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Librarian – Head of Public Services

New Mexico Highlands University
New Mexico, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Oct 9, 2023

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Librarian – Head of Public Services

Full Time/Part Time
Full Time

Job Type

Position Summary

The Librarian – Head of Public Services provides information services, which supports the academic and research needs of the University community. Under the general direction of the Library Director, the Head of Public Services Librarian oversees reference/information services and circulation services. The librarian coordinates activities and supervises personnel in these areas. The librarian develops public programs for the campus and surrounding community. In addition, teaches the 1-credit hour research course and provides bibliographic instruction for individual classes.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Supervise, train, and schedule library associates, technicians, clerks and student assistants.
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, measure, and evaluate work activities;
  • Prepare monthly statistical reports and other reports as needed;
  • Oversee circulation services including circulation of material, sending notices and course reserves;
  • Develop and maintain public service policies and procedures;
  • Work with the collections librarian in selecting reference books, select and weed books for assigned subject areas;
  • Review sources (Choice) for the selection of materials for possible purchase;
  • Prepare bibliographies, research guides, LibGuides, etc.;
  • Analyze use and appropriateness of reference and standing orders in concert with the Head of Collection and Instruction Division;
  • Teach one-credit hour Library Research Course;
  • Provide assistance at the Reference Desk, as well as provide research assistance to patrons in person and via phone, mail, email, and video conferences on a rotational basis;
  • Schedules reference desk coverage;
  • Assist users in using library resources, providing information on library services, facilities, regulations and standard references;
  • Maintain library spaces that are conducive to learning;
  • Promote library services by planning public forums, presentations, etc.;
  • Organize Library events such as reading programs, lectures, exhibits, and National Library Week;
  • Participate as a member of the University Faculty committees;
  • Use OCLC WorldShare Management System for circulation tasks;
  • Read job-related information and research concerning aspects of library development, publication, and involvement in library associations;
  • Maintain regular attendance;
  • Perform any other Library related activity as instructed by the Associate Library Director and the Library Director.
Minimum Job Requirements

• EDUCATION : A Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an American Library Association accredited university.

Preferred Qualifications

• Professional library or academic library experience in public services.

Special Conditions for Eligibility

• Occasional out-of-town travel for meetings and conferences using a personal or company vehicle.
• Willing to work evenings, weekends, holidays, and odd hours.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of information technology;
• Windows based operating systems;
• Microsoft office products;
• Evaluate and select instructional resources;
• Present information in a class situation;
• Analytical, problem solving and organizational skills;
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
• Possess supervisory experience;
• Demonstrate a commitment to working in a team environment as well as commitment to diversity, continuous improvement, and the university philosophy

Physical Demands

• Standing-Occasionally
• Repetitive hand motions, prolonged use of computer-Frequently
• Walking-Frequently
• Bending-Occasionally
• Squatting-Occasionally
• Climbing-Occasionally
• Kneeling-Occasionally
• Sitting-Frequently
• Lifting up to 40 pounds-Occasionally

Working Environment

• Work is performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
• Work with frequent interruptions.
• Work in dirty/dusty conditions occasionally
• Occasionally work around fumes/odors

Pay Rate

Work Location/Campus Center
Las Vegas, NM Campus

EEO Statement

New Mexico Highlands University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. We are committed to the University values of diversity, accessibility, excellence, and responsiveness.

For disabled access or services call 505-454-3242 or email

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Close Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicant

A complete online application must include: 1) Letter of interest/cover letter; 2) Resume; 3) Names, telephone numbers and email address of three (3) professional references in online application; 4) copies of unofficial transcripts. Candidates who are invited for on-campus interviews will be required to submit official transcripts. References will be contacted in conjunction with on-campus interview. Upload required materials with online application. For disabled access or services, call (505) 454-3242 or contact Human Resources at NMHU IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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