Reference and Instruction Librarian

University of Nebraska At Kearney, Kearney
$62,000 minimum
Sep 27, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

REFERENCE AND INSTRUCTION LIBRARIAN, University of Nebraska at Kearney.  The Reference and Instruction Librarian works collaboratively with other library faculty and staff to provide reference and research assistance to the UNK community; develop programming and educational initiatives; promote library services; and communicate the value of the library collections and of information literacy. The Reference and Instruction Librarian will serve as a library liaison as assigned and will help to build library collections in relevant areas. Opportunities in Government Documents, Archives, and Institutional Repository may be available. The faculty librarian is service oriented, with excellent social, communication, and collaboration skills.

The Library Faculty member will partner with library colleagues, departmental faculty, the Learning Commons, and others in the provision of outstanding academic support for all UNK students, faculty, and staff. The person in this position reports to the Coordinator for User Services. This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor.


Provides research assistance and individual instruction in the use of the library’s services and resources in person, and via LibAnswers (phone, e-mail, SMS text, and online chat). Includes assigned evening and weekend reference duties. Assists in the development, delivery and assessment of information literacy instruction utilizing various methods including teaching class sessions, using course management software (Canvas), and developing or revising online tutorials. Maintains/develops selected resource guides using LibGuides. Serves as a liaison to several academic departments as assigned. Maintains a high level of commitment to prompt, courteous service to all library clients.


Participates as an active member of the library faculty, the library professional staff, and the UNK faculty by serving on committees and working to further the mission of the library and the university.

Engages in scholarly and service activity as required for reappointment, tenure and promotion.

Participates in state, regional, and national professional organizations as appropriate.

Works to meet the library’s goal of providing outstanding service to all users, supports the general recruitment and retention goals of the University, and exhibits a commitment to the profession of librarianship.

Accepts other duties, assignments or responsibilities from the Coordinator for User Services and the Dean of the Library.


Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, or equivalent, from an American Library Association accredited program.

Ability to work with others as an enthusiastic, engaged team member.


Experience or education related to the natural sciences and business.

Strong public service orientation and the desire to further enhance expertise.

Start Date: January 2, 2018. 

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