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    Posted: 20/Feb/2019 at 3:35pm
Butler University Libraries invite applications for an Information Commons Librarian with a 12-month, continuing (non-tenured) faculty appointment. This position leads the planning, management, and oversight of the Butler University Information Commons (IC) program and serves as a liaison to an academic department, providing course-integrated library instruction, collection development, and research support for the faculty and students in the assigned area.


The Information Commons Librarian runs a student-staffed, research and technology support service provided in partnership with the Center for Academic Technology; the students in this program staff Irwin Library’s main service point fielding basic research questions, providing instructional technology support, and checking out library materials and equipment. This position focuses on developing IC student information literacy competencies to support peer-to-peer research support at the service point. The IC librarian manages two IC program support staff who assist in managing the IC service point. As a library faculty member, the person in this position also engages in scholarly and professional engagement activities and provides service to the university. This position reports to the Associate Dean for Instruction and User Services. To review the full description, read the Information Commons Librarian position description.

Description of institution/organization:

Butler University is a liberal arts school with a history of doing things differently. In 1855, attorney and abolitionist Ovid Butler opened a school founded on the principle that everyone deserves an excellent education, regardless of race or gender—a bold idea in pre-Civil-War America. Butler University’s mission is to provide high quality, integrated liberal arts and professional education programs built upon interactive dialogue and critical inquiry. Library services are central to this mission.

Butler University is the only Midwest Regional University to earn the U.S. News designation as Most Innovative School, according to the magazine’s 2018 rankings released on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. For the eighth consecutive year, Butler ranks No. 2 overall among 171 Midwest Regional Universities. Butler is also recognized among the best in the nation for four co-curricular programs that enhance the educational experience for students. Located in the historic Butler-Tarkington neighborhood about 5 miles north of downtown Indianapolis, the University’s 300+ acre campus is a park-like setting with easy access to the many amenities of a thriving urban hub.

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications:

Successful candidates must have a Master’s of Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution and have the ability to meet minimum qualifications for the rank of Assistant Professor as stated in 20.30.30.B.2.a of the Butler University Faculty Handbook. Experience in management or supervision is preferred.

Butler University is committed to enhancing the diversity of the student body and our faculty and staff. In addition hiring decisions are made on the basis of an individual’s qualifications, past experience, overall performance, and other employment-related criteria. Butler University provides equal opportunities for employment and advancement for all individuals, regardless of age, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.

How to Apply
Applicants for the position should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three professional references to: Sally Neal, Associate Dean for Instruction and User Services, at Screening of applications will begin March 18, 2019.
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