Reference Librarian-Coordinator of Health Sciences

New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 01, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Reference Librarian-Coordinator of Health Sciences

Utica College, a small comprehensive college in Upstate New York, is seeking applications for a Reference Librarian-Coordinator of Health Sciences in the Library. The Health Studies Librarian is a member of the team of academic librarians who, as liaisons to student and faculty, provide a range of reference services, course-related library instruction, research assistance, and collection development in support of Utica College academic programs. The Health Studies Librarian serves as the liaison to programs within the School of Health Professions and Education, including Health Care Administration, Health Care Management, Health Studies, Joint Health Professions, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. The Health Studies Librarian provides reference and information services during on-call and scheduled hours; weekend and evening reference service is required.

In deciding whether to apply for a position at Utica College, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the UC mission and culture to help determine their potential success at Our Mission and Values Statement includes a commitment to fostering diversity in background,  perspective, and experience within an environment that is dedicated to the freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas.  At UC, diversity means that we are a community that represents a range of human experience and makes conscious choices to appreciate, respect, and learn from each other. Utica College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society.

Primary responsibilities include:

  1. Coordinates library services and instruction to the Health Studies areas primarily in the School of Health Professions and Education.
  2. Participates in ongoing evaluation of electronic collections pertaining to Health Studies and their use. Consults review resources and faculty members to determine appropriateness of acquiring, replacing or discarding Health Studies resources. Acts as liaison to faculty and orders materials for Health Studies. Recommends additional resources to support new courses or programs.
  3. Assists in teaching users research skills necessary for lifelong learning. Participates with other librarians in teaching library research and orientation classes. Creates and maintains online tutorials and research guides (including LibGuides) to support outreach and instructional initiatives. Continually increases teaching effectiveness by formal or informal education in instruction techniques. Establishes strong relationships with teaching faculty to coordinate library instruction with curriculum.
  4. Participates with other librarians in workflow analysis and collecting statistics needed to evaluate the efficiency and/or delivery of services to users. Designs and administers quantitative and qualitative assessments and makes recommendations for improvements or for allocating personnel resources.
  5. Applies expertise to benefit the institution, department, profession, and community, including service on departmental and college committees or projects outside the librarian’s normal role, and through activities within professional and scholarly organizations. Maintains professional collegial contact with counterparts in other institutions; actively participates in the life of the college.
  6. Demonstrates and maintains a record of continued growth in professional and creative achievement in keeping with the standards of academic librarianship and current developments in the field. Is involved in and demonstrates leadership in college activities and professional library organizations. Independently and actively seeks out and develops needed library projects, seeing projects through to completion.
  7. Takes an active role in the development of the department’s strategic and operational plans as required by department leadership. Works closely with department supervisor to develop and implement operational goals that support departmental success.
  8. Responsible for working with supervisor and other team members to achieve successful results on all established individual and departmental goals and key performance indicators.
  9. Performs other related duties as assigned and/or as required by circumstance.


MLS from an ALA-accredited program; 2 years professional academic library experience required; knowledge/background in the area of health studies and familiarity with health studies materials and electronic resources; Second master’s degree in relevant field highly desirable.

Utica College:

Founded in 1946, Utica College is a private comprehensive institution distinguished for its integration of liberal and professional study. Our dedicated faculty and staff have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students. The College enrolls approximately 3,700 students – approximately 2,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students.

A city of approximately 60,000, Utica is located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York. The area offers easy access to a broad variety of cultural attractions, including the historic Stanley Performing Arts Center and renowned Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, as well as four-season recreation. 

Application Information:

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and a diversity statement. All positions at Utica College support the College’s mission and values in part by being active members of an inclusive environment. Please describe in your diversity statement how you would see yourself incorporating this into this role.

In line with the College’s Affirmative Action Policy, there is no requirement or expectation that a candidate disclose their identity or membership in any protected class or group, either in the diversity statement or in other application documents submitted to the search committee. For additional information on what to provide in your diversity statement please reference the diversity statement guide at the following link:

All application materials must be submitted online at the following link:

Active consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. References will be checked for candidates invited to campus. 

Utica College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations.