Assistant Librarian Job Description

Assistant Librarian Job Description

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Assistant librarian provides library collection development and management for electronic resources in concert with library faculty and the technical services division.

Assistant Librarian Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Support Schools in populating the research publications repository, adopting the University Open Access Publications Policy
Become the in-house expert for the library in matters of open access, alternative publishing models, open educational resources, data management, and other issues related to scholarly communication
Stay current with developments in data curation and management, open access, scholarly publishing, open educational resource initiatives
Instruct and guide University Library Service (ULS) users in the effective use of information resources, producing guidelines and documentation as required
Assist with queries arising from the use of software applications
Develop and deliver information literacy training to support the School(s)/College
Collaborate with Subject Librarians within a College Liaison Team to deliver information services and provide professional advice and guidance to the agreed School(s)/College, ensuring complex and conceptual issues are understood
Ensure that the provision of library and information support is delivered to the institution, proactively changing the delivery according to customer requirements
Participate in or lead specific projects and working groups with colleagues across the library service to achieve library objectives
Instruct and guide other colleagues across ULS, including making presentations, as required

Assistant Librarian Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Assistant Librarian

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: AHIP, TESOL, DAS

Education for Assistant Librarian

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the assistant librarian job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Master's and University Degree in Library, Information Science, Graduate, Education, Library Science, Faculty, Management, Communication, Business, Law

Skills for Assistant Librarian

Desired skills for assistant librarian include:

Current information technology teaching experience
Experience work with faculty developing assignments involving library research
Recent experience in an academic library
Bibliographic concepts and cataloging
Best practices in web design and current web design tools
Access
Legal and ethical issues affecting privacy
Library procedures and biomedical electronic resources
OCLC and Innovative Interfaces
Records restrictions

Desired experience for assistant librarian includes:

Familiarity with existing and emerging metadata standards and schemes, such as RDF, XML, Dublin Core, linked data, and BIBFRAME
Experience cataloging a variety of bibliographic, digital and physical formats
Evidence of innovation and leadership skills
Ability to train staff and prepare effective training materials and documentation
Ability to make decisions independently and work with initiative within the framework of departmental and Library policies and goals
Ability to work effectively both independently and in cooperation with colleagues in a service-oriented, collaborative environment

