Digital Scholarship & Instruction Librarian

at Union College (view profile)
Location Schenectady, NY
Date Posted February 11, 2019
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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The Digital Scholarship and Instruction Librarian is responsible for the creation, coordination, and assessment of digital methods that support teaching and learning in the library. Reporting to the Director of Digital Scholarship & Public Services, the Librarian works closely with a diverse group of faculty, students, and staff engaging with emerging technology for projects and coursework. The incumbent will support scholarship at all levels by connecting students and faculty with methodology and best practices, as well as to the Library's wealth of digital scholarly resources and programs. The incumbent collaborates with the Research Services, Special Collections, and Content & Digital Library Systems departments to support digital initiatives that enhance our instruction program and student research through training, workshops, and integration of digital pedagogy methods. The Librarian will stay abreast of new developments in the field, continuing to test and recommend new technology appropriate for library and instruction use. The person holding this position is expected to model best practices in student-centered pedagogy and their digital area of expertise, while maintaining a general awareness of the broad range of different digital technologies and methodologies available. This position will also help the Library cultivate relationships with campus and regional partners.

As a member of Research Services, the librarian will staff the reference desk and teach for the instruction program, critically assessing how technology can be leveraged to improve outcomes. As a member of the general faculty of Union College, the Librarian will also be expected to pursue a focused program of professional development, scholarly activity, and service.


  • Master's degree in library or information science from an ALA- accredited program. Minimum of 2 years working with digital tools and methods in research center or library contexts. An equivalent combination of degree and experience will be considered.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of existing and emerging technology broadly, with functional expertise in at least one form of digital pedagogy or scholarship methods (e.g. AR/VR, GIS, visualization, digital exhibitions, and/or computational text analysis).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of learner-centered pedagogy and best practices in library instruction and information literacy at the college level.
  • Commitment to undergraduate research, teaching, and learning.
  • Strong collaborative and organizational skills.
  • A successful record of working collaboratively with library colleagues, faculty, administrators, staff and students to accomplish goals.
  • Must be safety conscious, be able to work with a diverse group of individuals and promote these ideals with library employees.


Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.

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Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth-oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

Union College offers an exceptional benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, life and disability coverage, a generous 11% retirement plan contribution and tuition remission.

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