Loras College
  • Library
  • Dubuque, IA, USA
  • To be discussed at interview
  • Contract

Full Time Salary benefits

Loras College is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an educational and work environment that is inclusive, rich in diversity, and supportive of all students, faculty and staff. Individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Under the supervision of the Library Director, works in a collaborative environment to promote and provide reference and research assistance, including scheduling the staffing for the Research Help service, managing the chat reference service, and maintaining the FAQs web site; oversees activity at the Library Services Desk; oversees and coordinates a robust student assistant environment; supervises the library's student assistants; teaches in the library's information literacy program. This position is expected to function in a strong leadership role by clearly demonstrating and acting in accordance with library values and serving as a role model for student assistants. This is a grant funded position with a one-year term. Continuation beyond year one will be contingent on available funding.

Essential Functions Statements

  • Research Assistance
    • Leads and directs the collaborative design, delivery, and assessment of reference services, both electronically and in person
    • Coordinates, promotes, and creates research guides using Springshare LibGuides
    • Collaborates with other Librarians to provide reference service during normal reference hours, may be on-call for some nights and weekends by telephone, e-mail, chat and/or in-person
  • Library Services Desk/Student Assistants:
    • Coordinates circulation services and manages the daily operation of circulation duties with an emphasis on ensuring quality service for patrons
    • Ensures Student Assistants are performing daily tasks and working on their specialties or other projects efficiently through various training methods, verbal coaching, and reprimands as necessary
    • Resolves patron problems in conformity with library procedures and policies
    • Develops circulation policies in conjunction with the library staff, maintains, documents, and reviews circulation procedures, and updates WorldShare Management Service as needed
    • Maintains and updates the Student Assistant Library Services Desk Manual, the Student Policies manual, and the Circulation Services manual on a regular basis
    • Interviews, hires, and completes necessary paperwork for new Student Assistants and communicates with HR regarding ongoing employment
    • Communicates with the student assistants on a regular basis with the assistance of the ILL Coordinator
    • Coordinates daily supervision of the student assistants with the ILL Coordinator
    • Provides job skills coaching to help Student Assistants develop workplace skills
  • Participates in the Information Literacy program
    • Teaches around 25% of the information literacy sessions each semester
    • Creates finding aids, and research guides for print and digital collections as appropriate
  • Additional duties:
    • Is professionally active, contributes to developments in the field, and participates in professional activities, including library, campus, state, regional, national committees when possible
    • Keeps abreast of trends and changes in areas of responsibility
    • Evaluates, plans, and recommends improvements in library programs, policies, procedures, and processes, utilizing modern library practices with particular emphasis on excellent public service
    • Maintains routine communication and coordination with the Library Director
    • Assists the public as needed
  • Supports the mission and vision of the College and respects the College's Catholic tradition
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Graduation from a master's level program in library/information science from a program accredited by the American Library Association within 6 months of hire
  • Supervisory experience


  • Master's Degree in library/information science from a program accredited by the American Library Association
  • Excellent customer service skills and experience training others to the same level
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent collaborative and team building skills
  • Experience with Integrated Library Systems (esp. WorldShare Management Service from OCLC), SpringShare LibApps, and Moodle or other learning management platforms
  • Demonstrated experience in promoting anti-racist and intersectional practices in the library environment

APPLICATION PROCEDURE. Interested Applicants should submit applications, including a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three professional references to: http://loras.iapplicants.com. The finalist will need to pass a background check before receiving a written employment offer.

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