JOB: Librarian for Research and Instruction, Holy Names University

The Holy Names University Cushing Library seeks a creative, dynamic, team-oriented individual for Research & Instruction Librarian. Primary responsibilities include energetically providing information literacy programming and campus outreach. Additionally, the candidate will work collaboratively on service improvements, collection development, and provide stellar reference service. Some evening and weekend work is required.

The Librarian for Research & Instruction cultivates and maintains strong collaborative relationships with teaching faculty; maintains an understanding of the university’s research and teaching programs; promotes library activities within the HNU community; and collaborates on campus-centered and university-wide cooperative initiatives to deliver timely and effective services.

Major activities conducted by the Librarian for Research & Instruction include planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating appropriate educational and research support services. Further responsibilities for this position include enhancing the library’s existing outreach initiatives and expanding information literacy instruction; providing information research consultation services; developing new initiatives and partnerships to further student success in degree completion and lifelong learning; overseeing the development of web pages, tutorials, and other online tools in support of teaching strategies.

The incumbent’s duties also include preparing reports and analysis regarding ongoing services and special projects, including the generation and interpretation of data that inform decisions and demonstrate the Library’s value to the HNU community and beyond.

Who we are:

HNU is a progressive, inclusive, and rigorous academic community offering a liberal arts and professional education in Oakland, California, with one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States.

We prepare students to think critically and imaginatively, to understand and employ various modes of knowledge, to communicate clearly and persuasively, and to promote the common good. Paul J. Cushing Library serves an essential role on campus, providing information literacy instruction and research resources to students, faculty, and staff.

What will you do at Holy Names University?

  • Coordinate the planning, design, implementation, and promotion of information literacy instruction within the curriculum of the University
  • Develop, teach, and assess sessions on information literacy for courses in the liaison area and other areas as needed
  • Develop and deliver innovative, user-centered, experiential instruction and access outcomes; research effective teaching strategies
  • Partner with faculty, developing and delivering curriculum-integrated library instruction
  • Design handouts, LibGuides, online instruction, and other supplementary materials that help students learn about information resources
  • Orient individual faculty and students to the advanced capabilities of various databases and other information resources
  • Establish instructional goals and strategies, promoting instruction offerings and collaborating with faculty and administration to promote information literacy.
  • Teach course-integrated instruction across disciplines at both undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Develop web-based library instructional tools
  • Maintain awareness of best practices and trends in library instruction and instructional needs and implements practices, as appropriate.
  • Provide specialized reference assistance to students, faculty, community users, and visiting scholars, both on-site and remotely
  • Assist and instruct users in using print, electronic, and other information resources
  • Troubleshoot electronic hardware and software in public service areas. Refer more complex problems to the appropriate computer services staff member
  • Supervise student assistants in the absence of the Circulation Supervisor, in particular on evenings and weekends
  • Participate in evening and weekend reference shifts
  • Troubleshoot technical problems with electronic hardware and software in public service areas
  • Serve as a library liaison to one or more academic units and provides customized services
  • Collaborate with department chairs & faculty to determine priorities for the collection
  • Actively evaluate assigned collection areas to determine quality, currency, and relevance; making removal recommendations
  • Participate in marketing and outreach efforts of the library by coordinating orientation efforts, promotional events, and other activities.
  • Keeps current with emerging trends and technologies, evaluating developments, and recommending directions with opportunities to attend regional and national conferences
  • Participate in and collaborates with campus, local and national committees and organizations
  • Assist with anticipated grant-based initiatives
  • Compile statistics and provides analysis of significance
  • Actively engage in scholarly and professional activities
  • Serve as a back up to other units and services as needed
  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned

Experience and Education Required:

  • An ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library Science
  • Familiarity with current practices of information literacy
  • Experience in the provision of reference and/or instructional services
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and implement effective programs, complex projects, and services
  • Expertise with Microsoft Office Suite, Camtasia (or comparable software), LibGuides, and Blackboard (or comparable software) is preferred

We are looking for candidates who also have:

  • An undergraduate or higher degree in the life sciences OR experience as a life sciences librarian in an academic or research library
  • Demonstrated experience with outreach initiatives that further information literacy integration into an undergraduate life sciences curriculum
  • Strong time management and project management skills
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively in a team-based environment
  • Excellent problem solving, multi-tasking, and organizational skills
  • Exhibit excellent communication skills, and a strong, proactive service orientation
  • Ability to understand user comfort levels with technology and employ teaching concepts related to the adult learner
  • Highly flexible with ability to thrive in a fast-paced and continually changing environment
  • Ability to troubleshoot computers and/or software applications

To Apply:

Please submit the Holy Names University staff employment application, cover letter and resume to 

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