Business Reference Librarian
University of Maine - Orono, ME

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Reference Librarian –
Business

Business Reference Librarian. Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine, seeks business reference librarian, duties include reference patron services, with some night and weekend hours; information literacy instruction; web work; and collection development.

Required: ALA accredited MLS; working knowledge of traditional and electronic resources; business reference experience, including work with e-reference tools; evidence of a strong commitment to service and research; experience with information literacy instruction; evidence of working in teams; excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred: Reference and collection development experience in an academic library. Demonstrated experience with Web and tutorial authorship.

The University of Maine is the land grant university and sea grant college for the State of Maine. It is the flagship institution of the University of Maine System, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The University of Maine has approximately 11,000 students and 543 faculty. The Raymond H. Fogler Library has a collection of more than 1.1 million volumes and a staff of 21 professionals and 32 support staff. The library uses the Innovative Interfaces integrated system and is a Tri-State Regional Depository and a full patent depository.

This is a 12 month, full-time position with a starting salary of $40,461-$45,000 and an excellent benefits package. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable pool of candidates is found. Send letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references to Karen Stewart, Office of the Dean of Libraries, 5729 Fogler Library, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5729 or karen.stewart@maine.edu. Appropriate Background Checks Required.

The University of Maine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Job Description

TITLE : Business Reference Librarian DATE: September 2013

DEPARTMENT : Raymond H. Fogler Library REPORTS TO: Head of Reference

POSITION TYPE : Ongoing, Base Budget

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

To support the instructional, research, and public service functions of the University by providing reference, instruction, and collection development services.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Reference Services

Process:

1. Primary library resource for the Business department.

2. Provides Reference services on all subjects in social science and humanities (including science and engineering when the Science and Engineering Center is not staffed); may be up to 22 hours per week at the desk. This includes in-person, chat, email, text, and phone services.

3. Responsible for appropriate referrals.

4. Assists users in evaluating information and materials and developing appropriate search strategies.

5. Conducts computer literature searches.

Quantity:

1 – 5 daily

Quality:

Information provided is accurate and timely.

Bibliographic Instruction

Process:

1. Instructs library users to efficiently and effectively find and use information and materials available in the Fogler Library and elsewhere.

2. Maintains contact with the faculty in business and other assigned discipline areas.

3. Instructs classes, including LBR 200, Information Literacy.

4. Leads library orientation sessions.

5. Writes and revises library guides.

Quantity:

1 daily; 2-5 as needed

Quality:

Instruction is timely and meets the needs of the faculty and students.

Collection Development –Reference Collection

Process:

1. Evaluates the business and other assigned subject areas in the electronic and print Social Science and Humanities Reference Collection on a continual basis.

2. Selects materials in all formats for the Reference Collection in business and other assigned discipline areas.

3. Deselects materials for all assigned areas in the Reference Collection.

4. Maintains contact with the faculty and departments in business and other assigned discipline areas.

5. Assists in preparing collection analyses.

Quantity

1,2 daily; 3-5 as needed

Quality:

Reference collection meets the needs of the faculty and students.

Collection Development – General Collection

Process:

1. Evaluates the business collection and other assigned subject areas in the general collection on a continual basis.

2. Selects materials for the general collection in business and other assigned discipline areas.

3. Maintains contact with the faculty and departments in business and other assigned discipline areas.

4. Assists in preparing collection analyses.

Quantity:

1, 2,3 daily; 4 as needed

Quality:

General collection meets the needs of the faculty and students.

Other reasonable related duties, including work on Library, University, and state-wide committees .

MARGINAL FUNCTIONS :

There are no marginal functions.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS QUALIFICATIONS:

Master’s degree in library science from a school accredited by the American Library Association is required. Reference experience is required, with reference experience with business materials preferred. Experience with the creation of web pages. Experience or training in information literacy instruction and computer database searching. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work independently or as part of a team.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

None

WORK ENVIRONMENT/DYNAMICS:

Work environment is similar to most academic library settings in that it will be affected by rapid changes in information technology. This employee will be expected to help monitor these changes and assist in adjusting services accordingly.

WORK SCHEDULE:

40 hours per week including weekend and evening hours, however work beyond this may be necessary to complete the requirements of the position.

WORK YEAR:

Fiscal year appointment.

SCHEDULE FOR EVALUATION:

According to UMPSA guidelines.

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