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Assistant Librarian (Public Services Librarian)

The Public Services Librarian ensures an excellent user experience by providing high level user-focused support for research assistance and front-line public services activities. Working with a high level of autonomy, this position focuses on performing functions directly related to instructing academic library users in how to find scholarly information to support their academic research needs. This individual contributes to the Libraries’ learning and engagement program by teaching information and research skills to students in general education classes and other settings.

Sunday – Thursday (1:00pm – 10:00pm)

Responsibilities / Duties

Research and Information Services
  • Analyzes users’ information needs, determines appropriate library resources to use, and designs research strategies to meet those needs.
  • Instructs students in how to find scholarly information, evaluate information credibility, and avoid plagiarism.
  • Assists library users with circulating library materials, collecting fines, and other activities associated with patron accounts.
Teaching
  • Teaches classes on research skills related to finding, evaluating, using, and citing information sources to students in English Composition, First Year Studies, and other general education classes.
  • Assists library faculty with teaching and outreach efforts for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Creates online tutorials, research guides, and other instructional materials.
  • Contributes to the work of library instruction committees in developing class outlines, student learning outcomes, and assessments for student learning initiatives.
  • Develops and participates in engagement activities to help students transition to college life.
Library & Departmental Activities
  • Contributes to the planning and assessment of departmental efforts.
  • Participates in professional development, library committees, departmental and library-wide meetings, and planning activities.
  • Trains student workers and staff in providing basic reference service.
  • Reviews chat transcripts, and makes recommendations on improving accuracy and customer service.
  • May need to work outside of normally scheduled hours to assist with special events, staffing shortages, or inclement weather.
This position is required to report to their designated work location to ensure operation of essential campus functions or departments during an emergency, or when the University has suspended or delayed operations.

Qualifications

Required
  • Master’s Degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited Library Science or Information Science Degree
  • Knowledge of basic information sources, basic cataloging principles, and database searching.
  • Knowledge of web search engines and advanced search techniques.
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills.
  • Ability to be self-motivated and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to speak comfortably in public.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to be highly dependable and able to maintain a regular work schedule.
  • Ability to be flexible and to adapt to a changing environment.
  • Customer service experience.
Preferred
  • Knowledge of reference tools in the sciences, engineering, humanities, and social sciences.
  • Knowledge of web authoring tools and content management systems.
  • Reference or public services experience in an academic library.
  • Library instruction experience
A background check is required prior to hiring. In order to be considered for candidacy, you must submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications and a current resume.