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Reference and Instruction Librarian

The Dover Memorial Library at Gardner-Webb University is hiring a Reference and Instruction Librarian responsible for coordinating the library’s reference services and providing information literacy instruction. Responsibilities include coordinating and staffing the reference services schedule, training student workers and graduate assistants on basic reference duties, and collecting and analyzing reference services statistics each semester. As a faculty librarian, this position would teach information literacy instruction sessions for classes in undergraduate and graduate programs, participate on university committees, and act as library liaison to one or more academic departments. As a member of the library team, this position helps provide operational support for the library, participates in collections management, and assists with other library projects. Work schedule may include occasional nights or weekends.

Masters degree from an ALA accredited university and 2 years of professional experience as a librarian or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential duties of the job. MLIS candidates with 6 or fewer hours remaining until graduation encouraged to apply.

Essential Duties:

  • Coordinating reference services, including setting the reference services calendar and collaborating with colleagues on staffing each semester.
  • Covering 10-15 hours of the reference services hours each week.
  • Training of student workers and graduate assistants on reference desk duties (looking up books/articles, linking to Citation LibGuides, directional questions).
  • Monitor the Reference email, maintain research FAQs, create guides to support others in answering common questions, and send out reference reminders.
  • Providing information literacy instruction for undergraduate and graduate courses in the library’s Information Literacy Program. Option to teach an online information literacy course in the degree completion program.
  • Collect, analyze, and report statistics and trends in reference services.
  • Serve as library liaison to one or more academic departments.
  • Serve on committees as they relate to the library, the university, and larger academic community.


    • ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science degree or within 6 or fewer hours of graduation.
    • Experience working in an academic library preferred.
    • Experience with LibGuides software and the LibApps platform preferred.
    • Friendly demeanor with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact in a respectful and positive manner.
    • Commitment to working effectively as part of the library team.
    • Excellent organization and follow-through skills to ensure achievement of objectives within established timeframes, working independently and as a member of a team.
    • Attention to detail and ability to meet scheduling expectations.
    • Ability to collect and analyze statistical data to made decisions regarding library services.


    Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Candidates should complete the application using the link below and include a letter of interest, current vita, and transcripts with their submission.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.