Job Requisition Number: 26033. The Instruction Services Division (ISD) is a team of 7 librarians and professional staff who provide leadership for all issues related to the Library’s educational role such as student learning, information literacy, first-year and transfer student experience, reference and research services, assessment of teaching and learning, instructor development, and the design of physical and virtual learning environments. We support course-integrated instruction, drop-in workshops, online guides, and individual research. Our work furthers the Library’s involvement in teaching and learning initiatives and emphasizes the opportunities associated with undergraduate education. We cultivate liaison relationships with campus partners and academic programs.
Currently in the design phase, The Center for Connected Learning (CCL) is a hub for undergraduates to engage in multidisciplinary, multimodal inquiry and creation. Students will learn from peers and experts as they ask, seek, and find answers to their questions in an environment unbound by disciplines or domain expertise. Students will discover new possibilities for learning and research by experimenting with new methods and tools, including maker technologies. The services and spaces in the CCL provide deep connections to the Library’s wealth of scholarly resources and the many other services across Berkeley’s campus. The space is run in partnership with students, and they are empowered to influence service and space design, structure, and policies.
The Maker Education Service Lead oversees support for maker technologies including 3D technologies (e.g., printing, scanning, and modeling software), microcontrollers (e.g., Arduino, Raspberry Pi), technologies for creating immersive environments (e.g., 360 video, drones, VR/AR/MR), and tactile arts (e.g. button maker, vinyl cutter, sewing, paper arts) in the Moffitt Library Center for Connected Learning. The Maker Education Service Lead will empower students to be creators of information, not just consumers. This position plays a key role in fostering a welcoming atmosphere of creativity, collaboration, and experimentation, and must be enthusiastic about engaging with students from a range of disciplines and backgrounds.
The person in this position will: •Further the Library’s digital literacy initiative by providing assistance, mentoring, and leadership in the use of maker technologies to support inquiry and discovery for library users, with a focus on undergraduates •Support the design, development, and fabrication process for projects across all disciplines. •Provide just-in-time user support for hardware and software. •Be responsible for setup, maintenance, and upgrades to maker technologies. •Create and enforces policies and protocols for equipment use, and designs and delivers safety training for specialized equipment in accordance with the University’s Shop Safety Program; attends the Campus Shop Safety Committee meetings. •Advocate for and promote the use of maker technologies by creating exhibits to display student work and showcase the impact on student learning and research; this outreach communicates the role of maker technologies to Library colleagues, the campus community, and potential donors. •Offer individual and small group instruction for drop-in users, designs and conducts workshops as part of the Library’s workshop series, and creates complementary instructional content (e.g. guides or videos). •Continuously assesses the service by 1) collecting and analyzing data about the service and 2) staying abreast of trends in educational technologies through regular environmental scans of the landscape. Data are used to adjust services and to design scalable solutions for ongoing support of maker education. •Serve as the Library liaison to design labs and shops on campus such as the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, the CITRIS Invention Lab, the Berkeley Art Studio, and other maker education partners. •May lead cross-functional teams to devise solutions to complex issues, work with the Undergraduate Library Fellows, and supervise student workers.Knowledge and Skills: •Two years experience using maker technologies. •Demonstrated understanding of maker technologies and their application to research and creative work in an academic context. •A commitment to excellent user service. •Strong interpersonal communication skills, and ability to empathize with users and colleagues across all levels of technical sophistication. •Ability to design and develop learning materials for in-person workshops and through the use of digital media (audio, video, and web). •Manage and participate in team-based project work that involves faculty, staff, ITS colleagues, librarians and student media consultants. Education/Training: •Bachelor’s degree or combination of education and experience. •Coursework or projects in maker topics, design thinking, or other relevant areas.
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