Research and Engagement Librarian


Westminster College

Job Summary: 

At Westminster College, we believe in immersive and enriching experiences that inspire creative thinking and problem solving. We believe in creating opportunities for several different paths to success over a lifetime and the potential to make an impact from wherever you are. For our students, we do this by providing real-world, hands-on learning opportunities, small class sizes, and talented professors dedicated to the individual. Our employees often remark that our tight-knit community creates an atmosphere fostering campus involvement that adapts to all interests. As a result, Westminster continues to be recognized for its excellence in higher education as one of the best small liberal arts colleges in the Midwest.

The Research and Engagement Librarian is responsible for maintaining the reference and instruction efforts of Reeves Library. This role, in assistance with the Director, will also focus on the engagement of our Library users through programming, workshops, marketing and social media. While focusing on research support and instruction, this role is expected to assist library patrons with the use of library resources, evaluation methods and search techniques, as well as provide instruction and other in class needs to help support student learning and information literacy to the full Westminster campus. This includes, but is not limited to, assisting first year students, international students, first generation students as well as transfer students. This position will also assist in the managing and training of our student employees that assist with front desk duties during the day, as well as evenings and weekends. 


Essential Functions:

  •  Provide reference and research services to library users both in person and online. 
  • Assist in developing, delivering and the maintenance of research services, instructional/library guides, as well as new initiatives within the scope of research and instruction. This includes assessments of current services as well as utilizing data analysis to drive student centered decisions. 
  • Create, implement and host various library events and programs that fit within the mission of Westminster College, as well as Reeves Library. 
  • Assist in the creation of graphics and marketing materials to promote library resources and services on our various social media platforms. 
  • Assist in the hiring, training and supervising of student workers that cover the service desk and serve as study zone monitors to provide quality customer service and basic assistance to library users.
  • Assist in the overseeing of our front desk services and supplies. 
  • Prepare visual displays throughout the library such as featured books, informational signage and bulletin boards 
  • Manage the Library Student Advisory Board and coordinate with them to host programs, staff tables at campus events, and other projects as assigned. 
  • Maintain the library’s daily operations by providing secondary backup assistance to the other areas of the library as needed, such as Interlibrary Loan and MOBIUS requests. 
  • Work with other departments, organizations and clubs across campus to strengthen our relationship with the Westminster community. 
  • Maintain up-to-date manual describing functions and procedures needed to perform your job. 
  • Assists in directly supervises student workers for the various service areas throughout the library. This can include the library front desk, study zone monitors, as well as any other student workers as requested by the Director. 

Job Requirements:

Education: MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution. 

Experience: Minimum of one year of higher education experience, preferably academic library experience. One year of reference experience in an academic setting or demonstrated relevant graduate-level coursework, and excellent reference interview skills and interpersonal communication skills. Minimum one year of experience teaching in an educational or professional setting, or demonstrated relevant graduate-level coursework, with evidence of strong interest in learning, implementing, and teaching using current and emerging information technologies. This position would be a great fit for an entry level or early career librarian. 

Skills: Requires a strong service orientation, and the ability to multi-task while remaining organized. Must be comfortable working with and addressing large crowds, as well as working 1:1 with students, faculty and staff. Ability to work as part of a team within the department and be willing to both collaborate and communicate effectively will be crucial to the success of this position. This role should also feel comfortable engaging with new technologies as well as innovative solutions. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

Westminster College encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The College is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The College does not discriminate in access to, treatment of, or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, veteran status, marital status, disability, or genetic information.

Inquiries about compliance with this prohibition should be directed to:

Associate Vice President & Chief HR Officer/Title IX Coordinator

501 Westminster Ave, Washington West, 2nd floor

Fulton, MO 65251


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