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Electronic Resource and Reference Librarian

Trinity Christian College
Palos Heights, IL

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The Jennie Huizenga Memorial Library at Trinity Christian College seeks a versatile and collaborative full-time Electronic Resources and Reference Librarian. The Electronic Resources and Reference Librarian is responsible for managing and evaluating all aspects of the library’s electronic resources. Additionally, this service-oriented position provides reference services to facilitate the use of library resources and develop the information literacy skills of Trinity’s students. This position requires strong interpersonal communication and a basic understanding of the systems and functions that undergird a robust academic library.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage all electronic resources, including databases, electronic journals/serials, library OPAC, streaming videos, and e-books. This includes such tasks as troubleshooting common problems, updating the link resolver system, overseeing and improving the quality of records, coordinating batch loads, communicating with vendors, and working with IT to manage the library proxy server.
  • Oversee implementation for the local system administration of all library software installations.
  • Compile statistics, extract and organize data, and create reports for analysis.
  • Respond to reference questions from faculty, staff, students, and others.
  • Participate in the planning, implementation, and assessment of projects, policies, and procedures to improve library services.
  • Maintain knowledge of current trends, resources, and technology related to electronic resources and the library broadly.
  • Participate in service activities and college committees as assigned.
  • Supervise and train student workers as needed.
  • Perform other professional library duties as prescribed by the Library Director.

Desired Responsibilities

  • Oversee cataloging processes and perform original cataloging.
  • Provide library instruction.
  • Provide guidance and leadership regarding open access publications and open educational resources.
  • Participate in planning, updating, and organization of archives.


  • Support for Trinity’s mission and a desire to work within a Christian higher education environment.
  • A Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library/information science program. Related experience or training may be considered.
  • Professional experience with or knowledge of electronic resources is strongly desired, but not required.
  • Knowledge of and experience with ExLibris’ Alma/Primo, OCLC Connexion, and EZProxy as well as a basic understanding of MARC records is strongly desired.
  • Excellent skills in communication, including the ability to communicate about technical issues with non-technical audiences.
  • A strong attention to detail.

Trinity Christian College seeks candidates that have a personal faith and commitment to Jesus Christ, and a sincere commitment to the mission of the college. Trinity welcomes a response from candidates with varied and diverse backgrounds. Applications from recent library school graduates are welcome as well.

This position will remain open until filled. However, applications received by August 9, 2021 will receive first consideration. Applicants should be prepared to upload the following during the online application process:

  1. A cover letter detailing the candidate’s interest in working at Trinity
  2. Professional resume or CV
  3. A written statement that describes your Christian faith commitment and how it is expressed through involvement with the body of Christ and participation in a local church

This position may require some occasional evening work. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.




Trinity Christian College is an accredited private liberal arts college located in Palos Heights, Illinois. Since its founding in 1959, Trinity has provided its students a rigorous Christian higher education in the Reformed tradition, preparing them to pursue excellence in their vocations. The secure 130-acre wooded campus is just 30 minutes from the limitless cultural and career resources of downtown Chicago.


Consistently ranked as one of the top-tier colleges in the Midwest region by U.S. News and World Report, Trinity Christian College offers over 80 programs of study, including traditional undergraduate, adult studies, and graduate programs. Recognizing the value of experiential learning, 100% of Trinity’s students participate in hands-on internships or field education. Trinity alumni excel. They are nurses in the most advanced healthcare facilities, award-winning teachers in schools across the country, successful business executives in global companies, and service-oriented professionals making a difference throughout the world.


Whether they are commuters or campus residents, current Trinity students passionately talk about the sense of “community” they feel on this diverse campus. Trinity is often recognized for its ethnic and economic diversity. Intercollegiate sports for men and women, student-run ministry programs, and a full scope of creative expression in fine arts add to the Trinity experience. 


Opportunities abound in the Chicagoland area, opening the door to an expansive “classroom” of culturally-rich neighborhoods; world class music, theater, art, and cuisine; and endless professional development for students via internships, career positions, and involvement with service organizations. Trinity’s Chicago Semester provides an immersive experience for students who want the city to be their home, classroom, and workplace for an entire semester.

Study Abroad

Learning outside the classroom is available through off-campus programs including Semester in Spain (Seville), Semester in The Netherlands, and Semester in Ecuador (Quito), as well as other areas of the world. May-term trips to places such as Cuba and China offer students the opportunity to discover and explore different regions of the world over the course of a few weeks.

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