Librarian I (Reference & Instruction) -- Prairie View A&M University -- Prairie View, TX

Job Title: Librarian I (Reference & Instruction)
Agency: Prairie View A&M University
Department: Library
Proposed Minimum Salary: Commensurate
Job Location: Prairie View, Texas
Job Type: Staff

Job Description
Under general supervision, assists the supervising librarian in planning, organizing and managing library information services.


  • Information Literacy: Preparing, developing, and teaching information literacy instruction sessions to users be it through face to face, online, to individuals, or to groups in a classroom. Collaborating with faculty to integrate information literacy and research instruction into courses and course assignments across the curriculum. Working effectively with students, faculty, staff and library patrons. Keeping up with library instruction trends and reference service in academic libraries. Participating in planning and delivering the Library’s Information Literacy and Research Instruction programs, to include, the library orientation sessions for University College, Library Tours, conducting research instruction classes, developing website content, and print materials. Preparing online and physical instructional materials, including handouts, videos and LibGuides. Participating in assessing of information literacy and library instruction services.
  • Research Help: Providing research assistance and to library patrons, including students, faculty, staff, and community members. Identifying and interpreting user needs. Providing reference to library patrons through telephone, texting, chat, and face-to-face. Staffing the reference desk as required. Assisting with locating resources and materials in all formats. Providing readers' advisory, and computer, database and referral services. Keeping up to date with the knowledge of effectively using library databases. Participating in planning face-to-face and virtual reference service. Compiling course guides and research guides. Helping to compile reference service statistics daily, monthly and yearly.
  • Collection Development: Reviewing and selecting print and electronic materials for library acquisition for the reference department and your assigned liaison subject areas. Assisting with selecting and weeding of the reference collection and general collection.
  • Outreach & Other Tasks: Serving as a liaison librarian to assigned department(s), college, or field of study. Assist in supervision of student work study and graduate assistants in the Reference and Instruction Department. Working a flexible schedule, including at least one night per-week and one Saturday per month. Establishing and developing collaborative and productive working relationships with faculty, staff and students. Developing and participating in the library's outreach services. Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Service: Participating and serving on Library, university, and/or library professional association committees. Attending meetings and assist with library events and programs at PVAMU. Pursuing opportunities for professional development, including workshops, conferences, seminars, and specialized training classes.

Required Education & Experience:

  • Master's degree in Library Science (MSLS) or Master's degree in Library & Information Science (MLIS) from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program.
  • No prior experience required

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
  • Knowledge of traditional and electronic resources.

Other Requirements:
Must be able to work non-traditional hours to include evenings and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three years of experience working in an academic library.
  • Proficient in conducting reference service in an academic library.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
  • Ability to effectively teach library instruction sessions to individuals and groups.
  • Experience creating, research guides, tutorials, and library instruction materials.
  • Ability to use educational technologies in the classroom and ability to teach online.
  • Demonstrated skill with use of current library and educational technologies, and experience with software and hardware used in academic libraries.
  • Must be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Willing to serve as a member of intra-and-inter library committees, PVAMU campus committee organizations.
  • Ability to participate in state and national level professional library conferences.
  • Ability to undertake outreach to the various colleges and to diverse groups on campus.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; excellent public service skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff and library patrons.
  • Ability to learn new technologies and apply skills quickly.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.

Job Posting Close Date: 12/5/21

Required Attachments:
Please attach all required documents listed below in the attachment box labeled as either “Resume/CV or Resume/Cover Letter” on the application. Multiple attachments may be included in the “Resume/CV” or Resume/Cover Letter” attachment box. Any additional attachments provided outside of the required documents listed below are considered optional.

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter

Application Submission Guidelines:
All applicants are required to apply via our Career Site on or before the closing date indicated on the job posting. Applicant inquiries received via email and websites such as Indeed, HigherEdJobs, etc. will not be considered unless the individual has applied to the available position via the PVAMU Career site.
The required documents listed in the above "Required Attachments" section must be attached to the application prior to the job closing date indicated to ensure full consideration for the application submitted. Please contact the Office of Human Resource on or before the closing date indicated above at 936-261-1730 or should you need assistance with the online application process.

Background Check Requirements:
All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

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