Reports to: Associate University Librarian for Research & Engagement
Northwestern University Libraries seek a user-focused, innovative, and collaborative librarian to lead its Academic Engagement department and coordinate a holistic program of outreach, student engagement, and responsive library services that connects Northwestern Libraries to the full range of research, teaching, and learning that forms Northwestern’s campus community. The Head of Academic Engagement serves as director of the Libraries’ liaison program, including providing strategic direction for the program, coordinating support and communications for a large team of subject and technical specialists from departments across the Libraries, and ensuring that all university constituencies are connected appropriately with library collections, services, and expertise. Other opportunities of the position include directly managing the staff and resources of the Academic Engagement department, which encompasses an active portfolio of programs and services that promotes the Libraries to the campus and broader community; the Information Commons, a centralized, highly visible point of service for research support, technology, and collaboration; and the general administration of the liaison program. Enhancing the Libraries role in research, instruction, and engagement is an essential aspect of the Libraries’ part in a dynamic and diverse campus community. The Head of Academic Engagement will work with department heads and other leaders to ensure that library services are integrated with other campus services and leveraged for maximum contribution to organization-wide planning, management, and assessment efforts.
Serve as head of the Academic Engagement department. Provide direction to 7 FTE, including 5 librarians and 2 staff, working in student, faculty, campus, and community engagement; management of the libraries’ orientation programs; coordination of the liaison program; and delivery and development of the services and resources of the Information Commons.
Lead, develop, and manage the Libraries liaison program. Work with liaisons and other library colleagues to plan, set direction, and establish priorities for the program based on changing teaching, learning, and research needs of the campus. Arrange for individual liaison assignments and the formation of interdisciplinary support teams. Coordinate participation by liaisons in cross-disciplinary efforts. Manage overall program promotion and assessment.
Provide leadership, training, and support for a large group of individuals with liaison assignments. The liaison program should prepare and enable liaisons to actively engage with faculty and students to provide innovative instruction and expert research assistance; to contribute to library collection strategies; and to cultivate partnerships and working relationships to facilitate research, drawing upon the range of services and expertise of the Libraries.
Work together with Research Services, Instruction and Curriculum Support, Distinctive Collections, and other departments, department heads, and other leaders from across the Libraries to ensure that liaisons can connect their constituencies to a rich array of library collections, services, experts, and functions without impediment.
Gather and provide data that harnesses the power of liaison relationships to contribute to the Libraries strategic initiatives and innovative service design.
Oversee the development of strategies and engagement programs to connect students and faculty with the resources, services and expertise of the Libraries.
Serve as liaison to one or more academic departments or constituencies.
Contributes to overall administration and leadership of library services as a member of the Operations Team, the Leadership Team, the Collections Strategies Committee, and other Libraries and University committees.
Engage in scholarly activities and provide service to the university, community, and profession.
ALA-accredited graduate degree in library or information science.
Minimum of five years of professional-level experience in academic libraries.
Experience with liaison services in academic libraries; current knowledge and understanding of issues and trends in collection development, research support, library instruction, digital scholarship, and scholarly communication.
Demonstrated leadership, supervisory experience, and ability to lead teams and coordinate multiple projects; to set direction and establish priorities for self and others; to communicate essential information about projects to stakeholders; to analyze and problem solve collaboratively.
Ability to create an environment of collegiality, working effectively with a diverse campus population and with external constituencies. Commitment to creating and maintaining an inclusive environment/workplace for students, researchers, and employees.
Record of professional engagement, scholarship, and/or service.
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.
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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.