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Reference Librarian - Merced Campus

Merced College
Merced, California
$55,018 - $75,137 (additional compensation for doctorate)

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(Successful candidates may be assigned to other locations)  

Salary:     $55,018 – $75,137 (additional compensation for doctorate)

This is a full-time tenure track assignment under the general supervision of the Dean of the Learning Resource Center. The Librarian will be responsible for a full range of professional duties including: providing reference services, collection development in collaboration with discipline faculty, instructing in the use of information technologies, developing instructional materials, working collaboratively with a diverse range of individuals, including possible night and weekend service.

Closing DateApril 9, 2019 12:00 pm, PST – open until filled
Beginning Date:  August 2019

Merced College is a midsized community college located in California’s Central Valley. Founded in 1962, the college serves more than 16,000 students with room to expand on its 267 acre main campus and 120 acre Los Banos site. Merced, incorporated in 1889, offers historical sites, affordable housing, access to the Bay Area and Sacramento, and is the Gateway to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra mountains as well as home to the University of California Merced campus. Our tree-shaded, growing community of just over 80,000 includes multiple biking and walking trails as well as access to several lakes – large and small – throughout the county.

The Learning Resources Center (LRC) is the home of the Merced College Library. The LRC provides research and instructional resources for Merced College students, faculty, staff and administration. Our big bright library is one of the most dynamic and inviting areas on campus with 64+ computers, lots of study rooms, meeting rooms, lots of quiet study space and a dedicated library instruction room. As part of our mission, the Library provides instructional materials and media to support the curriculum of the college and provides for the research and instructional needs of our students in collaboration with discipline faculty. We have an active reference desk and lots of opportunities to be part of the college community. Distance Education is part of the LRC and we are extending our online education including OER and other new instructional technologies. This position has the opportunity to deliver innovative instruction to our students and we want to welcome your new ideas.  

Merced College Vision

Merced College will provide transformative and empowering educational experiences to meet student and community needs.

Merced College Mission

Growing our community through education and workforce training:

  • lifelong learning
  • basic skills
  • career technical education
  • transfer
  • degree/certificate programs

Ensuring student success through equitable access, continuous quality improvement, institutional effectiveness, and student achievement.



  • Master’s degree in Library Science, Library and Information Science from an A.L.A. accredited college or university; OR  
  • The equivalent.
  • Minimum of two (2) years recent professional experience in an academic library, with an emphasis in instruction; OR
  • For recent library school graduates, a specialization in library instruction and/or academic librarianship.
  • Candidate must have sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.


  • Demonstrated commitment to student-centered and quality library services and student success
  • Experience with assessment of information literacy and library instruction services
  • Commitment to student-centered library services
  • Demonstrated experience utilizing current library technologies, such as integrated library systems, library services platforms, discovery services, online catalogs, online databases, and internet resources
  • Experience promoting library resources to students, staff, faculty and administration
  • Excellent oral, written and presentation skills for multiple audiences
  • Experience in reference and instruction services in an academic library to a diverse patron community
  • Demonstrated pro-active problem solving skills
  • Adept at handling multiple responsibilities
  • Flexibility and receptiveness to new ideas, methods, and duties related to instruction
  • Enthusiasm for teaching and promoting student equity and success

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Teaching assignments in a variety of instructional settings and times.
  • Work with Dual Enrollment and First Year Experience students and programs
  • Provide in-person and virtual reference instruction and information service to students, staff, faculty and administration including Dual Enrollment, FYE and Incarcerated students
  • Serves as a liaison with faculty in departments outside the library to develop collaborative relationships to further information literacy and increase awareness of library resources to students
  • Advocate for and participate in activities relating to OER use
  • Prepare, develop and deliver instruction to students, faculty and staff in various modalities (online, in-person, in classroom and at reference desk)
  • Prepares online and physical instructional materials appropriate for instructional use may include LibGuides, Handouts, Tutorials
  • Develop and assess student learning outcomes for instruction
  • Participate in program review, student learning outcome development and assessment to improve student learning
  • Participate in collection development for liaison areas and assist in other areas
  • Serve on college committees and participate in college-wide projects
  • Maintain current knowledge in subject-matter areas
  • Maintain appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics
  • Assignment may include evening hours

Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of current instructional pedagogy involving student engagement through active learning and in conjunction with established student learning outcomes
  • Knowledge and/or experience in cataloging and library systems preferred
  • Knowledge of copyright, permissions, fair use and appropriate attribution of CC licensed materials
  • Knowledge of current research methods including both print and electronic resources
  • Knowledge of current trends and technology applications relevant to library services and instruction
  • Knowledge of collection development
  • Demonstrated knowledge of information literacy best practices in strategies, methodologies, trends and practice within academic libraries

Ability to:

  • Develop successful instructional strategies for non-traditional or academically at-risk students
  • Work collaboratively with library staff, faculty, and administrators
  • Learn new technologies and apply skills quickly

How to Apply:

Candidates will submit a complete application on the Merced College Career Pages at

  1. Letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position
  2. Resume
  3. Three recent letters of recommendation
  4. Legible unofficial college transcripts (undergraduate and graduate).  Transcripts must include the degree major and date the institution granted the degree.   Official copies are not required unless applicant is hired. 
  5. Foreign transcripts must include a U.S. evaluation and translation.
  6. Diversity Statement: Provide a statement about yourself that specifically demonstrates sensitivity to the needs of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and the community at large.  Your response is limited to one (1) page.
  7. OPTIONAL: Equivalency Review Form, if applicable. (Required for applicants who do not possess the stated minimum educational qualifications and are seeking consideration on the basis of equivalency)

Individuals with disabilities may request any needed accommodation to participate in the application process. Please submit your request with your application to the Human Resources Office.  

Interview Information: Those applicants deemed most qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a screening committee which includes a 15-minute teaching demonstration on a selected topic.   Finalist interviews with district administrators will follow the same or next day. A limited number of candidates will be invited to interviews.

Employee Benefits: The District pays (with small contribution from employee) health, prescription, vision and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents. Life and income protection insurance premiums are provided for the employee only. Sick leave and retirement benefits are also provided.

Condition of Employment: The selected candidate must be fingerprinted and tested for tuberculosis at his/her own expense prior to the start of employment. In compliance with the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, all new employees are required to verify their identity and the right to work in the United States. An applicant must be able to perform essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. All offers of employment are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.


Established in 1962, Merced College enrolls over 11,000 students annually at its main campus in Merced, California, and at its campus in Los Banos, California, and several off-campus sites. The college serves the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, which leads the world in agricultural production. The area is rich in educational opportunity, with campuses of the University of California and the California State University nearby. World-renowned Yosemite Valley is only a short drive away.

Merced College is known for its commitment to student success and its service orientation. It leads comparable institutions in securing grants to support instructional programs, and provides additional support to students through numerous study centers and other learning support. The college has an outstanding Learning Resources Center that regularly hosts visiting authors as well as cultural events.  

Merced College provides transformative and empowering educational experiences to meet student and community needs. Merced College serves as a gateway to the future, providing accessible, affordable, and relevant education and workforce training for students in our richly diverse region. The college offers programs of study that lead to transfer, associate degrees and certificates. Merced College provides basic skills and non-credit courses, as well as community education for personal and professional enrichment.

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