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Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota

Reference, Instruction, and Collection Development Librarian

Location: ND-MN - Greater Grand Forks
Type: Full Time
Category: Libraries and archives
Deadline: December 3, 2020

City: Grand Forks, ND
Salary: $50,000
Is this a remote / WFH position?: No

Job description

To serve as a member of a team who provides direct assistance and guidance to library users through reference and instructional services and who serve as bibliographers for specific academic department, assisting in collection development and serving as liaisons to assigned departments.

Duties & Responsibilities

Provide reference and research services.
+ Work scheduled hours at the Reference Desk assisting patrons in identifying, accessing and interpreting library and other information resources.
+ Instruct patrons in using electronic resources, such as ODIN, subscription databases and indexes, and other Internet resources, and in using the print reference collection.
+ Answer questions received in person or remotely, such as by telephone, electronic or surface mail, chat or other methods.
+ Direct or refer users to more appropriate resources outside of the Library as necessary.
+ Keep the “Resources by Subject” web pages updated in assigned subject areas and related areas on the E-Reference Tools pages.
+ Conduct database searches in appropriate areas to assist users with research or to answer reference questions.
+ Provide advanced reference and bibliographic service in assigned subject areas of specialization. Conduct specialized database searches for complex information needs.
+ Schedule individual research appointments with faculty and students from assigned departments as needed.
+ Verify difficult InterLibrary Loan requests in assigned subject areas.
+ Attend Reference meetings and participate in the discussion of timely reference issues and the planning for improved services and resources.
+ Evaluate and make recommendations concerning the selection and implementation of new technologies to enhance reference services and instruction.
+ Evaluate and make recommendations concerning the selection of general and subject specific reference print and electronic resources.
+ Promote Reference services to the University and community.

Act as bibliographer for specified academic departments; responsible for collection development/management for specified subject areas of the collection as well as the general reference collection.
+ Confer with faculty liaisons and faculty from assigned academic departments, about information needs, existing resources, and departmental materials budgets and acquisition procedures.
+ Keep informed of the departments’ curriculum and research interests and keep the departments informed of developments in the Library.
+ Promote faculty’s usage of library resources and their role in promoting of library resources to their classes.
+ Encourage user education sessions for their classes and referrals to their subject librarian.
+ Stay abreast of publisher and vendor activities in assigned subject areas. Consult notifications and reviews of materials available for purchase and assist faculty in selecting materials within their budget, striving to ensure the collection adequately supports the curriculum.
+ Provide faculty with new book notifications and reviews as requested.
+ Create a desiderta file for materials for when supplemental monies become available for library materials.
+ Input selections into the YBP Gobi system and submit orders folders to Acquisitions.
+ Monitor departmental allocations, encumbrances, and expenditures, keeping faculty liaisons informed as needed.
+ Assist departments with accreditation reports by reviewing the existing collection in assigned subject areas and evaluating for quality. Collection analysis may also be requested by the Head of Collection Development.
+ Inspect damaged materials and recommend mending, binding or withdrawal.
+ Make recommendations for additions or withdrawals of material from the general reference collection.
+ Serve as a member of the Collection Development Committee, by attending and contributing at meetings.
+ Respond to special requests of the Collection Development Librarian and assist with special projects.
Receive, evaluate and direct the processing of gift materials in assigned subject areas.

Participate in Library’s information literacy instruction program.
+ Instruct classes in research techniques as requested by academic departments in assigned subject areas of specialization.
+ Promote instructional services to assigned departments.
+ Conduct general library tours and specialized library presentations as requested by the Information Literacy Coordinator.
+ Work with the Off-Campus Instructional Services Librarian, to assist distance and online students and faculty with access issues to Library resources.
+ Provide individual research appointments with students and faculty within assigned subject areas.
+ Develop and create subject guides to the collection as needed, focusing on assigned areas of expertise.
+ Keep current of recent developments in information literacy/ instruction to recommend improvements to services.

Participate in other duties as assigned.
+ Participate in library and university committees and initiatives, and other activities of professional interest or as assigned.
+ Liaison responsibilities to departmental libraries, units and special programs as assigned.
+ Provide support for UND’s Open Access and Open Educational Resources initiatives.
+ Work with the Digital Exhibits Working Group to develop exhibits and displays.

Participate in professional activities.
+ Participate in meetings, conferences, workshops, or webinars, locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally as appropriate.
+ Accept opportunities to participate on committees, make presentations, and publish appropriate research or library accomplishments.
+ Keep current on the latest developments in the field of academic librarianship and related areas of interest through reading the professional literature and through electronic communication tools, such as discussion lists, blogs and other technologies and by attending training sessions and webinars on new technologies and resources.
+ Promote the library, its services and collections to the University community and beyond.
+ Contribute to the advancement of the profession and status of the University and its Libraries.

Qualifications or requirements

Minimum Requirements
Graduate master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited program.
One year relevant academic or research library experience.
Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Integrated Library Systems, information resource databases.
Experience providing reference and research services.
Experience in collection development.
Experience using general office equipment.
Successful completion of criminal history records check.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications
Degree or significant coursework in education or related areas.

How to apply

Apply online:

For full consideration, all application materials must be fully submitted by 11:59PM on December 3.