Education and Social Sciences Librarian

Minneapolis, MN
May 02, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for an Education and Social Sciences Librarian position within the University Libraries Department.

The Education and Social Sciences librarian will serve as library liaison to the education, leadership and counseling programs administered by the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, including ED.D and Psy.D. programs. The College is based at the downtown Minneapolis campus of the University of St. Thomas. Liason librarians support the educational and research missions of the University by providing research and instruction support in and out of the classroom, collection management services, and outreach.

Essential Functions:

Collection Management/Development

  • Select and assess electronic and print materials within liaison areas for purchase or subscription
  • Deselect and weed print and electronic collections
  • Partner with faculty to support academic department needs through purchase of library resources
  • Track departmental expenditures, ensuring that funds are expended appropriately and in a timely manner
  • Develop and maintain the K-12 Curriculum and Hubbs Children's Literature collections
Library Use Instruction

  • Serve as liaison, or subject specialist, to faculty, students and staff in specified academic departments
  • Develop knowledge in assigned subject area.
  • Be familiar with the current ACRL IL Framework and guidelines and be able to incorporate those into teaching and learning.
  • Prepare, present and assess library instruction for classes, individuals or small groups in liaison areas.
  • Assist faculty in developing assignments that enhance student learning through the development of research and critical thinking skills.
  • Create and update research guides, user documentation and other materials as appropriate
  • Develop and lead workshops pertaining to variety of research and information seeking tools and techniques.
  • Partner with other instructional specialists (Writing Center, STELAR) in these endeavors.
Research assistance

  • Assist students to develop research strategies, locate materials, and synthesize and evaluate resources.
  • Support faculty in locating materials or information that support both research and teaching.
General reference librarian duties

  • Provide quality general reference assistance to users in person and online.
  • Teach students good research skills while assisting them to find materials
  • Aid faculty in locating materials or information that support both research and teaching
  • May be expected to assume some responsibility for supervision of student assistants
Effective member of library staff

  • Participate in planning and development individually and organizationally
  • Communicate regarding all aspects of work with colleagues
  • Seek professional and community engagement
This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.

Minimum qualifications: MLS from an accredited Library school or equivalent degree required. Academic library experience required.

Preferred qualifications: Degree in social sciences is preferred. Previous experience in education, including K-12 classroom experience preferred.

Knowledge of: Demonstrated knowledge of education and social sciences resources and methodologies. Collection management and development. Best practices related to library use and instruction. Current use of ACRL IL framework and guidelines.

Skills: Strong interpersonal skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and a user-focused commitment. Developing and delivering workshops, training documents, and user guides related to research skills.

Abilities: A strong service orientation and the ability to work cooperatively in an environment requiring flexibility and innovation. The ability to maintain effective relationships with the diverse constituencies of university - faculty, students and staff – is essential. The ability to empathize and engage successfully with a wide spectrum of student abilities and experiences.

Applicants will be asked to upload a resume to their profile and copy/paste a cover letter into the application.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.

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The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer