Community colleges are uniquely positioned to respond to workforce needs and make higher education an affordable reality. There has never been a better time to join a two-year college, and there's no better place to do it than at Columbus State. A laser focus on student success and a partnership mindset have established Columbus State as a key talent provider in a thriving regional economy, and a premier community college that is changing the nation's education and workforce landscapes. With more than 46,000 students across two campuses, at several regional learning centers, and online, Columbus State is the nation's only institution recognized as an Achieving the Dream (ATD) college, an AACC Guided Pathways institution, and a participant in The Right Signals Initiative through the Lumina Foundation. Columbus State employees at all levels benefit from an engaging, collaborative, and supportive culture that rewards innovation and vision. We provide competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits, and professional development opportunities. We are dedicated to ensuring that the diversity of Columbus State faculty and staff reflects that of our students and region. We are proud to be a central part of a community that embraces differences and celebrates the many cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles that define Central Ohio.
Columbus, Ohio is also home to The Ohio State University and more than 30 other colleges and universities as well as the headquarters of multiple Fortune 500 companies. Columbus is one of America's fastest-growing cities, offering a wealth of cultural experiences, dining, entertainment, shopping opportunities, and more. That's why Central Ohio residents find living here so fulfilling, both professionally and personally. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions described in this position description. Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this position description.
The Librarian, Reference & Instruction guides a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff to access information with critical insight via individual reference assistance, group instruction and guides (print and online). The position also collaborates with librarians and staff to provide user-centered services and spaces for learning and research.
Provides reference and research instruction to students, faculty, and staff. Answers research questions using a variety of print and electronic resources. Provides advice and support to students, including interpreting the usefulness of research materials for student projects. Advises students on selection and focus of topics for research papers and guides students in development of effective search strategies. Advises students on citation methods, copyright issues, and provides other support, as needed, to promote learning and research success. Contributes input, as necessary, into development of reference and instruction guidelines and procedures. Resolves issues and interprets library policy and procedures for users.
Instructional and Faculty Support
Conducts group instruction sessions for students and faculty. Instructs users with varying skill levels in the research process. Teaches skills needed to identify, locate, access, evaluate information, and develop information literacy knowledge. Develops online research guides for general and course-specific library research. Initiates, plans, and develops tutorials and supporting instructional materials for specific databases or research needs. Collaborates with faculty in development of instruction sessions tailored to the curriculum, class assignments, and student readiness. Responds to faculty requests for development of effective library research assignments. Provides library instruction sessions at off-campus sites. Researches, evaluates, and selects library materials to assist in maintenance and upgrading of collections.
Technology Support and Data Analytics
Contributes to the development of the library website and may be responsible for a significant portion of webpages, online research guides, and other library publications. Records statistics for reference and instruction sessions. Participates in library assessment activities.
Other Duties and Responsibilities
Attends all required department meetings and training. Communicates any concerns related to building operations to appropriate contacts. Monitors computer equipment used to access library information. Contacts IT support if service is needed for non-functional equipment. Serves on library committees. *Regular, predictable, and punctual attendance is required.
Usual Physical Requirements
The employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer, occasionally sits for extended periods of time, and frequently stands and walks. Employee occasionally reaches with hands or arms and stoops, kneels, crouches or crawls. Employee converses verbally with others in person and by telephone. Vision demands include close, detailed vision when focusing on computer screen. Employee occasionally lifts or exerts force up to 10 pounds.
Normal Library working conditions.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of: multiple electronic databases used by students, faculty, and staff at an expert level; library science; research methods, sources, and databases; library practices and procedures; Dewey Decimal System; online catalog systems; online searching techniques; Microsoft office and other computer applications. Skill in: verbal and written communications; listening; teaching and transmitting ideas to persons of diverse backgrounds and learning levels; conducting research and related problem solving; researching general and technical information; scan and analyze large quantities of information for relevance to research question; operation and maintenance of library computer system; use of the Internet, routine typing; spelling; maintaining registration and other operational records. Ability to: evaluate information sources for content, authority, and relevancy; analyze complex reference requests; demonstrate broad knowledge base; categorize materials in subject, numerical and alphabetical order; exhibit analytical thinking; develop and maintain effective working relationships with associates, vendors, students, telephone users and general public; maintain confidential and sensitive information; use good judgement; perform complex tasks and prioritize multiple projects; effectively communicate information in oral and written forms; excellent listening skills and participant in collaborative work; develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders across the College; effectively work with persons of varying cultures and diversity; problem solve effectively; exhibit a pleasant public manner and telephone etiquette; originate correspondence; work independently with little supervision and in teams, as designated.
Minimum Qualifications: Master's Degree from an ALA accredited institution. Three (3) years progressively responsible experience working in a library reference position or a related field. *An appropriate combination of education, training, coursework and experience may qualify a candidate.
Internal Number: req2796_1574176778
About Columbus State Community College
Columbus State Community College has been meeting the diverse educational needs of the Central Ohio community for more than 50 years. The college is proud to be an important contributor to the growth and progress of the region and to serve as the front door to higher education in Central Ohio. From the first graduating class in 1965 through this year, 50,000 students have earned associate degrees in 50-plus technical fields and academic transfer programs. Columbus State also offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree programs whose coursework fulfills the freshman and sophomore year requirements for bachelor’s degree programs offered by four-year colleges and universities throughout the state. Specific transfer agreements with more than 40 colleges and universities are in place at Columbus State, and new direct-to degree partnership programs are being developed all the time. Columbus State now has two campuses serving Central Ohio educational needs. The Columbus Campus is located on 85 acres in downtown Columbus. The 108-acre, full-service Delaware Campus welcomed its first students in 2010. Additionally, Columbus State offers classes at nine convenient regional learning centers throughout Central Ohio.