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Friday, January 27, 2017

Reference Librarian I - 2 positions open with UST

The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for Reference Librarian I positions open within the University Libraries.

The Reference Librarian supports the educational and research missions of the University by providing research and instruction support in and out of the classroom and successfully performing job responsibilities and duties.



Minimum qualifications: MLS from an accredited Library School, and one year of relevant library experience.


Preferred qualifications: Academic library experience.  Demonstrated library instruction experience, and experience in creating effective user documentation and guides preferred.  Academic background or library experience in the areas of 1) health or biological sciences or 2) business, especially finance and accounting preferred.


Special Skills/Knowledge/AbilitiesAn ideal candidate has a strong service orientation and the ability to work cooperatively in an environment requiring flexibility and innovation. A candidate must be able to employ strong interpersonal skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and a user-focused commitment. The ability to maintain effective relationships with the diverse constituencies of university - faculty, students and staff – is essential.  We are looking for candidates with an ability to empathize and engage successfully with a wide spectrum of student abilities and experiences.  A candidate must also have the willingness to work a flexible schedule which may include evening and weekend hours; and to work in a multi-campus environment.


Essential Functions:

Serve as library liaison to academic departments, providing collection development, instruction, research assistance and outreach to students, faculty and staff of those departments.



Collection management/development:

  • Select and assess electronic and print materials within liaison areas for purchase or subscription
  • Deselect and weed print and electronic collections
  • Partner with faculty to support academic department needs through purchase of library resources
  • Track departmental expenditures, ensuring that funds are expended appropriately and in a timely manner


Library use instruction

  • Serve as liaison, or subject specialist, to faculty, students and staff in specified academic departments
  • Develop knowledge in assigned subject area.
  • Be familiar with the current ACRL IL Framework and guidelines and be able to incorporate those into teaching and learning.
  • Prepare, present and assess library instruction for classes, individuals or small groups in liaison areas.
  • Assist faculty in developing assignments that enhance student learning through the development of research and critical thinking skills.
  • Create and update research guides, user documentation and other materials as appropriate
  • Develop and lead workshops pertaining to variety of research and information seeking tools and techniques.
  • Partner with other instructional specialists (Writing Center, STELAR) in these endeavors.


Research assistance:

  • Assist students to develop research strategies, locate materials, and synthesize and evaluate resources.
  • Support faculty in locating materials or information that support both research and teaching.


General reference librarian duties as required:

  • Provide quality general reference assistance to users in person and online.
  • Teach students good research skills while assisting them to find materials
  • Aid faculty in locating materials or information that support both research and teaching
  • Support UST efforts to reach out to neighbors by providing general reference help to all public
  • May be expected to assume some responsibility for supervision of student assistants


Effective member of library staff:

  • Participate in planning and development individually and organizationally
  • Communicate regarding all aspects of work with colleagues
  • Seek professional and community engagement


These are full-time, benefits eligible positions. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.


Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.  The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.


In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.


The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website. If you are viewing this posting from a site other than “Jobs at St. Thomas”, the University assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information.

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Special Instructions to Candidates:

Applicants will be asked to upload a resume to their profile and copy/paste a cover letter into the application at