Assistant Librarian Examples

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Assistant Librarian Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking for an assistant librarian. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for assistant librarian
  • Follow established technical and procedural best practices, devise scanning workflows and metadata schema appropriate to the diverse content and formats in our collections
  • Collaborate with library staff and supervise interns and/or student workers
  • Work with the processing and description of collections
  • Support existing library and archival applications, including but not limited to DigitalCommons, CONTENTdm, ArchivesSpace, Omeka, XTF (eXtensible Text Framework)
  • Investigate, plan and manage format conversions and migrations
  • Work with a team in the planning and implementation of an institutional repository
  • Seek grant funding for digital initiatives and for modeling innovative and flexible solutions that meet the needs of students and scholars
  • Serve as a core member of the Instruction Team
  • Apply learning theory, pedagogical methods, technology, and assessment to the Library’s instruction program
  • Collaborate with University stakeholders on teaching and learning
Qualifications for assistant librarian
  • Digital metadata emphasis in graduate school or equivalent in work experience
  • Excellent communication skills and dedication to collaborative team-building across multiple institutions
  • Skill with using Microsoft Office software suite or equivalent
  • Experience with on-line searching required especially medical data bases including including PubMed and Medline Plus
  • Exceptional customer service, public speaking, organizational skills, respectful of patron and staff needs, and works wells with other departments
  • Track record of collaboration and positive contributions in a team environment
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Assistant Librarian Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is hiring for an assistant librarian. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for assistant librarian
  • Promotes a courteous environment, informed access and independent learning
  • Communicates to non-scientist stakeholders the importance of providing access to scientific literature
  • Understands evolving models of scholarly communication, open access, institutional repositories, and other trends as it relates to scientific research
  • Teach information literacy instruction sessions for the freshman experience course and in liaison areas
  • Perform all aspects of traditional and electronic reference services, and work occasional evening and weekend shifts on a rotational basis
  • Complete scholarly/creative projects and professional service activities required of faculty for tenure and promotion
  • In concert with other library team members, develop research reproducibility and open science education strategy for the institution, and contribute to planning for curricular and library-sponsored educational opportunities
  • Develop and teach workshops according to the needs of the institution and the Assistant Librarian’s expertise
  • Contribute to data management planning and big data initiatives throughout the health sciences/main campus communities
  • Develop and teach curricular-based information classes in the health sciences in collaboration with other members of the Education Team
Qualifications for assistant librarian
  • AHIP certification required within 5 years of hire
  • Experience with on-line search systems and software programs, PC and LAN technologies, and internet technologies
  • Master’s degree from ALA accredited institution by date of appointment
  • Experience or familiarity working on digital projects, including the digitization of multiple formats
  • Experience or familiarity with current and emerging technologies in digital library services
  • Experience or familiarity with digital library products, such as CONTENTdm or Digital Commons
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Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of assistant librarian. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for assistant librarian
  • Investigates and works on solutions collaboratively and iteratively to promote discovery tools into other access points beyond the Libraries
  • Collaborating with the Instruction Librarian and the other Research and Instruction Librarians to design and develop outreach services to meet information needs of students and promotes awareness of library services and resources
  • Participating in assessment of library services
  • Keeping abreast of activities and changes in the profession
  • Participating in the Reference rotation including some nights and weekends
  • Participating in professional activities, professional development, scholarly research, publication, and service activities as outlined in Academic Policy Statement 900417, Faculty Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion
  • Ensures library customers are helped promptly and courteously
  • Assists with maintaining library displays
  • Organizes and maintains library materials and equipment
  • Coordinates and or assists with loan lending/barrowing activities
Qualifications for assistant librarian
  • Minimum of one year (or equivalent) teaching experience and user-centered reference services
  • Demonstrated ability to take the lead on and responsibility for projects
  • Demonstrated commitment to scholarship/professional development
  • One year full-time instructional design experience, including curriculum development, instructional media creation, and assessment
  • Experience with online tools and emerging technologies such as video creation and editing software, web editing software, and Learning Management Systems
  • Experience with online and hybrid course design
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Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is hiring for an assistant librarian. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for assistant librarian
  • Development and implementation of web applications and tools, particularly for mobile environments
  • Research and design of assessment measures such as usability testing in order to ensure that web services and applications are tailored for targeted user groups, including distance education students, on-site patrons, faculty members, and library staff
  • Evaluation of data such as analytics to inform decision-making
  • Collaboration with the library marketing committee to develop and implement web-based publicity and outreach strategies such as web graphics, videos, mobile applications, and interactive online sites
  • Short and long-term strategic planning for and conceptualization of the Library’s online presence
  • Creation of appropriate procedures and training materials for library faculty and staff responsible for content creation and maintenance of web pages
  • Leads all aspects of the Science Library branch, including staffing, collections and facilities
  • Currently supervises a dedicated team of two professional staff, and several student assistants, with future plans to add additional STEM faculty librarians
  • Provides vision for the future direction of the Science Library branch, including services provided, electronic and physical STEM collections, staffing responsibilities, and facilities
  • Demonstrates scientific expertise in at least one STEM academic field
Qualifications for assistant librarian
  • Serials, government publications, and/or interlibrary loan experience
  • Reference and teaching experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the research lifecycle and open science
  • Knowledge of biomedical information resources, data management tools, and traditional and alternative research impact measurement tools
  • Demonstrated professional initiative
  • Awareness of scholarly communication issues within the health sciences
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Assistant Librarian Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of assistant librarian. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for assistant librarian
  • Member of cross-departmental Information Resources Stakeholders Group
  • Overall leadership of the Libraries’ discovery tool, Primo
  • Diagnose and solve problems relating to the Discovery Layer and the LSP (Alma) including ingestion, automation, interoperability, and customization and coding of the user interface
  • Interfaces extensively with all customer facing units, services, and personnel to assure two-way communication on customer needs that directly inform decision-making regarding discovery
  • Collaborates closely with user experience colleagues at the Libraries to assess and improve the search and discovery experience for end users
  • Collaborates on integration points for non-MARC digital collections across the Libraries
  • Within DDA, works closely with librarians and staff on management of backend processes and systems, such as our Knowledgebase, authentication, metadata analysis, normalization projects, remediation, and solutions to manage authorities and identifiers
  • Diagnoses and troubleshoots issues related to the Library Services Platform in collaboration with relevant stakeholders
  • Monitors and evaluates technological innovations, making recommendations as appropriate for the adoption of new technologies
  • Participates with collection management librarians and staff as part of the Collection Management Framework, under the direction of the Senior Information Resources Officer
Qualifications for assistant librarian
  • Potential for satisfying the University Libraries faculty promotion and tenure requirements
  • Familiarity with XML, XSLT, and tools or scripting languages for transforming metadata
  • Demonstrated knowledge of non-MARC metadata schemes such as Dublin Core, EAD, METS, MODS
  • Library & Information Studies qualification or equivalent
  • Ability to work accurately with little supervision and sometimes under pressure
  • One year library experience working in an automated library customer service environment

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