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Teaching and Learning Librarian, Librarian of Practice II or III, Newark, NJ

By Tammy Syrek-Marshall posted 01-14-2020 10:58


The Teaching & Learning Librarian is a new highly collaborative position for Dana Library. Reporting to the Director of the John Cotton Dana Library, the Teaching and Learning Librarian  is responsible for establishing and leading a comprehensive information literacy instruction program that supports the teaching and learning activities at Rutgers University – Newark and ensuring that the Dana Library’s instructional practices support the university’s educational mission. As a member of the reference and instruction team, the Teaching and Learning Librarian will lead the development, teaching, and assessment of face-to-face and online information literacy activities. This includes the creation of lesson plans, learning activities and assignments, online learning materials, as well as corresponding formative and summative assessments. The successful candidate will collaborate with the subject librarians to enhance information literacy and research education within academic departments at the undergraduate and graduate levels through targeted, curricular integration. The successful candidate will contribute to the continued development of teaching librarians’ multimodal pedagogy. This will involve utilizing instruction platforms and tools such as NimblyWise, Credo Instruct and Leganto. The Teaching & Learning Librarian will serve as a liaison to subject area(s), as assigned.


As part of the Dana faculty, the selected candidate will provide instruction and research assistance via multiple modalities. These duties may require working evenings and weekends. This full-time non-tenure track position is a member of the Dana Library/IJS Faculty, a team of librarians committed to providing exceptional services to a diverse population of faculty, students, staff and community users. As a faculty member, the incumbent also engages in library and university service activities as required for promotion in addition to their librarianship responsibilities.



The Teaching & Learning Librarian will:

  • Develop, guide, and evaluate the planning, implementation, and assessment of all information literacy/ instruction activities and work closely with colleagues to produce a comprehensive instruction program.
  • Lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of programmatic library instruction in support of Rutgers University Libraries information literacy and critical thinking learning outcomes.
  • Lead the development and assessment of broad-based library instruction materials that can be used by library and discipline faculty alike.
  • Collaborate with library colleagues to systematically design, assess, and integrate instructional modules into library activities in the classroom and online.
  • Collaborate with Rutgers University - Newark faculty and subject liaisons to enhance information literacy and research education within academic departments at the undergraduate and graduate levels through targeted, curricular integration.
  • Collaborate with library colleagues to identify, evaluate, and apply technologies essential to the design and delivery of in-person and online instructional services using instructional design expertise and research on student learning.
  • Maintain knowledge of emerging trends, best practices, pedagogical and professional principles, including but not limited to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and the ACRL Standards for Distance Learning Library Services.
  • Provide professional development opportunities for library colleagues in improving the design and delivery of curriculum-aligned, pedagogically sound, multimodal information literacy learning experiences.
  • Develop, maintain, and report/disseminate statistical and other information related to the library’s instructional activities.
  • Coordinate and oversee any necessary training for use of instructional facilities and equipment.
  • Serve as a liaison to assigned subject area(s).
  • Provide reference services in multiple modes as needed.
  • Performs related duties as assigned

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will have an ALA-accredited MLS and a minimum of three years of teaching experience at the college or university level. Must possess demonstrated teaching ability and knowledge of current instructional and educational technologies. The position requires a working knowledge of pedagogical theories and the capacity to apply that knowledge in collaboration with librarians, library staff, and disciplinary faculty for a diverse population of students. Demonstrated knowledge of assessment methods for teaching and learning. Must be self-directed, well-organized, and able to meet deadlines and multiple demands. Flexibility, creativity, energy and the ability to work in a dynamic environment with colleagues in a goal-oriented library program is necessary. The ability to work effectively, both individually and on a team. Excellent oral, written communication, and interpersonal skills.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in education with a focus of teaching or curriculum. Knowledge of and a strong commitment to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. Knowledge of other relevant frameworks, standards, rubrics in higher education that include information literacy learning outcomes. Expertise with instructional technologies such as Camtasia, Screencast-o-matic, etc.


SALARY/STATUS: Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Preferred rank: Librarian of Practice III or II.


BENEFITS: Faculty status; 12-month appointment; retirement plan; life/health insurance; prescription drug, dental, and vision plans; tuition remission; 22 vacation days annually.


LIBRARY PROFILE: Located in the state’s largest city and serving a broader metropolitan area, Rutgers University–Newark is a remarkably diverse, urban, public research university that is not merely in, but of its environment. With close ties to the Newark community, the university recognizes its location as a defining influence and source of distinctive strength in attracting new generations of students hungry for the opportunities afforded by gaining a first-rate higher education in a major American urban center; recruiting faculty who vigorously embrace the opportunity to produce high-impact scholarship, engage the community, and prepare these students for professional success and informed citizenship; and retaining staff committed to the advancement of an inclusive campus culture focused on excellence. Classified as an R2 Doctoral University (Higher research activity) by the Carnegie Classification, Rutgers–Newark enrolls 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students in its seven schools: Newark College of Arts and Sciences, University College–Newark, School of Public Affairs and Administration, School of Criminal Justice, Graduate School–Newark, Rutgers School of Law–Newark, and Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick. The campus is in the University Heights section of Newark and is accessible via mass transit.


Rutgers University Libraries are the intellectual center of the university—serving all members of the university community, supporting all disciplines, and playing a key role in advancing student learning and faculty research. The Libraries serve all institutions that make up Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Rutgers University–Newark, Rutgers University–Camden, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. The Libraries have a highly valued staff of about 300, who are committed to developing innovations in access services, information literacy, and digital initiatives. Rutgers University Libraries operate with a budget of $35 million and have outstanding collections, especially in jazz and New Jerseyana. Collectively, the Libraries’ holdings include more than 4.8 million volumes. The Libraries hold memberships in ARL, CNI, CRL, Lyrasis, Metro, NERL, VALEnj, SPARC, and the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI); use Ex Libris, Alma, Primo, and OCLC as primary bibliographic utilities; and utilize a Fedora-based institutional repository.


The John Cotton Dana Library, named after former Newark Public Library director, John Cotton Dana, opened in 1966 and is the main library at Rutgers University–Newark, supporting all of the institution’s undergraduate and graduate programs except for law. Dana Library houses Rutgers University Libraries’ research collections in business, nursing and neuroscience and contains over 600,000 volumes, 600,000 pieces of microform, and 15,000 audiovisual items. An intellectual hub of the university and locus of student activity, the library hosts Rutgers–Newark’s largest computer lab and conducts a popular workshop series for graduate students. It is also home to the P3 Collaboratory for Pedagogy, Professional Development, and Publicly-Engaged Scholarship, a comprehensive faculty development center. It houses the Institute of Jazz Studies, the world’s foremost jazz archives and research facility, and has been a federal depository since its opening. For more information, visit




All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address:


The Libraries are strongly and actively committed to diversity, and seek candidates who will contribute creatively to the University’s multicultural environment.


Organization/Corporation: Rutgers University - John Cotton Dana Library, Newark
Job Posting Date: January 14, 2020
Source: Rutgers University