The Reference, Instruction, and Web Services Librarian works closely with technical and public services colleagues to integrate proprietary and open-source platforms into the Library’s interfaces. This position coordinates the planning, design, maintenance, and evaluation of the Library’s web presence to improve user experience and ensure reliable operation of the Library’s web content. The librarian also creates and contributes to programs and instruction that support student success, including information and data literacy and other skills for academic success. The position supports the reference and research needs of the University’s constituents. The Reference, Instruction, and Web Services Librarian will actively participate in university- and library-wide initiatives and work closely with the Head, Information Literacy and Outreach and others to coordinate services.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (include but are not limited to)
- Respectfully represent La Salle University and Connelly Library to constituents, patrons, students, faculty, and the community.
- Provides reference and research assistance with library resources in person or via phone, email, video conferencing, text, chat, online learning platforms, and course management software.
- Collaborates with faculty and other academic professionals in planning, implementing, teaching, and assessing information literacy programming.
- Develops and maintains various instructional and promotional materials, including tutorials, LibGuides, and other tools.
- Promotes, plans, and conducts library instruction classes/sessions for face-to-face and online classes. Works with faculty to incorporate library instruction into their courses.
- Participates in the evaluation of the instruction program and outcome assessment of instruction sessions.
- Designs, develops, and maintains the Library’s web presence and other online user interfaces.
- Maintain electronic resource management system, including e-journal portal, link resolver, and federated search software.
- Provides reference services in person, via email, chat, or phone.
- Coordinate chat reference as part of the Ask a Librarian service.
- In partnership with the Associate Dean, communicates with vendors/publishers to expedite and sustain access to electronic resources. Liaises with vendors, publishers and consortia for interface changes, troubleshooting, and technical matters.
- Keeps up-to-date with trends in instructional technologies, and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Framework.
- Promote electronic resources to the faculty and students.
- Participates in library-wide professional planning meetings.
- Develops resources and implements instruction and workshops in face-to-face and online environments.
- Keeps current in research trends and reference materials.
- Keep library colleagues and faculty aware of changes in software, interfaces, etc.
- Participates in general Library policy formulation, budgeting, and planning.
- Serves on Library and University committees and task forces including appointments made by the Faculty Senate.
- Represents the Library in local, state-wide, regional, national, or international organizations as appropriate.
- Attends professional development meetings and workshops as able to develop relevant job skills.
- Participate in University activities as able.
- Participate in cross-training of other library departments as able to broaden personal understanding and strengthen overall library staff and resources.
- Perform other duties and tasks as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (Education/Training and Experience)
- ALA-accredited Masters required, or its professional equivalent.
- Demonstrated experience designing and developing websites in a CMS-driven environment. Ability to write and design web content using, at a minimum, HTML and CSS.
- Experience with digital technologies and proficiency in a web-based environment.
- Knowledge of and commitment to the mission of La Salle University.
- Three years’ experience as an academic librarian, with at least one year’s experience in library instruction or instructional design.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively collaborate with faculty, colleagues, and students and to work successfully with a diverse population.
- Experience creating online instructional objects and research guides.
- Demonstrated ability to work with the back-end of library discovery systems.
- Experience providing Reference and/or subject area liaison services.
- Experience administering or using Springshare’s suite of products (e.g., LibGuides, LibAnswers).
La Salle University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports a fully inclusive, equitable, and diverse working and learning environment. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
La Salle University offers its eligible employees comprehensive medical and dental plans, employer paid life and disability insurance, retirement benefits, generous paid time off (vacation, sick leave, and holidays), and tuition benefits such as no cost undergraduate and graduate degree programs for its employees (with no wait period) and no cost undergraduate degree programs for its employees’ dependents (after completing the required years of service).
For more information and to apply, visit https://lasalle.peopleadmin.com/postings/3867