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Entrepreneurship Librarian

This is a newly created, full-time faculty librarian appointment in the ULS Research and Educational Support Department providing a variety of library outreach and instruction services to all members of the University community. The position reports to the Head of Public Services for Hillman Library.

Responsibilities

The position has primary liaison responsibility for the following University units: Innovation Institute, Office of Corporate Engagement, and the Small Business Development Center. Provides secondary support for Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.  The incumbent will also work with other liaisons to provide support for courses and programs across the University that have entrepreneurship elements, such as the Innovation and Entrepreneurship courses at the College of Business Administration or the Swanson School of Engineering.
The Entrepreneurship Librarian will provide a variety of liaison services designed to support teaching and learning and to enhance user satisfaction. The Entrepreneurship Librarian:

  • actively cultivates partnerships and productive relationships with entrepreneurship and innovation faculty, staff and students
  • successfully encourages faculty and staff to integrate the library’s resources into their curricula, research projects, and work with students
  • provides high quality general and subject-specific reference and research support on demand by appointment, email, chat, or by other means during regularly scheduled hours, which may include evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • performs outreach services by promoting library services and collections through a variety of channels
  • develops tutorials, LibGuides, and other online learning objects to support entrepreneurship research and practice
  • coordinates the ULS’s entrepreneurship efforts
  • enhances the ULS’ collections relating to entrepreneurship
  • develops strategic partnerships with librarians outside of the ULS, such as with Barco Law Library, HSLS, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and CMU Libraries.
  • works closely with the Business and Engineering librarians, along with others with entrepreneurship cross-over.
  • provides secondary support for Business.
  • communicates with and instructs faculty and students on scholarly communication topics, such as evaluating research impact, ORCID, and D-Scholarship.
  • keeps aware of other activities, units, and initiatives within the ULS and can communicate their value to users.

Librarians at the University of Pittsburgh are members of the faculty and are expected to demonstrate continuous professional development in addition to performing their specific responsibilities.  This expectation includes such activities as participating in and contributing to departmental, library and campus-wide committees or working groups as well as the profession at a regional, national, and/or international level, maintaining a broad awareness of current and emerging issues that affect their particular areas of expertise, participating in relevant publishing and presentation opportunities, and pursuing knowledge of professional trends and developments that can be applied to evolving research, services and collections.

Qualifications

Required:

  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS or equivalent advanced degree
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with a variety of user populations
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully work in a team environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Evidence of the ability to participate in professional organizations and engage in research and publication as required for promotion
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion

Preferred:

  • Demonstrated experience delivering instruction and research support services especially in business or economics in an academic library or comparable setting
  • Familiarity with a broad range of business and economics resources
  • Undergraduate degree in management, economics, accounting, finance, marketing, operations, or entrepreneurship

The University of Pittsburgh Library System
The University of Pittsburgh's University Library System (https://www.library.pitt.edu/) is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and contains over 4.7 million print and electronic volumes, including access to over 300,000 journals and 570 databases. The University Library System (ULS) consists of 14 libraries and employs 75 faculty librarians and 103 staff. In addition to the ULS, the University of Pittsburgh includes libraries for the health sciences and law school.

The ULS stands at the center of intellectual life at the University of Pittsburgh, fostering connections and knowledge creation and dissemination that help faculty, students, and researchers from around the world to excel in research, scholarship and creative expression. It supports and enhances faculty and student productivity through its extensive collections, innovative Open Access publishing, and user-centered focus.

The ULS has recently enacted a major organizational realignment and is currently aggressively hiring in many areas of strategic priority, including research support, digital scholarship and creation, entrepreneurship and innovation, as we are repositioning our services to respond to and anticipate changes in research, teaching, and learning. We are also in the midst of a top-to-bottom renovation of Hillman Library, the central library of the University of Pittsburgh campus which saw 1.9 million visitors in FY17.  The reinvented Hillman (https://library.pitt.edu/hillmanreinvention) will be a light-filled home to spaces, from vibrant to serene, for digital making and exploration, showcasing unique collections, advancing academic study, and fostering energetic, collaborative exchange.

This is an exciting time to join the Pitt library system and contribute to envisioning the library of the future.

The University of Pittsburgh
Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh (http://www.pitt.edu/) is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. Today Pitt is an internationally recognized center of learning and research, strong in the arts and sciences and the professions. Pitt serves approximately 32,000 students, including more than 9,000 graduate students, in the 16 schools at the Pittsburgh campus and the four regional campuses. Pitt attracts, on average, more than $700 million in research funding every year.  It is also one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright students and scholars for the 2017-18 academic year (according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs), and is among only 16 institutions in the country to be named a top producer in both the Fulbright U.S. Student and Scholar programs.  In 2018, for the second consecutive year, the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings named Pitt as the best public university in the Northeastern United States.

The City of Pittsburgh
The city of Pittsburgh is located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  Consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the United States, Pittsburgh is recognized for its natural beauty and unique blend of cultural, education, and technological resources.  Additional information on the city of Pittsburgh can be found at: https://www.visitpittsburgh.com/

Salary:  Commensurate with experience.  Comprehensive benefits package including one month vacation per year; excellent medical plans; TIAA/ Vanguard; and tuition assistance.

Successful candidate will meet the criteria for appointment at the rank of Librarian I or II, and will be hired on an initial 3-year renewable contract.  For further information, please see: http://pi.tt/NESLibrarianApptReview

To apply, submit letter of application and CV with the names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references via email to:  William Gentz, Director of Administrative Services (gentz@pitt.edu)

Visa sponsorship is not offered with this position.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled; primary consideration will be given to those received by July 6, 2018.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled

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