Northwestern University Libraries Librarian Faculty Position
Position: Head of Instruction and Curriculum Support
Work group: Instruction and Curriculum Support
Reports to: Associate University Librarian for Research & Engagement
Summary Northwestern University Libraries seek a user-focused and innovative Head of Instruction and Curriculum Support to lead an instructional program that supports the student experience through collaboration with other librarians, technical specialists, faculty, and other campus partners committed to academic success and life-long learning. As director of the Libraries’ instructional services program, the Head of Instruction and Curriculum Support provides strategic direction for the ways the Libraries support learning and teaching on campus, coordinates support and communications among all subject and technical specialists involved in instruction across the Libraries, and manages training for teaching librarians to provide high-quality engagement with research collections, technologies, and specialized support services. The Head of Instruction and Curriculum Support will also help build capacity to support online learners and initiate ongoing dialogue within the Libraries and with campus partners about how to integrate information literacy concepts into curricula. Other opportunities include directly managing the staff and resources of the Instruction and Curriculum Support department, a team especially focused on building skills and leading others to incorporate instructional design, experiential and active learning, instructional technologies, and assessment into library instruction for all disciplines. We seek candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service will reflect a strong commitment to the Libraries’ and the University’s mission, vision, and values, including diversity and inclusion.
Serve as head of the Instruction and Curriculum Support department. Directly supervise 6 FTE librarians whose responsibilities include coordinating instructional programs, training and assessment, distance learning, and applied instructional technologies.
Provide leadership and support for library initiatives to integrate library instruction into the university curriculum. Seek opportunities to collaborate and form partnerships with campus programs and initiatives that support teaching and student learning; leverage the university’s course-management system and other learning tools for improved integration of library support with other aspects of curriculum design.
Develop effective instructional sessions and coach others to do so. Promote and provide support for improved teaching and presentation skills throughout the organization.
Lead in the development and delivery of an institutionally focused library skills curriculum that includes defined student learning goals and planned assessments. Incorporate concepts into the curriculum in accordance with the Libraries' strategic plan.
Work with librarians and faculty to improve student learning and course objectives related to library research, and design instruction and develop learning materials, such as tutorials, videos, handouts, and other learning objects in support of institutional learning goals and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy.
Conduct needs assessments, assess instructional outcomes, and report on the impact of the Libraries’ instructional initiatives.
Lead library-wide and institutional efforts to support university and community partnerships with primary and secondary educational programs, as appropriate.
Serve as a liaison to one or more academic or other university constituencies.
Contributes to overall administration and leadership of library services as a member of the Operations Team, the Leadership Team, and other Libraries and University committees.
Engage in scholarly activities and provide service to the university, community, and profession.
Graduate degree in librarianship from an ALA-accredited program or its equivalent
Minimum five years professional experience in academic libraries, including demonstrated experience in library instruction
Commitment to supporting the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, including creating and maintaining an inclusive environment/workplace for students, researchers, and employees
Understanding of information needs and information-seeking habits of undergraduates and graduate students
Experience using web applications and technologies in the delivery of library instruction
Evidence of successful program development and assessment
Demonstrated ability to contribute positively to a team environment
Supervisory experience in a library or higher education setting
Experience with innovative educational/instructional technologies and design
Evidence of professional engagement related to information literacy and instruction in libraries
Completion of ACRL’s Information Literacy Immersion Program
Ability to work in a collaborative team-based environment
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Adaptable, ability to adjust to changing environment
Takes ownership of work, completes what is needed without being asked, follows through
Plans ahead, manages time well, is resource conscious, finds better ways to achieve personal and work group goals
Northwestern University is a highly selective private university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois and in Doha, Qatar. One of the leading private research libraries in the United States, Northwestern University Library serves the educational and information needs of the NU community as well as scholars around the world. Its collection contains more than 7 million volumes, a full array of digital resources, and collections of distinction in Africana, transportation, and 20th-century and contemporary music. Northwestern is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA). See more information about University Libraries at: http://www.library.northwestern.edu.
This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but it will remain open for a minimum of 10 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 10 business days of the posting Open Date.
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Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 35408
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.