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Student Success Librarian, & Instructor, Assistant, or Associate Professor

  • Otterbein University
  • Westerville, OH
  • Entry-Level
  • Full-Time

About this Job

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Provides leadership, direction and assessment of the library’s student success initiatives.

Leads library outreach efforts to Otterbein learning community, with focus on underrepresented and underserved populations, in collaboration with library staff, relevant campus partners, and external partners invested in student success. You will be in charge of library efforts related to such programs as Every Student Will at the university level, and ones specific to the library department, such as supervising the DEI internship program and intern/s.

Identifies and integrate elements focused on student recruitment, retention, progression and graduation rates into other library services and develop methods to measure and assess library impact in these areas.

Builds relationships with academic and non-academic departments across campus to raise awareness about the ways the library can serve as partner in student success efforts.

Fosters students’ sense of belonging and inclusion through connection and collaboration.

Analyzes and reports quantitative and qualitative data gathered from various sources including library systems, vendor statistics, observations, surveys, web analytics, interviews, and focus groups and facilitates the use of this data to support of strategic planning, and other overall library initiatives.

Manages data collection for annual reporting and survey responses including: gathering; reviewing, validating and evaluating; and synthesizing data submitted by library departments. Leads Annual Report creation and ACRL and IPEDs reporting. Coordinates the reporting/archiving of library statistical data. Collaborates on cross-departmental quantitative and qualitative user and research studies and actively participates in or supports assessment-focused data collection, analysis, and dissemination of findings.

May serve on committees and project teams, including those related to statistics and assessment work done within our department, the university and/or within professional field.

Identifies key data that measures the impact of the library’s collections, services, facilities, news, and events for student success.

Works with library leaders to document, correlate, and disseminate assessment results, and incorporate the knowledge gained in assessment into library strategic planning, decision-making, and process improvement, such as policy development.

As assigned, will manage special projects within the department, including administrative aspects of ongoing large and complex projects. Track project’s work-in-progress to ensure that deadlines are met.

Assist in defining appropriate workflows for projects and assume primary responsibility for documenting them.

Collaborates with all stakeholders, including library and university staff, and maintains appropriate communications with all involved.

Prepare reports, presentations and/or written materials for related to the project. Edit and facilitate production of a variety of documents, including letters, special reports and sensitive communications.

Manage the flow of information to and from the Library Director; disseminate information on his/her behalf to internal/external constituencies.

A high degree of coordination with staff within the Library will be needed.

Serves as library liaison to assigned departments, including (but not limited to): a) assists with departmental reviews and accreditation work as requested; b) assists with acquisition requests and conducts collection development - both in traditional sense for library holdings and for digital commons holdings; c) provides advanced instruction and subject specialty consultation; d) collaborates with teaching faculty to develop stronger relationships with departments, and e) promotes scholarly communications as requested (such as; data management and curriculum design support).

Provides both general and specialized reference. Assists students, faculty, staff, and other library visitors in making effective use of library resources. Assists with reference during scheduled and on-call hours; weekend and evening reference service is required.

Assists in teaching users research skills necessary for lifelong learning. Participates in information literacy program; conducts library instruction sessions; may teach Library (LIBR) prefix and/or other courses up to 3 credit hours, and provides reference support for the information literacy program.

Hires, trains, evaluates, and supervises a staff member and/or student assistant as needed and funded.

Maintains appropriate statistical records. Participates in University engagement and library advocacy. Actively participates in campus committees and library professional development activities.

Performs Keyholder duties during assigned shifts, when on-call, and at times when coverage is needed due to staffing situations. May include occasional evenings and weekends.

Participates in University engagement and Library Advocacy. Participates in library professional activities (including maintaining active consortial relationships, particularly with OPAL and OhioLINK); actively participates in the life of the university.


Will be commensurate based on experience.

Required Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The responsibilities listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability preferred. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Otterbein University requires all employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or have a medial or religious exemption approved by the University HR Director. Proof of vaccination or an approved exemption must be submitted to the University Human Resources department prior to the employees start date. Finalist candidates who would like to request information regarding religious and medical exemptions will be directed to HR for details.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited library school is required, successful completion within one year of hire date is acceptable. Rank will be determined based on education and experience. Reference experience is required. Demonstrated understanding of issues faced by first generation, non-traditional, and/or underrepresented student populations. The candidate will have project management skills in order to plan, design and implement projects or services while working to deadline.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Must be competent in general math, statistics and analytical software.

TECHNICAL SKILLS: Requires thorough knowledge of general and specialized reference sources as well as alternative sources of information (government documents, etc.). Needs familiarity with learning management software (such as Blackboard or Moodle), general office equipment, and Microsoft Office software. Will have experience or familiarity with assessment and statistical tools and practices. Teaching experience is preferred.

REASONING ABILITY: Requires ability to set goals and priorities. Must possess excellent attention to detail; must be a team player and interact collegially with co-workers and other constituencies. Needs to be alert and diligent in maximizing opportunities to involve faculty and students in library use. Demonstrable analytic skills, ability to interpret data and to deliver quality analysis is required. Project management skills and experience are preferred.

Employer Statement

Otterbein University is an EEO educator and employer.

Otterbein University is committed to providing a welcoming environment free from unlawful discrimination. To this end, the University prohibits any form of discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, pregnancy, religion, creed, marital status, partnership status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, disability, military status, or any other legally protected status in its programs and activities. However, the University’s commitment to a nondiscriminatory environment is not intended to abridge unduly its commitment to academic freedom, free speech, or its educational mission. Inquiries or complaints regarding any form of discrimination or harassment may be directed to Human Resources 614.823.1805

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Posted On: Jun 6, 2022 / This posting expires: Jun 21, 2022