Instruction and Research Librarian, Education, Social Sciences and Human Services

Job description

The Position

The Lewis University Library invites applications for an Instruction and Research Librarian, Education, Social Sciences and Human Service, to be responsible for liaison duties, instruction and research services duties. We seek creative candidates who can work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness in support of the Lewis University Mission.

Lewis University

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. For additional information on Lewis as an institution, please see our website at


  • Support and promote the Library Vision, offering diverse and dynamic resources and collections to its learning community in the spirit of academic inquiry and civic engagement.
  • Act as liaison for the College of Education, Social Sciences and Human Services and specific academic departments including (but not limited to): Education, Social Sciences and other departments as assigned.
  • Provide and promote specialized library instruction services to the students and faculty in areas connected to Education, Social Sciences and other departments as assigned.
  • Provide research services (responding to in-person, telephone, virtual and electronic inquiries) to all University Community members, with specialized research consultations for The College of Education, Social Sciences and Human Services as well as other departments as assigned.
  • Manage Government Documents Collection.
  • Under the direction of the Head of Library Instruction and Research Services and the Library Director, assist in the creation and implementation of library policies, procedures and workflow documentation.
  • Fulfills all liaison responsibilities established by library administration and as assigned by the Director.
  • Night and/or weekend shifts (including overnight hours during “Super Study” programming.)
  • Facilitation of Library Instruction for on-campus and online courses.
  • Support of the Library and University's online space (course management system, mobile Library application, online research guides, online presence for specific courses, library digitization initiatives, etc.)
  • Professional Development activities; including participation in state, regional and/or national professional library associations.
  • Library marketing and campus outreach; including liaison duties with academic departments and/or colleges and/or programs.
  • Experience with library assessment in an academic environment.
  • Travel to all Lewis University satellite campuses to provide seamless library resources for all University members.

Minimum Qualifications: 1-3 years of academic library experience. MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution. Intimate knowledge of existing resources and current trends in disciplines related to Education, Social Sciences, and Human Services (specific disciplines include: Criminal Justice, Social Work, Political Science, Sociology, Clinical and School Counseling and Psychology). Strong interest in working with students, faculty and staff. Commitment to creating and providing user-centered library services, specifically regarding library instruction services. Able to research emerging technologies for deployment of library services. Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills. Demonstrable ability to multitask, prioritize, and work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced work environment.

Preferred Qualifications: Second language. Second Master's degree in any of the following fields: Education, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Political Science, Sociology, Clinical or School Counseling and Psychology. Knowledge of, or experience with, cataloging and/or managing Government Documents. Knowledge of, or experience with, Open Educational Resources and Open Access Publishing. Computer application knowledge and experience, a demonstrated high level of proficiency in various computer operating systems, the MSOffice suite, assessment tools, etc. Must be able to take initiative and see projects through independently. Ability to demonstrate flexibility to adapt to new technologies and change.

Application Process: Interested applicants can view a full description of this position and apply online at

Inspired by the University's Mission values of Wisdom, Knowledge, Justice, Fidelity and Association, the Lewis Community declares that Lewis is a Sanctified Zone where people are committed to working to end racism, bias and prejudice by valuing diversity in a safe and nurturing environment.

Lewis University, sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to diversity. Applicants of a diverse background are highly encouraged to apply, however applications will only be accepted from individuals currently authorized to work on a full-time basis in the United States.





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Posted: 4/4/2018
Application Due: 6/3/2018
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