Business Research Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2018-06-19

Employer: Sheridan Libraries of the Johns Hopkins University

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Reporting to the Assistant Director for Academic Liaison, the Business Research and Online Learning Librarian supports research and information needs in business and related science, engineering, and social sciences programs in collaboration with faculty, students, and staff in both face-to-face and on-line environments. This position develops and facilitates access to the services and collections of a complex, multi-faceted research library through direct contact with faculty and students. Through creativity and use of innovative technology, the librarian will advance the Sheridan Libraries’ efforts in providing excellent research support and teaching and learning opportunities for students and faculty.

This librarian develops and teaches specialized classes and workshops in business and the social sciences that incorporate rapidly evolving informational technologies as well as traditional methods; conducts research consultations; reviews, acquires, and assesses collections that support research in assigned areas;  engages with faculty, researchers, and students across the full lifecycle of research and scholarship, offering dynamic services and technologies to enable all forms of research, discovery, and learning; and raises awareness of resources and services through outreach efforts such as department-based office hours.

The librarian is a member of the Libraries’ Teaching and Learning Team, using knowledge of pedagogical best practices to provide virtual, hybrid, and onsite research and information literacy support to students and faculty.


Specific duties & responsibilities:

Academic Area Support

  • Engages with faculty and students to build and maintain strong working relationships and to identify opportunities for collaboration
  • Analyzes trends in assigned research and teaching programs to stay abreast of scholarship and scholarly communications in the disciplines, and uses this knowledge to create and implement services and develop and manage collections to support these trends
  • Collaborates with faculty on student learning outcomes, assessment, and evaluation
  • Partners with faculty to develop and implement value-added services to support the University’s research and teaching initiatives
  • Supports faculty and student research through consultations and development of relevant resources

Teaching & Learning

  • Works closely with the Learning Design and Technologies Librarian to develop, implement, assess, and analyze ongoing face-to-face, online, and hybrid learning programming and instruction in assigned areas
  • Applies advanced adult learning theories to design content to teach research and information literacy skills integrating information fluency concepts and research skills into assigned subject areas
  • Teaches in a variety of formats such as: synchronous and asynchronous online sessions, face-to-face sessions, semester-long courses, and embedding in course management systems
  • Collaborates closely with colleagues in developing lesson plans, co-teaching, and sharing knowledge and experience to enhance the learning experiences of JHU students and faculty across on-line programs
  • Communicates effectively through current media tools to facilitate awareness of resources and services

Academic Liaison Department

  • Participates in departmental activities, including contributions to social media, providing general research consultation, and actively contributing to Academic Liaison working groups
  • Works with teams both internally in the Sheridan Libraries and externally across all JHU libraries to coordinate services, initiate projects, and implement programs
  • Provides research support for drop-in students; this may require evening and weekend hours
  • Supports a high level of proactive interaction with faculty and students.¬† Academic liaison librarians work both in teams and autonomously to provide resources and services to a very engaged community

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent; or graduate level degree in business or economics
  • Degree or course work in business and/or economics
  • Demonstrated broad knowledge of business information sources and expertise in the use of business and economics databases
  • 3 years’ experience working in an academic library required. 3-5 years related experience preferred
  • Demonstrated understanding of the professional literature, trends in research and data creation within business and related social sciences, and the ability to impart this understanding to students and faculty
  • Demonstrated knowledge of instructional design, pedagogy, and assessment principles for effective information literacy instruction
  • Experience and/or educational background in online teaching and learning
  • Strong technology skills including experience with new and emerging technologies in teaching and learning
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a technologically sophisticated and rapidly changing environment
  • Evidence of outstanding outreach and user-centered support
  • Ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse campus constituency demonstrate how they have incorporated inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in their work
  • Demonstrated ability to make connections both across the library and the campus
  • Demonstrated ability to embrace change and welcome opportunities to experiment and innovate
  • Exemplary communication skills, goal-orientation and self-management abilities, and ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience working in a business library
  • Demonstrated assessment and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and ability to develop short-term and long term plans in a collaborative environment
  • Experience with a variety of teaching environments and technologies

Archived on: 2018-08-24