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Librarian I - Reference Librarian

Goodwin University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Sep 28, 2023

Job Details

The mission of Goodwin University is to educate a diverse student population in a dynamic environment that aligns education, commerce, and community. Our innovative programs of study prepare students for professional careers while promoting lifelong learning and civic responsibility. As a nurturing university community, we challenge students, faculty, staff, and administration to fully realize their highest academic, professional, and personal potential.

Position Description Summary/Purpose :

This is an Entry-level professional position. It works under the general supervision of the Library Director, assisting in providing reference services, collection maintenance and interlibrary loans. It performs professional library services in assisting students, staff and faculty in the selection and use of both electronic and physical library materials.

Essential Job Functions/Primary Responsibilities :

(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)
  • Receives oral or written directions from Library Director.
  • Plans work according to established library procedures.
  • Establishes task priorities within work unit.
  • Assists in near term and long-range planning.
  • Creates content for course specific LibGuides.
  • Opens and closes library according to security procedures.
  • Assists with all library circulation functions as needed.
  • Provides individual and group bibliographic instruction for print and electronic resources.
  • Participates in Library Liaison program.
  • Teaches research-related classes
  • Examines professional publications and other sources for selection of books, periodicals, and other materials.
  • Attends meetings and participates in professional library organizations.
  • Conducts all work in a safe manner and all work safety practices are followed.
Other Functions :
  • Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates.
  • Continues professional development and training; keeps current with trends.
  • Assists other department staff as needed to promote a team effort.
Knowledge, Ability and Skill :
  • Ability to apply principles of library science to solve practical problems
  • Strong computer application and digital technology skills
  • Strong attention to detail and multi-tasking skills
  • Ability to work effectively with other library staff
  • Ability to understand and use the library services provided by the University’s integrated library systems
  • Knowledge of basic research materials; substantial interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills


Minimum Required Qualifications :

Education, Training and Experience :
  • Master’s Degree in Library Science/ Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited college
  • 1-3 years of experience required
Physical and Mental Requirements :

Work Environment None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3
Outdoor Weather Conditions X
Work with fumes or airborne particles X
Work near moving mechanical parts X
Risk of electrical shock X
Vibration X

Physical Activity None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3
Standing X
Walking X
Sitting X
Talking & Hearing X
Using hands/fingers to handle/feel X
Climbing or balancing X
Bending, pulling, pushing X
Driving X

Lifting Requirements None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3
Up to 10 pounds X
Up to 25 pounds X
Up to 50 pounds X
Up to 75 pounds X
Up to 100 pounds X
Over 100 pounds X

Vision Requirements:

X Close vision (i.e. clear vision at 20 inches or less)

_X_ Distance vision (i.e. clear vision at 20 feet or more)

_X__ Color vision (i.e. ability to identify and distinguish colors)

_X__ Peripheral vision (i.e. ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or

left and right while the eyes are fixed on a given point)

_X__ Depth perception (i.e. three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and

spatial relationships)

___ No special vision requirements

Full-Time Employee Benefits:
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • 401k employer match
  • Employee & dependent life insurance
  • Great tuition benefits for employee, spouse & dependents
  • PTO program
  • Flexible work schedules / work from home opportunities
(This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee. It is used as a guide for personnel actions and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.)


Goodwin University

Goodwin University, a private university in East Hartford, CT, is an innovative learning community that empowers hard-working students to become sought-after employees.

We tailor our programs to address the needs of employers, and we shape them to fit the lives of students. Classes are conveniently offered year-round — days, evenings, weekends, and online. Degrees may be flexibly layered across certificate, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s programs in a variety of in-demand fields.

Better still, we surround our students with the personal support and the professional guidance they need — not just to earn degrees, but to change lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.

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