Requisition ID: req1351
Job Title: Librarian- Reference & Instruction
Department: Reference & Instruction
Location: Columbus Campus
Employment Type: Staff
Employment Status: Part-Time Professional
Bargaining Unit: Non-Bargaining Unit
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Compensation Type: Hourly
Schedule: 29 hours per week. Mondays & Wednesdays, 9-5; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9-4:30. Shifts include 30 minute lunch. Occasionally may be assigned to substitute on Saturdays.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential duty listed below. Reasonable accommodations will be made for disabled persons, covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, in accordance with its requirements.
Duties are numbered for convenience, and do not indicate order in terms of importance, frequency that the duty is performed, or the amount of time spent on the duty.
Distinguishing Job Characteristics: Provides reference assistance and support to students, faculty, staff and other library patrons. Guides and instructs library users in the use of library resources. Develops and conducts library instruction and orientation classes. Evaluates and selects library materials to assist in maintaining reference collection. Maintains library materials and resources.
1) Provides reference assistance and support to students, faculty and staff. Answers reference questions using variety of print and electronic resources.
2) Provides individual instruction to users with varying skill levels, in the research process and in effective use of electronic and print resources and databases.
3) Conducts group instruction sessions for students and faculty.
4) Teaches skills needed to identify, locate, access and evaluate information and resources, and develop information literacy knowledge to navigate and locate varying types and formats of information sources.
5) Researches, evaluates and selects library materials to assist in maintenance and upgrading of print and electronic reference and circulating collections.
6) Assists in evaluation and selection of print and electronic periodicals collection. Maintains current expert knowledge of multiple electronic databases used by students, faculty and staff.
7) Collaborates with faculty in development of instruction sessions tailored to the curriculum, class assignments and student readiness.
8) Develops instructional modules for general and course specific library research.
9) Responds to faculty requests for development of effective library research assignments.
10) Initiates, plans and develops tutorials and supporting instructional materials for specific databases or research needs and specific user groups.
11) Provides advice and support to students including interpreting usefulness of reference materials for student projects, advises students on selection and focus of topics for research papers, and guides students in development of effective search strategies. Advises students on citation methods, copyright issues and provides other support as needed to promote learning and research success.
12) Contributes to the development of library website and may be responsible for a significant portion of webpages, online research guides, and other library publications. Promotes library services at college events and through written articles in campus media.
13) Provides library instruction sessions at off-campus sites. Records statistics for reference and instruction sessions.
14) Participates in library assessment activities.
15) Maintains confidentiality of patron records and other information.
16) Works assigned schedule, exhibits regular and predictable attendance and works overtime as required to meet workload demands. Performs other related duties as required.
Other Duties and Responsibilities: Monitors computer equipment used to access library information. Contacts IT support if service is needed for non-functional equipment. Serves on library and college committees. Provides input into development of reference guidelines and procedures.
Usual Physical Demands: The following physical demands are typically exhibited by position incumbents performing this job's essential duties and responsibilities. These physical demands are not, and should not be construed to be job qualification standards, but are illustrated to help the College, employee and/or applicant identify where reasonable accommodations may need to be considered. While performing duties of this job, the employee regularly stands and walks, and frequently sits at a desk to conduct reference research. Employee frequently reaches, bends or kneels to retrieve and shelve books. Employee regularly talks and listens to patrons, and frequently reads computer screens, catalogs, books and other material. Employee regularly lifts items up to 10 pounds, and occasionally pushes and pulls large book trucks up to 25 pounds.
Working Conditions: Normal library working conditions.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of: library science; research methods, sources and databases; library practices and procedures; Dewey Decimal System; online catalog systems; online searching techniques; Microsoft office and other computer applications. Ability to: work with public; work individually without supervision and in teams; evaluate information sources for content, authority and relevancy; analyze complex reference requests; demonstrate a broad knowledge base; develop and maintain good working relationships with library patrons, co-workers and other job contacts; maintain confidential and sensitive information; categorize materials in subject, numerical and alphabetical order; maintain good public relations as library representative; exhibit analytical thinking. Skill in: verbal and written communications; listening; teaching and transmitting ideas to persons of diverse backgrounds and learning levels; conducting research and related problem solving; researching general and technical information; scan and analyze large quantities of information for relevance to research question; operation and maintenance of library computer system; use of the Internet; routine typing; spelling; maintaining registration and other operational records.
Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor's degree and actively working toward a Master's of Library Science or related degree (see preferred qualifications for related degrees) with at least 3 years progressively responsible experience working in a library reference position or a related field. An extensive reading background, and a well-rounded familiarity with a variety of subjects. Experience in patron service, college level research, use of research databases, and development and use of electronic information sources.
Preferred Qualifications: A Master's Degree from an ALA accredited institution in MLS, MLIS, MSLS, MSLIS, MALIS, or MIS.
Additional Information: Applicants must submit a resume and a cover letter.