Reference & Instruction Librarian

Reference and Instruction Librarian

Human Resources
Friday, Oct 30, 2015
Provide reference service for all library patrons. Develop, deliver, and assess library information instruction and training in both traditional and non-traditional formats. Outreach to faculty of information resources and library services.
Position Type: Full Time
Department: West Library
Reports To: Library Director
FLSA Status: Exempt
Location: Main Campus


  • Schedule and create tailored instruction at the request of faculty.
  • Provide effective one-on-one instruction in person and electronically.
  • Create and maintain research tools, resources, and libguides for students to use in conjunction with instruction.
  • *Prepares, provides, and creates assessment for engaging library instruction for Natural Science, Business, and Education.
  • Participate in the development and maintenance of the library website and online research tools
  • Maintain current knowledge of citation styles, information retrieval tools, and teaching practices.
  • Maintain collegial decorum with Wesleyan Community.
  • Develops both print and electronic instructional support materials for information resources including online-user guides. 
  • Develops traditional and computer assisted instructional tools to help patrons develop library, electronic, and internet research skills.
  • Serve as a liaison to develop stronger course/library interaction.
  • Informs and instructs librarians of current reference materials, sources, and delivery of services.
  • Participates in continuing education, professional associations and library committees.
  • Assists in Reference and General collection development.
  • Promote reference and library events and resources through Wesleyan and Social Media.
  • Investigates and recommends technologies that will improve services.
  • Other duties as assigned by the West Library Director.

QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Master of Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution required. 
  • Experience working with various library resources required.
  • Undergraduate work in science, health informatics or business desired.
  • Experience working in a reference/instruction department in a library preferred
  • Experience in higher education setting preferred.


  • Knowledge of microcomputers and Internet.
  • Knowledge of best practices of online pedagogy.
  • Knowledge of learning techniques as they apply to library instruction.
  • Affinity for new technologies.
  • Knowledge of standard office practices and procedures, including filing.
  • Proficient use of multi-line phone system and standard office equipment.
  • Ability to adhere to University and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently to meet deadlines with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to participate in a collaborative service-oriented environment.
  • Ability to maintain a professional appearance and office atmosphere.
  • Ability to provide and demonstrate excellent customer service.
  • Ability to plan, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines while working on multiple tasks.
  • Proven interpersonal skills to provide support in a high-profile office with tact and diplomacy.
  • Proficiency with an integrated administrative system and current software programs.
  • Fundamental knowledge of data retrieval.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism while working with diverse groups and in various situations.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • Ability to be discrete in handling confidential matters, while complying with privacy regulations.
  • Knowledge of rules, standards, regulations, and laws regarding student records.
  • Ability to maintain an organized work space and filing system.
  • Ability to develop skills and remain knowledgeable of current trends in library services.


  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. 
  • Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. 
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. 
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.


  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk, sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Some evening and weekend hours required.  

To apply for this position: Send your letter of interest and resume to Please include the title of the position in the subject heading of the email.

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