Janesville, WI: Librarian – Blackhawk Technical College

The Librarian’s primary responsibility is to oversee the development and maintenance of library collections that are current and supportive of BTC curricula. The Librarian is expected to assist library users both through direct service and through the development of basic online learning tools. Position has responsibility for outreach to the campus community (students, staff, and faculty) in order to increase a campus-wide awareness of library resources. Position is also responsible for the supervision of library staff and student workers; the acquisition, organization, and processing of library materials; promotion of the college mission and continuous improvement of services; and other tasks as assigned by the Director of Teaching and Learning Resources. The Librarian is a part-time, non-exempt position, working up to 27 hours per week. Hours will vary based on coverage needs.



Develop and maintain library collections
Possess/maintain knowledge of current best practices regarding collection and development*
Possess/maintain knowledge of reputable sources for academic library resources*
Purchase appropriate print and audio-visual resources*
Maintain course-relevant periodical collection (hard copy and online)*
Submit periodical subscription (and cancellation) requests to the Library Technician*
Research, purchase, and monitor the use of online research databases*
Weed outdated, or otherwise irrelevant, resources; arrange for disposal of weeded material*
Possess/maintain basic knowledge of library preservation tools and techniques*

Directly supervises Library staff and student workers*
Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Organization’s policies and applicable laws
Responsibilities include: interviewing; hiring; staff/student worker training and development; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. *

Assist library users
Respond to patron inquiries by phone, in person, or via email
Assist patrons with ready-reference questions, reader’s advisory, bibliographic instruction, and database/Internet searching*
Oversee patron support in the use of library resources, including the library catalog, online information databases, Microsoft software, and library equipment*
Provide BTC staff and instructors with brief editing and proofing assistance*
Respond to faculty/staff requests to identify and/or purchase course-supportive library material*
Create subject-specific bibliographies for faculty members*
Plan and deliver orientation/course-specific information literacy instruction sessions*
Develop and maintain online, program-specific research guides*
Cover the circulation desk and perform library assistant’s duties when student workers, library assistants, and technical library assistant are unavailable

Outreach to campus community
Plan and coordinate a minimum of one (1) special event each year during National Library Week (second week of April)*
Solicit faculty/staff input to identify library material supportive of specific courses, programs, or college initiatives/activities*
Cooperate with staff at other BTC campuses to arrange the orderly transfer of library materials from one campus to another when necessary*

Organize and assess library materials
Possess/maintain basic knowledge of current library cataloging conventions (Library of Congress in particular) *
Organize library resources to make them as accessible as possible*
Receive and assess donations to the library from both internal and external donors*

College mission and continuous improvement
Prepare and submit library component of annual IPEDS and/or Peterson report*
Supply library statistics and/or narratives for completion of accreditation or grant reports, as needed
Supply the Library Assistant II with ILL and information literacy session statistics needed for preparation of monthly library reports*
Stay current in library best practices via conference attendance and other continuing education opportunities sponsored by professional organizations (ALA, WLA, and Arrowhead)*
Liaise with other Wisconsin academic libraries through area and state library organizations *

Complete tasks assigned by the Director of Teaching and Learning Resources as instructed.

* This position is the primary position responsible for this task.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Ability to gather statistics, analyze information, and write reports
Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, faculty members, and staff
Excellent customer service skills
Strong presentation, communication, and organizational skills
Proficiency with Microsoft Office software—Word, Excel, and Access
Knowledge of, and ability to use, online academic database and Internet resources, as well as traditional print sources
Willingness to maintain knowledge and skills through participation in continuing education activities and professional organizations (e.g. Wisconsin Library Association)

Education & Experience:
Master’s degree in Library Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA)
A minimum of one year academic library experience
Reference experience, preferred
Demonstrated experience designing/teaching information literacy sessions


About UWiSchool

Student & Alumni Services Coordinator for the School of Library & Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
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