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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
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 publishing.
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 www.usma.edu
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.