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Outreach and Instruction Librarian - Baylor University - Waco, TX


JOB SUMMARY

The Baylor University Libraries seeks an Outreach and Instruction Librarian to provide exceptional, creative, and outward-facing patron-oriented services. Through innovating research, enhancing teaching and learning, and building communities this position will play an important role in the future of Baylor University Libraries and the Texas Collection & University Archives. This is an academic professional position with faculty status and position rank of either Assistant Librarian or Associate Librarian.
The Texas Collection & University Archives is a dynamic research library established in 1923 and devoted to collecting Texana in all formats. Chartered by the Republic of Texas in 1845, Baylor University’s history is deeply intertwined with the rich history, culture, and heritage of Texas. The Outreach and Instruction Librarian will demonstrate collaboration, vision, wisdom, and ingenuity in providing leadership for the library in outreach initiatives, instruction, and access to the library with a specific oversight of the map and print materials about Texas. A vital component of this position is expanding the sphere of influence of the Texas Collection & University Archives on campus among students and faculty as well as the greater community.
Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is the oldest college in Texas. With a population of around 21,000 students, Baylor is one of the top universities in the nation, and an R1 institution by the Carnegie Classification in 2022. Baylor is also on the honor roll of the "Great Colleges to Work For" from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Baylor offers competitive salaries and benefits while giving faculty and staff the chance to live in one of the fastest-growing parts of the state. Our strategic plan, Illuminate, guides the University as we continue to live up to Baylor's mission of educating men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.
The Baylor University Libraries support teaching, learning and research at Baylor University, and consist of the Moody and Jones Libraries; Armstrong Browning Library; Arts & Special Collections Research Center; Institute for Oral History; Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society; Library and Academic Technology Services; W. R. Poage Legislative Library; and The Texas Collection with over 2.5 million volumes, significant holdings in e-journals, e-books, databases, and other digital content (https://tinyurl.com/bulstats).

The Baylor University Libraries commit to increase diversity and recognize, value, respect, and empower all members of our community. We actively challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. We commit to a policy of equal opportunity to resources, services, and spaces for all persons. The library is a place where differences are welcomed, people are nurtured, all perspectives are heard, and every individual feels a sense of belonging (https://tinyurl.com/buldei).
 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership for outreach and instruction programming in collaboration with other ----Texas Collection & University Archives library personnel.
  • Provides creative leadership, collaboration, vision, and direction which facilitates access to and promotes use of the library, maps, and print materials by a broad and diverse audience.
  • Leads and coordinates reference services, answering questions in person and using social media.
  • Actively promotes use of materials by faculty and students, integrating information literacy concepts and skills into their curriculum.
  • Manages access services for the library.
  • Assists in maintaining successful relationships with potential donors of materials.
  • Makes recommendations to the Director regarding library collection development, and selections for digitization.
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues in Baylor’s Riley Digitization Center on digitization and curation of digital assets.
  • Remains current in emerging technologies used in special collections.
  • Pursues professional development opportunities through local and national conferences, meetings, and workshops and involvement in professional organizations.
  • Engages in library-wide initiatives through committees and task forces.
     

EDUCATIONAL/EXPERIENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

Required Job Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Experience using and promoting special collections.
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and a diverse clientele in a service-oriented, research-intensive environment.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively in an academic setting, with demonstrated -skills in oral communication, written communication, and interpersonal interaction.
  • Effective organizational, teaching and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated flexibility, creativity, and initiative in one’s work.
  • Ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects and competing priorities.
  • Commitment to continual development of professional knowledge and skills.
 
Desired Job Qualifications:
  • Certificate or concentration of study in library special collections.
  • Thorough knowledge of library and archival theory, methods, and practices.
  • Basic knowledge of preservation techniques.
  • Knowledge of rare book librarianship principles.
  • Experience working with rare books and special collections.

 

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