Job Description: ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to: Head of Reference & Access Services Librarian
Summary of Position: This position provides a full range of reference and instructional services including staffing the Reference Desk at the F. W. Olin Library. The Reference Librarian is often the frontline manager and uses their discretion to make independent decisions and to craft and interpret guidelines and procedures. The Reference Librarian will also teach classes, assist with circulation functions, handle email, chat, and telephone reference inquiries, and participate in collection development for several academic departments. The Reference Librarian will create and update public service documentation and Library publications such as subject guides, handouts, and the Library's outreach channels (e.g., social media).
Essential Job Functions:
Reference (40%): Managing reference activities including staffing the reference desk and guiding students, faculty, and staff in the use of Library's physical and electronic collections; meet with students and/or faculty one-on-one or in groups for research appointments and assignment planning.
Information Literacy & Library Instruction (20%): creating/maintaining the library's online Subject Guides, leading information literacy instructional sessions, demonstrating how to best utilize the library's physical and electronic collections and teaching students research strategies and ethical research concepts based on the ACRL information literacy guidelines/framework. Works with the Information Literacy & Reference Librarian on various initiatives as needed.
Collection Development (15%): Selecting and deselecting appropriate library resources within assigned subjects to support Mills curriculum and faculty research. Creating thematic displays and bibliographies.
Outreach (15%): Library programming, staffing and creating handouts and mini-collections for campus events (e.g., Staff Wellness Fair, First Year Orientation, SAW/Hellman events), liaising to academic departments and student groups, participating in the Personal Librarian Program, administering and creating content for Library social media.
General Public Services (10%): overseeing the Circulation Desk as needed, searching for missing books, taking fines, resolving patron issues, computer/tech support, creating signage, etc.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities:
Assisting with the Library's course reserves and interlibrary loan efforts as needed.
Assist with Library's ProQuest/ETD account where students upload and publish Mills College theses and dissertations as needed.
Record and maintain statistics of Library use and service: head counts, reference transactions, information literacy sessions, and interactions with students.
Serve on campus and professional committees and engage with other campus departments.
Seek out and participate in professional development to stay abreast of changes, emerging trends, and innovations in the field.
Co-instructor for College 005 (Information Literacy).
Requirements: Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Demonstrated experience using databases, other electronic resources, online catalogs, the Internet, and print resources.
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Effective teaching skills, in group and individual settings.
Strong planning, organizational and analytical skills.
Enthusiasm and commitment to library public services.
Working knowledge of hardware and software used in libraries (e.g., PCs, Apple products, printers, etc.).
Conversant with emerging technologies.
Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues, faculty, students, and staff.
Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
Ability to provide excellent customer service to F. W. Olin Library patrons.
Ability to establish and maintain effective and productive working relationships within a diverse and multicultural environment.
1-2 years of professional experience.
Education and Training:
Graduate degree in librarianship from an ALA-accredited institution.
Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands:
Ability to work evenings and weekends as the schedule and emergencies demand.
Ability to lift 10 pounds above your head.
This position description is not intended to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties, or responsibilities. Additional duties may be assigned based on business operational needs.
Additional Information: Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills' non-discrimination policy, please go to http://www.mills.edu/administration/administrative_offices/policies/nondiscrimination.php
Mills is an independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. The College educates students to think critically and communicate responsibly and effectively, to accept the challenges of their creative visions, and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effect thoughtful changes in a global, multicultural society. Mills encourages openness to experimenta...tion in the context of established academic disciplines. Programs are designed to reflect the importance of global issues, provide an understanding of the natural world, and enhance opportunities for women in their developing roles throughout society. The curriculum combines traditional liberal arts with new educational initiatives that recognize the value of cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity. Inspired by a teaching philosophy that grows out of its longstanding dedication to women?s education, Mills provides a dynamic learning environment that encourages intellectual exploration. The faculty of nationally and internationally respected scholars and artists is dedicated to developing the strengths of every student, preparing them for lifelong intellectual, personal, and professional growth.