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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

F/T - Emerging Tech Librarian - Villanova (Phili, PA)

Emerging Technologies Librarian
Villanova University School of Law is the law school of Villanova University, the oldest and largest Catholic University in Pennsylvania. Villanova was founded 150 years ago by the Augustinians, a prominent Roman Catholic teaching order. The University is located 25 minutes from Center City Philadelphia in the Main Line suburb of Villanova. Opened in 1953, the School of Law is approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

The Emerging Technologies Librarian, under the general supervision of the Assistant Director for Reader Services, will identify, evaluate and implement current and emerging technologies and applications for delivery of library services. Primary focus shall be on reference and instruction (e.g., virtual reference, discovery, social networking, app development, institutional repositories, mobile, instructional technology). Track trends, investigate new developments and applications, and incorporate appropriate technologies into the library environment to improve the library’s public services. Collaborate with Assistant Director for Collection Management to generate staff development opportunities for building technology awareness and encourage the adoption of technologies that improve the library’s physical and virtual presence. Find and implement widgets and apps designed to embed library resources and services into learning spaces. Collect and report statistics and assess impact of technology-based services on library users. Participate in the design and development of the library’s website and instructional and promotional materials. Participate fully in reference to include some evening and weekend hours. Participate fully in instructional services to include teaching in the first year legal research program; and giving other classroom lectures as requested. Serve as the liaison to the IT and Ed Tech Department. May supervise student assistants. Perform other duties as assigned.
Required Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated experience developing tutorials or other research/instructional tools. Demonstrated ability in creating and managing institutional repositories. Demonstrated ability to provide reference and instructional services. Current awareness of issues and trends in information technology and public services. Familiarity with standard practices in web development and usability. Experience using course management systems, online collaborative productivity tools, and content management systems. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills with the ability to interact with diverse group of students, faculty, and staff. Substantial knowledge of legal research databases and web-based subscription services. Course work in legal research. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Commitment to providing responsive and innovative services.
Preferred: Proficiency with one or more programming languages such as HTML or CSS, and a content management system like Wordpress or Drupal. Reference and instruction experience in an academic library. Experience providing instructional technology support; experience participating in collaborative web application development; familiarity with XHTML, XML, or PHP, and relational databases.