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Instruction & Accessibility Librarian (Faculty)

  • Post Date:October 23, 2019
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  • Offered Salary 40,000 - 60,000
    Employer Name Montana State University Library
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, USA
Job Description

The MSU Library seeks a collaborative, empathetic, and creative individual to fill the position of Instruction & Accessibility Librarian. The person in this position will:

*Advance diversity and inclusion through the lens of accessibility.

*Serve a key role in fulfilling the library’s core value of building spaces and services that are accessible to all.

*Serve as an internal advocate by leading efforts in education and awareness-building around accessibility.

Responsibilities include:

          • *Training and educating library staff to ensure basic competencies in the creation of accessible content.
    • *Support functional specialists in the library on accessibility issues surrounding instructional technology, web content, machine comprehension, and access to library spaces and collections.
    • *Work with stakeholders within and outside the library to ensure that library resources, policies, documentation, and services are accessible and compliant with guidelines established by the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.
  • Develop engaging information literacy instruction and serve as a role model for incorporating universal design for learning (UDL) in instruction.

This role serves a critical function in the Learning and Research Services department, the “access hub” of the MSU Library. As such, the successful candidate will be an effective teacher who takes a collaborative, instructional approach to all aspects of the work. We seek an individual who is empathetic in their approach, likes to teach and work directly with people (primarily students), embraces the core ethos of Universal Design for Learning, and a strong interest in and desire to work with learners from diverse backgrounds. All these attributes will assist in developing the library’s instructional offerings, supporting existing users, and more effectively reaching new and existing audiences. Reporting to the Head of Learning and Research Services (LRS), the individual in this role will work closely with library instructional faculty, LRS staff, students, and faculty campus-wide. Because this is a new position, it would be expected that the person in the role work with the department head and others to create a roadmap and outline what the specific work will look like over the next 1-5 years.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Actively work with and advocate for diverse student populations to assess their needs with regards to library services, spaces, and content access.
  • Provide direct instruction to students, staff, and faculty via research consultations, library instruction, workshops, and/or credit-bearing courses.
  • Work with stakeholders in the development of library accessibility policies, documentation and training.
  • Maintain an ongoing current awareness of national trends related to accessibility in higher education, with an emphasis on learning and instructional services; evaluate those trends for applicability to MSU and lead in their implementation.
  • Represent the library on campus committees focused on accessibility, to further the instructional technology mission and reach of the library.
  • Pursue an active and integrated plan for professional development, research, publishing, and service to meet retention, tenure, and promotion requirements.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree from an ALA (American Library Association) accredited graduate program upon date of hire.
  2. Demonstrated ability to teach in a variety of contexts, such as library instruction sessions, workshops, or credited courses.
  3. Demonstrated experience fostering collaborative relationships.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Knowledge of accessibility and UDL best practices in a higher education and academic library environment.
  2. Previous experience working in a library instruction and/or public services role in a library.
  3. Knowledge of pedagogical best practices, trends, and assessment with a particular focus in UDL, educational accessibility, and information literacy.
  4. Project management experience.
  5. Practical knowledge of web accessibility best practices, technologies, and policies.
  6. Demonstrated experience that reflects commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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