THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
in the University Libraries
Full Job Description
Area: Branch Libraries Services
Title: Education Librarian
Rank: Assistant Librarian II
This position reports to Head of Branch Libraries Services. The incumbent manages the Education Library; assesses the information needs in Education to develop high quality support to faculty and students; works closely with the academic faculty and students to improve collection building, access to education information resources, library instruction, services and outreach; serves as liaison to promote the awareness of library resources/services through research assistance, course-related instruction and outreach activities in support of latest student learning technologies at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Administration and Management
- Oversee the daily operation of the Education Library
- Train and supervise the work of Education Library staff, including setting work priorities and conducting work appraisals
- Manage library space and plan and implement changes when need arises
- Maintain regular contact with the Education Faculty to communicate the policies and procedures regarding library services and resources and/or other areas as assigned
- Participate in Faculty library committee activities.
- Meet with teachers from each of the Faculty’s constituent divisions annually to stay current with changes in their curriculum and research programmes and to determine where collection activities need to be altered.
- Meet with each new member of the teaching staff to offer learning and research support assistance.
- Provide members of the Faculty with information about library services, collections and programmes through the use of subject web pages, blogs, newsletters, reports, etc.
- Promote open access among staff and students.
- Support activities related to research data management.
- Offer help to those developing the curriculum to ensure that relevant information access skills and tools are incorporated into academic programmes at all levels.
- Promote the adoption of new methods for scholarly communication as these become available through developments in information technology.
Building Print and Electronic Collections
- Systematically analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the existing collections/new resources and take steps to build upon strengths where needed and to build in areas of weakness.
- Keep abreast of developments and publication trends in the fields assigned; meets with relevant vendors and publishers as appropriate.
- Identify, evaluate, and select material for inclusion in the library collections in assigned subject areas.
- Oversee and evaluate standing order and approval plans.
- Review individual gifts, collections, and exchange offerings.
- Review individual patron requests where needed.
- Evaluate the need for replacements, reformatting, and or de-accessioning for missing and deteriorating holdings
- Monitor expenditures and budgetary needs on a regular basis.
- Refine journal subscriptions to maximize their value and utility for our users.
- Work with the Acquisitions Section to develop resources relevant to the needs of the Faculty and its divisions.
- Work with appropriate staff regarding issues such as retention decisions, access, preservation, etc.
User Education and Consultation Services
- Meet the training needs of Education Faculty undergraduate students.
- Develop web-based instructional materials to promote the access/use of specialized databases.
- Meets all new graduate students in groups to familiarize them with the learning and research support services and resources of the Libraries.
- Meet preferably with each graduate student and they begin their thesis work to insure that they understand how to make the best use of the Libraries resources and to address weaknesses in the collection wherever possible to insure their success.
- Should it be determined to be needed, share in the provision of information services at the Level 3 information counter.
- Represent the policies and services of the Libraries in an articulate and affirmative manner to the University community, and across the profession.
Collection Development Team Policies and Programmes
- Participate with other members of the Collection Development and Branch Libraries Team in recommending library-wide and area goals, and in establishing team goals. Share responsibility for the team’s achievement of its goals. Suggests process improvements to gain efficiencies and/or provide added value services.
- Analyse quantitative and qualitative data to inform the decision-making of the Collection Development and other sections in the Libraries as needed.
- Participate in the ongoing evaluation and revision of the collection development programme to meet the strategic goals of the library and the university. This may include, identifying best practices, developing measures for the effectiveness of the program, and setting specific goals for achieving improvements.
- Work with members of the Collection Development Team on long-range space planning for library collections, coordination of selection of materials for off-site storage, and cost benefit analyses of different modes of resource access.
Personal and Professional Development
- Meet the expectations of an Assistant Librarian II as specified in the Libraries’ Personal and Professional Growth and Performance Guidelines, including attendance to informal development activities, such as seminars, workshops and conferences; creative contributions to the department; participate in library-wide or University-wide committees or projects; and contributions to the profession such as serving in professional organizations or as a consultant, doing research and presenting findings, etc.
- Stay current at a general level with research developments in the assigned subject fields.