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Type P
Entered 10/16/2017
Company Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY
Position Information Literacy Librarian
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Job Description

The Libraries at Syracuse University is seeking to hire an Information Literacy Librarian.

The Information Literacy (IL) Librarian is responsible for creating, developing, overseeing and coordinating the Syracuse University Libraries information Literacy program. Working with faculty members, librarians, and University staff as appropriate, the IL Librarian will establish a new Libraries program that contributes directly to the University’s competency-based strategies for undergraduate excellence as outlined in the University’s academic strategic plan. This program will directly support the proposed Syracuse University 4+4 (institutional learning outcomes that include creative reasoning, critical reasoning, quantitative reasoning, scientific reasoning, applied and collaborative learning ability, civic and global abilities, communicative ability, and information and technology ability) and/or other programs designed to align with learning outcomes outlined in the Middle States Accreditation Standards http://www.msche.org/publications/RevisedStandardsFINAL.pdf. This program will provide an organizational infrastructure for existing Libraries-based information literacy efforts; provide training, quality assurance, and assessment for those efforts; and develop new program content including media and digital literacy components as appropriate. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, the Information Literacy Librarian works in close collaboration with all Libraries departments that provide information literacy and instructional services, ensuring the delivery of high quality information literacy instruction.

• Masters of Library Science or equivalent

• Undergraduate or graduate degree in higher education, instructional design, or related field; or equivalent

• Three years’ experience designing and delivering information literacy instruction in a higher education environment
Job Specific Qualifications

• Highly effective organizational, interpersonal and communication skills

• Ability to collaborate effectively and diplomatically within the Libraries and across the University

• Ability to encourage, lead and empower other teaching librarians

• Ability to design instructional materials, and develop learning outcomes, assessment tools and learning objects across diverse learning environments. Learning environments can include face-to-face, hybrid, and online classrooms.

• Ability to assess the success and impact of learning experiences and makes appropriate adjustments to improve student engagement and learning.

• Solid understanding of learning theory, pedagogical practices such as backward design, outcomes alignment and assessment methodology, as well as technical skill in creating digital instructional materials.

• Ability to analyze the instructional environment, and targets instruction delivery toward appropriate audiences.

• Ability to Identify learning needs of students, and creatively addresses identified needs across multiple contexts drawing on a repertoire of tools, methods, and theories.

• Ability to define goals and outcomes for learning experiences.

• Ability to create innovative and appealing lessons with supporting instructional materials aligned with and supporting learning outcomes.

Leadership and Collaboration

• Provide vision, strategy and goals to direct the Libraries’ teaching and learning initiatives, including leading the planning, promotion, and assessment of the Libraries’ Information Literacy (IL) Program

• Create IL program infrastructure including policies, procedures, tools, and resources to support Libraries personnel in their instructional efforts and to ensure that the program meets quality standards

• Lead the Information Literacy Team, consisting of librarians from throughout the Libraries

• Contribute directly to the University’s efforts to meet Middle States accreditation standards by working with faculty and librarians to integrate information literacy (including media and digital literacy) into the syllabi and assignments for courses

• Work to deepen the curricular integration of a broad array of Libraries expertise, such as content, copyright, information retrieval and analysis, instructional design, eLearning, digital scholarship, data management, collaboration, use of primary sources, and scholarly communication

• Identify and foster partnership opportunities to enhance student learning, inside and outside of the classroom

• Identify opportunities for partnership between the Libraries and relevant campus departments on issues of learning and inclusion

• Identify opportunities to increase the Libraries’ involvement in faculty development around teaching practice, curricular and course design, and experiential learning

Instructional Design and Assessment

• Create and cultivate an environment of assessment and value for the information literacy program

• Enhance teaching and instructional design skills in the Libraries, drawing on cognitive science and student-centered models of learning; coordinate the provision of workshops and instruction-related training for librarians to ensure continuous development and currency of knowledge and skills

• Work closely with the Inclusion and Accessibility Librarian to build and lead a Libraries teaching and learning program centered on practices that are inclusive and effective for all students, faculty, and staff

• Lead the Libraries’ creation and implementation of innovative and effective approaches to designing curriculum, tools, and learning experiences that support the development of critical thinking and information literacy skills.

• Collaborate with librarians, teaching faculty, and other partners to apply learning theories and technologies in the development, design, implementation, maintenance, and assessment of general and course-specific library instruction, including online learning objects and instructional modules

• Coordinate the incorporation of pedagogical concepts, such as those outlined in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, in the overall teaching and learning program

• Conduct formal assessment of the Libraries’ Information Literacy Program. Share assessment outcomes and make recommendations regarding changes to the Associate Dean, the Information Literacy Team, and the Dean of Libraries

• Assess the impact of Libraries-led teaching practices on student learning through metrics and other indicators, attending to multiple populations and issues of equity and diversity

• Make assessment of student learning a regular and systematic practice of library staff, connecting the Libraries’ learning assessment activities to similar university efforts

• Stays current with trends and innovations in learning and instructional technologies.

Professional Development and Service

• Engage in activities that contribute to the advancement of the Libraries, the university, and the library profession.

• Maintain awareness of professional developments, issues, and practices through research and activities that increase one’s knowledge and abilities, and that positively impact one’s performance and service contributions.
Physical Requirements

Not Applicable

Not Applicable
Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please submit a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.
Job Posting Date 09/29/2017
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