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Librarian for Digital Literacy & General Education

Please note that this position has been filled.

Drake University is committed to an integrated combination of liberal arts and professional programs. As a learning-centered private institution with selective enrollment, Drake has approximately 3,900 full-time and 1,300 part-time students. Each of the past five years, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Drake among the top regional universities in the Midwest. Drake University invites applications for the following full-time faculty position:

Librarian for Digital Literacy and General Education (12-month, tenure-track appointment; position available 1 June 2011)

Drake University seeks an energetic, creative, and user-oriented instruction librarian to provide coordination of Cowles Library’s programs in support of Drake's General Education Curriculum, including First Year Experience initiatives, as well as support of Digital and Media Literacy. Working collaboratively with library staff and other campus partners, the Librarian for Digital Literacy and General Education will initiate and coordinate services focused on engaging and supporting undergraduates as they pursue the curricular goals of the General Education portion of the Drake Curriculum. Through both in-library and creative outreach methods, the incumbent will help develop the research and critical proficiencies of the undergraduate student population, as well as promote the resources and the services of the library. The incumbent will also contribute to the planning, development and provision of instruction and reference services of Cowles Library. The incumbent will be “lead instructor” of at least one class per semester, including leading an FYS (First-Year Seminar) during the Fall Semester.

The successful applicant will be appointed to a tenure-track position, with rank commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary range: from mid- to upper forties.

Cowles Library is the main Library for Drake University, providing support for undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as the library and research needs of both on-campus and distance students. The Librarian for Digital Literacy and General Education will join a professional staff of twenty employees, including ten tenure-track and continuing appointment faculty members. The Library has a history of, and commitment to, innovation in services, instruction, and technology.



  • MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Experience teaching library instruction classes in an academic environment, preferably to undergraduate students.
  • Flexibility to teach evening and weekend hours, as needed .
  • Strong commitment to service, excellent communication skills, ability to work collaboratively.
  • Knowledge of evaluative standards in academia and libraries (e.g., LibQUAL, NSSE).
  • Knowledge of trends and best practices in the provision and assessment of Information Literacy.


  • Teaching experience in a collaborative environment.
  • Experience with assessment at the program level.

Review of applications will begin 10 March 2011 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should provide an application letter, current resume, and the names and contact information for at least three professional references. All applicants must use Drake's online application system, which requires the applicant to create a private and secure account.  To apply, visit the Drake HR Web Site: Application information here. Questions should be emailed to:, or call 515-271-4821.

Drake University is an equal-opportunity employer and actively seeks applicants who reflect the diversity of the nation. No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status.

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