MARY COUTS BURNETT LIBRARY
HEAD OF REFERENCE & INSTRUCTION SERVICES
The Mary Couts Burnett Library at Texas Christian University seeks a dynamic individual, with a strong commitment to public services and information literacy, to provide leadership and direction for the library’s reference and instruction activities. This position which reports to the Associate Dean, supervises seven subject liaison librarians and two non-exempt staff members. In the fall of 2015, the TCU Library will complete a multi-million dollar renovation that will include, among many new spaces, a new suite of offices and service desk for research assistance and two new library instruction rooms.
TCU has an innovative, forward-looking academic library that supports academic programs from the BA to the PhD level with a student body of 10,000. TCU offers 117 undergraduate majors, 87 graduate degrees, including 25 doctoral fields of study.
· Manages the department and leads the staff in reference and instruction services by setting goals and benchmarks for the department and its staff, implementing mechanisms for improvement, evaluating performance, and measuring progress.
· Assists TCU library users in finding books and journals, answers factual questions and helps define research topics by managing and scheduling the staffing of the Reference/Information Commons Desk and participating in service activities of the department including reference desk service, virtual reference, and research consultations.
· Coordinates and participates in information literacy initiatives by promoting integration of information literacy into the curriculum, identifying and implementing appropriate (on-line and in-person) instruction methods and materials, staying abreast of developments in the field, and conducting hands-on classes and individual consultation and/or instruction.
· Participates in building the Library’s collections, including the Reference Collection by ordering books and other format items, evaluating databases and selecting items for addition or withdrawal.
· Supervises the development of the government information collection by overseeing selection and retention policies, processing and overall maintenance of the collection.
· Ensures that the TCU community has access to a wide variety of resources including, databases, e-journals, print resources and rare books/archival materials by advising the subject liaison and providing recommendations, as needed, to the Collection Development Librarian, Head of the Acquisitions, Rare Books Librarian and Senior Archivist in the identification and selection of curriculum related resources.
· Contributes to the overall operation of the library by serving on committees and task forces as assigned.
· Performs other related duties as assigned.
· Some night and weekend hours
The applicant should be able to demonstrate the following skills and abilities: knowledge of academic library electronic and print resources; knowledge of major databases used in academic libraries and ability to use them effectively; knowledge of information literacy techniques, standards and best practice; knowledge of academic library practices; skill in the use of Microsoft Office to include Word, Excel and Outlook; ability to plan and implement departmental and interdepartmental projects; ability to listen to and analyze library users’ request and determine best sources for finding the information; ability to communicate well with both faculty and students; and the ability to build and lead team efforts.
Required Education and Experience:
· Masters’ of Library Science (ALA accredited)
· 5 years professional library experience including
· 2 years in a supervisory capacity; background in reference and instruction services.
Texas Christian University is a private, doctoral granting university with an enrollment of about 10,000 students. The Mary Couts Burnett Library has a full time staff of 60, and a collection that includes over 2 million books and audio-visual materials and over 75,000 current journals, electronically and in paper. Located 45 miles west of Dallas, Fort Worth has a population of over half a million and is home to internationally recognized museums, numerous performing arts organizations, a vibrant downtown with an active night life, and two national historic districts.
Information on benefits is available on the TCU Human Resources web site at: http://www.hr.tcu.edu/
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Please submit letter of interest, resume, and contact information for at least 3 references. Applications received by October 9, 2015 will be given first consideration.
TCU is an AA/EEO employer.