osition Summary: The position reports to the Director of Reference and assists, advises, and instructs users in accessing and using information in all formats including direct and indirect service to library patrons. The incumbent provides high quality services, responsive to patron needs by carefully analyzing information sources and services. Serves as a liaison to designated academic departments and other administrative units supporting resource discovery, evaluation and access, research, instruction and assessment. This position requires independence and collaboration within and beyond the library to achieve excellent user satisfaction. This is a full-time, non-tenure-track professional staff position. Typical work week includes one evening (until 7:00pm) per week during fall and spring semesters. The schedule may be adjusted, and may include several weekends per year. Selected candidate must become a New Jersey resident within 365 days of appointment.
Essential Functions: 1. Liaison Services: serve as liaison to students, faculty, and staff for education, outreach, instruction, research, and collection services for assigned disciplines. a. Cultivate relationships through campus engagement, and actively work towards establishing productive relationship with departmental faculty, staff, and students to integrate the library resources in curricula and research projects. b. Seek opportunities for partnerships with faculty in research support, instruction and assessment, resource and service development. c. Perform cited reference searches for promotion and tenure of faculty candidates. 2. Reference and Research: provide high quality reference and research support for teaching and research faculty in response to their information needs to support education, teaching, and research. a. Connect users with appropriate information resources; provide quick answers as well as perform more extended literature searches as needed to provide research assistance to users in person and electronically. 3. User Education: in collaboration with other library units/teams, plan and implement strategies for integrating the library’s expertise, resource, and services into education and research. a. Promote, plan, prepare, deliver and assess course-integrated instruction to students, faculty, and staff in one-on-one, small group, and large class environments in person and online. b. Collaborate with faculty, design instructional materials, and assess learning outcomes according to the ACRL standards. c. Design, develop, and maintain webpages and LibGuides for specific discipline and subjects. d. Promote library resources and services. 4. General Responsibilities: a. Service Development: Serve as the primary public interface between patrons and library services. Collaborate with library colleagues to evaluate current services. Take initiative to identify, assess, plan, and promote user services by working closely with internal staff and external users. Recommend, design and implement new services. b. Resource Development: Monitor relevant information sources in our own and assigned disciplines. Continuously evaluate, select, recommend, and purchase information resources according to user and departmental needs. c. University Service & Professional Development: Provide leadership for and contribute to projects as assigned, such as accreditation reviews, promotion & tenure support. Participate as a member of appropriate University and Library committees. Continue professional development and participation in professional organizations.
Essential Characteristics: 1. Customer Focus 2. Communication 3. Creativity/Innovation/Initiative 4. Analytical Thinking / Problem Solving 5. Teamwork 6. Flexible/Dependable
Prerequisite Qualifications: 1. An ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS/MSLS degree and a bachelor’s or second masters in a STEM discipline (or equivalent). 2. At least two years of professional experience with reference and library instruction in an academic or similar (corporate or non-profit) library, including strong knowledge of print and electronic information resources. 3. Demonstrated ability to build partnerships and relationships to enhance learning, research, and student success; 4. Excellent communication and organizational skills. 5. Demonstrated knowledge of computer skills and library social media applications; experience with information sources, tools, and software, such as that for creation of guides and tutorials, citation management and course management, including facility with spreadsheets. 6. Demonstrated ability to work creatively and collaboratively to promote teamwork, equality, diversity, respect and inclusiveness. At the university's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be accepted where the candidate can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the university an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.
Preferred Qualifications: 1. Knowledge of chemistry or physics. 2. An outgoing and pro-active individual with a strong customer-service orientation. 3. Experience in strategic planning, program evaluation, and emerging technologies, managing, implementing, or leading projects. 4. Expertise in any of the following: instructional media, marketing and promotion, open access and open educational resources, copyright, assessment, bibliographic management, scholarly communication. 5. Excellent interpersonal skills.