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Research & Instruction Librarian - AZ - Library Services

Midwestern University
Arizona, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Jan 17, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Research & Instruction Librarian (evening) provides instruction, research support, and reference services for Midwestern University students, faculty, and staff, and pursues opportunities to expand library participation across the Glendale, Arizona campus.  The position reports to the Academic Services Manager.  Full time hours are Sunday - Thursday, 12:00 PM – 8:30 PM, with flexibility to shift schedule to meet teaching, committee, and other user needs. This position may also occasionally be required to open the library and staff the library service desk on Sunday mornings.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach classes to support the teaching curriculum including, but not limited to, course integrated library resources introduction, research skills, and information literacy instruction
  • Cultivate collaborative relationships with teaching faculty to facilitate enhanced student learning
  • Consistently engage in campus-wide opportunities to promote library services
  • Provide research support for faculty and students
  • Collaborate as part of team of librarians to take advantage of technologies to support and expand library services
  • Provide research (reference) help in person at the service desk as scheduled, as well as by phone, appointment and email
  • Participate in maintenance of library resource guides on library website
  • Maintain awareness of current trends in health and life sciences information resources, teaching and learning pedagogy, and relevant best practices
  • Other duties may be assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities                                                    

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Must be able to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner and have regular, predictable, in-person attendance. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience                                                   

Master's degree in Library/Information Sciences from an ALA-accredited institution.  A minimum of 1 year experience providing reference in the health sciences.  Experience providing library instruction in both formal and informal settings.  Experience working in a team and customer service oriented environment.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Computer Skills                                               

Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), health science online resources, and experience with citation management programs.

Language Skills                                                

High skills:  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, and boards of directors.

Reasoning Ability                                             

High skills:  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

Mathematical Ability

Basic skills:  Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to interpret bar graphs.  

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to climb or balance.  The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee is frequently required to sit, use hands to handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee must frequently lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race; color; religion; creed; national origin or ancestry; ethnicity; sex (including pregnancy); gender (including gender expressions, gender identity; and sexual orientation); marital status; age; disability; citizenship; past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services; genetic information; or any other protected class, in accord with all federal, state and local laws, including 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a). Midwestern University complies with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act (A.R.S. 36-601.01) and the Smoke Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82/).  Midwestern University complies with the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 and Arizona Equal Pay Acts.

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