Instructor II

University of Lethbridge - Lethbridge, AB (9 months ago)

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Job Title Instructor II
Rank Instructor
Tenure Information Probationary
Position Details
The University of Lethbridge Library seeks an energetic, student-focused, innovative, technology-savvy, and creative Instructor with experience/educational background working in a university library, and having keen interest in information literacy instruction. We are seeking to fill this vacancy as Probationary Appointment at the rank of Instructor II, subject to appropriate experience and qualifications. This appointment will commence on April 1, 2019, or an alternate, mutually agreeable date, subject to budgetary approval.

As one of Alberta’s four comprehensive academic and research universities, the University of Lethbridge offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Library advances the University’s strategic direction to excel as a comprehensive university through instruction, research support, collection development and community engagement programs that situate the Library as a vital teaching and research resource for all members of the University community. Joining the Library’s team will present the successful candidate with opportunities for professional growth as an Instructor at all levels of the curriculum, and in other areas of Library services delivery.

Reporting to the University Librarian and working collaboratively with colleagues, the successful candidate will perform a variety of types of instructional activity in Information Literacy, such as reference services, in-class subject area-specific Information Literacy instruction, and Library Science course instruction. Disciplinary knowledge and subject area expertise are open, but it is expected that the successful candidate will have a strong background in Liberal Education as part of their undergraduate degree programming. Further, a Master’s degree is preferred, with an M.L.I.S. degree or experience working in a university library being highly advantageous. The Library Academic Plan has a special focus on information literacy, as this links to Liberal Education at the University. Our team-based approach to instructional delivery necessitates some flexibility in the role.

The Library’s strong information literacy program promotes the University’s goal of providing high quality student learning experiences. Developed over many years this program, led by our professional librarian information literacy and instruction coordinator, is delivered in a variety of modes including library science credit courses, information literacy sessions embedded within other subject-specific courses, synchronous and asynchronous online sessions, a workshop-style instructional modality, and ad hoc reference service interactions of various types. The successful candidate will contribute to the continued development, assessment and delivery of the Library’s instructional programme, services and initiatives in information literacy instruction, and other areas. Aptitude for and interest in developing and performing coordination responsibilities, leadership roles, or special projects in particular aspects of Library operations are also valued, as catalysts to balanced career development.

This position will appeal to individuals who:
  • have strong instructional skills, and a passion for teaching;
  • work effectively both independently and as part of a team;
  • are eager to contribute to a wide range of Library initiatives in a medium-sized academic library; and
  • are ready to innovate, adapt and thrive in a dynamic, collaborative and diverse academic environment.
Instructors at the University of Lethbridge have status as academic staff members and, as such, are expected to maintain their pedagogic effectiveness through continuing attention to course work, course design and related activities. Some scheduled evening and weekend hours are also required.

Position qualifications:
Education/Experience
  • A Master’s degree and experience working in an academic library is required
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering relevant and reflexive information literacy instruction in collaboration with other academic staff, to promote student success and retention
Communication
  • Superior interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective and collegial working relationships with students, staff, and other academic staff members
  • Excellent presentation, teaching, and communication skills
Team/Work Style
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to collaborate effectively with staff at all levels and with people of diverse backgrounds, as part of a collegial team
  • Flexibility, innovation and the ability to meet the challenges of rapid changes in higher education
Service
  • A strong commitment to responsive, user-focused, and quality library services and to the provision of information resources that benefit a diverse community of users
Organizational/analytical/problem solving
  • Ability to manage successfully a variety of simultaneous tasks in contexts that may involve competing priorities and changing circumstances
  • Superior organizational skills and the ability to become an effective project leader within a collaborative environment
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with a demonstrated ability to deal with both quantitative and qualitative data
Other
  • Technical aptitude and an interest in using technology to improve Library services
  • An interest in contributing to important Library priorities such as Instructional Programme Development, Open Access publication, Research Data Management and the support/use of Open Educational Resources
Setting:
Located in Southern Alberta, near the Rocky Mountains, Lethbridge offers a sunny, dry climate which is surprisingly mild for the prairies, excellent cultural and recreational amenities and attractive economic conditions. Founded in 1967, the University has an enrolment of over 8,000 students and offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs through the Faculties of Arts & Science, Education, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, the Dhillon School of Business, the School of Liberal Education and the School of Graduate Studies.

The University Library, with a staff of over 40, has a collection in a variety of formats, an integrated approach to technology and services, and an emphasis on information literacy. For more information about the University and/or the Library, please visit our web site at www.uleth.ca and/or www.uleth.ca/lib.

The position is open to all qualified applicants, although preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. The University is an inclusive and equitable campus encouraging applications from qualified women and men including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and Aboriginal persons.

Please send a letter of application, your curriculum vitae, and have three referees write and send letters of support on your behalf by February 28, 2019 to:

Dr. Chris Nicol, University Librarian
The University of Lethbridge 4401 University Drive Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4
Telephone: (403) 329-2261 Fax: (403) 329-2234
E-Mail materials directly to: Ms Jacquiline Geneau, Administrative Assistant to the University Librarian (jacquiline.geneau@uleth.ca)

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Faculty University Library
Campus Lethbridge