Assistant Librarian/Coordinator of Reference Services

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University of South Carolina Upstate
Spartanburg, SC
Job Description: 

12-month, tenure-track faculty reporting directly to Library Dean. Coordinates the daily operations of an active reference services program: physical reference desk, text, chat, & telephone; provides for an innovative reference environment, stays abreast of issues & trends; shares, provides, & conducts professional development opportunities for library colleagues, including regular training updates; facilitates discussion of ideas to improve/modify reference services. Supervises, trains, & evaluates a pool of part-time librarians who participate in providing reference services. Maintains expertise in all areas of reference; a “student first” attitude towards services, operations, and procedures; monitors communication logs for all reference services. Participates in analysis, testing, & decisions about new electronic products and services. Prepares the reference desk schedule & resolves emergency scheduling changes; participates in the reference desk schedule, including weekend and evening rotation. Serves as liaison to at least one disciplinary area, including collection development & information literacy instruction. Participates in information literacy instruction program, including teaching sessions for first-year composition classes and University 101, with option to teach the Library’s credit-bearing information literacy course. Develops LibGuides for services and liaison areas.


Master’s degree from an ALA accredited program; at least two years’ experience in an academic library At least two years’ experience in providing reference services in numerous formats; at least two years’ experience in library instruction and in collection development; at least one year experience in supervision and evaluation of personnel; in-depth knowledge of both print and electronic reference sources; proficiency in database searching, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Springshare (LibGuides, etc.) and SharePoint. Ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff and others; strong interest in scholarly activity (publications, presentations, etc.); excellent written and oral communications skills. Detail oriented. Preferred Qualifications: Additional graduate degree(s) an asset; evidence of scholarly activities (publications, presentations, etc.); undergraduate degree(s) in science and/or mathematics or related background/experience in the sciences and/or mathematics.

How to Apply: 

Apply on university web site at Posting Number FAC00073PO18