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Information Commons Librarian, University
of Florida – Gainesville (May 2007)
POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
University Librarian (Tenure Track)
TO: Chair, Humanities & Social
Salary: $44,000. Actual salary will reflect selected professional's experience
REQUISITION #: 0702286
DATE: May 15, 2007
Please note that this posting has specific instructions
for the submission of application materials (see below: APPLICATION PROCESS). Failure
to submit all of the required documents as instructed, may result in your application
not being considered.
The Information Commons Librarian coordinates and leads the activities of the
Humanities & Social Sciences (H & SS) Technology Services Team that maintains
all public and staff computer equipment in the H & SS Reference Unit and the
Information Commons (please see: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/hss/infocommons/)
of the newly expanded and renovated Library West. The Information Commons Librarian
promotes staff and user awareness of new products and assists with the coordination
of electronic resources among all the units of the department. As a member
of the Humanities & Social Sciences Services Department, the incumbent will
participate in the full program of reference services and instruction. The
successful incumbent will have strong computer and management skills and the
ability to lead a team of IT-oriented library staff, will use independent judgment
in handling problems, and will maintain close working relationships with the
Information Commons student users, the teaching faculty, and library colleagues.
1. Coordinates the activities
of the H & SS Reference Unit’s Technology Services Team, including: maintenance
and technical support for all workstation hardware, software, and associated
peripherals in the public Information Commons and in staff areas; technical
processing of the department’s materials and on-line public catalog records;
staff training and awareness of developments in the library management system;
Web-based delivery of content. Hires, trains, and supervises all members
of the Team.
2. Works closely with the Public
Services Coordinator and the Public Services Computing Team to implement library-wide
3. Provides training and information
to facilitate optimal use of electronic resources among the H & SSS library
staff and patrons, including support as needed for the electronics coordinators
in the Branch libraries; participates in the Libraries’ instruction program.
4. Maintains ongoing awareness
and familiarity with technological advances relating to creation, storage,
delivery of and access to electronic information; collaborates with the Library
Systems Office, the Digital Library Center, the UF Libraries’ Web Coordinator
and technical coordinators in other libraries to recommend and implement changes
and improvements to the UF Libraries’ electronic resources.
5. Participates in outreach
and user assessment activities to ascertain the computing and information needs
of the University community in the context of the research and learning continuum;
stays informed of campus computing and digital initiatives; seeks opportunities
to publicize the department’s electronic resources.
6. Oversees and provides support
for the University of Florida community’s use of the electronic information
center in Library West; provides general reference services during assigned
reference desk hours, including weekends and evenings; participates in virtual
reference services (e-mail, instant messaging, chat) and supports all new reference
service initiatives as they develop.
7. Participates as an active
member on the H & SS Reference Unit Collection Management Team and assists
with the selection, transfer, and withdrawal of other reference items.
8. Participates in planning,
policy formation and departmental decision-making relating to H & SS services,
collections and new technologies.
9. Serves on library and university
committees and task groups as appropriate.
10. Stays informed of developments in librarianship
and computer management; participates in professional development opportunities
at the local, regional, and national levels.
11. Seeks opportunities for scholarly research,
publications, grants, and other creative efforts.
1. Master’s degree in
Library Science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent.
2. Strong public services approach
and outlook; familiarity with user evaluation techniques.
3. Effective interpersonal,
communication, presentation and organizational skills, including
· Ability to provide
instruction in a diverse computer/help desk environment.
· Ability to provide
assistance to staff with computer-related problems and explain solutions and
techniques to them in a clear manner.
· Ability to establish
and maintain effective working relationships in a team environment.
4. Relevant supervisory experience,
or experience with project management.
5. Good working knowledge of
PC hardware, Windows-based applications, and the uses and configuration of
public workstations in libraries; awareness of security solutions for public
workstations and technology trends in libraries.
6. Ability to work independently
and lead a team of technical staff in a dynamic Information
7. Flexibility; ability to
shift priorities and cope with ambiguity and change.
8. Demonstrated potential for meeting
the requirements for tenure and promotion. More information available
1. Academic background or advanced
degree in a humanities or social sciences discipline.
2. Previous academic/research
library experience, preferably in public service.
The University of Florida
The University of Florida is a large, land grant, public educational research
institution with a faculty of approximately 4,000 and a student body of 48,000. It
ranks third nationally in size of student body and eighth nationally in the
number of merit scholars enrolled in the freshmen class. The University
is a member of the Association of American Universities and offers the Ph.D.
in more than 90 fields and the Master's degree in more than 120 fields. For
more information, please consult the UF homepage at http://www.ufl.edu.
The University of Florida Libraries are members of the Association of Research
Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Research Libraries Group,
and SOLINET. The library staff consists of more than 400 FTE librarians,
technical/clerical staff and student assistants. For more information
about the Libraries, please visit http://www.uflib.ufl.edu.
The Humanities & Social Sciences (H & SS) Reference Unit of Library West is
part of the Humanities and Social Sciences Services (H & SSS) Department which
is a large and decentralized public service department comprised of 5 separate
areas, the H & SS Reference Unit in Library West, the Architecture and Fine
Arts Library, the Education Library, the Music Library, and the Journalism
Library. Its mission is to support the information and research needs of students,
faculty, and staff in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
In addition to providing reference assistance at the H & SS reference desk,
the Library West Reference Unit is also responsible for providing service to
users of the Information Commons and Digital Media Center. In all of these
endeavors, a primary goal of H & SS Reference is to assist each reference patron
in becoming a more knowledgeable and efficient library user. Toward this end,
reference staff provides significant one-on-one instruction in library research
skills and teaches general library instruction classes on the catalog, databases,
and traditional library sources. Reference service is also available via telephone,
and online via Ask A Librarian (e-mail, instant messaging and chat). All
of the units also provide special services to assist physically challenged
patrons in their use of the collections. For further information regarding
the Department, consult http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/hss/ref/.
Twenty-two vacation days, nine paid holidays, and thirteen days sick leave
annually; retirement plan options; insurance benefits; tuition fee waiver program;
no state or local income tax.
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly
committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad
spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons,
are especially encouraged to apply. As part of the application process, applicants
are invited to complete an on-line confidential and voluntary demographic self-disclosure
form which can be found at: http://www.hr.ufl.edu/job/datacard.htm. This
information is collected by the University of Florida's Faculty Development
Office to track applicant trends and is in no way considered by the Smathers
Libraries in the selection process.
Please submit application materials via e-mail. Send, as attachments (MS-Word
format preferred), a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications
for this position, your current resume and a list of three references. Include
address, telephone and email information for references. Please include
a 250-word document expressing your opinion on the topic, “What is the
unique role of a library Information Commons in supporting a university’s
academic and research programs?”
Apply by May 15, 2007 (applications will be reviewed as received). All
inquiries and submissions of required application materials should be sent
to Brian Keith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Officer, at: firstname.lastname@example.org