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Family History, Local History, and Microforms Librarian-- Brigham Young University

posted May 4, 2017, 5:23 AM by Lars Hagelin
Job ID: 63708
Desired start date: 12/1/2017

Mission:

The mission of the Family History, Local History, and Microforms Librarian is 1) to provide specialized reference, advanced research assistance, and library instruction in family history, local history, and microforms, and other assigned areas as needed; 2) to work as the library liaison to faculty teaching and researching in the assigned areas; 3) to develop and manage collections for the library in assigned areas; 4) to supervise the activities of family history missionaries and volunteers; and 5) to participate in scholarship, creative works, and professional development activities.

Qualifications:
  • Master of Library Science (MLS) degree from an ALA-accredited institution. Individuals with related education or work experience and who are committed to completing the MLS within a specified period of time may be considered.
  • Additional advanced degree and/or experience with family and local history in an academic environment preferred.
  • Ability to provide advanced research assistance and to participate in outreach programs such as course-integrated instruction, exhibits, and presentations in assigned subject areas.
  • Subject expertise in assigned areas at sufficient levels to assess the curricular and research needs of the university and to build collections to meet those needs.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability and desire to interact with students, faculty, missionaries, and volunteers with excellent interpersonal skills enabling one to do so, including the ability to work collaboratively with these populations and with library colleagues.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Flexibility, including adaptability to changing organizational priorities and technological environments.
  • Demonstrated potential for leadership and for supervising other employees.
  • Technical skills including demonstrated familiarity with tools commonly used to conduct research in assigned areas.

Major Accountabilities:
University Citizenship
  • Exemplifies honor and integrity; adheres to the standards of personal behavior outlined in the BYU Code of Honor.
  • Observes library and university policies and supports the library and university mission, goals, and objectives.
  • Promotes collegiality and harmony.
  • Mentors, encourages, advises, and collaborates with colleagues.
  • Serves on library, university, and consortia committees that go beyond assigned responsibilities.
  • Attends department, library, and university meetings, including devotionals, forums, and convocations.
  • Serves the scholarly/professional community through activities such as: holding office and/or performing committee service in relevant scholarly and professional associations; organizing professional meetings and/or panels; serving as a referee of scholarship; editing newsletters or journals; serving on editorial boards; consulting; or teaching in academic departments.

Librarianship: Professional Assignment
  • Demonstrates effectiveness in serving as a liaison to family history faculty in the Departments of History and Church History through reaching out to faculty, developing collections and managing content in the assigned areas, promoting and providing instruction in information literacy, providing reference/research support, promoting and coordinating of projects to digitize collections as appropriate, and teaching courses in academic departments as requested and as appropriate.
  • Supervises the activities of all family history missionaries and volunteers.
  • Serves as the specialist for microform publications.
  • Stays abreast of trends and provides support for access to scanning equipment and other technology for microform and family history sources.
  • Sets and accomplishes relevant goals within specified professional assignments.
  • Participates in committees that are a direct outgrowth of assigned professional responsibilities
  • Achieves appropriate quantity and quality of work in assigned professional responsibilities.
  • Uses sound judgment in decision-making.
  • Manages personnel and resources effectively including submitting reports, keeping statistics, and managing appropriate budgets.

Librarianship: Professional Development
  • Stays abreast of issues and trends in academic librarianship, higher education, and scholarly communication.
  • Stays abreast of issues and trends in family history, local history, and microforms.
  • Stays abreast of scholarship in family history, local history, and microforms.
  • Takes courses to enhance professional assignment and/or career opportunities.
  • Studies professional literature.
  • Attends conferences and workshops.
  • Participates in appropriate professional associations.

Librarianship: Scholarship/Creative Work

  • Collaborates in appropriate research endeavours.
  • Presents research or innovative/unique information in the assigned fields of family history, local history, and microforms, and/or in the field of librarianship at conferences, workshops, seminars, and/or other professional meetings.
  • Publishes significant and original contributions relevant to librarianship and/or to family history, local history, and microforms.
  • Curates exhibits that highlight unique library materials with a unified theme and context, providing significant educational opportunities for the campus community.
  • Performs other approved scholarship/creative works.

Instructions to Applicants:

Document(s) required at the time of application - Please attach your updated Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter to the faculty application. Review of applications will begin June 19, 2017.

Information required at the time of application – Please list the contact information for three recommenders on the faculty application. They may be contacted and required to submit their letters of reference electronically at some point during the selection process.

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