Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Mill Valley - Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary - Reference/Instruction Librarian

Position Summary: This position is the primary reference resource person helping build bridges between theological and pedagogical content, research, strategies and information technologies. This position provides reference services to students, faculty, staff and other library users. Reference is done in-person and via electronic methods. Assistance to faculty and instruction are done to support the Seminary’s goal of developing information literate students. Supervision of part time Reference Assistants are part of this position as well as working cooperatively with the Assistant Librarian in charge of Circulation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:     
  • Teaches research classes, workshops, leading general Library orientations, and engaging opportunities to promote information literacy across the curriculum both locally and online.
  • Develops and applies innovative learning technologies and resources (instructional publications or handouts, pre- and post-testing assessment instruments such as online questionnaires or surveys).
  • Answers research questions – in-person as well as by phone, e-mail and chat – from students, faculty and other library users.
  • Actively participates in collection analysis and development including recommendations for purchase and weeding as assigned and in conjunction with Collection Development Librarian.
  • Participates in reviewing and evaluating databases, periodicals and reference books.
  • Interviews, selects and trains selected applicants for vacant position (s) in cooperation with Director of Library Services.
  • Attend professional meetings, seminars, workshops and conferences.
  • Review professional literature to keep current in library trends and instruction.
  • Supervises part time Reference Assistants covering evening and weekends providing reference and circulation services to the library community.
  • Responsible for daily library opening and closing procedures.
  • Other special projects as assigned.

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.
Education: An MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited institution. Reference and instructional experience, preferably in an academic library. Theological degree or training preferred.

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operation and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak and perform effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. Bi-lingual skills are preferred.
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 apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
Ability to perform routine personal computer tasks. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Outlook are a plus. Experience with Voyager software preferred.
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 talk, hear, and use hands to handle or feel. The employee frequently is required to walk, sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, or crouch. They employee must occasionally lift and /or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Other Qualifications
  • Strong customer service orientation required
  • Successful candidate will have a thorough grounding in traditional library services, the teaching skills necessary to create and deliver a wide range of information literacy instruction sessions, as well as experience in the application of digital and emerging technologies to support teaching and learning.
  • Ability to maintain positive staff relations.
  • Must be able to think creatively to address library patrons’ questions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to airborne particles such as dust and dust mites. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts such as those on a computer printer or copy machine. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

How to Apply

You may request an employment application from the Human Resources department (415-380-1374) or you may download the Employment Application online.

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