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Head of Innovative Media at Virginia Commonwealth University

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Public Services, the Head of Innovative Media will collaborate with colleagues in the library and across campus to develop programs and services that focus on students and faculty creating and using media in course-related activities, including:

  • Lead the Innovative Media program and service development, facilities, technologies, and training, in consultation with the Libraries, and key campus personnel.
  • Direct the hiring, scheduling, training, and evaluation of staff for Innovative Media to provide technology consultation, teach workshops and serve as a resource for the Libraries and campus community.
  • Develop, coordinate, and teach workshops on media and technology literacy, and the use of the hardware, software, and other technologies available in the Innovative Media Studio.
  • Maintain an Innovative Media web presence and contribute to a media and technology literacy virtual presence and ongoing communication channels.
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to develop and implement technologies that integrate library materials and primary source documentation into the curriculum.
  • Participate with the Libraries and campus partners in planning efforts, formal and informal, to develop policies, procedures, and initiatives related to the Innovative Studio programs and services.
  • Develop methods to assess the effectiveness of services and programs and conduct needs assessments for potential services and resources, in consultation with the library’s assessment program.
  • Lead the development and implementation of a new Innovative Media Studio in a new library building at VCU, planned to open in 2015.

The Head of Innovative Media is expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Faculty with the VCU Libraries are evaluated, and promoted, on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service.

Qualifications

Required: ALA-accredited graduate degree or accredited graduate degree in another appropriate discipline. Two years of related work experience, including demonstrated experience in instructional design and development, or multimedia technology. Relevant experience with Microsoft Windows and Apple operating systems, educational technologies, media creation and editing, and common desktop applications; experience developing and producing video, audio, web pages and other media products. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred: Demonstrated ability to effectively provide instruction; understanding of media and digital literacy; experience evaluating and selecting media and technologies software and equipment; successful experience working in a collaborative environment. Relevant work experience in an academic environment.

Virginia Commonwealth University and the VCU Libraries

Virginia Commonwealth University is Virginia’s largest research university, enrolling over 32,000 students. Located in Richmond, Virginia (http://www.vcu.edu/richmond/), it is classified by Carnegie as Research University (very high research activity). VCU offers 38 doctoral, 74 masters, 3 professional, and 63 baccalaureate degree programs. Thirty-four of VCU’s graduate, professional programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the best in the nation, with 18 programs ranking in the top 25 and two programs — sculpture and nurse anesthesia — ranked number one. Over 1,900 faculty comprise the University’s teaching force. Research strengths at the University include health and life sciences, education, engineering, social work, behavioral sciences, public affairs, advertising and design, and the fine arts. Sponsored research funding totals over $260 million, placing VCU among the top 100 research institutions in the United States. VCU’s strategic plan (http://www.future.vcu.edu/pdfs/Quest_Full_Document.pdf) embraces an acceleration in the growth of VCU’s library system and includes a new Master Site Plan that envisions additions to both library facilities operated by the VCU Libraries. Architectural work has begun on a major addition to and renovation of the James Branch Cabell Library that is expected to open in 2015.

Libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University (including the James Branch Cabell Library on the Monroe Park Campus and the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences on the MCV Campus) employ 60 professionals and 73 support staff with an annual budget exceeding $16.6 million. VCU also operates programs in Doha, Qatar, including a library supporting the program there; Northern Virginia; and in various additional locations throughout the U.S. and the world. The VCU Libraries is a Resource Library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and a member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, SPARC, CNI, BioMed Central, and the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), a statewide networking consortium for shared access to electronic and print resources. The VCU Libraries has adopted Primo as its discovery layer and is one of the first libraries worldwide to have implemented Alma as its next generation cloud-based system for library management. CONTENTdm and DSpace supplement the foundation of its system architecture to enhance access to its collections and services.

The Monroe Park Campus of VCU is located in Richmond’s Fan District, a large, residential neighborhood of townhouses, shops, and cafes. The campus is home to most of the University’s undergraduate and many of its graduate programs, including the School of the Arts, the College of Humanities and Sciences, and the Schools of Business, Education, Engineering, and Social Work. In addition, VCU’s Qatar campus in the Middle East offers degree programs through the School of the Arts.

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience, not less than $60,000 annually. This is a full-time, non-tenured faculty position. Normal faculty benefits apply, including 24 vacation days annually and choice of retirement and annuity plans. For more information about benefits, see http://www.hr.vcu.edu/benefits/.

For more information about the VCU Libraries, please visit our home page at http://www.library.vcu.edu/. Review of applications will begin January 14, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications must be received prior to February 1, 2013. Submit cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to:

Pamela H. Fraga
Assistant to the University Librarian
VCU Libraries, Virginia Commonwealth University
901 Park Avenue
PO Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
804-828-1107
804-828-0151 (fax)
phfraga@vcu.edu

Timothy A. Lepczyk

Tim is an instructional technologist and former librarian. On the side, he writes fiction and poetry, and publishes the magazine Scintilla. You can follow him on Twitter at @thirdcoast.

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