The Virginia Military Institute invites applications for the position of Research and Instruction Librarian at Preston Library. Founded in 1839, VMI is part of the state-supported system of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Ranked consistently among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, VMI is an undergraduate institution that enrolls approximately 1,700 full-time cadets and is located in historic Lexington, Virginia at the southern end of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Reporting to the Head of Research and Instruction Services, the Research and Instruction Librarian provides essential services in support of Preston Library’s mission to engage with and enhance the undergraduate liberal arts curriculum at VMI.
• Provides reference and research support for cadets, faculty, and staff at VMI and for other library users, including face-to-face, email, chat, evening reference, and any other reference services offered by Preston Library. • Develops and provides information literacy instruction offered by Preston Library. Participates directly in planning, teaching, and assessing outcomes. • Creates teaching materials for face-to-face and online instruction, and other resources that enhance the library’s teaching and learning services. • Contacts and maintains good communication with selected academic departments to ensure that library information literacy efforts align with departmental needs. • Identifies, evaluates, and recommends print, media, and electronic materials for purchase that are in alignment with the library’s Collection Development Policy and in response to curricular needs. • Collaborates with other library staff to evaluate and improve the library’s website content and its presentation. • Works collaboratively with the User Services Group to provide seamless, exemplary services at the combined service point. Provides circulation services if needed at the service point. Participates on a rotating basis in the library’s reference support services, including evenings or weekends as assigned. • Monitors trends and new technologies and makes recommendations to Head of Research and Instruction Services. • Serves on committees, task forces, and special projects as needed. • Maintains professional competence and current awareness of trends, technologies, and best practices by pursuing professional development opportunities.
• ALA-accredited MLS degree. • Minimum of 1 year of experience providing reference, research, and instructional services in an academic library. • Demonstrated familiarity with ACRL standards for information literacy and other educational best practices. • Evidence of ability to work as a member of a small, highly collaborative team. • Outstanding communication skills, both verbally and in writing. • Proficiency with standard office technology tools and software. • Experience using a variety of databases and research tools to provide reference services in an academic library.
• 3 to 5 years of experience providing reference and instruction services in an academic library. • Experience using instructional technologies and current approaches to information literacy instruction. • Experience creating and placing learning materials in a learning management system such as Canvas. • Successful experience with outreach to teaching faculty. • An additional advanced degree. • Experience with or interest in scholarly communication trends, open access initiatives, or emerging technologies in higher education and academic libraries.
A complete application will include a letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position, current curriculum vitae, and the names of three references with titles, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses.
This is a full-time position. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and includes a generous benefits package. Initial candidate screening will begin July 7, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, VMI encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are also encouraged to apply.
At VMI, library professionals and members of the faculty wear uniforms and adhere to military customs and courtesy, although previous military experience is not required.
Virginia Military Institute operates under the philosophy that the measure of a college lies in the quality and performance of its graduates and their contributions to society. Therefore, it is the mission of the Virginia Military Institute to produce educated, honorable men and women, prepared for the varied work of civil life, imbued with love of learning, confident in the functions and attitud...es of leadership, possessing a high sense of public service, advocates of the American democracy and free enterprise system, and ready as citizen-soldiers to defend their country in time of national peril. To accomplish this result, Virginia Military Institute shall provide to qualified young men and women undergraduate education of highest quality embracing engineering, science, and the arts conducted in and facilitated by the unique VMI system of military discipline.