This position embraces, supports, and contributes to the vision and goals of the Vanderbilt University Strategic Plan in the pursuit of excellence in learning and discovery by providing, as subject librarian, professional research instruction, information consultation services, and collection development and maintenance for the Departments of Leadership, Policy, & Organizations and Teaching & Learning in Peabody College. The broad scope of responsibilities for this position include outreach, teaching and learning, research services, scholarly communication, and leadership, all of which may vary over time to reflect strategic initiatives.
This position reports to the Director of Peabody Library. Professional staff are expected to support and participate in system-wide library committees or other strategic initiatives as an integral component of their responsibilities.
The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries at Vanderbilt University comprises nine libraries, as well as service departments in collections services, digital scholarship & scholarly communications, information technology and digital services, and teaching & learning. We seek to create a welcoming environment and serve as a partner in research and scholarship. The libraries are dynamic places for faculty, staff, students, and alumni to reflect and discover. We also strive to be a workplace in which staff at every level continuously grow in knowledge and skills, staying abreast of advances and trends in librarianship to power relevant, vibrant research libraries.
The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries are fundamental to the university's goal of advancing scholarship and learning. We collect, preserve and make accessible a wide variety of resources, we partner with faculty and students to shape research, and we encourage the development of informed scholars and engaged citizens.
The Peabody Library is the primary library for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in the Peabody College of Education and Human Development, as well as students from a variety of other disciplines.The library's staff is made up of a library director, subject librarians, and library staff that provide outreach and support for Vanderbilt faculty, students, and university staff in the areas of research and teaching. Peabody Library functions as a distinct operational facility, positioned within the larger structure of the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries system.
Duties and Responsibilities
As Subject Librarian for Leadership, Policy, & Organizations (LPO) and Teaching & Learning (T&L):
Provides individual research consultations to faculty/students on request
Promotes library services and resources through outreach activities, campus engagement, and event planning
Actively and systematically engages with faculty and students in LPO and T&L, in addition to working with librarians and faculty in other disciplines
Participates in and helping grow an information and digital literacy program that is integrated into the curriculum
Develops and teaches course-related instruction sessions, workshops, and participates in Peabody Library orientation sessions for new students
Creates online learning objects to provide research support to both on-campus and online students
Responds to all inquiries or requests from faculty/staff/students from the liaison departments
Participates in collection development for LPO and T&L and participates in collaborative decision making for shared Peabody Library collections
Communicates with other library staff as needed in relation to collections, gifts, weeding, and other material decisions
Participates in staffing the Peabody Library service desk, as needed
Develop and deliver innovative consultation services drawing on established and emerging computational research methods.
Regularly present, publish, and/or otherwise contribute to the profession of library science and/or related disciplinary areas
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
Master's degree in Library or Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association, or international equivalent, is necessary.
Advanced subject degree is preferred.
At least 2 years of experience in academic libraries is necessary.
A combination of expertise and experience from both the academic discipline(s) and library/information sciences is necessary.
A demonstrated ability to teach and present effectively and outstanding communication skills is necessary.
Familiarity with teaching information and digital literacy skills on a college campus.
Knowledge and/or interest in using emerging technologies to enhance the delivery of research instruction & information services.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on teams.
Ability to manage multiple priorities in a changing environment.
Educational background in an education-related discipline (K12, higher education, and/or education policy) is preferred.
Experience with online learning platforms and/or creating digital tutorials, videos, and research guides is preferred.
Knowledge of current research tools, trends, and issues including open educational resources, research impact, digital scholarship, data visualization, etc. is preferred.
Experience writing grant proposals is preferred.
About Vanderbilt Benefits
In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview.
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university's students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of "America's Best Large Employers" and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2019 (Forbes).
Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students.We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.
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About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.