Taylor University’s Zondervan Library is seeking a dynamic, service-oriented, self-motivated individual to fill the role of Academic Engagement Librarian. The successful candidate will bring initiative, creativity, and enthusiasm for supporting teaching and learning at Taylor through broad collaboration and active participation.
Preference will be given to those candidates with three or more years of experience in coordinating a formalized information literacy program, proficiency in instructional assessment best practices, and demonstrated ability to envision and create reusable learning objects, representing a variety of approaches and media.
MLS from accredited institution
At least 2 years’ experience directly providing instructional services to students and collaborating with faculty
Demonstrated experience in library program development, assessment, and outreach
Demonstrated knowledge of information literacy best practices in strategies, methodologies, and practice within academic libraries
Knowledge of current research methods including both print and electronic resources
Knowledge of recent information technology applications relevant to library services, specifically those relevant to classroom application
Excellent oral, written, and presentation communication skills for multiple audiences (faculty, staff, students, librarians)
Excellent demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and manage multiple ongoing projects
Strong commitment to quality service
Experience planning and implementing collaborative projects
Proficiency in using technology to achieve pedagogical goals
Demonstrated understanding of practices and principles for assessing student learning
Experience working with information literacy campus partners, such as academic departments, teaching centers, writing centers, peer-learning programs, etc.
Mastery in information literacy/information concepts/competency skills
Knowledge of current instruction pedagogy involving student engagement through active learning and in conjunction with established student learning outcomes
Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies and apply skills quickly
Adept at handling multiple responsibilities
Strong project-management, analytical, and problem-solving skills
Commitment to execution and results orientation
This full-time, tenure-track, faculty-rank, 10-month position will lead Zondervan Library in developing, implementing, and assessing a robust information literacy program designed to meet the changing needs of students and faculty. This position is expected to cultivate strategic partnerships campus-wide, playing a role in high-impact educational practices and student success initiatives. Librarians at Taylor are expected to progress through promotion and tenure track and to participate fully as members of the library’s faculty and in the broader university faculty governance.
Zondervan Library personnel include five professional librarians and three full-time and one part-time support staff. With a 61,000 ft2 facility, the Library provides access to 250,000 eBooks and 70,000 serial titles, including 115 databases, and holds 180,000 physical items (e.g., books, DVDs, CDs). Increasing engagement with teaching and learning is a recognized priority. Zondervan Library is a member of the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) with which it shares an OCLC WorldShare Management System ILS. The Library’s website is library.taylor.edu.
Taylor University is an evangelical Christian liberal arts university in which all programs are shaped by a Christian worldview and the integration of faith, learning, and living within a community of intentional Christian relationships. As an interdenominational community dedicated to advancing life-long learning and ministering Christ’s redemptive truth and love to a world in need, Taylor is distinctive in its commitment to the spiritual and intellectual development of its students as well as of its faculty members. Academic pursuits at Taylor are rigorous, demanding imagination, dedication, and integrity from both students and faculty. As a Christian institution, Taylor University has highly capable, supportive faculty who recognize that all truth has its source in God. Taylor University carries out its mission and purposes primarily by offering undergraduate programs in its residential campus setting. The University also offers focused graduate programs that expand and complement curricular and institutional strengths.
Candidates must exhibit a personal Christian faith and practice and be strongly committed to the educational mission and evangelical Christian orientation of the University. Candidates will be expected to affirm the Taylor University Life Together Covenant, Statement of Faith, and essential documents.
The University is located in the small town of Upland, Indiana, which is 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis and 50 miles south of Fort Wayne. The combination of rural location and proximity to metropolitan areas provides numerous benefits.
Interested candidates should send an application letter, curriculum vita, and completed application document found at http://www2.taylor.edu/provost/facultyapplication.doc, addressed to: Lana J. Wilson, Assistant Director and Chair, Search Committee, Zondervan Library, (email@example.com). All materials will remain confidential. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin January 4, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Taylor University complies with federal and state guidelines for nondiscrimination in employment.
About Taylor University
Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts college with a student body of 1,870 on its Upland, Indiana, campus, is known for its distinctive community of scholarship and faith. In addition to a concerned, competent faculty and modern facilities, the University cherishes an atmosphere of uncommon quality, which inspires personal participation and spiritual growth as well as intellectual development. Graduate program in higher education is offered. In addition, Taylor Online serves over 1,200 adult students through degree and non-degree offerings in credit and non-credit formats in distance/distributed learning environments.