Text courtesy of Laura Oanes, Director of University Library Services, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota invites applications for an Instruction and Outreach Librarian to be located either on the Twin Cities or Winona campus. The Instruction and Outreach Librarian enables students, faculty, and staff to become independent researchers through transformative individual and group instruction, delivered face-to-face and online. This position collaborates with faculty to teach students information literacy concepts, authors print and interactive web instructional materials, delivers user-centered reference, and performs circulation and back-up interlibrary loan services as needed.
The Saint Mary's University Libraries collaborate significantly across campuses, giving a motivated, innovative person the opportunity to partner and collaborate with colleagues in the Learning, Curriculum & Engagement team, serving both our undergraduate and graduate campuses.
In order to enable students and faculty to become independent researchers, this individual:
- Delivers user-centered instruction, face-to-face and online.
- Designs, assesses, and continuously improves instructional services, curricula, and web and print instructional materials.
- Collaborates with faculty to integrate information literacy concepts into courses.
- Provides user-centered and efficient reference via email, instant message, phone, and face-to-face consultations.
- Serves as a School liaison and on campus committees.
- Develops effective working relationships through committee, departmental, and School outreach.
- Consults on copyright and intellectual property issues, and creates copyright documentation.
- Identifies, evaluates, and selects electronic and print resources for the library.
- Collects data and trains staff on areas of primary responsibility (e.g., reference, instruction, etc.)
- Participates actively in library and university-wide meetings.
- Stays current on instructional and reference procedures, strategies, and technologies.
Essential Skills and Abilities
The ideal candidate will have the ability to:
- Create, deliver, and assess face to face and online information literacy instruction.
- Design engaging web and print instructional materials.
- Use technology to enhance learning.
- Anticipate and assess user needs.
- Develop and maintain collections for assigned liaison areas.
- Sustain and expand partnerships with faculty and students across the university.
- Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
- Work effectively with diverse students, faculty, and staff.
- Produce accurate and detailed work.
- Manage multiple tasks and priorities while meeting deadlines.
- Work independently and collaboratively in a self-directed and industrious environment.
- Use basic computer software, such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Office Suite.
- Learn instructional software, such as LibGuides and Articulate Storyline.
The successful candidate must support, respect, and advance the mission of Saint Mary's University as a Lasallian Catholic institution.
Education and Experience
- Master of Library Science degree from an American Library Association accredited institution
- Experience or education which demonstrates knowledge of information literacy instruction
- Demonstrated ability to participate in a collaborative work environment
- Possess qualities necessary for positive interaction with students, faculty and staff
- Information literacy teaching experience
- Experience assisting users with library databases, reference, and circulation inquiries
- Experience working in an academic library
- Experience with web authoring
- Experience using Alma or other library system; learning management systems (e.g. Canvas); discovery layers, such as Primo or EBSCO Discovery Service; instruction software such as Articulate Storyline, and Springshare products such as LibGuides, LibAnswers and LibWizard
All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.
To learn more and apply for this position, visit the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota website.