Assistant Librarian, Reference and Assessment

Belmont, San Mateo County
Mar 25, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
The Gellert Library at Notre Dame de Namur University is seeking applications for a Reference and Assessment Librarian to provide leadership in continuing the library’s exploration and implementation of new approaches to reference services and assessment. Under the review of the Library Director, the Reference and Assessment Librarian collaborates with librarians and professors to expand and enhance the usability and reach of reference services and explores and implements strategies for assessing library services, collections, and spaces. The successful candidate will be broadly focused and flexible in order to adjust their range of responsibilities to meet evolving campus needs. All library faculty serve as a liaison to a number of disciplines, provide information literacy instruction and reference consultations, monitor collection development, and participate in campus committees and professional development. Specific Responsibilities/Duties: • Collaborate with library and academic faculty to develop appropriate and innovative methods of delivering in-person and electronic reference and research assistance. • Collaborate actively with the other librarians to develop and implement online tutorials, research guides, and reference tools that assist faculty and students in using the library and information sources. • Promote library services to the University community, including meeting with faculty to develop and refine library-based assignments, developing and providing orientations for the University community, and through newsletters and social media. • Plan, coordinate and administer qualitative and quantitative assessment projects and usability testing related to library services, collections, technology, and physical spaces. • Gather and analyze data in support of strategic planning and other overall library assessment initiatives. • Promote the integration of assessment into all phases of planning, services, and collection management. • Stay current on trends in information literacy and library instruction; demonstrate eagerness to develop innovative models for information literacy and reference services. Additional Responsibilities/Duties: Reference: Provides in-person and electronic reference assistance and extended research consultations to students, faculty, and staff. Assessment: Research and implement strategies for conducting ongoing assessment and user studies to shape library services, collections, and spaces using a mix of qualitative and quantitative techniques. Information Literacy and Technology Instruction: Participates in the design, development, implementation and assessment of in-person and electronic information literacy and technology instruction. Produces and updates library instructional aids, including research guides on the library website. Collection Development: Selects and evaluates print and electronic library material in liaison subject areas in collaboration with library and discipline faculty to support the University’s curricular and research needs. Professional Development: Serves the Library and NDNU through participation in faculty committees, academic governance, professional associations, and other scholarly activities. Supervises student staff when applicable. This position is required to weekend hours. Qualifications: • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library or information science • Minimum 2 years of full-time experience in an academic library • Demonstrated competency in in-person and virtual reference work, preferably in an academic library • Strong commitment to information literacy instruction, and demonstrated aptitude for teaching in multiple formats • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in assessment and data analysis • Experience with usability, user feedback, and user experience literature • Knowledge of the principles of collection development work • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in multiple formats and to diverse audiences • Demonstrated professional behavior and excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team and problem solve creatively • Demonstrated ability to plan, document, and complete projects • Excellent organizational and time management skills • Commitment to diversity in higher education