JOB: Research Instruction Librarian at Golden Gate University, San Francisco

Golden Gate University in San Francisco has an opening for a Research Instruction Librarian. The details of the position are included below. To apply, please go to:

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Job Number: 901
Title: Research Instruction Librarian
Department: University Library
Class: Full-Time
Position Type: Exempt Staff
Salary: Commensurate with experience. Upon eligibility, employees may participate in the benefits plans available, such as medical/dental/vision coverage, 403(b) retirement plans, tuition remission, paid sick leave and vacation.
Post-Date: 2010-04-01
Deadline: Open until filled.

As a member of the University Library Team, this librarian will:

  • Coordinate the University Library’s research instruction program, working collegially with others to promote information literacy in the Golden Gate University community through varied in-person and online instruction settings, assignment development, and higher-level curricular planning as available
  • Maintain awareness of current information literacy concepts and practices, as well as new and innovative instruction and instructional assessment techniques
  • Provide reference and instruction to Golden Gate University students, faculty, staff, corporate and alumni members at all locations, including those affiliated with the University via CyberCampus
  • Work with other library staff members and faculty to evaluate, select, and deselect materials in all relevant media
  • Participate in library outreach, planning, assessment, and evaluation
  • Collaborate with other staff in peer training and staff development
  • Serve as the library’s subject specialist and liaison for assigned disciplines (to be determined based on candidate’s experience and organizational needs) and maintain effective communication with faculty in liaison areas
  • Participate in other projects as assigned by the Library Director

Schedule includes evening reference shifts, and one or more weekend days per month.


This librarian is responsible for the University Library’s research instruction program. As instruction coordinator, this librarian works collegially with others in the following areas:

Research Instruction Program Coordinator:

  • Coordinates all library instruction. Working with a team of reference librarians, coordinates faculty outreach efforts, guides library instruction methodology and research and explores effective, innovative ways of providing research instruction to students and faculty, wherever they are located
  • Coordinates and maintains quantitative and qualitative assessment of library instructional services. Assesses the effectiveness of library instruction services and identifies ways to make library instruction services more effective and efficient, given the needs of adult learners located throughout the world, variations in learning styles, and technological opportunities
  • Liaises with faculty in assigned departments to promote library outreach, instruction, and collection development
  • Works with Public Services Librarian to create and facilitate library workshops and training sessions

Reference Services:

  • Provides reference services to students, faculty, staff, and corporate members of the library using a variety of modes including in-person, email, IM, phone reference, and appointments
  • Uses reference interactions as opportunities to help users develop key information literacy skills
  • Orients patrons and prospective students to the range of print and online resources available, and participates in new student orientations as necessary
  • When on duty at reference desk on evenings and weekends, oversees library assistants and student workers in handling questions of policies, complaints, difficult patrons, and security issues

Collection Development:

  • Works with other library staff members and faculty in assigned subject areas to evaluate, select, and deselect materials in all relevant media
  • Develops reference and research guides in print and electronic media

Planning, Assessment, and Evaluation:

  • Participates in University Library planning, assessment, and evaluation
  • Participates in preparation of University Library policies
  • Participates in assessment of needs for computer and other library equipment

Staff Development:

  • Collaborates with staff in peer training and other staff development needs
  • Participates in relevant listservs for new resources, ideas, solutions, and recommendations


  • Participates in a variety of outreach activities, some of which occur on evenings and weekends
  • Performs related duties and completes special projects as assigned by the Director


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. In addition, candidates should meet the following criteria:

Required qualifications:

  • MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA accredited program
  • One year of professional experience providing reference and instruction in an academic library to a diverse clientele of adult undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students
  • One year of professional experience providing liaison duties with faculty, identifying collection development needs, locating and evaluating resources to meet those needs in light of organizational objectives and other requirements
  • Knowledge of best practices, standards, issues and trends relevant to information literacy in an academic setting
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and team collaboration skills
  • Ability to communicate with and relate to an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community
  • Flexible and open to incorporating new technologies appropriate to adoption in the academic library environment

Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge of business reference and experience providing reference support to business students and others in professional practice education
  • Experience providing reference and instruction to patrons in distant locations utilizing a variety of appropriate technologies

Golden Gate University, founded in 1901, is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, people of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQI community.