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Head of Research Commons

Company: University Of Maryland - Baltimore County
Location: College Park
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Job Description:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation's legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation's capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world. As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University of Maryland Libraries serve more than 37,500 students and 4,200 faculty of the flagship College Park campus. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. Its role as a key academic resource is evident in its service to the academic community and its actionable strategic plan. Recent membership in the Big Ten Academic Alliance is particularly meaningful to the University Libraries and will further propel the university's ascendancy in academic excellence. The University of Maryland Libraries are committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We support university and library efforts to create a more just campus environment, understanding the unique, interdisciplinary focus of libraries and archives as collectors and curators of the historical, literary, artistic, and scientific record. We provide collections, services, and programs that reflect the diversity of our community, heighten cultural awareness, and incorporate the histories, experiences, and expressions of those who have been historically marginalized and/or underrepresented. We work to ensure equitable access to our facilities, resources, and services. Position Summary/Purpose of Position: This is a full-time permanent status track librarian position in the Research, Teaching, and Learning Department with responsibilities for overseeing the Research Commons. The Head of RC will expand on the educational mission of RC, including development and coordination of workshops and events; maintaining and developing services for researchers of all levels, from undergraduate students through faculty, (for example, IRROC and copyright assistance); putting forward marketing campaigns to promote RC; establishing measures and assessments in determining value; and assuming leadership for the development and support of a cohesive digital scholarship service, incorporating GIS , data visualization, data research and OER in accordance with the Libraries' strategic priorities. The Head of RC will advise and contribute to the developments of commons models across the University of Maryland Libraries, including those at STEM , MSPAL , and TLC units, and provide leadership to their unit by supervising RC staff members. Duties include actively engaging with colleagues across the Libraries and the campus community in developing and maintaining partnerships, services, and spaces; developing a strong understanding of research needs on campus in order to enhance service models; creation of assessments to determine awareness of the services, overall satisfaction, and suggestions for improvement; drafting strategic goals for the Research Commons; developing a plan for the comprehensive and coherent digital scholarship services. The Head of RC actively participates in services and collections related activities for assigned subject responsibilities, including collection development and management, provides instruction and in-person and virtual reference services, and promotes services available through the Libraries. The Head of RC is an active member of Research and Academic Services ( RAS ) division, contributing to divisional initiatives and leading specific projects in collaboration with other RAS units (e.g., TLC ), and with other units in the Libraries (e.g., Digital Programs and Initiatives). In addition, the librarian works with the Director of RTL and other RTL unit managers to enhance cooperation between units and to develop and maintain a departmental culture that is inclusive, equitable, diverse, customer-centered, and responsive to changes happening in academic libraries and higher education. For the full position description and faculty requirements, please go to http://www.lib.umd.edu/hr/employment-
opportunities/staff-faculty-positions. Minimum Qualifications: Education:
Master's degree in library science from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association or equivalent professional degree with relevant library experience. Experience:
-Three years of professional experience in an academic research library with demonstrated increase in responsibilities.
-Demonstrated experience working effectively and creatively with academic faculty, students and library faculty and staff.
-Experience with research/information and instructional services, particularly in developing large-scale instructional programs.
-Experience or aptitude for developing new research-based programs and services with broad appeals to large and diverse audiences.
-Experience or aptitude with digital tools, data collection, data visualization, data research, and web and information technologies.
-Experience with open educational resources ( OER ), open access and academic integrity.
-Experience or aptitude to plan, deliver and maintain complex projects and strategic initiatives.
-Experience with designing measures and assessments to determine value, experience with a variety of assessment tools.
-Subject background in assigned disciplines demonstrated through academic degrees, course work, or substantive experience. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
-Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.
-Ability to maintain web pages, calendars, and other productivity tools.
-Ability to develop and articulate clear expectations and guidelines for a complex work environment within Research Commons.
-Demonstrated ability to inspire and mobilize others.
-Understanding of current and emerging trends in academic libraries.
-Excellent oral and written communication skills, including established record of published scholarship.
-Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to function independently and in groups, build and maintain relationships with partners and library staff.
-Demonstrated commitment to fostering a just, equitable, and inclusive workplace evidenced through work experience, education, professional development, professional service and/or scholarship. Strong commitment to the principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Preferences: Education:
Advanced degree is strongly preferred. Experience:
-Demonstrated understanding of instructional design, student-centered teaching practices, and student learning assessment, including the ability to design assessments, analyze results, and implement evidence-based changes.
-Experience or understanding of data research and/or data visualization.
-1-year supervisory experience in an academic setting.
-Demonstrated record of providing managerial support and mentoring for a variety of positions, particularly in mentoring Graduate Assistants and other emerging professionals. Additional Certifications: Faculty Requirement:
This position is appointed to Library Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant's experience and relevant credentials. Library Faculty at the University of Maryland must demonstrate accomplishments and/or evidence of potential for future accomplishments in three areas: 1) librarianship, which includes the assigned area(s) of responsibility and professional development; 2) service, which includes participation in library, university, local, and national committees and professional organizations beyond the assigned area(s) of responsibility; and 3) research, scholarship, and/or creative activities, which includes self- directed inquiry and results dissemination to advance the state of the profession. Library faculty who are successful in meeting these criteria are awarded continuous employment in the form of Permanent Status. For additional information on faculty status at the University of Maryland Libraries, consult: https://www.president.umd.edu/policies/2014-ii-100b.html. Additional Information: Posting Date: 01/27/2021 Closing Date: Open Until Filled Yes Best Consideration Date 02/27/2021 Physical Demands Extensive use of the computer. Normal office environment. May require some travels between buildings. Diversity Statement: The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of References (no emails sent from system) Optional Documents
  • Resume Posting Specific Questions Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
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