• Librarian II - Reference/Instruction Librarian

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    Librarian II - Reference/Instruction Librarian


    Job Description:

    The Librarian II, under general supervision, performs professional tasks in one or more functional areas within the Library.; Work hours: Mon-Fri; 8 AM-5 PM or as work requirements indicate; some evenings and weekends required to cover the reference service desk.

    60% Assists Manager for Research and Learning by staffing reference service desks: Assists and instructs patrons in the use of library databases, reference tools, and other library equipment. Assists in monitoring all aspects of virtual Reference services including reference questions, promoting the service, and maintain associated statistical data. Maintain knowledge of current resources and new technologies as applied reference, as well as other library services. Researches, synthesizes, interprets and communicates concrete and abstract data to answer a multitude of questions from patrons ranging from Tarleton community to citizens of surrounding communities with varying degrees of understanding. Responsible for the operation of library services during evening and weekend hours, including circulation. Must be able to work cooperatively with others as well as direct the accomplishment of work by others. Makes critical decisions regarding the operation of the library using calm, logical approaches to problems and emergencies and contacting appropriate emergency University/Library personnel as necessary to ensure the security of the facility during evenings and weekends. Communicates effectively with peers who work reference desk to assure continuity of service. Demonstrates active listening and verbal skills when performing reference interviews to identify patron needs and direct them to appropriate resources. Maintains working knowledge of library equipment and troubleshoots as needed. Coordinates multiple activities at one time in busy and sometimes stressful conditions. Serves as a liaison to one or more academic departments, provides information and collection development services, including informing faculty of new library services and resources, serving as an intermediary for departmental library issues, monitoring of approval plans, and recommending titles for purchase. Works flexible hours to meet shifting patron demands. Adheres to guidelines established by Library, University, and professional policies.


    30% Assists Coordinator for Information Literacy and Academic Engagement in the instruction program. Delivers instruction for lower-level courses and orientations in the use of library resources as assigned. Provides database training as part of library’s general instruction program open to all library patrons. Works with faculty to design library instruction programs, research assignments, and web-based materials in support of the curriculum. Creates and promotes web-based library instruction resources and services. Flexible about hours worked and adjusts schedule to accommodate class meetings.

    10% Assists other User Services staff with activities that include, but not limited to: Monthly reference usage statistics and librarian liaison activities. Special events, exhibits, and marketing of new library resources and tools. Maintenance of the reference collection and inventory control. Collection development for reference, designated academic departments, and other collection areas as needed including evaluation, selection, and weeding. Maintains current knowledge of library technology; takes advantage of state and regional opportunities for continuing education to keep knowledge of library practices and procedures current; attendance at workshops and through community activities. Performs other duties as assigned as well as maintaining professional development through membership in university committees and professional organizations.

    Education and Experience:
    Masters degree in Library Science. Two years of related experience in an academic library setting.


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. Knowledge of automated library systems. Knowledge of basic metadata schemas, digital collection management software, security, and public safety issues. Excellent interpersonal, customer service, presentation, and research skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others. Ability to use basic print and electronic reference tools. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.


    Applications only accepted online at https://www.tarleton.edu/jobs/  Please contact employment@tarleton.edu if you have questions.


    All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.


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