Reference, Instruction, and Collection Development Librarian

Grand Forks, North Dakota (US)
Nov 05, 2020
Job Type
Full Time


To serve as a member of a team who provides direct assistance and guidance to library users through reference and instructional services and who serve as bibliographers for specific academic department, assisting in collection development and serving as liaisons to assigned departments.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide reference and research services.
    • Work scheduled hours at the Reference Desk assisting patrons in identifying, accessing and interpreting library and other information resources.
    • Instruct patrons in using electronic resources, such as ODIN, subscription databases and indexes, and other Internet resources, and in using the print reference collection.
    • Answer questions received in person or remotely, such as by telephone, electronic or surface mail, chat or other methods.
    • Direct or refer users to more appropriate resources outside of the Library as necessary.
    • Keep the “Resources by Subject” web pages updated in assigned subject areas and related areas on the E-Reference Tools pages.
    • Conduct database searches in appropriate areas to assist users with research or to answer reference questions.
    • Provide advanced reference and bibliographic service in assigned subject areas of specialization. Conduct specialized database searches for complex information needs.
    • Schedule individual research appointments with faculty and students from assigned departments as needed.
    • Verify difficult InterLibrary Loan requests in assigned subject areas.
    • Attend Reference meetings and participate in the discussion of timely reference issues and the planning for improved services and resources.
    • Evaluate and make recommendations concerning the selection and implementation of new technologies to enhance reference services and instruction.
    • Evaluate and make recommendations concerning the selection of general and subject specific reference print and electronic resources.
    • Promote Reference services to the University and community.

  • Act as bibliographer for specified academic departments; responsible for collection development/management for specified subject areas of the collection as well as the general reference collection.
    • Confer with faculty liaisons and faculty from assigned academic departments, about information needs, existing resources, and departmental materials budgets and acquisition procedures.
    • Keep informed of the departments' curriculum and research interests and keep the departments informed of developments in the Library.
    • Promote faculty’s usage of library resources and their role in promoting of library resources to their classes.
    • Encourage user education sessions for their classes and referrals to their subject librarian.
    • Stay abreast of publisher and vendor activities in assigned subject areas. Consult notifications and reviews of materials available for purchase and assist faculty in selecting materials within their budget, striving to ensure the collection adequately supports the curriculum.
    • Provide faculty with new book notifications and reviews as requested.
    • Create a desiderta file for materials for when supplemental monies become available for library materials.
    • Input selections into the YBP Gobi system and submit orders folders to Acquisitions.
    • Monitor departmental allocations, encumbrances, and expenditures, keeping faculty liaisons informed as needed.
    • Assist departments with accreditation reports by reviewing the existing collection in assigned subject areas and evaluating for quality. Collection analysis may also be requested by the Head of Collection Development.
    • Inspect damaged materials and recommend mending, binding or withdrawal.
    • Make recommendations for additions or withdrawals of material from the general reference collection.
    • Serve as a member of the Collection Development Committee, by attending and contributing at meetings.
    • Respond to special requests of the Collection Development Librarian and assist with special projects.
    • Receive, evaluate and direct the processing of gift materials in assigned subject areas.
  • Participate in Library's information literacy instruction program.
    • Instruct classes in research techniques as requested by academic departments in assigned subject areas of specialization.
    • Promote instructional services to assigned departments.
    • Conduct general library tours and specialized library presentations as requested by the Information Literacy Coordinator.
    • Work with the Off-Campus Instructional Services Librarian, to assist distance and online students and faculty with access issues to Library resources.
    • Provide individual research appointments with students and faculty within assigned subject areas.
    • Develop and create subject guides to the collection as needed, focusing on assigned areas of expertise.
    • Keep current of recent developments in information literacy/ instruction to recommend improvements to services.
  • Participate in other duties as assigned.
    • Participate in library and university committees and initiatives, and other activities of professional interest or as assigned.
    • Liaison responsibilities to departmental libraries, units and special programs as assigned.
    • Provide support for UND’s Open Access and Open Educational Resources initiatives.
    • Work with the Digital Exhibits Working Group to develop exhibits and displays.
  • Participate in professional activities.
    • Participate in meetings, conferences, workshops, or webinars, locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally as appropriate.
    • Accept opportunities to participate on committees, make presentations, and publish appropriate research or library accomplishments.
    • Keep current on the latest developments in the field of academic librarianship and related areas of interest through reading the professional literature and through electronic communication tools, such as discussion lists, blogs and other technologies and by attending training sessions and webinars on new technologies and resources.
    • Promote the library, its services and collections to the University community and beyond.
    • Contribute to the advancement of the profession and status of the University and its Libraries.

Minimum Requirements

  • Graduate master's degree from an American Library Association accredited program.
  • One year relevant academic or research library experience.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Integrated Library Systems, information resource databases.
  • Experience providing reference and research services.
  • Experience in collection development.
  • Experience using general office equipment.
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree or significant coursework in education or related areas.

Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification

$50,000 annually, Exempt

Work Schedule

Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm


Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual and sick leave. Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

To Apply

For full consideration, all application materials must be fully submitted by 11:59PM on the closing date.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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