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

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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.