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Assistant Librarian - University of Utah

Location: USA - UT - Salt Lake City

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) at the University of Utah invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty librarian at the Assistant Librarian rank. This position will impact health outcomes in two ways – improving equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) for the library and educating faculty, students, and staff in navigating the information landscape. Reporting to the Associate Director for Education and Research and in partnership with the Associate Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (AD_EDI), this position will work to create a culture where inclusion fuels innovation and quality as well as addresses health and educational inequities. They will assist with outreach and inclusion efforts that ensure the workplace environment attracts and promotes the success of diverse communities, and serve as a resource for underrepresented faculty, staff, and students.

They will be planning and teaching classes in curricular and extra-curricular sessions. They will use strategic and innovative instructional design techniques to insure high-quality, learner-centered instruction that will help learners develop their existing skills to find, evaluate, and use information effectively. They will partner with colleagues in each of these areas, sharing ideas and constantly improving their own and the team’s work.

The Assistant Librarian will serve along with a group of dedicated library staff and faculty. We are leaders, educators, advocates, and researchers in the University and community. We are a compassionate team of information professionals that support each other and our dreams, ideas, experiments, and professional successes. We believe in each other and in making a better, more just world through our work. We are a space of inclusion with a focus on anti-racism. Our department offers a nurturing environment of support where you can experiment with ideas and grow in your career. We seek qualified applicants who also bring perspectives and experiences that will enrich and strengthen our organization. We invite applications from candidates who may not have followed a traditional educational or professional path. We are interested in identifying and interviewing candidates who have experience with underserved or marginalized communities and communities of color and who are committed to advancing our mission to provide equitable access to information resources and providing a collection that authentically reflects the perspectives of diverse communities.

Responsibilities

  • Identify and work to reduce gaps and barriers that limit progress in the areas of EDI.
  • Engage in EDI outreach and partnering efforts, including instruction and orientation, to the wider university community.
  • Outreach to University of Utah NARI (Native American Research Internship) Program and AIRC (American Indian Resource Center), Black Cultural Center, LGBTQ+ Resource Center, and other campus or community-based organizations.
  • Develop and teach classes and workshops according to learners’ needs and the librarian’s expertise. Possible topics include: education about health disparities among at-risk groups, information literacy, information retrieval skills, and specialized educational or research software.
  • Develop and apply an anti-racist lens to educational strategies.
  • In collaboration with other library staff, embed library services and resources into health sciences curricula, research labs, and clinical settings.


Job responsibilities will be divided approximately as follows:

  • 80% - EDI, instruction, reference, and research support
  • 20% - personal research, service, and professional development


Requirements

  • Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited library/information school or other relevant accredited graduate degree.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and ability to situate their knowledge and experience in a social context.
  • Competencies to develop collaborative partnerships with EDI faculty campus-wide that includes exceptional communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to prepare faculty, staff, students, and trainees with evidence-based skills necessary to provide high-quality and high-value care in a world defined by cultural and intellectual diversity.
  • Willingness to teach faculty, staff, and students and create curricula that is relevant and timely to the needs of learners.
  • Interest and/or experience in developing, assessing, and delivering library instruction that seeks to improve lives through increased information literacy.
  • Comfortable learning new technologies and processes.
  • Evidence of potential to meet the professional requirements of a tenure-track position through research, librarianship, and service.
  • Due to University regulations, relocation to the Salt Lake City area is required, although the timeline may be flexible due to the pandemic.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Education or work experience in a health discipline.
  • One or more years’ experience working in an academic, hospital, or health sciences library.
  • Strong record of engagement with partners in equity, diversity, and inclusion at the institutional level.
  • Competency in working with historically marginalized groups
  • Familiarity working with anti-racism educational strategies and/or intersectional research in health inequities and disparities.
  • Experience providing instruction in an academic setting and proficiency with at least one reference management tool.
  • Knowledge of instructional design and evaluation of instructional programs that includes familiarity with learner-centered theories and methodologies.
  • Conversant with educational competency requirements in health professions and assessment of competencies.
  • Evidence of meeting the professional requirements of a tenure-track position through research, librarianship, and service.
  • Willingness to seek membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP). New and renewal membership paid by EHSL.

Application instructions:

Quick link for Posting is https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/126483

Review of applications begins January 14, 2022, and continues until the position is filled.

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