Makerspace Librarian

at NC State University Libraries (view profile)
Published April 19, 2023
Location Raleigh, NC
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 65,000
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The NC State University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Makerspace Librarian in the Learning Spaces & Services (LSS) department. The LSS department (9 librarians, 7 support staff), part of the Student Success division, provides dynamic services, spaces, and technologies to enable all forms of learning, discovery, and research. Through its workshops, programs, and activities, students and faculty in all disciplines can explore and apply tools and systems for advanced visualization, 3D modeling, virtual environments, and digital media creation in their research and study. The department leads a range of programs and initiatives that support student learning, access to essential tools and resources, and undergraduate student success. Department staff contribute to the ongoing evolution of the Libraries’ Technology Lending Service. The department has overall responsibility for learning spaces including the Makerspace, Virtual Reality Studio, Learning Commons, Innovation Studio, and the Digital Media Studios plus several additional teaching labs. LSS also works with the Research Engagement department to provide support in other technology-rich spaces including the Visualization Studio at the Hill Library and the Teaching and Visualization Lab at the Hunt Library.

The Makerspace Librarian supports the day-to-day operation of the Makerspace program based in the Hill Library, including assisting patrons with their technical needs; maintaining and recommending specialized equipment (such as 3D printers and scanners and laser cutters) and associated component and supplies inventories; monitoring hardware and software configurations; and updating web content related to these services. The incumbent supports student and faculty learning through consultations, workshops and course-based instruction, and web-based tutorials and other learning content. They oversee and conduct room scheduling, laptop maintenance, and space management procedures. They recruit, hire, supervise, and develop student and temporary staff. The position protects the safety of Makerspace users and staff by training staff, orienting users, monitoring potential hazards, and documenting best practices, rules, and procedures. They oversee specialized equipment lending for Makerspace-related technologies and help to track and report data on the use of spaces and services. They help to plan, promote, and deliver events and workshops and contribute to outreach and community building. The position provides public service at service points at the Hill and Hunt Libraries. The position deeply considers how their approach to their daily work reflects and advances the Libraries’ Strategic Plan, creating an environment and community that is welcoming for both patrons and colleagues alike. They participate in library planning and serve on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams. Librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. This position reports to the Lead Librarian for Experiential Learning Services.

NC State promotes an integrated approach to problem solving that transforms lives and provides leadership for social, economic, and technological development across North Carolina and around the world. NC State’s land grant mission of teaching, research and service is dedicated to the service of North Carolina and its people. Applicants are encouraged to review the institution’s mission, vision and strategic plan, and consider how their background, interest and experience would enable them to support the university.