Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Position Announcement: Head, Information Literacy and Outreach

Head, Information Literacy and Outreach
University of Central Florida Libraries, Orlando

The UCF Libraries seeks a proactive, energetic, and creative librarian to lead a dynamic team that is integrating information literacy across the curriculum as part of a university supported program. UCF selected Information Fluency, the nexus of information literacy, computer literacy and critical thinking, as its university Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) during the process to reaffirm UCF's accreditation in 2006. The UCF Libraries is collaborating closely on all aspects of the QEP, and has formed a new department, the Information Literacy and Outreach (ILO) department, to develop innovative approaches to information literacy. The new department head will play a crucial role in defining and creating the future of information literacy in a vibrant and growing multi-campus community.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate for this new position will expand the current library instruction program to include information literacy components, additional embedded online instruction, course-integrated information literacy instruction and assessment, and evaluation of the information literacy program's effectiveness. This dynamic department head will lead a group of four librarians and one support staff member in the design of innovative, effective information literacy instruction and assessment in collaboration with the teaching faculty and other campus units. The person selected for this position will also support outreach and marketing of the library's information services, and will be responsible for supporting UCF's Information Fluency QEP through coordination with appropriate university units, boards and committees.

Qualifications: Required: library science degree from an ALA-accredited institution and three years academic experience. Preferred: Demonstrated record of creative and effective leadership; supervisory or management experience; demonstrated expertise in information literacy theory and practice; experience with instructional technologies, course management software, and in design of instructional and informational materials; experience with educational assessment; experience working collaboratively with diverse constituencies; excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; and substantial record of scholarship in one or more of the core areas of this position.

Environment: The University of Central Florida is a growing metropolitan research university located 13 miles east of downtown Orlando. UCF has over 47,000 students, 4,700 employees, and serves a population of 1.5 million residents. The university offers 86 bachelor's, 68 master's, and 24 doctoral programs and confers about 7,000 degrees a year. The main library has a collection of over 1.6 million volumes and is a partial depository for government documents and patents. The library materials budget is $5.4 million. The staff of 127 includes a library faculty of 50. UCF offers an exciting and vibrant academic environment with growing collections, advanced technology, and an expanding campus.

Salary and Rank: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Library faculty hold rank at instructor, assistant, associate, and university. This is a twelve month, non-tenure track faculty position with generous insurance benefits and employer-funded retirement options, 22 paid annual days, 13 sick days, 9 holidays, and no state income tax.

To Apply: Review of applications begins immediately. Submit electronically an application letter, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references by June 1, 2007 to Cynthia Kisby, Personnel Librarian, University of Central Florida Libraries; e-mail: Finalists will be asked to give a brief presentation during the on-campus interview. UCF is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Searches are conducted in accordance with the state of Florida open-record regulations.

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