George Mason University Libraries seeks a creative, dynamic, teaching and research-oriented individual to fill the newly created School of Computing Librarian position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About George Mason University Libraries:
The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and three other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. One of Virginia's leading academic research libraries, the Mason Libraries continues to gain steadily in national stature as it undergoes extensive transformation in all areas that are key to a 21st century research library—innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. Visit us at library.gmu.edu for more information.
About the Science and Technology (SciTech) Team:
The Science and Technology (SciTech) Team is part of the Learning, Research and Engagement (LRE) division of University Libraries and serves the College of Engineering and Computing, the College of Health and Human Services, and the College of Science, as well as several STEM-focused multi-disciplinary university-level institutes.
About the Position:
The Computing Librarian position supports teaching and research by providing library instruction, research assistance, collection development, and academic outreach, including research data support and grant writing assistance. This position will report to the Lead, Science and Technology Team and Mercer Library, and requires a background in computer science (strongly preferred), engineering, or a STEM related field.
The Computing Librarian will work principally with the School of Computing, and also support the Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA), a new and developing center aiming to enhance multi-disciplinary, collaborative research processes that shape the future of our digital society, promoting equality, well-being, security and prosperity. This position will support the interdisciplinary mission of the IDIA and calls on collaborations across university units in a variety of disciplines.
This position will collaborate with the Libraries' Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC) and the Mason Publishing Group, in the Digital Strategies and Systems (DSS) division, as well as with other library departments more broadly and across the university to support research and data efforts, methods, and tools. This position will support the undergraduate, masters and the doctoral programs in the School of Computing (SoC) within the newly-constituted College of Engineering and Computing. This position will coordinate and designate subject responsibilities with the Engineering Librarian.
Reference and Research Consulting;
Teaching, Learning and Digital Literacies;
Collections and Content;
Outreach and Engagement;
Scholarly Communications and Open Access initiatives;
Using outreach strategies for developing relationships with faculty and researchers that optimize the impact of library expertise, services and resources;
Applying knowledge of trends and tools in computer science to service delivery and design of interdisciplinary projects;
Developing library collections in relevant disciplines and sub-disciplines and supporting initiatives in open access, open science, and open data;
Teaching in the library program on critical information and research skills, helping students achieve academic success, and understand the social consequences of how data and information are used, created, and shared;
Helping researchers find and manage information and data, and critically evaluate and use research tools, platforms, and infrastructure;
Engaging in systematic, ongoing learning activities to build skills for professional impact and cultural competence;
Participating in or leading project teams and fostering team outcomes by using best practice tools and techniques.
Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library and information science program or a certified foreign equivalent;
Two-to-three years of experience working as a Computer Science, IT or STEM Librarian;
Experience providing library instruction and research support in Computer Science or STEM that support the educational goals of a multicultural population;
Demonstrated experience with electronic resources and information technologies to support reference, research and collection development in computing, statistics, or other STEM disciplines;
Experience with collaboration with instructional faculty to help students achieve learning outcomes such as information literacy, written communication, problem solving, creative thinking and integrative learning;
Coursework and/or experience in relevant computer languages (e.g., R, Python, Java) and different operating systems;
Development of strategies for doing outreach and building relationships with faculty to deliver high impact services, and capacity to adapt outreach skills to the Mason Libraries context;
Experience with key information resources in a variety of scientific disciplines, including resources for data discovery, data literacy or library services that support data management and analysis;
Familiarity with research trends and with ethical, legal, and policy issues in computer science and engineering;
Ability to build collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationships with people of varying backgrounds.
Bachelor's or (strongly preferred) advanced degree in Computer Science, IT or related field OR significant coursework in those areas;
Knowledge of data management planning, scholarly communications, and open access concepts and trends;
Demonstrated ability with one of the following:
knowledge of data visualization tools;
proficiency with statistical software;
facility with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software such as ArcGIS.
12-month professional faculty appointment with rank;
Health plan options and paid life insurance;
Several retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF;
24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays;
Tuition waiver available for self;
Salary is commensurate with academic qualifications and professional experience, with minima as follows: Librarian I – $60,000; Librarian II – $65,000; Librarian III – $70,000; Librarian IV – $75,000.
Salary: Salary is commensurate with academic qualifications, professional experience and rank.
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George Mason University is a public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia located in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. Mason was initially founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949, and became an independent institution in 1972. George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.
George Mason University has 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students. Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars. 80% of our students are employed within six months of graduation. Nearly two-thirds of the 140,000 Mason alumni live and work in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. To that end, we have 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of study.
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George Mason, for whom our university is named, was one of the greatest of the founding fathers of the United States. Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a model for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.
We Are in Virginia. But We Serve the World.
Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.
Washington, D.C.: Land of Opportunity.
Mason’s main campus is in Fairfax, Virginia, just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is easily accessible by car or public transportation.
At Mason, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful wooded residential campus and outstanding college experience, as well as numerous internship and recreational opportunities that only a world-class urban setting like D.C. can offer.
You can intern with National Geographic or the Justice Department, visit the numerous museums with your Art History classmates, take a selfie in front of Lincoln Memorial, catch a Nationals baseball game, kayak along the Potomac, or check out the many neighborhoods where you’ll discover lots of great shopping, places to eat, art galleries, music venues, and much more. You can attend events and hear nationally recognized speakers. You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.
There’s more to explore. Students participate in a field trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., organized by the Office of International Programs and Services.
In just a short drive, you can be hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains or walking the boardwalk in either Ocean City, Maryland, or Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Our closest airports are Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Mason is easily accessible by public transportation. Free shuttle buses help you get to the nearest Metro station in Vienna, Virginia, just a short distance from our Fairfax Campus. The Arlington Campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU stop on the Orange Line.
Enriching Work Environment.
We will invest in recruiting, retaining, and developing talented and diverse faculty and academic and professional staff. We will create a vibrant campus life in which all members can grow and thrive.
Diversity is one of our core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
We bring together a multitude of people and ideas in everything that we do. Our culture of inclusion, our multidisciplinary approach, and our global perspective makes us more effective educators and scholars.
While at Mason, you’ll be making your own decisions and forming your own view of the world. Engaging with diverse groups of individuals, including students, faculty, and staff, will enrich this experience. You will learn from them, and they will learn from you.
We have a variety of communities here, and you're sure to find a group of people who are like you. The great thing is you'll also be embraced by communities of people who are not like you. At Mason, you'll be in a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds will:
• Widen your outlook of the world,
• Show you how to work and collaborate with people of differing views,
• Expose you to new perspectives from people with disparate life experiences, and
• Give you the social skills to interact with all kinds of people.
Diversity also enhances learning and creative thinking by prompting the study of new material and the awareness of fresh viewpoints. The power of many perspectives will boost your capacity to explore original ideas and solutions. Seeing issues in a new way heightens your creativity and problem-solving abilities.
Another benefit: As our nation becomes more diverse, students who learn in a diverse environment will be more competitive in an increasingly global economy. You’ll enhance your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to develop nuanced solutions to real-world problems.
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Our venues bring world-class performances to the community through vibrant concerts and events. Community members are invited to take part in many artistic and cultural offerings at Mason. Spaces are also available to rent for your next event.