The Librarian for Undergraduate Support (LUS) coordinates two programs: the First-Year student Librarian (FYL) program and the Peer Research Fellows (PRF) program. The FYL program connects librarians directly with incoming first-year students to serve as a friendly, welcoming first point of contact. This is a new venture, to build on a successful 2018 pilot. The PRF program trains and supports undergraduates (years 2 to 4) who live in the residential houses and provide direct support to their peers. This program is well established, and is in the process of expansion.
The LUS will join the Services for Academic Programs (SAP) department, reporting to the Head of Liaison and Orientation Services. (Details are at http://sap.library.harvard.edu) SAP includes close to 20 staff members and provides several services for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), the largest division of Harvard University. Relevant services include departmental academic support, structured instruction, walk-in and appointment-based assistance, orientations, tours, and online resources.
In addition to these two direct responsibilities, the LUS contributes to the overall functions of the Services for Academic Programs department by taking on instruction, liaison and virtual reference duties. The LUS works closely with campus support providers on undergraduate support, and coordinates with library colleagues to maintain a coherent support network.
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.·The LUS recruits, selects, and directly supervises the PRFs (up to twelve undergraduate students), and leads a group of four to six mentor librarians who train and support the PRFs. The LUS provides direction and coordination for program activities and handles outreach, assessment, and reporting. In collaboration with mentor librarians, the LUS periodically updates the training curriculum and consults with House Resident Deans and administrative staff. ·The LUS selects, supports and convenes the network of FYLs (up to 50 librarians from across Harvard Library) who each take on a small cohort of first-year students. The LUS manages the selection process each spring, conducts summer training for the FYLs and brings the FYLs together for meetings during the school year. The LUS provides leadership and support for the program, staying connected with the FYLs and helping manage regular outreach to the first-year students. ·The LUS participates actively in the programs and activities of the Services for Academic Programs department, taking on instruction and virtual reference responsibilities as assigned. The LUS plays a key role in the diversity and inclusion goals of Harvard Library. ·Serve as library liaison to a small set of departments and programs as assigned. Provide course-related instruction, small-group assistance, one-to-one research consultations, tours, orientations and online support materials. Integrate into the academic life of the departments and programs, finding creative ways to address needs and connect back with library priorities and initiatives. Actively seek to integrate research literacy into curricula. ·May supervise student employees (undergraduate and graduate students)
There are no notable physical demands associated with this position.
The work associated with this position is performed in an office setting.
Diversity and Inclusion at the Harvard Library
At the Harvard Library, our work is enriched by our diverse campus community. Our unique and wide-ranging abilities, experiences, and perspectives are integral to achieving Harvard University's mission of excellence in research, teaching, and learning for our patrons, our collections, and our workplace. We believe that an inclusive environment that cultivates and promotes understanding, respect, and collaboration across our diverse workforce enables our success. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to apply to be a part of our community of over 700 staff members. Our work with faculty, students and researchers to explore answers to intellectual questions, enduring and new, and to seek solutions to the world's most consequential problems, requires that we not only reflect, but also champion our diverse society. A global leader, the Harvard Library is a pre-eminent research library that acquires, disseminates, and preserves knowledge. Harvard's Library holdings range from traditional print collections to rapidly expanding inventories of digital resources. It is the work of the Harvard Library to provide the University's faculty, students, and researchers—now and in the future—with comprehensive access over time to all of these materials. Learn more about our contributions to the academic enterprise by visiting us at http://library.harvard.edu/objectives-priorities and about the Harvard University community athttps://hr.harvard.edu/why-harvard. The Harvard Library is a proud member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance.
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
·MLS from an ALA accredited graduate program, Masters in higher education, Masters in Instructional Technology or Masters in Learning Design required ·Minimum 2 years of experience in an academic library setting ·Experience working directly with undergraduate students
· Additional subject Master's degree preferred.
· Experience managing events and programs for undergraduate students.
· Strong verbal, listening, writing and interpersonal skills.
· Experience working in a large research library environment
· Strong program management skills with attention to detail
· Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively, connecting with peers to build momentum for new initiatives
· Ability to work with competing demands in a complex environment
· A commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse population.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 48534BR
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