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Research & Instruction Librarian

Fort Lewis College
Durango, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 18, 2024

Job Details

Position Summary:

The Research & Instruction Librarian is a full-time, permanent, exempt staff appointment reporting to the Library Director. The position is responsible for oversight of research and reference services and library information literacy instruction.

Job Description:

Essential Functions & Responsibilities Reference Services
  • Manages Library reference and research services, including research and information desk activities, email reference, and chat service
  • Provides policies and procedures for reference services and implementation of new services and technologies
  • Supervises (hires, trains, schedules, oversees, and evaluates) Peer Research Coach student employees
  • Administers reference software (such as LibGuides and Gimlet) including providing standardized templates and training users on best practices
  • Orients and trains new reference providers, conducts and facilitates regular reference training for all providers
  • Assesses the research services program and provides feedback based on best practices
  • Serves as library contact for consortium chat reference service
Instruction Program & Information Literacy Oversight
  • Manages the Library’s instructional program
  • In collaboration with administration and colleagues, develops, documents, implements, and assesses information literacy initiatives
  • Based on national standards for information literacy and specific FLC curricula, manages a comprehensive bibliographic instruction program for the College composition classes and performs library instruction for these courses
  • Produces informational and instructional materials to facilitate Library users in successfully using resources
  • Remains current with changing information-delivery systems and recommends the implementation of new technologies to enhance Library instruction
  • Maintains statistics on Library instruction and creates reports as needed
  • Provides or coordinates training sessions for new and existing librarians
Other Responsibilities
  • Serves as library liaison to assigned academic departments
  • Teaches classes about library use and research techniques
  • Performs collection development
  • Works collegially with instructors to create course assignments that relate to library resources and information literacy goals
  • Provides reference service in person and by phone, email, and chat
  • Participates in and/or leads Library governance teams, campus committees, and consortium committees as assigned
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities
  • Performs other duties as assigned
Required Education, Specialized Skills and Experience:
  • ALA accredited master's degree in library or information science, received by September 2024
  • Any combination of experience and coursework in the fundamentals of information literacy, instruction, online learning and instructional technology
  • Experience using learning management systems
  • Demonstrated organizational, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities
Preferred Education, Specialized Skills and Experience:
  • Experience providing research services in an academic environment
  • Experience providing information literacy instruction
  • Supervisory experience

The s alary range is $51,000 to $56,500, plus a comprehensive benefits package

Application Process
A complete application packet includes:
  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for the position.

  • Resume

  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references.

Application materials received by May 12, 2024, will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

About Fort Lewis College:

On a sage-brushed mesa overlooking downtown Durango and the La Plata Mountains, Fort Lewis College is Southwest Colorado’s premier public undergraduate research institution. With more than half of the 3,300 students identifying as people of color, FLC’s academic programming and campus life thrive on nurturing safe, diverse spaces for intellectual exploration and helping people achieve their career goals. A Native American-serving, Non-Tribal Institution, FLC is committed to promoting economic development in neighboring tribal communities and connecting students with the education they need to be the change in the world they want to see. Degree programs span the arts, business, education, health sciences, humanities, and social and natural sciences. Coursework builds on the natural, cultural, and historical resources found around the Four Corners region. Students work closely with faculty on research projects with real-world implications. Like the mountain town it resides in, FLC promotes a culture of work-life balance for students, faculty, and staff. Skyhawks enjoy unparalleled access to a healthy outdoor lifestyle thanks to 300 days of sunshine a year and more than 300 miles of hiking and biking trails in and around Durango

Notice to Prospective Employees:
The Fort Lewis College is required by the Clery Act of 1990 to notify prospective employees, current employees, students and applicants where to access our Campus Security Report. The report is updated and published annually in accordance with the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, Federal Student Right-to-Know, the Federal Drug-free Schools and Campuses Act of 1989. This report contains information about:
  • Fort Lewis College's alcohol and other drug policy
  • Sexual assault policy
  • Campus security policies
  • Campus/community resources
  • The Colorado Riot Offense Statute restriction on enrollment
  • Where to find registered sex offender information
  • Crime statistics for the previous three calendar years
  • Reporting crimes
The Campus Security Report can be accessed in two ways:
By going to the internet website at: Fort Lewis College Student Affairs Office will also provide a paper copy of the annual security report upon request. You can reach them at (970) 247-7331.

Equal Opportunity
Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See

Discrimination Questions?

Office of Compliance and Community Standards
David Pirrone, Director of Compliance
192 Education Business Hall
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-7182

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?
Office of the Title IX Coordinator
Kate Suazo, Assistant Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator
230 Skyhawk Station
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-6729

Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request.

* Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.

ADAA Accommodations
Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.


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