Librarian Assistant Job Description

Librarian Assistant Job Description

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Librarian assistant provides training and support on relevant workflows for library staff in Cataloging-Metadata, Acquisitions, Preservation, and other units as required.

Librarian Assistant Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Gather data and analyze trends in teaching and research programs at departmental and college levels
Monitor scholarly communication trends and developments
Meet departmental and university tenure and promotion standards for fulfillment of professional responsibilities, scholarship, and service
Continue to update knowledge and skills pertaining to user needs and trends in academic libraries, information resources, and teaching and assessment in higher education
Works with the Assistant Director on projects to provide enhanced access to the cartographic collections (web pages, index interfaces)
Plans and implements library instruction outreach and programming to meet the academic needs and promote the success of undergraduate students, particularly those in the first and second year
Support the University’s “Way Forward” strategy
Establish working relationships with key contacts to help improve service levels, developing appropriate communication links with the University’s Schools/Professional Services and outside bodies as required
Use of multiple technologies to advance library goals
Respond to subject enquiries from library users in a timely and effective manner

Librarian Assistant Qualifications

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Licensing or Certifications for Librarian Assistant

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Education for Librarian Assistant

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Employers hiring for the librarian assistant 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 Librarian Assistant

Desired skills for librarian assistant include:

Financial and statistical management needs
Licensing
Platforms
Standards
Trends
Budgets
Current acquisitions models and best practices
Current cataloging and metadata standards
Demand and evidence based acquisitions models
Issues within acquisitions and cataloging and committed to keeping current with changes

Desired experience for librarian assistant includes:

Capacity to thrive in the fast-paced, future-oriented environment of a research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities
Passion for service to the profession and academia interest in developing a scholarly profile
Knowledge of and engagement with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy
Successful completion of a criminal background check, as required by Utah state law
Additional advanced degree(s), especially in the sciences or engineering
Experience in public services in an academic library

