Liaison Librarians collaborate with faculty to provide learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. The person hired for this position will work with humanities, social sciences, professional programs or interdisciplinary programs. Liaisons engage in library instruction, research services, collection development, and scholarly communications outreach in their assigned areas, as well as provide support to the first-year writing program. They demonstrate a commitment to student success, an understanding of the liberal arts education mission, and work collaboratively and independently within a dynamic, team-based organization. They will report either to the Head of Liberal Arts Programs and be located on the Allendale Campus or to the Head of Professional Programs and be located on the Grand Rapids Campus.
These positions will give the selected candidate the opportunity to:
CREATE— Liaison Librarians will identify and implement new and emerging trends, best practices, and models in instruction and research support as well as scholarly engagement. They develop projects that align with their areas of focus and anticipate the future needs of the Libraries.
COLLABORATE— Liaison Librarians work collaboratively to ensure that our instructional and research services are meeting the needs of our users. They have opportunities to work with faculty, staff, and students across the University. We invite applicants who have a user-focused, innovative, and creative approach to their work.
GROW— GVSU Librarians are members of the university faculty with a 12-month appointment. Librarians engage in scholarship, professional development, and service to the organization and the profession. There are opportunities to work across the Libraries and the University to gain experience and knowledge about areas of our profession, with an emphasis on collaboration. Librarians at GVSU engage in faculty governance and participatory-style management practices. In addition, the successful applicant will gain a greater understanding of how to flourish in an academic setting.
GVSU and the GVSU Libraries have a culture that encourages professional growth and development. Funding and support for conference travel and the dissemination of scholarly output is provided by both the Libraries and the University via internal grants and mentoring. For more information on how GVSU supports travel and scholarship, please see the Pew Faculty Teaching and learning Center grants page at https://www.gvsu.edu/ftlc/grants-47.htm and the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence dissemination travel grant page at https://www.gvsu.edu/csce/dissemination-travel-grant-13.htm. Additionally, the State Library of Michigan offers Professional Development Grants for Librarians.
Master's Degree awarded by or before December 2019 from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) or from a program in a country with a formal accreditation process as identified by ALA
Ability to function productively and with flexibility in an evolving environment
Ability to work independently and collaboratively
Strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy
Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion as well as a focus on user needs and experience
Confident humility – the ability to simultaneously acknowledge one’s own and others’ expertise and values
Self-starter – identifies work to be done and pursues that in line with the organization’s needs
Curiosity – self-identifies and pursues the need for new skills and knowledge
Knowledge of or experience with collection development
Knowledge of or experience developing and delivering instructional programming
Experience using research tools and knowledge of teaching information literacy
Ability to learn and use new instructional technologies
Campus: Grand Valley State University Libraries is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance. GVSU is a public four-year comprehensive university located in west Michigan with campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids and Holland, plus centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 24,000 students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of over one million, is rich in cultural amenities, and in easy driving distance of superb summer and winter recreational venues. For more information visit our FAQ: https://gvsu.edu/library/hiring
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
How to Apply: Go http://jobs.gvsu.edu and search for Visiting Librarian. Please include your cover letter, CV/resume, unofficial transcript or evidence of degree in progress and a statement of inclusion [this should be a statement of committment to inclusion and equity]. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.
Grand Valley State University educates students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. The university contributes to the enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service.