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SUNY Cobleskill – Visiting Information Literacy Librarian

About SUNY Cobleskill: The State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill is an accredited polytechnic college that is primarily baccalaureate and residential. SUNY Cobleskill is one of few institutions in the United States where an undergraduate student may also choose to earn an associate degree. The College has an enrollment of approximately 2,500 students in 52 programs divided into two schools – Agriculture and Natural Resources; Business and Liberal Arts & Sciences. An economic engine for rural New York, SUNY Cobleskill is home to a wide array of extended learning and professional development opportunities.

Job Description: The Van Wagenen Library invites applications for the position of Visiting Information Literacy Librarian. This appointment is for the term of early August 2013 to May 10, 2014.

As a campus hub, the Van Wagenen Library is committed to the innovative integration of information literacy into the College curriculum. We maintain a strong focus on student success and we are motivated to continuously develop our library as an inviting and useful space. The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and the Center for Academic Support and Excellence are also housed within the Van Wagenen Library.  These centers focus on supporting faculty’s use of technology, and offer multi-disciplinary tutoring services to our students. We have a well-established information literacy program that works in close partnership with these centers. Additionally, the success of our program can be attributed to strong faculty-librarian collaborations. Our goal is to continue the success of this program through the development of creative and flexible online learning modules for integration into on-campus courses, blended/hybrid and online courses.

The Van Wagenen Library provides a broad set of services to a large community so a candidate who demonstrates a commitment to and an enthusiasm for supporting a diverse student, staff, and faculty body is critical.

The Information Literacy & Reference Librarian will lead and coordinate information literacy sessions for individual classes ranging from library orientations to creating course integrated in-depth research online modules. Additionally, this position will maintain scheduled reference service shifts, and take on other duties as assigned.

Requirements: The Library desires that the successful candidate will bring:

  • Strong knowledge of digital technologies and their potential to enhance information literacy; and a willingness to creatively use this knowledge to integrate information literacy modules into both on campus and blended courses
  • Enthusiasm to represent the library through excellent public services
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and excellent written communication
  • The successful candidate for this position should be actively enrolled in a Masters program in information studies or have a Masters degree from an ALA accredited information studies program.  Coursework, or an internship, or academic work experience in information literacy or reference services are required.  Work scheduling can be made to accommodate graduate school commitments.
  • This position requires the ability to work some scheduled nights and weekends.

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