Business Reference Librarian

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
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Oct 21, 2021

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-06-11
Req: R0025428

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business seeks a highly motivated librarian to join its staff. The Business Reference Librarian will support the teaching, learning, and research missions of the Darden Business School by providing a full range of library services and research assistance for Darden community members. The business reference librarian will develop liaison relationships with students and faculty that are associated with particular subjects and researchers associated with the Darden Centers of Excellence.

The librarian will participate in the design, development and maintenance of the library webpages that feature business information resources and services. The position will develop online information feeds, research guides, and online tutorials. The librarian will interact with faculty, students to determine business information needs and work to develop resources and services that are responsive to research, and learning activities of the Darden School. This position will provide reference assistance at the library main desk, offer online consultations, and conduct subject specific research strategy meetings and offer extended reference support for research projects, specialized classes or Darden programs.

Specific duties and responsibilities:

Provide research support and outreach services to the Darden community

  • Partner with the Darden community to discover information resources and data through consulting on research projects, providing reference help, facilitating access to online resources, and finding business information resources (in person and online based services).
  • Support the academic initiatives of Darden faculty and students through subject-based liaison relationships, consultations and sustained collaborations for research projects, ongoing scholarship, and course-related instruction.
  • Serve as a liaison to academic disciplines, establish and maintain subject-based liaison relationships, and build and maintain library collections.
  • Assist academic faculty in teaching basic research skills and other course-related instruction to Darden students.
  • Participate in instructional and outreach programs in person and online such as individual consultation sessions and classroom instruction.
  • Plan, develop and deliver courses, workshops and orientations for business students, faculty, and researchers both in person and online
  • Deliver task-specific training to employees and student assistants in the service unit, department, or workgroup and write training or procedural documentation.

Develop and manage web based resources

  • Develop and maintain library documentation/web pages related to business information resources and services (Lib Guides).
  • Maintain online platform for accessing electronically based business resources, to help faculty, researchers, and students maximize the value of their research time.
  • Oversee the creation of digital files and descriptive bibliographic information and manipulate data in various databases, programming languages, and media formats.

Conduct Research

  • Support faculty and researchers by analyzing, and synthesizing information.
  • Provide consultations on best practices and resources to accomplish research activities.
  • Participate in collection development activities for resources and platforms in selected fields of business.

Professional experience and education:

  • Master's degree in Library Science from ALA Accredited program or relevant graduate degree and at least 5 years of experience required. Bachelor’s degree plus 9 years relevant experience will be considered in lieu of Master’s degree.
  • At least 3 years of experience, with business resources in an academic library strongly preferred.
  • Experience providing research support in an academic or special library setting preferred.
  • A working knowledge of business resources, with emphasis on electronic databases essential.
  • Knowledge of Bloomberg, Cap IQ, FACTSET, WRDS, & Refinitiv products, is essential.
  • Prior coursework in business, research methods or statistics preferred. BA in business of MBA preferred.
  • Experience with business, economic, or statistical data/electronic information resources preferred.
  • Experience creating and maintaining library documentation/web pages related to business or information resources and services preferred.
  • Experience planning, developing and delivering courses, workshops and orientations for business of economics students and faculty both face to face and online preferred.
  • Experience with one-on-one consultation services to faculty and students in undergraduate or graduate level research projects related to statistics, business, management or economic programs preferred.
  • Experience developing customized course-integrated research, database and resource instruction in the business or economics disciplines preferred.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with an ability to present information clearly and effectively to groups of faculty and students.

Anticipated salary range: $68,000 - $75,000, based on experience

This position will remain open until filled . This is an Exempt level, benefited position. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Ashley Cochran, Senior Recruiter at

Please apply through Workday, and search for "Business Reference Lbrarian". Complete an application online and attach a cover letter and CV/resume all into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile.

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