Preferred start date: Fall 2015
Biola University is a Protestant, theologically conservative, private Christian university located in Southern California. Biola is a community where all faculty, staff, and students are professing Christians committed to the integration of faith with learning. Biola is also committed to diversity and seeks employees who can contribute to multicultural understandings.
Biola University seeks an energetic and student-focused librarian to coordinate, assess, and provide instructional services at the Biola Library. The Information Literacy Librarian will report to the Assistant Dean of the Library and work collaboratively with a team of librarians and faculty to implement and assess a library instruction program that supports the mission and vision of the university.
Information Literacy and Instruction
• Provide leadership in developing, expanding, assessing, and promoting a curriculum-integrated information literacy instruction program.
• Take primary responsibility for teaching face-to-face library instruction sessions for general education courses, as well as upper level courses in assigned liaison areas.
• Collect statistics and assess the library instruction program to monitor progress and evaluate its effectiveness; report findings to organizations and accrediting agencies as necessary.
• Collaborate with other librarians to refine policies and procedures for library instruction.
Reference and Collection Development
• Provide in-person and online reference service to students, staff, faculty, alumni, and other members of the Biola community.
• Participate in the Liaison Librarian Program, which includes working with faculty to select and weed library materials in assigned liaison areas.
• Maintain collaborative relationships with Biola faculty in assigned academic departments to promote library resources and support faculty research.
• Develop research guides (currently LibGuides) and training materials; work with the Library Website Team to ensure their usability and online presence.
• Promote the intellectual growth of the Biola community and serve as a Christian scholar who integrates service, teaching, and scholarship with one’s commitment to the Christian faith.
• Serve on various library teams or task forces as assigned.
• Participate in university governance by serving on campus-wide task forces and committees.
• Keep abreast of current trends in information literacy instruction and contribute to the field of librarianship through reading professional literature, attending workshops and conferences, serving in professional organizations, or conducting research for publications.
• Pursue promotion in librarian rank and salary at appropriate times.
• MLIS or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited program.
• At least three years of experience with reference and instruction services in an academic setting, or equivalent.
• Demonstrated aptitude for teaching information literacy skills to undergraduate and graduate students.
• Good understanding of instructional design, information technologies, and assessment as it applies to information literacy instruction.
• Experience with collection development in an academic library or equivalent.
• Strong public service and interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team in a collegial environment.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Familiarity with professional issues and trends in academic librarianship.
• Second master’s degree or doctoral degree in a discipline relevant to Biola’s undergraduate or graduate programs.
• Training, education, or experience in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, mathematics or business.
Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate experience developing and assessing information literacy instruction programs in an academic setting; experience with emerging technologies; and creativity, initiative, and self-direction in developing resources and services.
Please apply online by submitting a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a one-page testimony of your faith, and contact information for three professional references. After review by a search committee, promising candidates will be contacted.