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Associate Reference-Instruction Librarian - Palm Beach Atlantic University - West Palm Beach, FL

JOB SUMMARY

The Warren Library, of Palm Beach Atlantic University, invites well-qualified applicants to join its team of Librarians in the position of Associate Librarian. The position serves the library needs of students and faculty, and duties primarily include teaching information literacy sessions, providing reference services, and leading research consultations. Other responsibilities include collection development and liaison to academic areas. Evening and weekend rotation is required as part of the regular work schedule.

Since the founding of Palm Beach Atlantic University in 1968, the mission of the library has been to be “the central learning space for the Palm Beach Atlantic community. The current library was dedicated on January 26, 2007. It is a wonderful space filled with Florida sunshine that draws students to the books, publications, technology, and one another. While there are places for solitary study, the overall atmosphere of the Warren Library encourages conversation and collaboration. The comfortable three-story, 86,000-square-foot facility provides Wi-Fi access throughout and houses more than 220,000 volumes (print and online), 130 computers, seating for 647, and 24 study rooms. The Warren Library at Palm Beach Atlantic University also houses the senatorial papers and archives of Sen. George LeMieux.

Palm Beach Atlantic University is a comprehensive Christian university focused on enlightening minds, enriching souls, and extending hands. Its purpose is to offer a curriculum of studies and a program of student activities dedicated to the development of moral character, the enrichment of spiritual lives, and the perpetuation of growth in Christian ideals. The University is located in the tropical beauty of West Palm Beach, Florida, and the campus is situated on the Intracoastal waterway and across the waterway from Palm Beach, Florida. It is located within a vibrant business community and a diverse population.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Teaching both large classes and small groups information literacy and library research. Provides reference service and research consultation by ascertaining information needs, recommending search strategies and techniques, providing guidance on academic resources, and promoting critical thinking skills in the use of library resources.
  • Promotes information literacy through collaboration with faculty in determining learning objectives, teaching, and evaluation of instruction.
  • Provides library liaison services to faculty by promoting the full range of library resources and services to the faculty and administration of liaison areas, as well as representing their needs to the library.
  • Provides collection development services by serving as subject bibliographer in assigned subject disciplines by assessing the adequacy of the collections, consulting with faculty, working within budgetary limits to recommend additions, and suggesting withdrawals.
  • Maintains professional knowledge by attending educational workshops and webinars, reviewing professional publications, establishing a personal network, and participating in professional organizations.
  • Develops tools designed to give general and course-specific library resource guidance to students and faculty.
  • Contributes to the operation of the instructional team through cooperative effort, skills, and attitudes that are appropriate to the work of the group.
  • Participates in covering on-call, chat, and in-person reference assistance.
  • Participates in the rotation of evening and weekend library supervision as scheduled.
  • Engages in professional development activities to increase knowledge and skills in reference and research service.
  • Participates in regional, state, and national professional organizations.
  • Engages in an active life of scholarship appropriate to the instructional and service role of the academic librarian.
  • Serves on university and library committees as assigned.
  • Maintains an active presence in campus life, a local Christian congregation, and the larger community.
  • Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

A graduate degree in library science from an ALA - Accredited institution is required. An additional advanced degree within a discipline of the university's academic program is preferred. Previous experience in an academic library is required.

Qualified candidates must also demonstrate strong Christian commitment as evidenced by local church involvement and the ability to integrate faith with day-to-day job performance.

JOB APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS 

Applications for faculty/academic administration positions must include:

  • A letter of application
  • Your resume or curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial copies of all transcripts
  • Three letters of professional reference or a list of three professional references
  • Your statement of your teaching philosophy
  • Your statement indicating how you have previously or intend to intentionally integrate a Christian theistic worldview in the teaching/learning process
  • Completed & Signed (4 pgs included) Faculty Applicant Questionnaire (go to http://www.pba.edu/human-resources/faculty-admin-positions.html to download the questionnaire)

Only applications containing all seven documents will be forwarded to the appropriate search committee for review.