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Branch Manager – Whatcom County Library System – Maple Falls, WA

The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) seeks an energetic Branch Manager committed to excellent customer service for the North Fork Community Library.  The Branch Manager directs all branch operations including staff supervision; assists patrons by providing reference and reader’s advisory services and community referrals; performs community outreach; promotes core Library values, and performs other related duties. Requires Bachelor’s degree, 5 years or more relevant experience, or equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education and experience, and a fun and innovative attitude. Full-time position, with competitive salary and excellent benefits. Apply by Tuesday, April 14th. Click on the “read more” link for full posting and application instructions.

POSITION: Branch Manager – North Fork Community Library

DEPARTMENT: Public Services

RESPONSIBILITIES: Directs all branch operations and assists patrons by providing reference and reader’s advisory services and community referrals.  Essential functions include:

  • Public Services: develops, delivers and continually evaluates and improves services for a diverse population.  Coordinates branch services with the Whatcom County Library’s system-wide priorities and resources.  Provides reference and other public services including outreach.  Participates in system-wide project teams.
  • Staff supervision: develops and guides staff toward the highest standards of customer service.  Supervises staff and evaluates performance.  Oversees the selection, training, performance appraisal and recognition, discipline and professional development of branch staff.
  • Community outreach: initiates, develops and maintains effective working partnerships with Friends, schools, volunteers, business and civic groups.  Identifies emerging needs for new library services and sets goals and priorities accordingly.
  • Branch operations: Makes recommendations to the Friends of the North Fork Library (building owners) to ensure that the building and grounds are adequately maintained.  Coordinates branch operations with other departments including Facilities, Information Technology, Collection Support, and Administrative Services.  Ensures the branch collection is balanced and current.
  • Branch administration: assists with developing branch budgets and monitoring expenditures.  Oversees staffing and adherence to Library’s mission, administrative policies and procedures.  Serves as a resource to other branch staff.
  • Promotes core Library values: supports intellectual freedom.  Assumes responsibility for how library is perceived by the staff and the public.  Provides leadership to the Library though collaborative problem solving.


  1. Bachelor’s degree.
  2. Five years or more relevant experience; including knowledge of reference and reader’s advisory services, and literature for children, teens and adults.  Experience working with all age groups.
  3. Strong supervisory skills with a demonstrated ability to create a positive work environment for staff with varying degrees of experience and responsibilities, and evidence of ability to build a cohesive team.
  4. Evidence of successful experience with community partnerships.
  5. Equivalent knowledge, skills, technical training, education, and/or experience will be considered.

Work requires considerable physical effort in the handling of materials up to 30 pounds and/or continual standing or walking 80%+ of the time.  New employees are subject to a CRC (criminal records check) per RCW 43.43.832.

LOCATION: Regular hours at the North Fork Community Library in Kendall, near Maple Falls, Whatcom County, Washington.  Perennially recognized by the national media as one of the best places to live in America, Whatcom County is a place that truly has something for everyone.  With magnificent natural scenery, skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Baker, hiking, arts and theatre, and charming communities, Whatcom County is a unique area of Washington State.  Learn more about the Kendall area in the Mount Baker foothills: http://mtbakerchamber.org/

UNION: Membership in AFSCME, AFL-CIO Local 1581 required commencing not more than 30 days after employment, according to the terms and conditions described in the current bargaining agreement.

SCHEDULE: 40 regular scheduled weekly hours, including evening and weekend shifts.  Successful candidates may be required to adapt to future schedule changes depending on library needs.

COMPENSATION: $4,050 per month with excellent benefits including Social Security, retirement, long-term disability insurance, medical, dental and optical insurance; paid vacation and sick leave, EAP, and a fun and innovative work environment that values the contributions of our employees.

POSTING DATES: Tuesday, 3/24/15 to Tuesday, 04/14/15

APPLICATION: Submit a completed WCLS Application Packet* by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, 04/14/15 to:

Christina Read, HR Manager
Whatcom County Library System
5205 Northwest Drive
Bellingham, WA  98226
Phone: (360) 305-3600, ext. 216
Email: branchmanager@wcls.org

* Application packets must include:

Completed WCLS Employment Application (also available at the address above, or any branch library).
Résumé and cover letter that illustrates your education and experience.
Answers to supplemental questions.

JOB BEGINS: As soon after hiring as possible.

