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Reference & Instruction Librarian

Concordia University Chicago
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 18, 2021

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Concordia University Chicago (CUC) invites applications for the Reference & Instruction Librarian position. This position is responsible for providing reference assistance and bibliographic instruction, supporting classroom instruction, coordinator and leader of reference desk coverage, collection development, and promoting library electronic and print materials and services to the CUC community.

This position reports directly to the Director of University Library and is located in River Forest, IL. The schedule is Sunday through Thursday 11:30 AM - 8:00 PM.


  • Provide research assistance and bibliographic instruction to library patrons at the reference desk
  • Primary contact for providing classroom instruction and when overbooking occurs, collaborate with the library team to ensure reference coverage
  • Connect with faculty to improve library relationship to promote services and resources
  • Share collection development responsibilities with other librarians
  • In cooperation with other librarians, serve as library liaison with academic departments
  • Plan and design Libguides for the CUC community
  • Candidates must be committed to the mission and identity of Concordia University Chicago.

Skill Sets:

  • Understanding of learning styles and effective teaching pedagogy
  • Ability to apply technology to teaching and research support
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving, communication and organizational skills
  • General familiarity with disciplines included in Concordia University Chicago curriculum
  • Exhibits a service mentality toward all stakeholders
  • All communication with stakeholders is effective, professional, accurate, and timely
  • Improves work performance and that of others by being receptive to and appropriately sharing information

Minimum Experience Required:

Required: At least one year of reference and bibliographic instruction experience in an academic setting

Preferred: At least two years of bibliographic instruction experience in an academic setting

Education Requirements:

A Master's degree in library and information science (MLS/MLIS) from an ALA accredited institution is required for this position.

Compensation and Benefits:

Starting range is dependent upon individual qualifications and experience. Concordia University Chicago benefit options include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and/or Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Disability and Survivor Plan (Basic Life Insurance)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Retirement Pension Plan
  • Retirement 403(b) Savings Plan
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Accident Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Tuition benefits (available for employees and their qualified dependents)

Application Information:

Interested individuals should include a cover letter, resume and references with their online application.

Concordia does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex or age. As an institution of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, however, and to the extent allowed by law, Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religious affiliation.

Concordia University Chicago does not generally sponsor for employment visas except for positions that oversee, teach or support our international programs.

About Concordia University Chicago:

Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based Christian university founded in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Theology, Arts & Humanities, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Health, Science & Technology, Concordia-Chicago offers more than 160 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success. All undergraduate and graduate degrees are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Concordia University Chicago has been recognized as a College of Distinction since 2010, and is consistently ranked among the Best Regional Universities-Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. For more than a decade, combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment has exceeded 5,000 students. Concordia University Chicago is located in River Forest, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Learn more about our commitment to higher education, rooted in the Gospel, at

Steadfast in Jesus Christ as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, Concordia University Chicago promotes academic rigor in its liberal arts and professional programs; grounds students in objective truth, integrity, and excellence; and practices faithfulness to the Confessional teachings of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, as it forms students for vocations in church, family, and the world.

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