Emory University Head, Instruction and Engagement & Subject Librarian for English in decatur, Georgia


The Emory Libraries seeks a dynamic professional to provide leadership and planning for all aspects of library instruction and engagement and serve as the subject librarian to English. The ideal candidate will be able to work successfully in a collaborative environment with subject and scholarly communications librarians participating in instruction and engagement. The candidate will also supervise one librarian and student(s).

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director, Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications Division, the Head of Instruction and Engagement leads the Library’s efforts in planning, implementing and managing an information literacy and engagement program. This includes working with Emory colleagues including subject librarians, scholarly communications librarians, and teaching faculty to meet curricular needs by developing a sustainable and effective educational program that includes both traditional and online formats and is learner-centered and pedagogically sound. The Instruction and Engagement Head provides leadership for all aspects of instruction-related policies, procedures, and practices that support student learning and assesses programs in relation to student success. In addition, this position liaises and partners with colleagues in the Writing Program, in Teaching and Learning Technologies, the team that manages the learning management system Canvas, and in the Instructor Development Community of Practice.

As subject librarian for English, the librarian will be involved and engaged in the entire life-cycle of research, teaching and learning processes, providing a full range of subject specific library services to include collection development, consultation, instruction, reference services, and assessment. The librarian will collaborate with and support faculty in course-specific ways, including providing point of need instruction sessions and assignments, research guides and/or tutorials. The Librarian will work to create and sustain strong relationships with the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, & Rare Book Library and Emory’s Center for Digital Scholarship to engage in evolving campus digital scholarship initiatives.

Key Responsibilities & Duties

  1. Responsible for overall planning, development, implementation, promotion, and assessment of library educational programs including library orientation, course-integrated sessions, and information literacy sessions for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty development offerings for faculty.

  2. Coordinates and works collaboratively with subject and scholarly communications librarians to facilitate their involvement in overall library instruction services and participates in the activities of the Instructor Development Community of Practice (ID-COP).

  3. Coordinates and promotes library instruction services to the campus community and to faculty and students by working collaboratively with campus entities such as Emory College of Arts & Sciences Academic Support departments, the Writing Program, the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, and others that support undergraduate and graduate education and faculty development.

  4. Coordinates instruction efforts with Teaching and Learning Technologies including integration of library resources within Canvas, the learning management system.

  5. Coordinates outreach and engagement efforts with other university entities (e.g. initiates partnerships, serves on College-wide committees, etc.) to integrate library resources and services into the programming of those units.

  6. Plans and implements training and professional development opportunities for subject and scholarly communications librarians on all aspects of library instruction, including theory, pedagogy, best practices, and available resources.

  7. Develops and maintains working knowledge of instruction and engagement services and programs in other Emory libraries (Goizueta Business Library, Woodruff Health Sciences Library, Rose Library, Law Library, Oxford Library, and Theology Library) to facilitate communication and collaboration.

  8. Performs other duties related toInstruction and Engagementas needed to accomplish the goals of the department, division, and library.

  9. Serves as the department head for Instruction and Engagement with programmatic responsibility for functional areasand direct supervision of 1 FTE librarian and student(s).

  10. Serves as a member of the management team within the Research, Engagement and Scholarly Communications Division.

  11. Works with direct reports to coordinate recruitment, hiring, orientation, training, supervision, and evaluation of staff and student employees. Coaches, mentors, and counsels both direct and indirect reports in order to develop staff in a positive and proactive manner ensuring individuals have opportunity to develop broad knowledge of library operations and services as well specialized skills. Works with LITS HR staff to develop specific training for staff based on need and participates in succession planning and management initiatives as appropriate.

  12. Responsible for developing and maintaining up-to-date librarian position responsibilities statements and library staff job descriptions for staff within department. Reviews requests for new positions and reclassifications and submits to University Librarian for consideration. Works with LITS HR staff to facilitate reclassifications.

  13. Conducts annual performance evaluations for direct reports and oversees annual process within the department/unit ensuring that annual evaluations are conducted in a timely manner and submitted on time in accordance with campus and library policy.

  14. Establishes and maintains communication with department/unit staff to facilitate the work of the library and ensure library staff is informed of library activities and initiatives.

  15. Serves as primary liaison to and actively develops professional relationships with faculty, students and staff in English.

  16. Plans and delivers innovative reference and instruction services; teaches research tools and skills relevant to the discipline.

  17. Collaborates with faculty to achieve information and digital literacies and archival pedagogy learning outcomes in course-specific ways.

  18. Provides in-depth, specialized consultation in support of the entire research lifecycle.

  19. Develops content for subject-based web pages.

  20. Assists faculty engaged in digital scholarship projects and teach and learning with technology initiatives; collaborates as needed with Emory’s Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) and Academic Technology Services.

  21. Partners with other libraries, especially research services in Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, Rare Book Library, to promote teaching and research of primary evidence materials.

  22. Contributes to University efforts to assess and promote institutional scholarship.

  23. Develops and manages excellent electronic, multimedia, and print collections in English literature to support the research and teaching needs of the Emory University community.

  24. Promotes resources using current tools and technologies.

  25. Collaborates with colleagues in related fields to acquire materials, especially the curators in Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, Rare Book Library.

  26. Provides marketing and assessment of library services.

Professional Responsibilites

  1. Participates in professional and scholarly associationsand organizations including maintaining membership and/or accreditation; attending meetings, conferences, and workshops; and serving in appointed or elected positions.

  2. Maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to primary job assignment as well as maintains general knowledge of current trends in higher education, academic libraries, and information and educational technology.

  3. Provides reference assistance to Emory students and faculty, visiting scholars, and the public as needed and assigned.

  4. Adheres to guidelines outlined in the Handbook Governing the Librarian series for Faculty-Equivalent Librarians to ensure appointment, appointment renewal and promotion-in-rank

  5. Participates in library and campus committees as appropriate for service purposes.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent education and experience (subject expertise).

  • Minimum 5 years of academic library experience.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with instruction, information literacy, and assessment of library services and resources.

  • Demonstrated experience coordinating/implementing an instruction program.

  • Demonstrated experience with technology and tools for research and teaching.

  • Familiarity with new technologies, such as text-mining, network analysis, data-visualization, and other digital applications relevant to the study of English literature and their use in pedagogy.

  • Commitment to user-centered library services.

  • Strong understanding of the key issues and trends in instruction, collection development, research, and reference in the subject area of English.

  • Knowledge of scholarly communication issues and trends within the literature disciplines.

  • Evidence of excellent communication, public speaking, teaching, writing and analytical skills.

  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.

  • Demonstrated willingness to respond to new opportunities with initiative, creative energy, and leadership.

  • Evidence of active participation, involvement, and leadership in local, state, regional, national, or international professional or scholarly associations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Practical knowledge of ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

  • Advanced degree in English Literature or related discipline.

  • Experience working with ALMA, vendor sites, like YBP’s GOBI, LibGuides, LibAnswers, and other assessment tools.

Additional Details

Interested candidates should review the applications requirements and apply online

Applications may be submitted as Word or PDF attachments and must include:

  • Cover letter of application describing qualifications and experience;

  • Current resume/vita detailing education and relevant experience; and

  • On a separate document list the names and relationships, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 professional references including a current or previous supervisor.

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Job Number 20206

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division LITS: Library and IT Services

Department LITS: Scholarly Communications

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Required Documents Cover letter, Letter of Interest, List of References

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled