Warren Wilson College seeks applicants for a full-time, continuing Library faculty position in the Pew Learning Center & Ellison Library Division. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a comprehensive information literacy program and take primary responsibility for its delivery and assessment; coordinate the research support schedule and provide research support; and collaborate with fellow librarians in the strengthening and expansion of the library’s promotion of digital literacies within the College’s educational program. The position also includes responsibilities shared by all librarians, such as actively promoting the division’s programs and activities to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in our services, programming, and collections; populating the library’s digital repository with user-submitted content; and staffing the library during evenings and weekends. This is a full-time, continuing faculty position in an extended contract system.
The Pew Learning Center & Ellison Library (PLC), housing Ellison Library, the Writing Studio, a Sound Lab, a Creative Technologies Lab, a Media Lab, and the College Archives, serves as the intellectual crossroads of campus where a dedicated staff, a variety of learning spaces, and diverse physical and digital information resources facilitate learning, spark curiosity, and inspire discovery. The College’s values of social justice, sustainability, and diversity, equity, and inclusion are woven throughout the PLC’s services and operations and are reflected in the collections we curate. We seek candidates who are excited about collaborating with colleagues both within and beyond the PLC to expand our innovative and forward-looking programming and services and to strengthen our connections across campus and beyond.
Successful candidates will have evidence of excellence in and commitment to undergraduate information literacy instruction, a demonstrated commitment to professional growth and scholarship, and proven ability to collaboratively contribute to the PLC’s services and programs.
Instruction, Research Support, and Digital Literacies
Building on the library’s current instructional activities, develops a comprehensive information literacy program and takes primary responsibility for its delivery;
Collaborates with fellow librarians in the strengthening and expansion of the library’s promotion of digital literacies (locating, assessing, using, creating, and communicating digital content) within the College’s educational program;
Assumes, over time, a leadership role in the development of a digital literacies program offered by the library in collaboration with other campus units;
Is charged with the assessment of the library’s information and digital literacies programs;
Takes an active role in the assessment and any redesign of the general education curriculum as it pertains to research;
Explores the feasibility of developing a research support studio staffed by student research tutors;
Coordinates the research support schedule for library staff and serves as one of the primary providers of research support services to patrons.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae. The cover letter should describe how the position aligns with the candidate’s expertise and interests, and explain how, as a librarian, scholar, mentor, or community member, the candidate would contribute to Warren Wilson College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Electronic submission is required. Candidates who apply by February 5, 2021 will be given first consideration.
Warren Wilson College is an independent liberal arts college located on a beautiful 1135-acre campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the edge of Asheville, North Carolina. The college’s educational model integrates academics, campus work, and community engagement for a rich, challenging student experience. We seek individuals with a genuine interest in our unique approach to education, and a willingness to fully participate in the life of the college.
Warren Wilson College is committed to a culture of educational access and ensuring that students and employees from a diverse range of identities and experiences will thrive in this community. Warren Wilson College is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA accredited program?
Demonstrated excellence/aptitude in teaching
Demonstrated skills in and enthusiasm for information literacy and digital literacy work with groups and individuals?
Knowledge of in-person and virtual approaches to library instruction and research support services;
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI);
Demonstrated aptitude for learning new library technologies;
Track record of working collaboratively with colleagues;
Demonstrated commitment to professional growth and scholarship.
One to two years experience in an academic library at a college or university?
One to two years experience with information literacy programming?
One to two years experience with digital literacies programming;
One to two years experience with in person and virtual instruction;
One to two years experience with the assessment of information and digital literacy initiatives;
One to two years experience with developing virtual research support services (such as lib guides, embedded video, online chat, etc.);
One to two years experience supervising students in an academic setting;
Demonstrated experience exploring a research support studio, or an equivalent, staffed by student research tutors.
About Warren Wilson College
Welcome and thank you for your interest in a career at Warren Wilson College. Warren Wilson College is committed to ensuring that students from a diverse range of identities are able to access education. We recognize that to do so we need to ensure that our staff and faculty reflect a diverse range of identities, worldviews and backgrounds. As a college we particularly seek and welcome candidates from racial and ethnic minorities, women, and members of underrepresented groups. Warren Wilson College is the only national liberal arts college that fully integrates on-campus work and off-campus community engagement into its curriculum. In addition to its innovative experiential program, the College and its 750 students are known for their strong commitment to environmental sustainability, diversity and social justice. The college also features a top-ranked low-residency MFA Program for Writers and a summer-long Swannanoa Gathering of music and folk arts workshops. Recognized for dedication to inclusivity by the Princeton Review—No. 2 “most LGBTQ-friendly” in the nation—Warren Wilson College is a Fiske Guide “best buy” and among College Magazine’s “top 10 greenest campuses.” Undergradua...tes represent 46 states and 16 countries, and the College contributes more than 58,000 hours to the community through collaborations with 257 service partners. With sought-after majors in environmental studies, creative writing, global studies and outdoor leadership, Warren Wilson College is a community of scholars producing graduates ready to change the world.