The Film & Media Librarian provides general research and academic technology assistance to students, faculty and staff. This support includes serving as a library liaison to assigned departments. As a liaison, the person in this position promotes the wide range of services offered by the library, developing strong working relationships with faculty, and preparing for changes in the curriculum and teaching methods being used. The Film & Media Librarian teaches information skills, provides one-on-one consultations, and creates research guides and other instructional materials. The person in this position is responsible for development of specific areas of the library’s collection.
A special focus for this position is film and media creation and curation. The Film & Media Librarian provides expert assistance with curricular and library needs related to video creation, and serves as the library’s curator for physical and digital visual media.
Research & Instruction
- Serve as a library liaison to assigned departments.
- Develop strong working relationships with faculty through regular communication and outreach.
- Promote and seek feedback on library services and resources.
- Educate students and other researchers in library and information skills, for example through course-related workshops that incorporate learning outcomes, active learning exercises, and assessment.
- Create and maintain research guides,library web pages and other online instruction materials; make content and design decisions based on user needs.
- Conduct research consultations and provide research assistance at public service points.
- Provide assistance with curricular development, for example through collaborative collection development. Also take on shared responsibility for collection development for general research use.
- Maintain subject and technical expertise in a rapidly evolving field through ongoing education, professional development and collaboration, and other scholarly activity.
- Provide positive representation of the library across Middlebury by attending relevant workshops, meetings and events.
- Work cooperatively with others in the library and beyond, and accept direction from supervisors.
- Contribute to routine tasks and annual goals for the Research & Instruction Workgroup, the Liaison Program, the library and Middlebury.
Film & Media
- Develop strong working relationships with faculty who use visual media in their teaching.
- Develop strong working relationships with staff who work with visual media, including the Academic Technology Workgroup, Media Services, Collections Management and Special Collections.
- Provide expert assistance with video editing and creation and the use of new media platforms.
- Provide expert advice regarding visual media digitization, copyright and access issues.
- Work to provide quality and timely access to physical and digital visual media collections, including streaming video.
- Enhance library instruction and outreach efforts through the use of media and video tutorials.
- Provide support and guidance regarding visual media-related issues to library liaisons through regular communication.
- Assist with formulating and following policies and procedures pertaining to visual media.
- Maintain expertise in the variety of visual media formats, technologies and equipment, with associated knowledge of life cycles and preservation practices.
- Maintain awareness of developments, standards, and policy interpretation in the area of visual media.
- Provide support and feedback to the staff responsible for cataloging and developing metadata for visual media.
- Promote and seek feedback on library services and resources related to visual media.
- Graduate degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent and a strong background in at least one liberal arts academic subject required
- Undergraduate or graduate degree in the humanities, or discipline-specific experience in an academic library, preferred
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Excellent instruction and research skills, oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills required
- Video editing and creation skills (Camtasia, iMovie, etc.) and technology skills required
- Flexibility and a willingness to develop new competencies required
- Ability to work in a team oriented environment required
- Some experience with video editing and production required
- At least 2 years of post-degree experience in an academic library, including instruction, preferred
- At least 2 years of experience with collection development in an academic or visual media library preferred