Minimum rank of Assistant Professor of Research (Limited Term Faculty Position)

University of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OKlahoma

Job posting number: #7101529 (Ref:if89334)

Posted: June 6, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Reference & Instructional Services Librarian

Position Functional Statement: Responsible for providing assistance to patrons and colleagues within an integrated team environment. Primary activities include general reference and information services; user education; mediated searching; health information outreach to unaffiliated individuals; participation in opportunities for professional growth and special projects to enhance library services. This position is supervised by the Head of Reference & Instructional Services.



Provides assistance to patrons and library staff. Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Assists individuals visiting the library with information needs
  • Refers patrons to other services/sources as necessary
  • Answers the department telephone, checks messages, redirects calls as appropriate
  • Monitors the department inbox; consults the Department Head about the triaging of requests
  • Covers service points within the library (Information Desk; Service Desk; History of Medicine) as needed


Conducts mediated searches requested by patrons. Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Selects and searches appropriate databases or other resources
  • Delivers search results to patrons; clearly communicates relevant information about results and invites follow-up questions
  • Initiates and actively participates in peer-led search discussions/demonstrations to refine search skills and address challenging searches; incorporates feedback into search revisions


Develops instructional materials and delivers timely and relevant user education. Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Utilizes instructional design techniques and technology to produce materials such as videos, tutorials, handouts, presentations, and guides
  • Teaches classes both in-person and virtually about the use of library services, online databases/interfaces, access to print and electronic content, etc.
  • Prepares focused, customized instruction (consultations) for individuals or small groups who are working on specific projects or who have particular needs
  • Coordinates all instruction requests with the Department Head
  • Initiates and actively participates in peer-led discussions to plan instructional sessions and debrief afterwards; incorporates feedback into instruction
  • Attends and participates in credit courses delivered to graduate students in the University of Oklahoma School of
  • Library and Information Studies


Participates in health information outreach activities. Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Assists with programs and services for unaffiliated user groups such as consumers, health care professionals, and public librarians
    • Coordinates and/or participates in site visits
    • Develops instructional/program/promotional materials
    • Teaches classes both in-person and virtually, in settings such as libraries, community-based organizations, and other academic institutions


Engages in activities that promote professional growth. Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Participates in professional organizations (attends conferences, serves on committees, presents posters/papers, etc.)
  • Recognizes gaps in learning and intentionally seeks out training to learn new skills (attends seminars/classes, reads professional journals, etc.); integrates those skills into job performance
  • Initiates/actively collaborates in writing projects such as funding proposals, manuscripts, etc.


Performs other library activities as assigned. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Assists with the development of library/department policies and procedures
  • Reviews and evaluates print and electronic materials for the collection
  • Maintains the print Reference collection
  • Assists other departments with special projects such as processing donated items, verifying citations for document delivery, creating finding aids for the HOM collection, and helping with library events
  • Serves on library committees


Education: Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library school or within 12 months of degree completion


Certifications/ Licenses: 

Equivalent/ Substitution:  

Preferred:  24 months library experience in a health sciences environment

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities/Other Characteristics:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication/interpersonal skills
  • Strong service orientation
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of an integrated team
  • Ability to initiate, plan, and organize projects and follow through to completion

Contact: Phill Jo, MLIS | Associate Professor & Head, Access Services | Chair, Search Committee | [email protected]

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Job posting number:#7101529 (Ref:if89334)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:University of Oklahoma
United States
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