Head Reference & Instruction Librarian – Carleton College

Position Information
Organizational Unit: Library
Posting Number: 13301
Job Title: Head Reference & Instruction Librarian
Benefits Eligible? Yes
Grade: 13

Position Specifics
Classification: Exempt (Paid monthly)
Status: Full Time
If part time, hours to be worked weekly:
Working Schedule: 12 Months
Position Type: Regular
If temporary please provide Start Date:
And End Date:
Position FTE: 1.0

Position Summary Information

Purpose of this Position
The Head of Reference & Instruction Librarian provides leadership, vision and strategic direction for the Carleton College Library in the development and management of its reference and instruction program, ensuring that the scope and caliber of library programs and services support the curriculum and mission of the college.

The mission of the Reference & Instruction department is to support the teaching and learning goals of the college, with an emphasis on excellent service to students and faculty, a vision for student research knowledge, active participation in campus initiatives, and involvement in the campus intellectual life.

Carleton College Library is a member of Bridge, a collaborative consortium with the St. Olaf College Libraries. As a member of the Bridge Consortium, the Head of Reference & Instruction works collaboratively with peers at the St. Olaf Libraries to provide strategic direction and services for the research needs at Carleton and St. Olaf.

Essential Job Functions – Responsibilities
• Provides leadership, coordination and supervision of the Reference & Instruction Department staff and provides general management of the department.
• Advises the College Librarian on departmental, library, and campus projects and issues.
• Participates in Library Leadership Committee meetings.
• Collaborates with the Head of Research and Instruction at St. Olaf on activities and issues around reference and instruction at the Bridge Libraries.
• Participates in Bridge Management Committee meetings and other Bridge groups and functions as appropriate.
• Participates in, and chairs on a rotating basis, the Curricular and Research Support Coordinating Committee.
• Maintains contact and collaborates with the Director of Academic Technology on supporting curricular and research projects on campus.
• Participates in national, regional, and/or local associations and professional groups as appropriate; contributes to the scholarship of the profession; and shares new information and knowledge with academic colleagues.
• Oversees the department’s efforts to participate in:
– Campus curricular initiatives.
– Integration of academic support services.
– The Argument & Inquiry classes.
– Major assessment projects including writing portfolios, etc.
– Outreach to the campus around the library’s reference and instruction services.

• Supervises the development and implementation of the information literacy program.
• Manages the scheduling and policies around reference services at the library, including staffing the Research/IT desk, participating in QuestionPoint chat reference service, and providing on-call reference services during academic breaks.
• Oversees the development and maintenance of a reference collection that meets the research needs of the students, regardless of publication format.

Liaison Responsibilities:
• Maintains and continuously develops subject expertise in order to provide faculty, students and staff with specialized professional support to liaison departments and programs.
• Assists in the development of the students’ information literacy skills/understanding.
• Provides general and specialized reference and research consultations.
• Offers course-related classroom instruction.
• Creates and maintains course, subject, and general online research guides.

Supervision Received and Exercised:
• Reports to College Librarian.
• Supervises seven Reference & Instruction Librarians.
• Oversees the Reference internship program.

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Required Qualifications
• Five years of progressively responsible professional experience related to reference and instruction in an academic or research library.
• Demonstrated effective leadership in appropriate library management positions.
• Creativity, initiative, and interest in innovative approaches to reference, instruction and liaison work.
• Demonstrated understanding of issues and trends in reference and instruction.
• MLS from an ALA-accredited program.
• Demonstrated excellent communication skills, both oral and written, with the ability to foster positive working relationships and build partnerships.
• Effective time, organizational and project management skills with the ability to work independently and as a member of a collaborative team.
• Demonstrated ability to work proactively and effectively with faculty on reference and instruction issues.

Preferred Qualifications
• Advanced degree in an academic discipline.
• Administrative and supervisory experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants
As per the Carleton Upward Mobility Program, priority consideration for internal applications will be given to those who apply by the close of business Thursday, November 2, 2017. Pending the review of those internal applications, external applications will be considered at that time. External applications are welcome at any time.

Carleton College is a AA/EEO employer. We are committed to developing our staff to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Posting Detail Information

Open Date 10/13/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Quick Link http://jobs.carleton.edu/postings/3399