Monday, January 08, 2018

Emerging Technology Librarian - Hotchkiss School

Emerging Technology Librarian - Edsel Ford Memorial Library, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT.
     POSITION SUMMARY: The Emerging Technology Librarian (ETL) leads the Ford Library’s efforts to identify, implement, and integrate new technologies to further teaching and learning at Hotchkiss. In addition to being responsible for equipping and developing programming for the iSpace, the ETL bears primary responsibility for technology planning in the Library, working in concert with ITS, the Library Director, and the Assistant Directors to determine near and long term needs. They will play a key role in planning and executing the Tri-State Mini Maker Faire and will serve as the Library’s primary support person for the Summer Portals program. The ETL also supports the work of the Assistant Directors and Access Services Librarian in assessing and optimizing the Library’s digital platforms.
     The Hotchkiss School is eager to consider applications from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent school communities.
     ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Serve as the Library’s expert on Educational Technology. Provide instruction to Faculty, Staff, and Students in best practices in technology use. Manage the Library makerspace (the iSpace) and develop related programming. Evaluate emerging technology trends and products and report findings regularly to key stakeholders in the academic departments and administration. Identify opportunities for library technology to be integrated into courses and programs. Collaborate with ITS, Library staff, and others as needed to resolve emergent and ongoing library technology problems. Coordinate with the Access Services Librarian on ongoing usability assessment of electronic resources and Websites. Develop an annual review schedule of library technology to identify upgrades, outdated materials, and new opportunities to support students and faculty. Manage and work with vendors to enhance technology tools. Produce training materials and instructional coaching to integrate technology in the classroom. Follow professional trends and industry standards; benchmark services against other comparable institutions. Collaborate with Summer Portals staff to support classroom- and library-based learning. Staff Library Services Desk and other service points as assigned, to assist library users with questions and requests. Work with patrons to develop their independent research skills. Contribute to the overall maintenance of the library collection. Other projects and tasks as assigned by the Library Director.
     QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, preferably in computer science or a related field; a Master’s degree in Library Science or other relevant graduate degree strongly preferred. Previous experience in an academic, school, or public library. A positive attitude and professional demeanor: friendly, diplomatic, adept at customer service. Excellent communication, organizational, and writing skills. An ability to work independently as well as in a team structure. Attention to detail and precision. Proficiency in the use of computers and office productivity software. Ability to work effectively with colleagues, faculty, and academically motivated adolescent patrons, in a demanding and rapidly changing environment. Preferred: experience in Website design, data science, social media outreach, and/or familiarity with ISTE Technology Facilitation Standards.
     PHYSICAL CONDITIONS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Repetitive (keyboard) motion. Occasional bending, stooping, and reaching. Periodically carrying boxes (up to 50 lbs). Regularly pushes/navigates fully laden book trucks. Regularly stands for long periods. Close vision, the ability to adjust focus, and comfort using a computer monitor for long periods of time. Noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Hours include late afternoon, evening, and weekend shifts
     The essential functions and basic skills have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.The Hotchkiss School is a tobacco-free environment.
     The Hotchkiss School does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, religion, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or national or ancestral origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other School-administered programs, or in the administration of its hiring and employment practices.
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