Established in 1964 as the first public university in southeast Florida, FAU currently serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students on multiple campuses located along Florida's beautiful southeast coast in Broward, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties. FAU has ten distinguished colleges that offer more than 180-degree programs, including the new Schmidt College of Medicine, and is home to one of the world's preeminent marine science education and research centers, the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. FAU is taking its place among the world's great research centers and has been given the designation of a "High Research Activity" university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. FAU was ranked 27th by U.S. News & World Report among all American universities for campus diversity, with 49% of its student body classified as minority or international students. In 2015, it earned the distinction of being a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution.
This is an exciting time to consider Florida Atlantic University Libraries. The Libraries are realigning their organizational structure and services to position them more strategically and effectively to support the current and future needs of Florida Atlantic University’s students, faculty, and the broader community. FAU Libraries are committed to developing and strengthening partnerships with the colleges and other units in support of the University’s mission of excellence and innovation in teaching, outstanding research and creative activities, public engagement and distinctive scientific and cultural alliances, as well as its strong commitment to the success of all students and opportunities for lifelong learning. The Libraries have articulated a new strategic plan
Reporting to the Head of Instruction and Engagement Services, the librarian in this position will actively engage with students and faculty to understand and effectively respond to their informational and research needs.
Working collaboratively with colleagues across the Libraries and the University in an on-call reference model, this position requires that the successful candidate be a strong presence in the campus community, building and maintaining close relationships with faculty and students in order to meet their teaching, learning, research, and publication needs.
The Instruction and Engagement Librarian will engage students in the learning process by providing face-to-face and online instruction sessions, workshops, online guides, and tutorials. The successful candidate will provide individual research assistance, including consultations to both students and faculty, participate in collection development, and serve as a liaison to campus groups and academic disciplines. This position will also serve as a 1/4-time library representative to the FAU Fort Lauderdale campus’ curricular programs, spending approximately 10 hours a week at the Broward County Public Library in Fort Lauderdale meeting with faculty and students or interacting with them remotely to gauge their needs and deliver services.
The successful candidate must be passionate about actively contributing to the academic success of FAU’s students and faculty through the advancement of library initiatives and services.
The Instruction and Engagement Librarian will work in a team environment and must have a commitment to continual learning and development through work-related experiences, training, and professional development. FAU Libraries are committed to enhancing and promoting diversity and inclusion, and we welcome applications from individuals who have life experiences similar to those of underrepresented populations of the University.
- Participate in the on-call reference service model, with assigned hours for the statewide Ask a Librarian online reference service.
- Actively contribute to innovative library instruction, providing instruction for courses, workshops, and programs.
- Participate in FAU programs and events that promote student recruitment, academic preparedness, and graduation.
- Create and maintain FAU Libraries subject and course guides in LibGuides or other media as appropriate.
- Participate in collection development and academic liaison activities in assigned subject areas.
- Coordinate with the staff of the Broward County Main Public Library, Ft. Lauderdale to satisfy the research and instructional needs of FAU faculty on the Fort Lauderdale campus.
- Master's degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited institution.
- Effective instruction and presentation skills.
- Strong communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to work in a team environment where consultation, flexibility, creativity, collaboration, and cooperation are essential.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects independently while meeting deadlines.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
- Minimum of two years of post-master’s professional experience in an academic library environment.
- Experience working in a multi-campus environment or in multi-institutional consortia.
- Demonstrated interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate’s value to the Libraries, the University, and the profession.
- A record of scholarship and contributions to the profession through peer-reviewed publications in librarianship or conference presentations at national or international library and/or related conferences.
- A record of professionally relevant service within a university or college, a state, a region, the nation, or internationally.