, & Education (FLITE) at Ferris State University (Big Rapids, Michigan) seeks a collaborative, innovative, creative, flexible, and user-focused Student Engagement Librarian. FLITE Library is a teaching library where many librarians are engaged in library instruction and information literacy to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and values needed for success when using information. This is an exceptional opportunity to work and grow in a dynamic, technology-intensive library serving a diverse student population.

The librarian in this key role works to advance interdisciplinary learning, utilizes digital resources and technologies, and prepares students for life beyond college, including graduate school, careers, and informed citizenship.

The Student Engagement Librarian coordinates an established, successful library activity as part of the University’s first-year experience program in concert with university students, faculty, and staff. In this role, the individual will use evidence-based practices to lead and develop library services that focus on enhancing first- and second year, first generation, and transfer students’ success and retention.

This is a 12-month, tenure-track with Academic Rank, faculty position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Ferris State University offers a competitive benefits package.

The anticipated start date of this position is April 2024. However, this is an estimated date and can be revised if needed.
Position Type: Faculty - Temporary & Continuing  
Required Education: ALA accredited master’s degree in library science or ALA accredited master’s degree in information science by the time of hire.   
Required Work Experience: Minimum of two years of recent professional (post-masters), or high-level, paraprofessional experience in academic libraries involving public service.  
Required Licenses and Certifications: Valid driver’s license  
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Bending
  • Carrying
  • Reaching
  • Sitting
  • Twisting
  • Driving
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: Evidence of course work or experience in reference and information literacy.
Experience or demonstrated aptitude for teaching information literacy skills to first year and/or first-generation students.
Advanced knowledge of technology, especially as it applies to teaching and learning, including in the online environment.
Experience with information literacy and pedagogical theories and best practices in an ever-changing environment.
Experience with electronic publishing, open access, and scholarly communications.
Experience serving diverse and underrepresented student populations.
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: 1. Coordinates and/or delivers information literacy instruction for first-and second year students including First Year Seminars and beginning writing courses, i.e., English 150, and English 250 as well as provides curriculum-integrated instructional sessions to liaison areas which may include upper-division students.
2. Coordinate, implement and report annual assessment/feedback of the library component of the required first-year seminar for quality improvement.
3. Serve as a liaison and collaborates with an assigned group of university departments/programs to support instruction and curriculum resourcing.
4. Keeps abreast of information literacy and pedagogical theories and best practices, particularly as they relate to first-year, first generation, and transfer students. Shares expertise with colleagues concerning evidence-based and innovative strategies to enhance student success and retention.
5. Engage in the promotion of activities and values that work to foster a sense of belonging.
6. Collaborate with library colleagues and key campus partners in the design of library programs, and services that target and improve first- and second year, and first generation and transfer student retention and success.
7. Creates and keeps current a variety of learning objects from research guides to interactive media.
8. Provides reference service and in-depth research consultations in-person or virtually with students and faculty, including working evening/weekend shifts as needed.
9. Participate in campus orientation and engagement activities to help new students transition to college life.
10. Compile and communicate data as requested and necessary for library, college, university internal and external reporting.
11. Serves as a liaison librarian in mutually agreed upon discipline(s) based on experience and need. This includes making subject area information available, i.e., reference/research (on/off-campus assistance), instruction, source evaluation, collection development, curriculum planning with disciplinary faculty, assessment, and related activities.
12. Participates in the library’s assessment and improvement efforts.
13. Participates in library and university committees and planning activities, regularly attends meetings, and works collaboratively with colleagues to implement agreements reached through collective decision-making.
14. Maintains membership and participates in the activities of position-relevant professional organizations.
15. Stays abreast of current trends and best practices in areas of responsibility and participates in continuing professional development activities including attendance at conferences, webinars, and workshops.
16. Participates in professional development/scholarship, and service to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion requirements.
17. Travel to Ferris-affiliated locations to provide assistance to programs, faculty, and students as needed.
18. Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.
19. Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities:    
Skills and Abilities: • Excellent interpersonal, listening and communication skills.
• Strong commitment to public service.
• Ability to build upon the success of the library's current instruction & outreach programs.
• Possess a deep commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and sense of belonging (DEI-B).
• Experience serving diverse and underrepresented student populations.
• Ability to work successfully independently as well as in a collaborative and growing culturally diverse environment.
• Ability to maintain creative initiative, flexibility, and a high degree of organization.
• Ability to adapt to new/emerging technologies quickly.
• Excellent problem-solving skills and sound judgment in dealing with work-related challenges and issues. 
• Ability and willingness to assume new responsibilities in a changing environment.
• Ability to coordinate and manage projects.
• Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript 1
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Unofficial Transcript 1 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcript of master's degree.
Transcript must include Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded.
Finalists will be required to submit an official transcript.
Initial Application Review Date:
February 5th, 2024  
Open Until Position is Filled?: True  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at ferris.edu. The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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