Job Title: Architecture and Planning Librarian
Organization: University at Buffalo
Location: Buffalo, New York,
Description: The University at Buffalo Libraries seek an entrepreneurial, dynamic and creative librarian to play a key role in creating, delivering and assessing user-centered services and collections for students and faculty of the School of Architecture and Planning. The Architecture and Planning Librarian will join a team of dedicated librarians and professionals in the Libraries who provide information literacy, research/consultation, outreach and collections services to the local, national and global communities. This 12-month tenure-track faculty appointment includes expectations for research, publication and participation in professional associations. The Librarian will be based in the Architecture and Planning Library, located within the school on the University at Buffalo’s South Campus. The position reports to the Director of Public Services and the Arts & Sciences Libraries. The Architecture and Planning Librarian collaborates with faculty to integrate information literacy skills into the curriculum and designs instruction in a variety of formats to meet the needs of diverse user groups. The incumbent initiates, implements and conducts proactive instruction and outreach programs for students, faculty and researchers. He/she creates and updates online learning tools, including tutorials, research guides and the architecture version of the Library Skills Workbook. The candidate develops physical and virtual collections to support the research and teaching needs of the School of Architecture and Planning, identifying unique local collections to digitize and integrate into courses, curricula and programs. The Architecture and Planning Librarian collaborates with the Libraries’ Special Collections department and other regional libraries and organizations (Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society) to identify, create and market these digital collections of local architectural resources. The incumbent effectively assesses and communicates customer needs to build user-centered services and collections, both traditional and digital. He/she provides expert research consultation services to faculty and students and works with colleagues to continuously improve services and collections. The Architecture and Planning Librarian keeps up-to-date on issues and trends in architecture, planning, higher education and librarianship and incorporates that knowledge into outreach and teaching. Active participation in library and university committees, task forces, special projects and initiatives is expected. The incumbent supports the Libraries’ mission statement which values open communication, respect for diverse perspectives and good working relationships. Some evening and weekend hours are part of the regular work schedule.
Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited institution is required. Familiarity with or experience serving the research and learning needs of architecture and planning students and faculty is required. A minimum of two years of professional experience as a librarian, intern or graduate assistant in an academic library setting is required. Evidence of professional scholarly interest and potential, sufficient to meet the University Libraries’ promotion and tenure requirements, is essential. Strong service orientation with the demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with diverse groups of users and staff is required. The incumbent must have excellent writing, oral communication and presentation skills.
Preferred Experience: Advanced degree in architecture or planning is preferred. Experience creating and marketing digital collections is desirable. Experience using social networking technologies to reach out to user communities is desirable.
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