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Multimedia Teaching and Learning Librarian

The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, which joined the Association of Research Libraries in 2018 as the first new U.S. member of ARL in over 15 years, invites applications and nominations for the position of Multimedia Teaching and Learning Librarian. The Multimedia Teaching & Learning Librarian is responsible for developing and delivering a cohesive instructional program to enhance multimedia literacy and creative skills of VCU students, faculty, and staff. The successful candidate will join a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber.

Located in culturally diverse, historic, and dynamic Richmond, convenient to the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the recreation destinations of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Commonwealth University is among the nation's leading research institutions. The VCU Libraries, one of Virginia’s outstanding research library systems, advances the University’s teaching, research, service, and patient care mission with comprehensive digital and print collections and nationally recognized innovation in its facilities, advanced media and technology resources for its community, and responsive, accessible information desk operations. In February 2018, the Association of College and Research Libraries recognized the VCU Libraries with the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of Innovative Media, the Multimedia Teaching and Learning Librarian is responsible for developing, delivering, and promoting the Innovative Media department’s instruction program in support of VCU community members’ multimedia literacy and creative skills. The department is responsible for the operation of The Workshop, a creative center providing hardware, software, spaces, and expertise concentrating in three main areas: audio and video projects, hands-on making, and exploring new and emerging technologies. Resources in The Workshop include audio and video studios, a gaming/virtual reality studio, 3D printers, a laser cutter, circulating multimedia production equipment, and a range of software for everything from video and audio editing to 3D modeling to making maps.

The Multimedia Teaching and Learning librarian designs, teaches, and assesses instruction sessions focusing on audio and video production techniques, equipment, and software such as Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, and Ableton for beginning and advanced users across a range of subject specialties. In collaboration with student employees and full-time staff, the incumbent takes lead on developing a pedagogical framework for the department's audio and video instruction services in traditional and online learning environments. These services include course-integrated instruction, space/equipment orientations, print and digital guides, and small group and individual assistance for a diverse community of users. The position works with faculty to integrate multimedia projects and instruction into course curricula and promotes Innovative Media instruction services to faculty and students through presentations, tours and other outreach efforts. The Multimedia Teaching and Learning Librarian manages the department’s audio and video studios and leads the creation and implementation of plans to sustain and enhance these spaces and make them more inclusive. The position partners with other departments in and outside the library to identify areas where Innovative Media can support library instruction, outreach efforts, research communication, digital scholarship, and other library initiatives. The incumbent provides related pedagogical and technical knowledge in support of unique library technology-focused initiatives such as the VCU Libraries makerspace.

The Multimedia Teaching and Learning Librarian is expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Faculty with the VCU Libraries are evaluated, and promoted, on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service.

Qualifications

Required: ALA-accredited graduate degree or accredited graduate degree in another appropriate discipline. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred: Experience at urban research institutions, HBCU or minority serving institutions. Demonstrated initiative and flexibility. Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organization skills. Ability to meet deadlines and manage competing priorities. Strong service orientation. Evidence of project management skills and the ability to plan and implement programs. Experience in an academic research library, archives, museum, or culturally-diverse educational setting with responsibilities in instruction and education. An understanding of instructional design principles for creating effective and inclusive multimedia learning opportunities and environments. Demonstrated experience with technical concepts, methods, materials, hardware, and software used in audio and video production.

Early career candidates, new graduates, and applicants who will receive a graduate degree in May 2019 who demonstrate excellent promise will be given serious consideration.

Virginia Commonwealth University and the VCU Libraries

As one of only 28 public universities with academic medical centers to be designated by the Carnegie Foundation as “Community Engaged” with “Very High Research Activity,” Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research, enrolling over 31,000 students across its campuses. Located in the heart of Richmond, VCU offers 41 doctoral, 72 masters, 3 professional, and 62 baccalaureate degree programs. Thirty-two of VCU's graduate and professional programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the best in the nation, with 20 programs ranking in the top 50; sculpture and nurse anesthesia are ranked number one. Over 3,200 faculty comprise the University's teaching force. Research strengths at the University include health and life sciences, education, engineering, social work, behavioral sciences, public affairs, advertising and design, and the fine arts. Sponsored research funding totals over $270 million, placing VCU among the top 100 research institutions in the United States. VCU’s strategic plan embraces an acceleration in the growth of VCU’s library system and includes a new Master Site Plan that envisions additions to both library facilities operated by the VCU Libraries. As part of that plan, a new library facility at James Branch Cabell Library on the university’s Monroe Park Campus opened in 2016 to national acclaim.

Libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University, including the James Branch Cabell Library on the Monroe Park Campus and the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences on the MCV Campus, employ over 66 professionals and 83 staff with annual expenditures exceeding $21 million. VCU also operates academic programs in Doha, Qatar, supported by a library there, and in various locations throughout the U.S. and the world. The VCU Libraries is a Resource Library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, National Digital Stewardship Alliance, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, and the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), a statewide networking consortium for shared access to electronic and print resources. The VCU Libraries has adopted Primo as its discovery layer and was one of the first libraries worldwide to have implemented Alma as its next generation cloud-based system for library management. CONTENTdm, Digital Commons, ArchivesSpace, and Omeka supplement the foundation of its system architecture to enhance access to its collections and services.

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience, not less than $50,000 annually. This is a full-time, non-tenured faculty position. Normal faculty benefits apply, including 24 vacation days annually and choice of retirement and annuity plans. For more information about benefits, see VCU Human Resources Faculty Benefits Guide.

For more information about the VCU Libraries, please visit our home page. The position will be available May, 2019. Review of applications will begin March 25, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Apply via VCUJobs. Complete the application and submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an urban, research institution with a richly diverse university community and commitment to multicultural opportunities. Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.

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