UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA THOMAS G. CARPENTER LIBRARY POSITION DESCRIPTION TITLE: Reference Librarian/Instructional Services CLASS CODE: 9055 POSITION: 31352 UNIT: Library STATEMENT OF ROLE The position of Reference Librarian/Instructional Services shares in the provision of information services with librarians in the Reference Department which includes the Documents, Periodicals, and Special Collections Sections. The Librarian works with the Library Instruction Coordinator in implementing the library instruction program and promoting information literacy. The Librarian shares reference desk duties, including some nights and weekend duty, with other members of the Reference Department. Assigned activities are based 90% on primary activities and 10% on service activities mutually agreed upon by the Librarian and the Head of Reference. FUNCTIONS A. Primary Activities 1. According to the departmental schedule, provides individual reference and information services in person, by telephone, and by electronic communication using traditional print reference sources, electronic services, and referral skills. 2. Instructs individual library users in the use of the library’s resources. 3. Prepares library subject guides and instructional material in print and via the web. 4. Assists in training Reference staff. 5. Assists the Library Instruction Coordinator in administering the library instruction program. 6. Communicates instruction activities and goals with the Library Instruction Coordinator on a regular basis. 7. Responsible for assisting in scheduling and providing instruction to university students and faculty by conducting classroom instruction sessions and general tours. 8. Responsible for participating in library instruction of university students and faculty by assisting in the design, production, and delivery of a lower level one-hour credit course in library research skills. 9. Maintains and reports accurate statistics reflecting instruction activities. 10. Responsible for assisting in promoting the library instruction program and information literacy. Creates promotional materials for print and web environments. 11. Identifies assessment methods and tools for use in measuring student learning outcomes. 12. Works on special projects assigned by the Head of Reference Department based on Library need and individual interest and ability. 13. Attends workshops, seminars, and conferences to stay current on trends in librarianship. 14. Participates in collection development by developing knowledge of print and electronic research material, evaluating sources, and recommending purchases. B. Service Activities Service activities comprise 10% of the Librarian’s activities, are included in the annual performance evaluation, and affect merit pay received. Service activities may include service at the library and university levels; participation in professional organizations; other external activities on a local, state, regional, or national level; professional development; and scholarship. Suitable activities include but are not limited to the following. Serve as a member or chair of a campus committee Conduct research resulting in the publication of a book or article in the field of information science or other appropriate discipline Edit a listserv or blog Participate actively in state, local, or national library associations Pursue grants, awards, scholarships, or other honors giving evidence of scholarly activity and achievement Serve as a consultant or resource person Participate in campus or department workshops Serve as a guest lecturer for faculty Mentor a newly hired faculty member Organize a conference or meeting Participate in continuing education activities C. Proficiencies 1. Develops and maintains knowledge of and skills in using library resources, including print and electronic research material, computer software, and Web-based services. 2. Develops and maintains effective presentation skills. 3. Maintains knowledge of new technology and techniques in library instruction and evaluates for use at UNF. 4. Develops expertise in selecting appropriate research databases and examples for classroom sessions and individual instruction. 5. Maintains awareness of communication needs of different learners. Uses common communication technologies to provide assistance to students in and outside the classroom. 6. Maintains awareness of student assignments and the role of the library in completing these assignments. 7. Collaborates with classroom faculty to integrate appropriate information literacy competencies and skills into library instruction sessions and assignments. 8. Analyzes teaching faculty expectations and desired learning outcomes to determine appropriate information literacy proficiencies and resources to be introduced into library instruction. 9. Makes appropriate use of classroom instructional technologies. 10. Establishes and maintains a working relationship with assigned academic departments in order to promote library instruction and incorporate instruction sessions into the curriculum. 11. Works in a team environment and provides the team with knowledge and skill to improve instructional services. 12. Acquires and updates teaching skills and knowledge of teaching methods. Performance and Evaluation Criteria The Reference Librarian/Instructional Services is evaluated by the Head of Reference on the basis of the position’s job description, with input from the Library Instruction Coordinator, the Director of Public Services, and from the incumbent in the form of self-evaluation. The Librarian will receive annual performance evaluations based upon a standardized scale consisting of five levels: exemplary; above satisfactory; satisfactory; below satisfactory; and unsatisfactory. The Librarian’s ranking on the scale will then determine any merit pay that may be available.
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