SELECTION: Selection criteria may include the contents of the application, an oral interview and skills test.  Selection of applicants for further consideration and/or possible testing will be determined by the information supplied by the applicants on their applications and accompanying documents. It will be the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information and detail on the application to permit WCLS to properly determine the applicant’s qualifications, abilities and attributes as they relate to the listed position.  Interviews will be scheduled ONLY with best qualified applicants, based upon applications, resumes and other documents received, and test results.  Applicants who need accommodation during the application, testing or interview process should contact Human Resources.

Research and Instruction Librarian – Texas A&M University – Commerce, TX

For the full job description, please visit: https://jobpath.tamu.edu/postings/81369
Research and instruction librarians analyze clientele needs, interpret library resources, and facilitate their use by students, faculty, support staff, and other members of the academic community. Each research and instruction librarian also has responsibilities in collection development, bibliographic instruction, and liaison/outreach for a group of assigned academic departments.


• Facilitates the use of all library resources, including LION (online catalog), electronic databases, print and non-print indexes, abstracts, reference materials, and online and Internet resources.
• Conducts clientele interviews and helps clientele make effective use of appropriate information resources.
• Refers to sources, places, and individuals when local sources are insufficient.
• Participates in the library instruction program, which often includes instruction provided via lecture method, hands-on method, or over the web. Creates finding aids, assessment tools, and programs to complement library instruction.
• Collaborates with the research and instruction team to create programs and workshops to instruct faculty on using library research tools and resources.
• Provides timely research assistance to walk-in clients and through the library’s online Ask a Librarian portals.
• Utilizes tools and resources and remains current on academic department curricula to help select materials for collection development.
• Works with faculty members in assigned academic departments to:
1. Determine library needs for faculty research and student curricular support.
2. Enhance and design library assignments.
3. Develop special programming and instructional resources to support assignment and curricular needs.
• Produce scholarly research and provide academic service in accordance with the library’s promotion criteria.
• Represents Texas A&M University-Commerce Libraries and TAMU-C to resource sharing partnerships and/or external committees as appropriate to the area of specialization of each reference librarian.
• Maintains professional expertise appropriate to meet service and planning requirements in assigned areas.
• Participates as a team member in the selection of resources for the library.
This job description shall include, but is not necessarily limited to, the above duties. May temporarily perform other duties assigned to maintain operations and services.
Marginal Functions will vary with the specific assignment and depend on the particular unit or function for which the person is responsible. Consideration will be given on a case by case basis and reassignment of marginal duties will be made when appropriate.

Any research and instruction librarian may be required to coordinate specific tasks of the department, and may be required to supervise other staff members.

• Master’s degree in library science and/or information science from an American Library Association accredited institution. Evidence of degree completion must be provided before start date of employment.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Experience with emerging technologies in libraries and teaching.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, dynamic, and demanding environment.
• Experience working with culturally diverse populations.
• Experience with teaching library instructions in an academic library.
• Knowledge of assessment techniques and tools for library instruction.
• Knowledge of academic library marketing techniques.
• Two or more years of experience working in an academic library environment.

Assistant Dean for Research & Instruction Services – Ferris State University – Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Dean for Research & Instruction Services. This is a 12-month, full-time, administrative  position.

Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community.  The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individual with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups.

Position Overview:  Reporting to the Dean of the Library and serving as a member of the Dean’s administrative team, the Assistant Dean for Research & Instruction Services helps lead the library to plan, budget and operate in alignment with library and university core values, mission and vision statements. This senior library management position oversees and coordinates the research and teaching support functions and the user engagement and user experience-related operations of the library including: circulation and reserves; information literacy/instruction; information/learning commons; marketing, outreach and promotion; research consultation; scholarly communication; and overall Web presence.

Within functional areas of responsibility, this position is also responsible for data collection and analysis to facilitate effective decisions; assessment; personnel administration and supervision; formulation and implementation of policies, procedures and workflows; and coordinating training and professional development. The incumbent collaborates closely with the Assistant Dean for Collections & Access Services to ensure that the library’s teams work together effectively. This position also works with the liaison librarians, staff and dean to keep the library connected with and responsive to Ferris users and the larger academic library community.

For full posting information and to apply, see:  https://employment.ferris.edu/postings/22306

Library Technology Specialist – Layafette College Library – Easton, PA

The Lafayette College Library seeks a talented and engaged primary support person to assist staff and users with a variety of both library-specific and general-purpose technologies. Are you eager to play a vital role in a thriving academic library? Are you excited by the prospect of learning new skills, supporting a large academic computing lab, and working with students on digitization projects, 3D printing and emerging “makerspace” activities?

