Librarian, Reference and Instruction / Assessment
Macalester College 7 reviews - Saint Paul, MN

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Purpose of Position

The Librarian for Reference & Instruction/Assessment participates in reference and instruction, serves as a liaison to assigned academic departments, and takes a leadership role within the library for coordinating library assessment efforts. The person in this position:

• serves as liaison to academic departments
• provides reference and consultative services for students and faculty
• provides instruction and collaborates with faculty on assignment creation in relation to course-integrated library instruction goals
• is actively involved in extensive outreach to the community and provides consultative services to faculty, students, and staff
• collaborates with colleagues to plan, implement, assess and evaluate new programs and/or services
• consults with college institutional research staff on integrating information fluency into broader campus student assessment planning
• provides leadership and expertise for library assessment
• works closely with faculty teaching upper division research methodology courses and with library Coordinator for Instruction in planning programs for Honors Students


1. Develops and implements assessment program for library with a focus on information competencies that reflect library instruction efforts.

2. Consults with and assists faculty, students, staff, and other customers with their research needs. Provides in-depth reference and research assistance or consultative services at public service points and by appointment.

3. Plans and delivers library instruction in formal classroom settings. Collaborates with faculty to prepare course-related instructional materials.

4. Collaborates with faculty to develop library collections that support the curriculum in assigned subject areas.

5. Serves as Library Liaison to designated departments and supports departmental needs, including instruction.

6. Contributes to selecting Reference materials for the collection, and contributes to selecting materials for subject liaison responsibilities.

7. Plans and develops electronic instructional guides to library resources and services.

8. Serves as the Macalester representative on various committees advising and coordinating local and regional systems such as the CLIC consortium and the MINITEX regional library information networks as assigned.

9. Resolves problems by interpreting and applying existing policy. Using discretion and innovative problem-solving skills, analyzes problems, explores alternatives, and implements creative solutions as necessary. Informs others as necessary.

10. Contributes to the development and accomplishment of overall library goals and objectives; provides support to other staff members; serves as a resource person to other library groups where expertise is needed. Actively participates on library groups and task forces.

11. Supervises student employees, trains them in library policies and processes, including the use of essential computer systems.

12. Keeps current on trends and developments relevant to academic libraries; attends consortial and professional meetings related to position needs; shares information with library staff.

13. Meets Library Core Competencies, Level 1 (minimum).

14. Other responsibilities as assigned, and as library needs change.


1. Master's degree in Library Science or equivalent from an ALA accredited institution with a minimum of five years experience with instruction in an academic library required. Reading knowledge of a second language highly desirable.

2. Demonstrated leadership skills and enthusiasm for outreach services. Proven experience working in a collaborative environment with faculty. Commitment to excellent customer service and continuous learning.

3. Ability to work in a flexible, team-based and continually evolving academic library environment. Demonstrated ability to work independently.

4. Substantial knowledge and experience with teaching or training in electronic and instructional technology. Demonstrated ability to plan, develop and present library instruction for a variety of audience levels. Demonstrated ability to integrate new technologies and innovations into instructional programs.

5. Demonstrated ability in reference interview techniques and knowledge of methods and tools for scholarly research.

6. Familiar with social software technologies and interest in pursuing ways of integrating library services with these technologies and with campus learning management (Moodle) and other systems.

7. Proficient with print and online verification and research tools, research databases, webtools such as RefWorks. Familiar with online editing for resource guides using LibData or LibGuides.

8. Knowledge of organizational and classification principles for library collections and demonstrated ability to evaluate collections and select resources appropriate to subject collection needs.

9. Excellent interpersonal skills and able to work with diverse populations.

10. Excellent oral and written communication and problem-solving skills.

11. Experience creating online tutorials is highly desirable.

12. Able to work weekend and/or evening hours.

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