COLA Liaison/Librarian

Rochester Institute of Technology | Rochester, NY

Posted Date 3/11/2024

COLA Liaison/Librarian



RIT Libraries-Research and Instruction Svcs

Job Summary

This professional librarian provides reference, research services, and instruction to students, staff, faculty and the community at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). As the liaison to the College of Liberal Arts, the librarian will build an ongoing understanding of the disciplines and relevant library resources to navigate and provide instruction in all fields of study across the humanities, social sciences and the arts. The College of Liberal Arts offers diverse and innovative programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Subjects will include but are not limited to Communications, Criminal Justice, Museum Studies, Political Science, Performing Arts and Psychology. The librarian is responsible for working as a member of the Research & Instruction Services department and collaborating with colleagues throughout the RIT Libraries and across campus to develop dynamic programs and instruction opportunities.

Job Responsibilities

  • Working with faculty to develop timely and targeted library instruction and support
  • Designing, delivering, and assessing teaching sessions
  • Participating in ongoing collection development and management projects
  • Seeking out and developing collaborative partnerships with Liberal Arts faculty
  • Engaging and participating in ongoing library-wide assessment of student learning, library collections and services
  • Evaluating resource access and recommending updates to improve e-resource discovery, including vendor platforms for databases/e-journals/e-books and other library resources
  • Following scholarly trends, resources and new technologies with a view toward their application in research and teaching
  • Partnering with the Digital Humanities/Social Sciences Librarian, RIT Archive Collections and the Cary Graphic Arts Collection to coordinate teaching and develop programming
  • Developing tutorials and research guides based on student and curricular needs
  • Promoting RIT’s institutional repository to the College of Liberal Arts faculty and graduate students
  • Serving on RIT Libraries committees
  • Participating in professional associations or organizations

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from ALA-accredited program of library or information science
  • 1-2 years professional reference experience in an academic, public or special library
  • 1-2 years experience in information research skill instruction
  • 1-2 years familiarity with information resource structures and core resources in appropriate disciplines
  • 1-2 years experience with selection of curricular-based materials
  • Reference interview skills
  • Working knowledge of major online information services
  • Working knowledge of discipline specific database services
  • Public speaking and presentation skills
  • Ability to assess and integrate appropriate complex information technologies into the collection and instruction programs
  • Competencies in information, digital, and/or data literacies

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated aptitude and experience with relevant information technology, such as integrated library systems, LibGuides and Microsoft Office
  • Initiative to provide outreach to students, faculty, and other constituencies
  • Demonstrated understanding of principles and best practices of information literacy instruction
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the areas of social science and humanities research methodologies, data applications and statistical tools
  • Familiarity with information resource structures and core resources in the humanities, social sciences and the arts
  • Experience in selecting appropriate curricular-based materials for academic programs, and in the ongoing review of those materials

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Work Location

Henrietta Campus — 100%



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Required Application Documents

Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume

What do we believe at RIT?

Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. We are dedicated to building a diverse community, one where employees feel a sense of belonging, and are valued for their contributions and the perspectives they bring.

As a member of the RIT community, you'll receive a comprehensive employee benefits package that offers multiple options and access to additional employment advantages. You can tailor your benefit elections to meet your needs (affordable medical/dental/vision benefits; paid vacation/sick time/retirement saving plan with exceptional employer match; and tuition assistance for you and your family, to name a few).

How To Apply

In order to be considered for this position, you must apply for it at: Click the link for search openings and in the keyword search field, enter the title of the position or the BR number.
Review of applications begins April 14, 2024.

Additional Details

In compliance with NYS's Pay Transparency Act, the salary range for this position is listed above. Rochester Institute of Technology considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as, market and organizational considerations when extending an offer. The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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