Pewaukee, WI: Reference Librarian (Part-Time), Waukesha County Technical College

SUMMARY: Under general supervision, to manage all operations of the Reference Department and library instruction programs by providing professional level reference and research services for faculty, staff, students, and the community. This is a highly visible professional position that serves as a consultant related to issues regarding information literacy instruction, research, print/electronic reference resources and the Critical Life Skill of “critical thinking.”

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities (include, but not limited to):

1. Manage the Reference Department in accordance with library, regional, and national standards to include developing and administering reference desk policies and procedures; training, scheduling, directing and overseeing reference desk staff; maintaining and evaluating electronic reference resources and developing the reference collection by updating standard orders list and submitting orders for new/replacement titles to the Director of Library Services; and assist in prioritizing and preparing annual goals for the department.
2. Provide daily professional level reference desk and research services to faculty, staff, students and community members to include assisting patrons with reference questions, research and database searching; and electronic reference inquiries.
3. Participate in the development of library services by assisting in general collection development, being an active member of library working committees, communicating with, and training library staff when necessary and providing recommendations for service and facility improvements to the Director of Library Services.
4. Promote library services to faculty, students, staff and community users through participation in various programs, events, and class visits; working with departmental library liaisons; creation of brochures, handouts, packets, signage etc.; web page development; submission of articles to relevant newsletters; and regular contact with users.
5. Design, schedule, and implement user workshops, library research courses and series, and library instructional materials to support and integrate the Critical Life Skill of “critical thinking,” in coordination with the Director of Library Services. Collaborate with faculty to incorporate information literacy into the curriculum.
6. Oversee library operations, in the absence of the Director of Library Services, to include performing lead duties such as resolving problems, handling security issues etc.; troubleshooting technology problems; assisting difficult or disabled customers; Assisting with circulation functions in the absence of adequate staff; securing the facility (library) for the evening; etc.
7. Maintain statistics and records as needed. Create, prepare, and submit reports and user documentation as it relates to current and new reference desk and instructional services/resources.
8. Recommend budget allocation with supporting documentation for reference and instructional services/resources to the Director of Library Services.
9. Provide professional leadership and serve on college and external library committees. Serve as back-up at monthly WISPALS Consortia meetings in the absence of the Director of Library Services as required.
10. Maintain knowledge of current and expanding functions of WCTC online library catalog, electronic databases and print resources, and monitor trends and developments in the library field through attendance and involvement at professional organizations, meetings, workshops, field literature, professional activities, etc.

Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skill, and Ability Requirements:
1. Knowledge of professional library principles and procedures of general and specialized reference resources.
2. Working knowledge of electronic and print sources, electronic databases, online catalog systems, and other computerized information resources.
3. Ability to plan, organize, and schedule priorities.
4. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
5. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers and associates as a team member.
6. Ability to use and explain the use of catalogs, guides, and the library online catalog to customers.
7. Ability to work with and produce handouts that can be easily understood by students with a wide range of ability.
8. Demonstrated leadership, independent judgment, and initiative.
9. Demonstrated ability to direct other employees.

Education and Experience Requirements:
1. Master’s degree in Library Science from ALA accredited university/college.
2. Two years of professional level work experience in a library to include reference and/or formal library instruction.

Supplemental Information:
The Reference Librarian (Part-Time) supports the Library and is available immediately.

Position Information:
This is a part-time (16 hours/week), Professional Faculty Support level B, 12-month per calendar year position. Hours will be scheduled Monday through Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the school year, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. during the summer term, and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. when school is not in session. Salary is listed at the 2016-2017 rates. Salary listed is based on a forty hour/week schedule, offers will be prorated.

Application Details:
All applicants must attach the following to the completed on-line application for consideration, applications that do not have the required attachments will not be considered:
– Cover Letter
– Resume
– Proof of Education (copy of your diploma or unofficial transcripts)

Selected candidates will be invited to interview, date to be determined. Out of state candidates, or candidates more than 100 miles from WCTC can choose to attend, or will have an option to use Skype. All candidates who are invited to the second interview MUST be in person. Travel will be reimbursed up to $300.00 (for the second interview only).


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