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From: Geffert, B. PROF LIB <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 8:51 AM
Subject: [collib-l] Head of Reference & Instruction - West Point
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Head of Reference and Instruction
West Point

The West Point Library, serving a exceptional undergraduate institution
recently rated #14 in U.S. News and World Report's list of national liberal
arts colleges, seeks a creative, resourceful, and imaginative leader to
strengthen the library's reference services and develop a systematic program
of research instruction. Applicants should radiate passion for students and
the liberal arts, understand and appreciate the scholarship conducted by our
diverse students and faculty, and frame all their work within the goal of
cultivating lifelong learners and critical thinkers.

As such, we welcome applications from those with a record of inspired
teaching, a command of academic reference tools and literature, a solid
record of scholarship, and dynamic leadership characterized by the ability
to embolden, teach, and empower colleagues.

A number of open positions provide an unprecedented opportunity to hire and
mentor a cadre of colleagues to serve as liaisons to departmental faculty.
The head of reference and instruction will work with other librarians and
faculty to identify and define research expectations in departments' majors
and then develop the library's instruction program to meet those needs.
Hence we seek candidates who view librarianship both as a service profession
and as a teaching profession--who resonate with West Point's efforts to
develop leaders who think well, debate thoughtfully, write persuasively, and
pursue questions wherever they may lead.

The successful candidate will posses at least five years of academic
reference experience and produce evidence of successfully leading projects
and people. A master's degree in library science is essential; one or more
additional graduate degrees in the liberal arts are strongly desired.
Candidates must have a history of invigorating classroom teaching, be fluent
in the workings of information technology, and possess a vision for
reference and research in the rapidly evolving world of electronic

The United States Military Academy was established in 1802. It provides
exceptionally bright, earnest, and motivated students with a broad and
rigorous liberal-arts education. It is the only college specifically charged
with preparing young men and women for service as officers in the United
States Army. As such, it has a singular educational philosophy of graduating
enlightened leaders of strong moral courage whose minds are creative,
critical, and resourceful. Located just 50 miles north of New York City, the
campus sits nestled in the beautiful Hudson River Valley. For more
information on the Military Academy visit our website at

Salaries are commensurate with qualifications and experience. The
application deadline is 27 June. To apply, please send (a) a cover letter
that addresses the ideals and qualifications noted above, (b) a detailed
C.V. outlining leadership, academic reference work, teaching, professional
development, and publications, and (c) names, telephone numbers, and email
addresses for three references to: Ms. Pam Long, Jefferson Hall Library,
U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York 10996. Telephone: 845-938-8301;
Fax: 845-938-8301. Please direct questions about the position and the
library to Bryn Geffert, USMA Librarian: 845-938-3833.

Aimee Babcock-Ellis

Graduate Assistant
Nonprint Media Services Library
301-405-9236  fax 301-314-9419
(cell) 518-225-7127
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