The George Mason University Libraries seeks an innovative and collaborative librarian to fill the position of Instruction Coordinator. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The Instruction Coordinator is a collaborative, student-centered teacher-librarian on the Teaching and Learning Team, a department within the Learning, Research and Engagement (LRE) division. The individual is responsible for providing library services such as information literacy instruction, research support, and academic partnerships expertise for the Teaching and Learning Team’s academic and co-curricular partners. The position reports to the Lead, Teaching and Learning Team and works in an innovative and adaptive public service environment.
This individual works collaboratively with others to explore and implement innovative strategies for information literacy instruction by developing and maintaining course-integrated programs of student-centered instruction; incorporating active learning into both face-to-face and online instruction; and following best practices for information literacy instruction. The Instruction Coordinator oversees professional development for librarians and instructional staff related to library instruction, including coordinating the Teaching Squares program in the LRE division.
The Instruction Coordinator is the liaison to the English Composition program and in this role oversees information literacy instruction in ENGLISH 101 and 302 across the University Libraries. The individual also proactively seeks opportunities to partner with faculty to integrate information literacy instruction into all academic programs, as well as (when appropriate) co-curricular programs.
In collaboration with the Student Success & Inclusion Librarian, the Instruction Coordinator follows best practices in integrating and assessing the student learning outcomes as outlined in the University Libraries’ Student Learning Assessment Plan, both in their own teaching and by supporting other librarians and instructional staff.
The Instruction Coordinator will actively participate in the work of the Teaching and Learning Team. Team responsibilities include attending team meetings, participating in team-based projects, and collaborating and communicating with other team members. In the absence of the Lead, Teaching and Learning Team, incumbent may be asked to fulfill a senior librarian supervisory role and mediate and resolve issues as necessary.
This individual will also engage in professional development, scholarship, and service, in accordance with university/Libraries’ standards for appointment renewal and promotion. This includes serving on committees, task forces, projects, etc., within Mason’s University Libraries and the university.
Incumbent may supervise classified staff, graduate assistants, or student workers.
- ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science, OR an equivalent certified foreign degree;
- Minimum two years of professional-level experience involving information literacy instruction in an academic library;
- Knowledge of various educational theories and pedagogy that inform library instruction, including thorough grounding in the Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education;
- Experience creating, implementing, and assessing professional development programs related to information literacy;
- Experience working with large enrollment courses in a general education curriculum;
- Experience in providing responsive and quality reference, instruction, digital and collaborative library research services;
- Experience in developing, building and sustaining working partnerships and relationships with teaching faculty, researchers and students;
- Demonstrated experience assessing student learning in an information literacy context;
- Demonstrated ability to use current technologies for delivering and developing library services, employing course management systems, developing online research guides, using digital learning objects, and building online library instruction modules;
- Ability to build collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationships with people of varying backgrounds;
- Ability to thrive in a team-based environment and work collaboratively;
- Demonstrated commitment to professional development and growth; and
- Excellent communication skills – both oral and written.
- Three or more years of professional-level experience involving information literacy instruction in an academic library;
- An additional advanced degree in a field broadly related to teaching and learning, or willingness to attain such a credential;
- Supervisory experience of either student workers, graduate students, or staff; and
- Experience with writing instruction-based reports for internal and external stakeholders.
12-month professional faculty appointment with rank; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAA–CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; tuition waiver for self.
The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and four other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. One of Virginia’s leading academic research libraries, the Mason Libraries continues to gain steadily in national stature as it undergoes extensive transformation in all areas that are key to a 21st century research library—innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. Visit us at library.gmu.edu for more information.