Librarian Assistant Examples

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Librarian Assistant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is hiring for a librarian assistant. 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 librarian assistant
  • Assist with the acquisition of information resources and assist in managing School library allocations
  • Work in partnership with other (Assistant) Subject Librarians across the service providing support and cover where necessary
  • Contribute to the development of collection development plans
  • Represent ULS at relevant committees including student staff panels
  • Ensure that the ULS Regulations are observed
  • Cultivate strong relationships and partnerships with faculty, staff, and administrators in the College of Fine Arts and the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture
  • Assess needs and provide assistance, consultation, or referral across all research services (e.g., copyright, repository services, data management planning, information literacy outcomes assessment)
  • Develop and deliver effective and efficient instructional services (providing students with active and assessable learning opportunities through faculty partnerships and the development of in-class or train-the-trainer sessions, online tutorials or guides, course assignments, or other appropriate learning activities)
  • Seek out and pursue opportunities where the library can facilitate greater research or instructional productivity or improve student learning, by inserting new or existing services into the teaching, learning, or research workflows
  • Acquire and manage information resources needed by clientele for ongoing curricular and research needs
Qualifications for librarian assistant
  • Four years of professional experience with cataloging or metadata
  • Capacity to thrive in the fast-paced, future-oriented environment of a research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities, showing agility and flexibility
  • Experience with a national cooperative cataloging program such as NACO, BIBCO, CONSER or SACO
  • Advanced knowledge of the Alma system
  • Experience in performing name, series, and subject authority work
  • Strong knowledge of computer technology with some programming knowledge
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Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of librarian assistant. 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 librarian assistant
  • Provide reference services, including some night and weekend assignments
  • Actively engage in departmental and library initiatives, work groups and committees
  • Engage in scholarly and creative activity and in service to the profession, as required of library faculty members
  • Perform and/or supervise acquisition of materials, original and copy cataloging, authority control, and online catalog database maintenance
  • Oversee interlibrary loan functions and serials and government publications acquisitions and control
  • Supervise and evaluate unit staff and determine workflow assignments and priorities
  • Provide leadership in planning, developing, implementing, and monitoring of acquisitions and collection development policies and protocols
  • Participate in the development, implementation, monitoring, and reporting of the library materials budget
  • Develop and maintain relations with information resource vendors, and monitor and assess vendor performance
  • Serve as liaison to assigned academic departments, providing instruction, outreach, and collection development services
Qualifications for librarian assistant
  • Knowledge of & experience with educational technologies
  • Evidence of active participation and involvement in professional and scholarly associations and a record of scholarly engagement, typically demonstrated through publications and presentations, and commitment to professional issues and involvement
  • Liaison-related experience in a higher education environment or liaison experience/skills, coupled with a strong understanding of higher education
  • Experience in supporting faculty throughout the research and/or creative activity lifecycles
  • Significant work experience and/or education in the arts, architecture, or a related field
  • Experience consulting and working with faculty/instructors, especially on course, tutorial, or assignment design, or in developing educational programs
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Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking to fill the role of librarian assistant. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for librarian assistant
  • Manages electronic resource licensing issues across departments
  • Support students, staff, and faculty with high level literature search requests and act as a back-up for incoming reference requests during assigned hours
  • Contribute to written reports and the library’s social media offerings
  • Contribute to professional knowledge base by preparing and delivering presentations and publications
  • 25% Serves as an ambassador for the Libraries digital programs by building and maintaining effective working relationships to foster productive collaborations with all levels of the organization, with the university community, and external partners
  • 10% Works closely with Libraries IT/Systems team to ensure continued development of the Louisiana Digital Library platform and other systems such as ArchivesSpace
  • Working with students, faculty, staff, and other library users to locate and interpret library resources in all subject areas
  • Developing expertise in designated subject disciplines and maintaining current awareness of new reference initiatives
  • Serving as bibliographer for collection development in designated subject disciplines and recommends materials for purchase
  • Serving as liaison with the faculty in designated departments
Qualifications for librarian assistant
  • MLIS or a Bachelor’s Degree and equivalent experience
  • High level of proficiency using PC-based applications (Windows and Mac, word processing, spreadsheets) and other computer applications (email, Internet, Integrated Library Systems)
  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS OR the equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience working in an academic library
  • A degree or significant coursework in the sciences or engineering OR equivalent experience working with science or engineering departments, faculty, and students
  • Demonstrated ability to teach information literacy to groups and individuals
  • Ability to work creatively and effectively both as a team member and independently
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Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of librarian assistant. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for librarian assistant
  • Expected to have a thorough understanding of current library services platforms
  • Provides reference services (i.e., answers reference questions and locates requested information, trains/assists students and faculty in locating/using print/electronic sources, performs on-line and internet searches as requested, assists with search strategies
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including filling in to cover other staff duties during absences
  • Other administrative tasks (i.e., filing, preparing documentation)
  • Actively participate in team and University meetings
  • Develop, assist, and promote library sponsored events, displays, promotional materials, and other marketing and outreach efforts
  • Represent the library and/or university at campus, local, state, regional, and national meetings and conferences
  • Providing vision and leadership in designing, developing and supporting the library website content and integrating it with the larger library web presence, which includes discovery tools, digital collections, and electronic resources
  • Supervision of one technology support analyst, staff/student employees engaged in related work, as assigned
  • Day-to-day management, including programming and editorial recommendations, of the library’s web pages and intranet
Qualifications for librarian assistant
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational and professional environment and demonstration of the ability to work with a diverse population
  • Basic working knowledge of foreign languages (especially, but not exclusively from the Greater Middle East or Europe)
  • Experience or familiarity with editing EAD-encoded archival finding aids
  • Experience or familiarity with working with archival management software such as Archivists’ Toolkit or ArchivesSpace
  • Working knowledge of controlled vocabulary and thesauri creation and maintenance
  • Ability to meet tenure requirements and interest in ongoing professional development
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Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking for a librarian assistant. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for librarian assistant
  • Collaborates with the University’s Office of Research & Sponsored Programs in designing and developing the Libraries’ services for supporting data management, scholarship and research data
  • Participates in library-wide instructional initiatives, including STEM-specific instruction general education information literacy instruction when needed
  • Works effectively and collegially with colleagues, faculty, administrators, and stakeholders at all levels
  • Demonstrates commitment to scholarship, service, and professional development to meet the requirements expected of academic library faculty for tenure and promotion
  • Actively manages the lifecycle of e-resources in collaboration with stakeholders (DDA, R&L, UAHSL, ODIS, Spec Coll)
  • Ensures the accurate recording and maintenance of all administrative data for the Library’s electronic resource subscriptions
  • Actively collaborates with the Senior Information Resources Officer and Collection Management Librarian on current and future electronic resources collection strategies
  • Actively involved in improving the user experience of electronic resources with TeSS, AIS, liaisons, and others
  • Collaboratively investigates, develops, and implements best practices and workflows pertaining to electronic resources management, including the ongoing pursuit of process improvements, and the development and dissemination of policies, guidelines, and procedures
  • Actively develops expertise with emerging technologies and effectively identifies and applies new technologies in support of efficient processing
Qualifications for librarian assistant
  • Experience working on campus-wide information literacy programs or initiatives
  • One year academic library liaison experience
  • Master’s degree accredited by the American Library Association (or international equivalent)
  • Acquisitions and/or collection development experience
  • Experience using an integrated library system (Innovative Interfaces Sierra preferred) for technical services functions
  • Knowledge of OCLC interfaces, MARC formats, Dublin Core, RDA, LC Classification, and LCSH

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