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Journalism, Communications, & Digital Literacy Librarian

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Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Journalism/Communication, Library, Instruction

Department: Library
Rank: Assistant or Associate Librarian
Salary: $58,000 - $76,000 per year
Annual Basis:
12 Month

Review of Applications Begins

May 8, 2023; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

To ensure consideration for the position, please include with your online application:
1) A cover letter stating your interest and qualifications for the position, and
2) Current resume, which includes dates of employment.

Department Summary

About the University:
The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls over 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. The University of Oregon is guided by a diversity framework that involves a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body while raising average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. The UO’s 295-acre campus features state-of-the-art facilities in an arboretum-like setting within the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya people. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 157,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant year-round climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.

About the University of Oregon Libraries:
The University of Oregon Libraries is an essential partner in the University’s educational, research, and public service mission. With five locations on the Eugene campus and branches at UO Portland and the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, the Libraries offer many flexible, service- and technology-rich environments for our users’ research and learning needs. The UO Libraries is committed to supporting and enhancing the diversity of the university community, to providing a culturally inclusive environment where diversity of thought and expression is valued and respected, and to disrupting systemic inequalities. With a focus on equity in service, we strive to create a powerful learning community, a welcoming space where faculty, students, and patrons of all ages and cultural and ethnic backgrounds can access the information necessary to achieve their personal and professional goals. Our mission is to actively support the student learning experience, enable the creation and stewardship of knowledge, and contribute to advancements in teaching, research, scholarship, and public service. We value intellectual freedom, user-centered service, evidence-based approaches, transparency, innovation, teamwork, diversity, and integrity.

The University of Oregon Libraries is the only Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member in Oregon. The library is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, SPARC, Center for Research Libraries, DuraSpace, the Council on Library and Information Resources, Coalition for Networked Information, EDUCAUSE, and other major organizations.

About Research, Instruction, and Access Services:
Research, Instruction, and Access Services (RIAS) is responsible for an array of services and programs to meet the research, teaching, and learning needs of the University of Oregon community. RIAS encompasses six major areas: Research and Instructional Services, Data Services, Undergraduate Engagement, E-learning and OER, Access Services, and five of the Branch Libraries (Design Library, the Portland Library and Learning Commons, Price Science Commons & Research Library (PSC), the Mathematics Library, and the Loyd and Dorothy Rippey Library at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology). The mission of Research, Instruction, and Access Services is to enhance student success and support and extend faculty research and teaching by facilitating access to information resources, building collections, implementing innovative engagement activities, providing information and data literacy programming online and face-to-face, in addition to promoting affordable course materials by offering initiatives and programs to support the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER).

About the School of Journalism and Communications:
The University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication is one of the oldest and most innovative journalism programs in the nation. Program specialties include news and storytelling for underrepresented populations; public affairs and accountability journalism; science/environmental communication; sports communication; audio storytelling; and virtual reality communication.

Position Summary

UO Libraries seeks an innovative problem-solver and digital designer to join our collaborative network of instructors, librarians, researchers, and journalists on campus. If this is you, keep reading!

As the Journalism, Communications, & Digital Literacy Librarian, you will serve as the liaison to the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC), delivering services that support all aspects of the school’s research and instructional programs, including Portland campus programs, research centers, and online programs. In this role, you will provide course-integrated library instruction, and design learning tools and experiences to support assignments and activities in information and digital literacy. You will also provide specialized research support to faculty, researchers, students, and staff on SOJC-related projects, as well as select, assess, and maintain digital and physical collections relevant to SOJC’s teaching and research areas.

The Journalism, Communications, & Digital Literacy Librarian also provides digital literacy support, instruction, and services for the UO Libraries. In this position, you will work closely with UO Libraries units including Digital Scholarship Services and Data Services to develop and implement teaching and research initiatives related to consuming, creating, and communicating with digital information. You will collaborate with UO faculty and staff to develop and deliver media assignments and components in new and existing courses and provides instructional materials and sessions related to digital literacy concepts including media use and reuse and communicating through digital design.

This position reports to the Director of Research & Instructional Services (RIS) and, as a member of the RIS department, you will be responsible for research consultations, instructional services, and providing front-line research support in-person and virtually. Collaboration is important to us, and you will have opportunities to work with library employees on developing new methods of delivering reference, research, and instruction services.

This position is based at the Eugene campus in the Knight Library. Travel to the UO Portland campus is estimated to be 10 percent of total work time.

We are aware that some people are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every qualification in the job description including the preferred qualifications. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job and recognize that a successful candidate may come from a less traditional career trajectory, such as having skills and abilities gained outside a classroom context, or an equivalent skill set. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our preferred qualifications.

Minimum Requirements

This position will be filled at either the Assistant or Associate Librarian rank to commensurate with the candidate's qualifications.

Minimum qualifications for the rank of Assistant Librarian:
• Master's degree in Library/Information Science from an American Library Association-accredited institution, or equivalent international degree.
• Two years' academic or work experience related to journalism and/or communication programs.
• Experience providing library instruction in person or online.

Minimum qualifications for the rank of Associate Librarian:
• Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science from an American Library Association-accredited institution, or equivalent international degree.
• Six years’ post-MLIS experience in an academic library.
• Two years’ academic or work experience related to journalism and/or communication programs
• Experience providing library instruction in person or online.

Professional Competencies

• Strong communication skills.
• Ability to initiate and maintain creative, productive solutions to complex issues and problems.
• Demonstrated understanding of teaching, learning, and research trends in journalism schools.
• Demonstrated understanding of current events in advertising, journalism, and/or media literacy topics such as multimedia reporting, scientific reporting, and advertising.
• Familiarity with designing and delivering audiovisual media assignments and related instruction.
• Ability to develop and maintain working partnerships with relevant stakeholders in a service-oriented, research-intensive environment.
• Ability to work effectively with diverse populations of library users.

Preferred Qualifications

• Undergraduate or graduate degree in a related discipline such as journalism or advertising.
• Four or more years of experience in a related role in a library or professional position.
• Two or more years of experience in developing and delivering instruction in an academic library environment.
• Experience using specialized research tools for instruction and/or research consultations.
• Experience using one or more digital media production or editing tools.

University of Oregon students and employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see: https://hr.uoregon.edu/uo-covid-19-vaccination-requirement-employee-process.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://clery.uoregon.edu/annual-campus-security-and-fire-safety-report.

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