Academic Liaison Librarian

University of Stirling

Post Details

Location: Stirling Campus 

The Post

The University of Stirling is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated Academic Liaison Librarian to the Learning and Teaching Support Team in Information Services. The Academic Liaison Librarians work with colleagues to deliver key services to Faculties, including: the design and delivery of information and digital literacy education; decision making on the acquisition, retention and preservation of collections; managing and responding to enquiries; and undertaking proactive relationship management.

While each Academic Liaison Librarian is allocated one or more Faculty to support, significant effort is made to cross-skill the team to ensure that it is responsive to demand across the breadth of subjects and programmes we support. The successful candidate will be proactive in working with colleagues and stakeholders to help to deliver continuous service improvement.

The successful candidate will have a degree or post-graduate qualification in library or information studies (or a degree in a relevant discipline with significant library experience) and significant experience of librarianship and working in a library environment.

Description of Duties

  • Liaise with nominated faculties to identify their current and future learning and teaching ambitions, using this information to plan and deliver appropriate information and library services. 
  • Coordinate and undertake the design, delivery and evaluation of information and digital literacy instruction sessions (face-to-face and online), including accompanying support materials; for students, researchers and academic staff across all faculties. 
  • Assess and make decisions on the acquisition, retention and preservation of collections (including printed, digital and heritage), ensuring that they meet faculty learning, teaching and research priorities. 
  • Develop and deliver an efficient enquiry service to staff, researchers and students, through a variety of approaches including face-to-face and online, on a drop-in or bookable basis. 
  • Undertake proactive relationship management & liaison on behalf of the wider IS directorate, through participation in working groups, faculty-level committees, consultative meetings, etc., via external professional groups, and through general faculty liaison activity; ensuring an effective two-way flow of information. 
  • Each librarian will be appointed as the ‘lead librarian’ in one or more core functions, including but not limited to: relationship management; marketing and communications; information and digital literacies; business process improvement; internationalisation & partnerships; reading list management/development; copyright; and special collections. 
  • Measure the effectiveness of services delivered, monitor trends in service usage and evaluate stakeholder satisfaction using a range of quantitative and qualitative approaches. By sharing this data with colleagues, draw conclusions to inform the future design and development of library services. 
  • Design and publish a comprehensive range of support materials in a variety of formats, covering all aspects of Learning & Teaching Support (including, for example information & digital literacy, library resources, induction, etc.). Ensure that support materials and services are developed in alignment with the wider IS approach to channel shift. 
  • Increase resilience and remove single points of failure in the librarianship function within the Learning & Teaching Support Team through significant effort to cross-skill specialist areas at a functional level; through regular communication; and through a collaborative approach to team working; all underpinned by an on-going commitment to CPD.
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