Head, Information Literacy and Outreach Department

University of Central Florida Libraries in Florida

Deadline March 27, 2014
Date Posted February 14, 2014
Type Non tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The University of Central Florida Libraries seeks a creative, innovative and dynamic individual who is looking for a leadership role in shaping future user-centered services at one of the largest public universities in the country.  Under the general direction of the Associate Director for Information Services and Scholarly Communication, the Head of the Information Literacy and Outreach department has full supervisory responsibilities for the oversight and coordination of the main campus information literacy program and for extending library services and resources to identified patron groups. 


Long known for its successful collaboration with campus partners to create information literacy modules for the Universitys Quality Enhancement Plan (for more information see http://infolit.ucf.edu/faculty ) and its effective integration into online courses, the department is expanding its role with a new emphasis on developing, implementing and marketing services that enhance the user experience. 


The successful candidate directly supervises three full time librarians and one half time staff member plus two FTE of other librarians with assignment to ILO activities, and works in close association with the Head of the Research and Information Services department to coordinate the instructional and outreach efforts of subject librarians.  The department head has primary responsibility for the main campus library instruction program, but works collaboratively with librarians at branch and regional campuses. 



  • Sets goals and determines the direction of instructional efforts to the campus community and directs, develops and promotes instructional services to specific audiences. 
  • Leads efforts to integrate information literacy outcomes and instruction throughout University programs, and oversees coordination of face to face library instruction and integration of library instruction modules and components in online courses.
  • Plans and implements training and professional development opportunities for librarians on all aspects of library instruction, including theory, best practices, and available resources.
  • Integrates existing and emerging technologies related to the design and delivery of instruction services and creates, maintains and promotes instructional resources.
  • Assesses and evaluates the instruction program through collection and analysis of statistics, including student learning outcomes.
  • Coordinates systematic outreach efforts of library services, facilities and resources to various patron groups and develops working relationships and collaborations with institutional partners.
  • Directs efforts to promote library services, facilities and resources through various media, such as videos, the web site, and research guides.
  • May serve as subject librarian to one or more University programs or departments, which includes outreach, instruction, consultations, and collection development for assigned areas. 
  • May serve as liaison to an identified patron group (such as first year experience or undergraduate research).
  • Furthers the goals of the Information Services division; assists the Associate Director with development of division-wide services and initiatives.
  • Participates in library and university activities and committees, is professionally active, and engages in scholarly activities appropriate to rank. 


Qualifications:  Required:  ALA-accredited MLS; five years professional academic library experience with increasing responsibility; experience with and knowledge of IL theory and best practices; ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously; ability to set and accomplish goals and meet deadlines; ability to work both independently and in a team environment; ability to build consensus and successfully lead a diverse team of librarians; ability to use general office software; strong oral and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills.

Preferred:  Supervisory experience in an academic library setting; experience with developing partnerships and collaborating with campus units external to the library; experience with IL curriculum planning; familiarity with instructional software; experience with developing and hosting professional development opportunities; activity in scholarship and professional service.


Environment: The University of Central Florida is the nations 2nd largest public university, enrolling over 59,000 students and offering 91 bachelors, 86 masters, and 30 doctoral programs. The main UCF library and branches have a collection of 2.5 million volumes, subscription base of 43,000 serials, and serve as a partial depository for government documents and patents.  The total library materials budget is $6.5 million.  Full-time staffing of 116 includes 44 faculty. For more information about the UCF Libraries see http://library.ucf.edu  


Salary and Rank: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. This is a twelve month, non-tenure track faculty position with insurance and retirement benefits, 22 paid annual days, 13 sick days, 9 holidays, and no state income tax. 


To Apply: For position number 37768 submit a letter of application addressing the stated qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three current professional references at https://www.jobswithucf.com/postings/37513 by the closing date, March 27, 2014.  Review of applications will begin immediately.  Questions may be directed to Search Chair, Dr. P. Beile, pbeile @ ucf.edu or UCF Human Resources: employment@ucf.edu  or 407-823-2771.  Searches are conducted in accordance with the state of Florida open-records laws.  UCF is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. 


How To Apply

You can apply for this position online at https://www.jobswithucf.com/postings/37513