Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Position Announcement: Central Michigan University - Off-Campus Librarian

(Note: This is one of two reference librarian vacancies at Central Michigan University where I work. I will post the other vacancy as well when the approved text is ready.)

The Off-Campus Library Services (OCLS) department at Central Michigan University is accepting applications for the position of Off-Campus Librarian. The OCLS team provides distance library services to the more than 7,000 CMU students enrolled at over 60 off-campus sites throughout U.S. and Canada and via online course offerings. This position is based in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Director of OCLS, the Off-Campus Librarian provides reference assistance and library user education to CMU off-campus and online students and faculty involved with graduate and undergraduate credit courses. Serves as a liaison between OCLS and the program staff supporting programs in Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and Canada. Collaborates with faculty and fellow OCLS librarians to develop course-integrated online instructional tools and user aids. Works with other OCLS staff to provide ongoing assessment of library resources and services, and online and off-campus user needs. Travels to off-campus locations to provide on-site library instruction and provides online instruction to classes through Wimba. Participates in activities related to the CMU Libraries, Off-Campus Programs, and University. Development and marketing of the off-campus library program are key elements of this position. This position takes primary responsibility for planning, organizing, and administering CMU’s biennial Off-Campus Library Services Conference.

Minimum Qualifications: M.L.I.S. degree or equivalent from ALA-accredited library school; minimum of one year academic library experience; teaching/library instruction experience; evidence of excellent written and oral communication skills; strong collaborative and interpersonal skills; flexibility and a desire to work independently in a rapidly changing technological environment; willingness to travel to off-campus sites and to work a flexible schedule as required.

Additional Desired Qualifications: Familiarity with distance education services and programs; experience working with adult, non-traditional students; experience delivering library instruction online and in person; Reference and collection development experience, preferably in the area of Business; strong computer skills; demonstrated ability to adapt and use learning technologies; experience using desktop publishing software.

Salary commensurate with qualifications, minimum $46,000. Competitive benefits (go to http://www.hrs.cmich.edu/benefits/brief.htm and click on Professional Administrative for more information). This is a Professional Administrative position.

Applications received by May 30, 2008 will receive first consideration.

Applicants must apply online at www.jobs.cmich.edu. Please be prepared to submit a resume, a letter of application and a list of three references.

CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate in employment against persons based on age, color, disability, gender, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight (see http://www.cmich.edu/aaeo/).

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