Friday, January 28, 2011

Head of Library Instruction and Undergraduate Outreach: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Head of Library Instruction and Undergraduate Outreach
Firestone Library
Princeton University Library
Princeton, New Jersey
Requisition #0110038

The Princeton University Library comprises a large central library and nine specialized libraries that are heavily used by an academic community of 6,400 students, 1,100 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. To support the diverse needs of its users, the Library holds some six million printed volumes, ranging from incunabula to current imprints, and provides access to many other records of human knowledge, such as ancient papyri and cylinder seals, modern literary manuscripts, and recently produced electronic databases and journals. The Library employs more than 300 professional and support personnel, complemented by a large student and hourly workforce. Please consult the Library Web site at for more information.

Available: Immediately

Search Committee: (Princeton access only)

The Head of Library Instruction and Undergraduate Outreach designs and implements innovative library services and instruction programs that provide students with strong foundational experiences in information discovery, retrieval and evaluation in support of the university’s general education requirements. Drawing upon the resources of a world-class research institution dedicated to undergraduate teaching, this position provides leadership and vision within the library and on campus to ensure that Princeton students develop the necessary information discovery and analysis skills needed to carry out successful independent research that is a hallmark of the undergraduate experience at Princeton. This position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services.
General responsibilities include:
  • applying professional expertise in the design, delivery, management, and assessment of library instructional services;
  • developing a coordinated library instruction program in collaboration with liaison librarians, teaching faculty, and campus partners offering instructional technology and pedagogical services;
  • organizing and leading library-wide training opportunities on effective teaching and student learning;
  • participating in the delivery of general reference and research consultation services, which may involve occasional evening and weekend work;
  • contributing to library operations and initiatives through leadership and participation on committees, task forces, and working groups as assigned; and
  • representing Princeton in relevant professional and scholarly organizations.


  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library science;
  • minimum of 2 years of experience in the delivery of library instruction in an academic or research library;
  • demonstrated understanding of the information needs and information-seeking habits of undergraduates;
  • experience using web applications and technologies in the delivery of instruction;
    demonstrated success in fostering teamwork, collaboration, and creativity;
  • exceptional analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills;
  • demonstrated project management experience.


  • broad knowledge of information sources and research databases in use in academic libraries;
  • familiarity with assessment techniques as they relate to library services and student learning;
  • knowledge of the Blackboard course management system;
  • evidence of engagement in research and/or professional service.

Compensation and Benefits:
Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience and accomplishments. Twenty-four (24) vacation days a year, plus eleven (11) paid holidays. Annuity program (TIAA/CREF or Vanguard), group life insurance, health coverage insurance, disability insurance, and other benefits are available.

Nominations and Applications:
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications (cover letter, resume and the names, titles, addresses and phone numbers of three references) will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Librarian rank depending upon qualifications and experience with an initial term of appointment of three years.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.

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