The Head of Research & Learning serves as the team leader for the Research & Learning Team (R&L), and a campus-wide advocate for R&L services. The person in this position is a member of the Library Leadership Team and works to develop and implement plans for the library. In consultation with team members, the person in this position develops and implements plans for R&L, and performs administrative duties specific to this team. R&L consists of professional librarians, library staff, and student assistants and is responsible for library instruction, collection development, and for providing quality research services to students, staff, faculty, and the general community. Additionally, members of this team are responsible for the administration of Archives & Special Collections and Digital Services and for providing support to scholarly communication activities and the Government Document Depository Program.
Essential Job Functions:
1. Responsibilities as Head of the Research & Learning Team (45%) • Hire, train, coach, and mentor staff to carry out duties at the expected high level of performance and regularly assess staffing performance effectiveness with clearly articulated performance expectations and regular, timely feedback in alignment with organizational performance standards • Supervise members of the team, assist them in setting individual goals and prioritizing tasks, coach them in their effectiveness and professional development, and evaluate their work • Establish, prioritize, review, and refine team objectives and actions based on the library strategic plan • Chair search committees for open positions in Research & Learning; coordinate training of new hires • Foster a work environment that encourages initiative, creativity, and cooperation • Evaluate existing services on an ongoing basis; develop and implement new services when appropriate • Serve as a member of the Collections Committee • Develop and facilitate collaborative relationships between Research & Learning and the other service providers in the Securian Learning Commons (Academic Writing & Learning Center, Media Hub, Math Learning Lab) • Provide collection management for the Reference Collection, the Bestseller Collection, and general funds • Consistently provide accurate, timely, informed, and bilateral communications relevant to Research & Learning and Library Leadership Team • Build and maintain relationships with student leaders and stakeholders across Academic Affairs and Student Life that foster collaboration with Research & Learning 2. Responsibilities as member of Library Leadership Team (LLT) (25%) • Allocate resources to ensure that progress is made towards completing the current year's strategic actions • Participate in library-wide planning and management collaboration • Participate in library-wide decision making and formulation of library-wide policies and procedures • Prepare relevant statistical information and reports as needed • Represent Research & Learning in LLT discussions and report LLT actions to department employees • Sponsor a cross-functional committee, eg Web Committee 3. General Responsibilities of the Research & Learning Team (20%) • Provide general research assistance to library users during scheduled hours, including evening and weekend shifts • Provide foundational information literacy instruction to classes in College Writing, College in the Schools, and other general programs • Assist students and researchers in evaluating resources and refining topics for research • Continuously develop expertise in database and web searching • Participate in support of library events and initiatives • Work cooperatively with library staff • Keep current on professional issues in academic libraries • Share information on resources and research skills with colleagues • Document data on research transactions and instruction sessions • Participate in UMD Library information literacy initiatives 4. Library-Related Professional Service and Engagement (10%) • Participate in library, UMD, and community meetings and events • Serve on campus or university committees • Engage in professional development • Contribute to the profession through organizational work, presenting papers, and/or publishing
NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. The employer reserves the right to change or assign other duties to this position.
Required: • Bachelor’s degree and 8 or more years of related experience that includes supervisory experiences, or Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited institution and 6 or more years of related experience that includes supervisory experiences. • Demonstrated ability to work well with faculty, students, and colleagues in a research environment. • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. • Experience working with diverse populations. • Demonstrated leadership abilities related to evaluating, coaching, and mentoring staff and/or students Preferred: • Experience with archives and digital repositories • Experience delivering instruction with an understanding of information literacy concepts and trends • Experience providing research assistance in an academic or public library • Experience promoting cultural awareness, diversity, and providing inclusive leadership • Knowledge of current and emerging trends in providing library research services
Physical and Environmental Conditions: • Accommodations may be made for some of these physical demands for individuals who require and request such accommodation: • Mobility to work in a typical office environment and use standard office and computer equipment. • Stamina to remain seated and maintains concentration for extended periods of time. • Vision to read printed materials and computer screens. • Hearing and speech to communicate effectively in oral and written forms, in-person, and over the telephone. • Agility to manipulate library materials. • Strength and ability to lift materials weighing up to 40 pounds on a regular basis.
Internal Number: 332607
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