This position requires a person with wide-ranging interests and abilities. In addition to the technical proficiency required to support library systems and users and maintain the college’s largest and most heavily used student computing lab (including printers, digital cameras, scanners, and laptops), we are keen to find someone who loves libraries and understands the exploratory nature of our work. If this ad describes you, please send a resume and cover letter explaining why you are so passionate about using and supporting technology within academic libraries and what you can offer our award-winning team.

Qualifications. Required: Knowledge of Windows and Mac operating systems and hardware; bachelor’s degree with relevant experience with computers and technology; strong service orientation; ability to prioritize tasks, solve problems, and work under pressure; strong communication and interpersonal skills. Preferred: Familiarity with computer protection and management systems and basic IT networking principles.

Physical Requirements. Keyboarding, computer work in general office environment. Ability to spend extended periods of time walking, standing and bending; to access various buildings and storage areas; to grasp, move, and arrange equipment; to lift up to 50 lbs. and push loaded dollies; to manipulate levers, trays, etc. of printer/photocopier equipment.

Send resume to: Office of Human Resources, Lafayette College, Easton, PA 18042 or email to hr@lafayette.edu.


Librarian II/Local & State History – Cumberland County Public Library – Fayetteville, NC

SALARY: $40,524/yr


Master of Library Science degree (MLS) required. Must have 18 months experience as a MLS professional librarian in a public library. Six months supervisory experience required. Experience with archives and preservation of documents is preferred.
Trainee candidates must have at least 12 months experience as a MLS professional librarian in a public library.
Must obtain North Carolina Public Library Certification within 18 months of employment.


Selected applicant must have or obtain, and maintain a valid North Carolina driver’s license with an acceptable driving record; must have access to transportation; background check with local law enforcement agency required; and must submit to a drug-screening test and receive a negative result for the use of drugs specified in the county policy. Refusal to submit to testing or a confirmed positive test shall be basis for withdrawal of the conditional employment offer.


Provides in-depth genealogy and/or family history research services for the public. Orients and instructs the public and staff in the use of the library’s online public access catalog. Supervises, trains, evaluates, and schedules Local & State History and information services staff to ensure policies and procedures are followed, customers are given efficient, prompt, and competent assistance, and pleasant working conditions are maintained. Develops and conducts adult programs through the Adult Programming Council. Works with the Librarian II Youth Services to coordinate curriculum-based programming for school visits. Coordinates scheduling for the second floor information services service desk. Develops and presents proscribed training for the system to ensure the library’s continued delivery of fast, efficient, and accurate reference services through print and electronic resources. Works with the Training Coordinator to develop and schedule training. Oversees collection development work and purging of obsolete and/or worn materials for the assigned areas within the facility. Selects and recommends for purchase printed, audiovisual and electronic material in assigned subject areas to develop and maintain for public use. Supervises and assists with the development of bibliographic and database indexes and brochures to encourage and help the public find needed information in print and electronic formats. As assigned, supervises facility staff and operations in the absence of the manager. Researches, identifies, develops and prepares proposals and applications for public and private grant opportunities. Assesses Local and State History collections to recommend resources for digitization projects. Coordinates the digitization process with outside agencies. Discusses with supervisor work methods, problems, short and long range developments and/or plans. Participates in appropriate councils and committees, making recommendations for system-wide policies and procedures. Provides in-depth reader’s advisory services to the public. Oversees the Local and State History web page on the library’s website. Actively serves on the Web Team. Compiles, prepares and maintains reports, records, statistics and budget information for the assigned department. Evaluates services, programming, and materials collection for assigned department to ensure compliance with library’s five year plan. Works in collaborative efforts with other community agencies. Maintains awareness of library trends in the delivery of services. Periodically reviews the Local and State History Scope of Collection statement and updates as needed. This job description in no way implies that the duties listed here are the only ones the employee can be required to perform. The employee is expected to perform other tasks as directed by their manager or supervisor.

AVAILABLE: immediately
APPLY BY: Open until filled
TO APPLY: We accept on-line applications only. You may complete the application from our website at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/cumberlandcountync/default.cfm
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed county application.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact Ms. Dagmar Aerdelman at (910) 483-7727 extension 1305, fax: (910) 486-5372, or e-mail: daerdelman@cumberland.lib.nc.us or the Cumberland County Human Resources Department at (910) 678-7653;
Library website: http://www.cumberland.lib.nc.us/ccplsite/

Social Sciences Librarian – University of Nevada – Las Vegas, NV

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for a Social Sciences Librarian in its University Libraries.

