Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Reference Librarian

University of Hartford.  Salary Grade F. Employment Class Code A1 FLSA Classification: Exempt 40 hours (minimum) May work evenings and/or rotating weekends. Reports to:  Head, Reference and Public Services Position Summary: Assumes responsibility for providing complete and thorough information literacy and bibliographic instruction to library patrons in conjunction with University faculty to ensure quality customer service as well as the best use of traditional and electronic library resources.  Performs all duties in full support of the University’s mission, understanding that the positive and effective execution of these duties are instrumental to the education of the University’s students.  Key Responsibilities: Provides knowledgable, relevant and accurate assistance to students and other library patrons, making efficient and expediant use of traditional and electronic library resources. Assists the traditional and online education student, staff, and faculty with research inquiries.  Maintains regular shifts at Reference/Information Commons Desk. Assists with training and scheduling students in Reference Services. Plans, develops, presents and evaluates instructional, bibliographic and information literacy seminars on library resources to on campus and online students, faculty and staff. Acts as an academic liason to faculty for courses taught on campus and online.  Oversees outreach initiatives, online content, and supplemental resources in those designated areas. Provides recommendations and solicits input from faculty for title development for the collections in designated subject areas in support of department curricula. Maintains reference, special and subject collections, including new book area through book selection, organizing inventory and purging outdated and/or damaged materials. Maintains collection and reference usage statistics. Develops reports for the Head of Reference and Public Services and the Director of Libraries as necessary and appropriate. Assists with all functions of the Circulation Unit including desk coverage, direction, shelving and library opening and closing procedures. Maintains awareness of trends and advances in the field through attendance at meetings or seminars and through regular examination of the literature in the field.   Participates in approved professional organizations.  Serves on internal and external committees as necessary and appropriate.  Performs other related duties as assigned.  Working Conditions: Normal office situation. High dust, dirt, grease environment .  Requires travel, including overnight stays. Physical Effort: Typically sitting at a desk or table. Intermittently sitting, standing, stooping. Typically pushing and/or pulling. Moderate lifting or carrying 26-50 lbs. Key Job Requirements: Formal Education: Master's  Degree  of  Library Science  from  an  A.L.A  accredited  institution  (or recognized equilavent) required. Work Experience: 2 year to < 3 years. Impact of Actions: Makes recommendations or decisions which usually affect the assigned department, but may at times affect operations, services, individuals or activities of others outside of the assigned department. Complexity: Analytical. Work is non-standardized and widely varied requiring the interpretation and application of a substantial variety of procedures, policies or precedents used in combination. Frequently, the application of multiple, technical activities is employed; therefore, analytical ability and inductive thinking are required.  Problem solving involves identification and analysis of diverse issues. Decision Making: Analytic:  Supervisor is available to establish broad objectives relative to basic position duties or departmental responsibilities. Independent judgment is required to study previously established, often partially relevant guidelines; plan for various interrelated activities; and coordinate such activities within a work unit or while completing a project. Internal Communication: Requires regular contacts to discuss issues of moderate importance and to respond to inquiries. Occasionally requires contact with officials at higher levels on matters requiring cooperation, explanation and persuasion. External Communication: Requires regular external contacts to discuss issues of moderate importance and to respond to inquiries.  Also requires continuing contacts with the public involving the enforcement of regulations, policies and procedures. Customer Relations: Contact with customers is face-to-face or over the telephone for directly selling/representing a variety of products and capabilities. Managerial Skills: Has responsibility or authority which is limited to the direction of temporary or student workers. Knowledge & Skills: Advanced Professional Skills: The professional theory and practice of the professional skills level, but applied at the advanced level of a “seasoned” professional.  Requires extensive knowledge of a professional discipline and a working knowledge of related fields.  Special Skills: The ability to work effectively with diverse groups. This job description of the job is for identification and administrative purposes only.  It is not intended to be a complete statement of all duties, which may be assigned by the supervisor according to varying needs. Updated:  June 2016