About the Department
The mission of the Instruction and Engagement Services department is to support the instructional, and research needs of the students, faculty, and staff of the FAU community. Driven by a focus on the library’s primary users, FAU’s students, the Instruction and Engagement Services librarians provide individual and group instruction and other programming utilizing innovative and traditional tools designed to foster lifelong learning, intellectual curiosity, and critical thinking skills. Working hand-in-hand with faculty from the Colleges, the Division of Research, and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Instruction, the librarians actively engage in and support the research aspirations of the University.
The department is currently staffed by six instruction and engagement librarian positions. The department maintains primary offices within the Wimberly Library on the Boca Raton campus.
Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Libraries seeks a proactive, enthusiastic, and creative Instruction & Engagement Librarian to engage and collaborate with faculty, staff, and students around current and emerging technologies, services, and resources.
Reporting to the Head, Instruction & Engagement Services Department and working closely with the Assistant Dean for Public Services, the position of Instruction & Engagement Librarian provides introductory and in-depth orientation to library services and resources for students and faculty using exhibitions, public programming, classes, online tutorials, social networking, and other innovative techniques to engage the community.Utilizing a proactive, user-centric service model, the mission of the department is to engage actively and collaborate with the FAU community and support its instructional and research needs in traditional and innovative ways. Instruction & Engagement Librarians participate in selection of library materials, liaison with academic and student support units, reference (both virtual and in-person), and instruction. Working closely with the Broward County Public Library in Fort Lauderdale, this position also provides services to FAU faculty and students based in Fort Lauderdale through face-to-face and remote interactions.
- Actively contribute to innovative library engagement, providing instruction for courses, workshops, and programs.
- Participate in FAU programs and events that promote student recruitment, academic preparedness, and graduation.
- Participate in the on-call reference service model, with assigned hours for the statewide Ask a Librarian online reference service.
- Develop subject/discipline promotional materials that effectively communicate the library’s resources to the community utilizing LibGuides, online tutorials, and other media.
- Work closely with library colleagues on community outreach and development activities.
- Actively engage with university and library colleagues to ensure current collections meet the needs of the FAU community and support the University’s and Libraries’ mission and strategic plans
- Participate in academic liaison activities in assigned subject areas, including support for scholarly communication and awareness and use of open educational resources.
- Coordinate with the staff of the Broward County Main Public Library in Fort Lauderdale to satisfy the research and instructional needs of FAU faculty and students on the Fort Lauderdale campus.
- Contribute to the development and strengthening of a positive view of the FAU Libraries as an active partner in the University’s educational and research mission and assist with promoting the Libraries’ needs and services.
- Investigate opportunities to carry out, publish, and present original research and projects that are related to the area of expertise.
- Serve on appropriate Libraries, University, regional or national committees.
- MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent.
- Minimum one to two years experience in an academic library.
- Evidence of ability to work independently and collaboratively as both a team member and a team leader where consultation, flexibility, creativity, collaboration, and cooperation are essential.
- Evidence of excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
- Evidence of ability to use information technologies for effective communication and work productivity.
- Demonstrated initiative and strong interpersonal skills with a high level of professionalism and exceptional work ethic.
- Experience delivering reference in an academic library in all formats (face-to-face, chat, email, consultations, and through other technologies).
- Experience in teaching and facilitating the learning of individuals from diverse backgrounds and levels of readiness.
- Experience in integrating diversity, pluralism, and inclusion into library practices, or equivalent transferrable skills
- Ability to analyze and adapt to change in an ever-evolving and rapidly growing institution.
- Demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning and to contributing to the profession through scholarly research and communication and significant service.
- Experience working in a multi-campus environment or in multi-institutional consortia.
- 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.
- Knowledge of current trends in instruction and outreach relevant to academic libraries.
- Experience using learning management systems, preferably Canvas.
Position is a non-tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant University Librarian or Associate University Librarian on a 12-month contract. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. The Libraries provide a high level of funding for professional development, including conference attendance, webinars, and workshops. Florida Atlantic University offers an excellent benefits package. Please see http://www.fau.edu/hr/Benefits/index.php for benefits information.
Established in 1964 as the first public university in southeast Florida, FAU currently serves 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on six 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.
About the Libraries
FAU Libraries house approximately 3.7 million items and provide access to over 80,000 electronic journals, nearly 500 databases, and a growing collection of e-books and streaming videos. The Libraries house many distinctive collections including artist's books, sound recordings, print music, rare books and manuscripts, and University Archives. The Digital Library creates online collections from unique materials housed in Special Collections and University Archives and also serves as the University's repository for the intellectual output created on campus.
The Libraries offer multifaceted instructional services including workshops, research consultations, tutorials and webcasts as well as broad-based creative outreach programming that encourages student and public engagement. The Libraries maintain formal relationships with the State’s university and college libraries (through the Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative of the Florida Virtual Campus) and multi-type libraries in the region through the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN). The Libraries have an annual budget of approximately $8 million with over 90 faculty and staff to support its mission.
The Libraries have just completed a revision to their mission and strategic goals and are entering a new phase of implementation. Playing a leadership role in effective use of technology across the University, the main library has three open-use computer labs, a GIS lab, a virtual reality lab, and is about to open a multi-disciplinary artificial intelligence lab in conjunction with the Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Laboratory.