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International Studies Librarian

American University
Mitch, LA
Closing date
Jan 6, 2024

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American University Library invites applications from innovative, energetic, service-oriented librarians to fill a library continuing appointment faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate level beginning August 1, 2023. Rank will be dependent upon experience and stature in the field.

The International Studies librarian will be the point person for research assistance, information literacy instruction & collection development in support of the undergraduate curriculum in the School of International Studies (SIS) & will work in partnership with the Graduate Political Science & International Studies Librarian to support faculty research. The International Studies Librarian will work closely with the faculty & administration of SIS to ensure that the University Library is able to meet their research & pedagogical needs & to increase awareness of library resources & services. In collection development, the International Studies Librarian reviews & selects research materials to support faculty & student research in international studies & actively engages with vendors. This position provides high-level subject-specific research assistance to SIS faculty & undergraduate students, as well as basic research assistance to all students & faculty. The International Studies Librarian teaches subject specific instruction sessions & participates in the baseline information literacy instruction for all students. The International Studies Librarian creates appropriate online tools to support SIS students & faculty & supports interdisciplinary initiatives across academic units, for example research centers, that require expertise in international studies librarianship. This position serves on library cross-functional teams & participates in decisions that affect the overall research materials collection. The International Studies Librarian assists all relevant entities in self-studies & reaccreditation.

The International Studies Librarian is a member of Research, Teaching & Learning (RTL) & reports to the Associate Director of RTL. As a member of RTL, the International Studies Librarian also participates in broader initiatives as part of the library.

Library faculty members participate in university governance activities. The International Studies Librarian also consults regularly with SIS teaching faculty & administrators. The International Studies Librarian actively supports DEI initiatives within the University Library & within SIS. Continuing Appointment library faculty members are expected to contribute to the profession of librarianship, & to participate in campus-wide & library-wide activities.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Provide Information Literacy Instruction
  • Support SIS by teaching integrated information literacy sessions for undergraduate classes within SIS.
  • Work with SIS Faculty to develop instructional materials for information literacy, e.g. tutorials, course LibGuides, & rubrics.
  • As a liaison to SIS, work with appropriate committees, administrators, & faculty to incorporate information literacy learning objectives & intervention appropriately into the undergraduate curriculum.
  • Teach baseline information literacy skills to Writing Studies classes.
  • Participate in departmental information literacy initiatives as a member of RTL, e.g. walk-in workshops, assessment & analysis projects, & pedagogical explorations, other instruction as needed.

Provide Research Support & Outreach Services to the SIS Community
  • Partner with the SIS community to discover information resources & data through consulting with undergraduate students & faculty on research projects, providing research assistance, facilitating access to online resources, & finding information resources through individual consultations (in person & online) & through email.
  • Support any undergraduate student or faculty member, regardless of departmental affiliation, with consultations concerning advanced subject specific research requiring international studies information resources.
  • Provide consultations on best practices & resources to accomplish research activities.
  • Work with appropriate stakeholders to develop new library programs to best serve the research needs of SIS faculty & undergraduate students, such as services that support digital scholarship.
  • Participate in department-wide services to serving the broader AU community & public with basic research assistance.
  • Participate in outreach programs in person & online. Provide support & outreach to research centers.

Curate the International Studies Collection
  • Purchase materials required to support the curriculum of the SIS, the research of the faculty, & the long-term research needs of the university as related to resources related to international studies.
  • Appropriately de-select or cease subscriptions to international studies information resources in relationship to the budget, the curriculum, the research needs of the faculty, long-term commitments to the regional & national intellectual record, & trends in publishing.
  • Partner with the Graduate Political Science & International Studies librarian to ensure the collection also meets the graduate programs in SIS.
  • Serve on the library body that oversees the overall university library collection, excepting special collections & archives.

Develop & Manage Web Based Resources
  • Develop & maintain web pages related to international studies information resources & services on the LibGuides platform.
  • Consult with stakeholders on any changes to the enterprise systems that impact access to international studies information resources.

Other Duties
  • Potential supervisory responsibilities
  • The incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as operational needs arise.

Salary Range

$70,000-$75,000/ year

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