|Date Posted||September 12, 2018|
The MIT Media Lab Learning Initiative seeks an outreach coordinator for our work with public libraries, helping develop the public library innovation exchange (PLIX) program that brings together librarians and Media Lab researchers to co-design new education programming that can be offered in public libraries and other informal educational settings.
PLIX has three components: (1) residency exchanges, where we match a public library with a Media Lab researcher to visit each other and develop a new education program together; (2) online webinars and a community for librarians and Media Lab collaborators; and (3) a public website, where we host resources to help libraries adapt and deploy PLIX programs. The successful candidate will coordinate all aspects of this project. In addition the candidate would develop and drive new ways to better support the growth and development of our community.
Location: Cambridge, MA, USA
- Support the development of new education programing for public libraries - Identify Media Lab researchers whose work is relevant to public libraries; identify and develop connections with public libraries that are interested in collaborating with the Media Lab; set up and support exchanges between the researchers and librarians and help them jointly develop and document new education programs and assist in project documentation and resource & kit development.
- Grow the community of participating public libraries - Host and organize webinars for public librarians who cannot participate in the exchanges; design an onboarding pipeline for other public libraries; plan a face-to-face PLIX workshop that hosts dozens of librarians at the Media Lab for community building and professional development; foster a friendly and supportive online community of public libraries sharing resources and support with each other, and actively participate in the online community.
- Coordinate the project operations - Serve as the main point of contact for project related inquiries and coordinate all aspects of the project.
- Outreach and communication - Write and talk about the project; organize & host monthly community calls; publish a community newsletter; maintain and expand our public facing project website and blog; coordinate conference & event participation; share project updates at library events and convenings.
- Strategy - Work closely with senior members of the Learning Initiative to review and refine overall strategy for the PLIX project and other Learning Initiative outreach programs.
- Track record of successful projects in education and/or public libraries.
- Exceptionally organized with 1-2 years of experience in a project management or project coordinator role.
- Preference for candidates with an MLS degree or comparable work experience with public libraries.
- Strong communication skills; experience with online community building is a plus.
The position works closely with the Director of the Media Lab Learning Initiative and other Learning Initiative staff; and may have managerial responsibilities for MIT undergraduate research assistants working on the PLIX project. The Learning Initiative shares an administrative assistant who can also help with specific tasks.
About the ML Learning Initiative
We are passionate about developing public education programs that open up Media Lab research and expertise to the world. We believe people learn best when they are working on projects that they are passionate about, in collaboration with peers, within a playful environment that encourages experimentation. With this pedagogy in mind, we design online and blended learning experiences, publish open access curricula, and cultivate social and creative online learning communities. The Public Library Innovation Exchange (PLIX) is just one example of such a project.
We’re a small, close-knit team of designers, educators, and researchers with diverse backgrounds including public libraries, academia, and open education projects. We are located in the MIT Media Lab and collaborate with researchers from many of the Lab’s 26 research groups.