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Approximate Salary:
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Columbus, Ohio
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
3-5 Years
Education level:
Master Degree

Reference Librarian

Requisition ID: req2276

Job Title: Reference Librarian

Department: Reference & Instruction

Location: Columbus Campus

Employment Type: Staff

Employment Status: Board Approved

Bargaining Unit: Non-Bargaining Unit

FLSA Status: Exempt

Compensation Type: Annual

Compensation: $44,034

Schedule: Monday - Friday; 7:00am - 4:00pm

Job Description:

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.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 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.

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) Works with the supervisor in orienting, training and mentoring new hires to the reference staff.

13) As directed by the supervisor, provides guidance and project oversight for the part-time librarians.

14) Works collaboratively with supervisor and full time librarians in planning program direction and initiatives of the department.

15) 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.

16) Provides library instruction sessions at off-campus sites. Records statistics for reference and instruction sessions.

17) Participates in library assessment activities.

18) Maintains confidentiality of patron records and other information.

19) 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 & 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.

Working Conditions: Normal library working conditions.

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, catalogues, books and other material. Employee regularly lifts items up to 10 pounds, and occasionally pushes and pulls large book trucks up to 25 pounds.

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; develop and maintain good working relationships with library patrons, co-workers and other job contacts; work individually without supervision as well as in teams; evaluate information sources for content, authority and relevancy; analyze complex reference requests; demonstrate a broad knowledge base of college academic subjects; categorize materials in subject, numerical and alphabetical order; exhibit analytical thinking; maintain confidential and sensitive information. 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:

Minimum qualifications for this position are: Master's Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution or closely related field. At least 2 years of 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 use of electronic information sources. State Motor Vehicle Operator's License or demonstrable ability to gain access to work site(s).

Preferred Qualifications: Leadership experience. Experience promoting services and events through social media. Familiarity with College Credit Plus program.

Additional Information: All applicants must submit a resume and cover letter detailing how their experience and qualifications match the job description. Applications received without a cover letter will be considered incomplete and, therefore, not considered.