Creation and Innovation Services Librarian/Assistant Librarian
June 2, 2018
Higher Education Institution
University Libraries: Creation & Innovation Services/Assistant Librarian
Miami University Libraries seeks a dynamic and creative Creation and Innovation Services Librarian for the Create and Innovate department, one of six newly formed departments that emerged from a 2017 Libraries master planning process that examined services, organization and facilities. This position will join a team currently working and supporting digital scholarship, digital humanities, GIS services, open educational resources, 3D printing, collaborative learning spaces, and high-end multimedia labs.
The ideal candidate will take a proactive role in developing new services and models to facilitate maker culture, collaboration, creativity and innovation targeting students, faculty, staff and campus units. Existing and potential partners include the Office of Research for Undergraduates, Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies, Academic Scholars Program, Center for Analytics and Data Science, Institute for Entrepreneurship, Humanities Center, etc. The position will play a key part in the design of next generation maker, innovation, and learning spaces and services as we begin implementation of our facilities and services master plan.
The Create and Innovate Department is charged with the mission of enhancing scholarly work at Miami University by anticipating the resources, technologies, spaces and expertise that drive groundbreaking research, creative forms of expression, innovative tools for teaching, and new mediums for sharing our community’s scholarly achievements. The position reports to the Head of the Create and Innovate department.
Duties/Physical Demands of this position include: Facilitate innovation, creativity, and design thinking approaches to problem solving through one-on-one coaching and small group consultation with faculty, and students; consult with clients on implementing physical and digital maker projects such as 3D printing, microcontrollers using Arduino or Raspberry Pi, digital storytelling, augmented reality, multimedia and web-based prototypes, etc.; in collaboration with the Libraries’ instruction program, develop and lead formal and informal instruction sessions on innovation and creativity techniques, creative approaches to problem solving, and maker tools and technologies; work collaboratively with librarians and subject liaisons to engage faculty in academic departments with innovation and creativity services and resources; participate in the planning and development of projects and services in the department’s portfolio such as digital publishing, faculty projects, data visualization, etc.; assist in the design, operation, and evaluation of formal and informal collaboration, maker, ideation, and DIY spaces and services; actively cultivate relationships with university stakeholders including campus units, centers, institutes, and departments; perform other related duties as assigned.
Require: Graduate library degree from an ALA-Accredited institution by date of appointment; demonstrated understanding of how design thinking and other approaches to fostering creativity and innovation can be used with diverse user groups and disciplines; demonstrated ability to think strategically, identify needs and requirements, and implement creative ideas from concept to realization; hands-on experience in teaching or training; demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with diverse groups such as faculty, students, staff, administrators, and external stakeholders; familiarity with emerging technologies and maker/DIY spaces in higher education; ability to meet the Libraries’ promotion and continuing contract requirements (LARPS). http://www.lib.miamioh.edu/about/larps.pdf. Desire: Prior professional/librarian experience in an academic library; experience with scripting languages (e.g., Python; PHP; Ruby; etc.); experience with 3D modeling and CAD software; experience writing and leading grant funded projects. Submit cover, resume and list of three references to https://miamioh.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=5840. Inquiries about the posting can be directed to Donna Richardson at email@example.com. Review of applications will begin on June 11, 2018 and continues until position is filled.
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Internal Number: 5840
About Miami University
“Miami University, a student-centered public university founded in 1809, has built its success through an unwavering commitment to liberal arts undergraduate education, with complementary quality graduate programs, and the active engagement of its students in both curricular and co-curricular life. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions. Faculty and staff are highly valued for their contributions toward the Miami experience. Employees enjoy a competitive benefits package and stable work environment as they work to support the university’s educational mission.
Miami’s main campus is located in Oxford, Ohio, 35 miles northwest of Cincinnati, with regional campuses located in Hamilton and Middletown, Ohio, and a center in Luxembourg. Known as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation, Miami, the nation's tenth oldest public university, is recognized for its striking red brick Georgian-style architecture and tree-shaded lawns. Take a Virtual Tour from our website.”