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Librarian, Reference & Instruction (Part-Time)

  • Columbus State Community College
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Entry-Level
  • Part-Time

About this Job


Schedule: Mon: 7am - 12pm, Tue-Fri: 7am - 1pm

The Librarian, Reference & Instruction guides a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff to access information with critical insight via individual reference assistance, group instruction and guides (print and online). The position also collaborates with librarians and staff to provide user-centered services and spaces for learning and research.


Professionalism, Managing Work, Continuous Improvement, Customer/Student/Employee Focus, Collaboration, Positive Approach, Quality Orientation, Leveraging Feedback, Communication and Planning and Organizing


Customer Service and Reference Support

Provides reference assistance and support to students, faculty, and staff. Answers reference questions using variety of print and electronic resources. Provides advice and support to students including interpreting usefulness of reference materials for student projects, advises students on selection and focus of topics for research papers, and guides students in development of effective search strategies. Advises students on citation methods, copyright issues, and provides other support as needed to promote learning and research success.

Promotes library services at College events and through written articles in campus media. Provides input, as necessary, into development of reference guidelines and procedures. Researches, evaluates, and selects library materials to assist in maintenance and upgrading of print and electronic reference and circulating collections.

Instructional and Faculty Support

Conducts group instruction sessions for students and faculty. Provides individual instruction to users with varying skill levels, in the research process and in effective use of electronic and print resources and databases. Teaches skills needed to identify, locate, access, and evaluate information and resources, and develop information literacy knowledge to navigate and locate varying types and formats of information sources. Develops instructional modules for general-and course-specific library research.

Initiates, plans, and develops tutorials and supporting instructional materials for specific databases or research needs and specific user groups.

Collaborates with faculty in development of instruction sessions tailored to the curriculum, class assignments, and student readiness. Responds to faculty requests for development of effective library research assignments. Provides library instruction session at off-campus sites. Researches, evaluates, and selects library materials to assist in maintenance and upgrading of print and electronic reference and circulating collections.

Assists in evaluation and selection of print and electronic periodicals collection.

Technology and Program Support

Contributes to the development of the library website and may be responsible for a significant portion of webpages, online research guides, and other library publications. 

Records statistics for reference and instruction sessions. Participates in library assessment activities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Fosters and maintains a safe environment of respect and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, and members of the community.

Additional Duties

Attends all required department meetings and training. Communicates any concerns related to building operations to appropriate contacts.

Monitors computer equipment used to access library information. Contacts IT support if service is needed for non-functional equipment. Serves on library and College committees. Regular, predictable, and punctual attendance is required. Other duties as required.



Required Qualifications


Knowledge of: multiple electronic databases used by students, faculty, and staff at an expert level; library science; research methods, sources, and databases; chat systems; library practices and procedures; Dewey Decimal System; online catalog systems; online searching techniques; Microsoft office and other computer applications.

Skill in: verbal and written communications; listening; teaching and transmitting ideas to persons of diverse backgrounds and learning levels; conducting research and related problem solving; researching general and technical information; virtual instruction; scan and analyze large quantities of information for relevance to research question; operation and maintenance of library computer system; use of the Internet, routine typing; spelling; maintaining registration and other operational records.

Ability to: evaluate information sources for content, authority, and relevancy; analyze complex reference requests; demonstrate broad knowledge base; categorize materials in subject, numerical and alphabetical order; exhibit analytical thinking; develop and maintain effective working relationships with associates, vendors, students, telephone users and general public; maintain confidential and sensitive information; use good judgement; perform complex tasks and prioritize multiple projects; effectively communicate information in oral and written forms; excellent listening skills and participant in collaborative work; develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders across the College; effectively work with persons of varying cultures and diversity; problem solve effectively; exhibit a pleasant public manner and telephone etiquette; originate correspondence; work independently with little supervision and in teams, as designated.

Minimum Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution. Three (3) years progressively responsible experience working in a library reference position or a related field. State Motor Vehicle Operator's License or demonstrable ability to gain access to work site(s). An appropriate combination of education, training, coursework and experience may qualify a candidate. 

Desired Qualifications


While performing duties for this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer, frequently sits for extended periods of time, and occasionally stands and walks. 

Employee occasionally reaches with hands or arms and stoops, kneels, crouches or crawls. Employee converses verbally or manually with others in person and by telephone. Vision demands include close, detailed vision when focusing on computer screen. Employee occasionally lifts or exerts force up to 10 pounds.

Employer Statement

It is the policy of Columbus State Community College to make reasonable accommodations which will provide otherwise qualified applicants, employees, and students with disabilities equal access to participate in opportunities, programs, and services offered by the college. It is the intent of the college to provide accommodations to such applicant, employee, and student with a qualified physical, mental, or learning disability unless to do so would fundamentally alter the nature of the program or service, would result in an undue hardship to the college, or would result in a direct threat to the health or safety of the individual or others.

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, Columbus State Community College provides information related to security issues and crime statistics. This information is available on the Police Department's website, or by hard copy upon request of the Columbus State Community College Police Department, 550 E. Spring Street, Delaware Hall Rm 47, Columbus, Ohio 43216. You can call the Columbus State Police Department at (614) 287-2525 24/7 for further information.

It is the established policy of Columbus State Community College not to discriminate against any individual employee or student, groups of employees or students, or prospective employees or students for reasons of sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, genetic information (GINA), military status, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. This college is fully committed to providing equal opportunities in all employment, related activities, and educational programs, including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, advancement, compensation, training, benefits, transfers, tuition assistance, terms of employment, physical access to facilities, and social and recreational programs, within the financial resources of the college. Columbus State Community College will fully comply with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations to guarantee equal opportunities. Contractors of this college will comply with existing federal and state regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action, if applicable.

How to Apply

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Additional Instructions:

To apply for this position, please complete the on-line application and attach a resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter.

Posted On: Jan 11, 2023 / This posting expires: Apr 12, 2023