Located in one of the most exciting cities in the nation UNLV is a comprehensive research university of approximately 27,000 students and 2,800 faculty and staff dedicated to teaching, research, and service. The university has professional programs in law, architecture, performing arts and dental medicine; and leading programs in fine arts, sciences and education. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in dynamic Southern Nevada. In 2009 the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC established Brookings Mountain West on the UNLV campus to study the region.

Founded in 1957, UNLV is a growing urban research institution. Major areas of strategic focus for the campus are: attaining a Carnegie Foundation designation as Tier One “Research University/Very High” (RU/VH) and entering the top 100 American research universities; planning for a public medical school in Southern Nevada that will boost the regional economy and provide the community with more access to quality health care.

UNLV faculty and staff are diverse, talented, and passionate people that contribute to UNLV’s mission of teaching, research, and service. On a vibrant campus you will find a supportive workplace, and tools to help you achieve professional and personal growth. For more information, visit us on-line at: http://www.unlv.edu.

As a strong partner in student learning, UNLV Libraries fosters critical thinking and lifelong learning with innovative services, entrepreneurial staff, outstanding digital collections, up-to-date technology and internationally renowned Special Collections, including two research centers: the Center for Gaming Research and the Oral History Research Center. University Libraries is comprised of Lied Library and three branch libraries and we are a gateway to more than 20,000 electronic journals and 1.7 million books, including e-books. We welcome individuals with diverse backgrounds to join our growing organization of over 115 experienced faculty librarians and staff members supporting teaching, learning, research and creative endeavors at one of the nation’s fastest growing universities.

The Research and Education (RED) Division has four departments and three branch libraries, with 40 staff members, of which 20 are library faculty. RED includes the Library Liaisons Program, Educational Initiatives, New Media Services, User Services, and the Architecture Studies Library, the Curriculum Materials Library, and the Music Library. Other areas within the scope of RED are campus outreach and collaborations, campus communications, public technology, and public space planning.

The Research and Education Division (RED) fosters collaborations that contribute to our users’ academic success, research, and lifelong learning. The Division positively impacts student learning and supports the research and scholarly agenda of the University.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries seeks innovative, collaborative, user-focused applicants for the position of Social Sciences Librarian. Reporting to the Head of the Library Liaison Program, this position will support undergraduate, graduate and faculty research in the departments of anthropology, sociology and political science throughout the research lifecycle. Liaison librarians serve as the primary contact between UNLV Libraries and their departments. The successful candidate will develop curriculum-integrated instructional sessions, provide research support and consultations, and maintain an effective collection in these disciplines in order to meet the teaching and research needs of faculty and students. The incumbent will also participate in the Libraries’ strategic initiatives to assess the needs of faculty and students related to the acquisition and management of data.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work in a complex, changing environment with a positive, flexible, and innovative attitude, and he or she will have a proven capacity to work effectively and collegially in teams with staff at all levels, as well as with faculty and students

As a tenure-track library faculty member, the incumbent will also be expected to engage in scholarly activities; and provide service to the university, the community, and the profession in accordance with Libraries and University standards for promotion and tenure.


  • A master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association.
  • Demonstrated subject knowledge and familiarity with social sciences resources and research methodologies.
  • Familiarity with information literacy theory, practice, and assessment.
  • Knowledge of emerging information technologies and their application to research and teaching.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • The ability to prioritize workload assignments.


  • Relevant undergraduate or graduate degree in the social sciences or sciences, or significant discipline-specific experience in an academic library.
  • Demonstrated experience with quantitative and/or qualitative data services and software.
  • Understanding of current trends and issues in scholarly publishing and communication.
  • Familiarity with current issues in data management.
  • Academic library experience with research assistance and information literacy instruction.

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at Rank II or III (equivalent to an Assistant or Associate Professor). Salary range starts at $60,100 – salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salaries are competitive with those at similarly situated institutions and dependent upon labor market. In addition, the UNLV University Libraries is committed to and helps fund professional development opportunities. Position is contingent upon funding.

Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based. The review of materials will begin April 1, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. Materials should be addressed to the Social Sciences Librarian Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted via on-line application at https://hrsearch.unlv.edu. For assistance with UNLV’s on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-2894 or applicant.inquiry@unlv.edu.