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Position description

Position title: Information Literacy Librarian

Reports to: Dean O'Grady Library

Position summary:

The Information Literacy Librarian is responsible for coordinating and assessing the library’s instruction and reference programs, aligning these with the mission of the library and the university. The Information Literacy Librarian also actively participates in these programs, providing library instruction and reference assistance in individual, classroom, and online settings. As a liaison to specific academic departments, the librarian coordinates collection development in those disciplines and provides research instruction for students. The librarian is committed not only to effectiveness in carrying out his or her duties as a librarian, but to continued professional growth and service to the University and the profession.

Mission and strategic plan

The position is critical to the academic mission of the university in several ways. First, through its teaching and reference roles, this librarian guides students in developing their information literacy skills, which underpin "the ability to communicate and pursue ideas," the ability to exercise critical thinking and pursue independent inquiry, and "the formation of sound ethical judgments", particularly those judgments related to academic integrity and intellectual property ("Context" statement of the Mission). Second, through its collection development role, the Information Literacy Librarian works with faculty to build a collection that supports the university curriculum and enables students to succeed in their pursuit of "academic excellence." Finally, the position supports students in finding the academic resources needed to succeed at Saint Martin’s and beyond, as well as enhancing virtual learning environments and (Initiative 5.3.2) and providing resources to support extended learning opportunities at Saint Martin’s (Initiative 5.3.4).

Level of supervision and supervisory responsibility

General Supervision: The employee carries out recurring assignments without specific instruction. The supervisor intercedes and provides direction for only new or unusual problems which involve deviations from normal policies, procedures and work methods. The employee’s work is reviewed upon completion and only periodically to verify compliance with policies and procedures.

Responsibilities and essential functions

Information literacy

  • Provides leadership in developing, assessing, and promoting the library’s information literacy program to ensure effective support of both main campus and extended learning students and faculty.
  • Oversees assessment of the information literacy program, collaborating with other librarians and the dean to identify student outcomes and appropriate means for assessing these, coordinating assessment activities, and drafting the annual information literacy section of the assessment report.
  • Coordinates, develops, and promotes the library’s instruction services—one component of our information literacy program—to ensure effective support of both main campus and extended learning students.
  • Coordinates, develops, and promotes the library’s traditional and online reference services—another component of our information literacy program—to ensure effective support of both main campus and extended learning students and faculty. Oversees the library’s participation in the statewide virtual reference cooperative and administers the online administrative system.
  • Coordinates, develops, and promotes the library’s research guides. Administers the library’s online platform for these guides.
  • Develops and coordinates on-going training for the librarians, staff, and student employees assigned to the Information Commons and assesses the services provided.
  • Coordinates the development and assessment of the reference collection.

Instruction, reference, and collection development

  • Participates in the library’s liaison program, overseeing collection development and providing instruction in assigned liaison areas. Fosters a collaborative relationship between the library and faculty in assigned academic departments to support student and faculty research.
  • Develops and provides instruction in classroom, individual, and online settings. The librarian will be a liaison to specific departments with primary responsibility for course-integrated instruction in those areas, but also will participate actively in instruction for general education courses (e.g., First Year Seminar and College Writing II) or courses in other departments as needed.
  • Provides traditional and electronic reference services to students, faculty, and other patrons through scheduled reference hours and by appointment.
  • Creates instructional materials, such as subject pathfinders, class research guides, and online tutorials for assigned subject areas.
  • Participates in collection development in liaison areas. This includes selecting materials, reviewing faculty requests, and, for monographs, placing orders.

Professional growth

  • Keeps current on trends and developments in information literacy and librarianship by reading professional literature and attending workshops, seminars, and conferences at the local, regional, or national level.
  • Shares information and research with colleagues in the library and the faculty, and uses this knowledge to improve library services.
  • Actively contributes to librarianship, participating on collaborative projects with colleagues at Orbis Cascade Alliance libraries, serving in professional organizations, or conducting research for publications or presentations in areas of library and information science.


  • Actively participates in university governance and planning by serving on standing committees, working groups, search committees, and other teams as appropriate. Takes part in significant university events.
  • Actively participates in library planning and projects, attending librarian and staff meetings. Serves on library working groups, search committees, and other teams as appropriate.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Knowledge of current information literacy and reference standards and best practices.
  • Demonstrated aptitude and passion for teaching and reference within a diverse educational setting.
  • Experience with instructional technologies, virtual reference, or online instruction.
  • Successfully pass a criminal background check.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Second master’s degree in a discipline relevant to the university’s academic programs, preferably the sciences or social sciences.
  • Reference and instruction experience in an academic library.


  • Ability to articulate a strategic vision for the library’s information literacy program that is aligned with the mission of the library and university and that has the support of stakeholders.
  • Ability to effectively manage the assessment of the information literacy program, producing timely reports, involving all librarians, improving and documenting processes for evaluating instruction and reference services, and identifying recommendations for improvements to services.
  • Competence in assessment techniques and the analysis and interpretation of assessment data for instruction and reference services.

Instruction, reference, and collection development

  • Demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate and graduate students in person, in the classroom, or online.
  • Thorough knowledge of and commitment to local and national information literacy standards.
  • Competence in the instructional technologies employed by the library and university to develop teaching materials and deliver instruction.
  • Knowledge of the research tools and resources available through the library and on the Web, and is the resident expert in those tools and resources specific to the liaison’s subject areas.
  • Effectiveness in providing reference services in both face-to-face and virtual settings, identifying and addressing patron’s information needs.
  • Familiarity with the tools and resources available for collection development in assigned subject areas and ability to follow best practices and local policies and procedures.

Professional development

  • Competency and currency in the scholarship of information literacy, reference services, and selected professional areas of interest.
  • Demonstrated commitment to contributing to selected professional areas of interest.


  • Actively and productively participates in the Saint Martin’s community by serving on faculty or university committees, attending faculty meetings, and participating in University events.
  • Actively and productively participates in the greater library community.


  • Works cooperatively and effectively with all library units and other university departments to ensure outstanding patron service.
  • Communicates effectively, both verbally and in writing, and with a variety of audiences and individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to plan, organize workflow, prioritize tasks, document procedures, and meet internally and externally imposed deadlines.
  • Ability to analyze complex data, prepare well-supported reports and recommendations.
  • Solves complex problems using intelligence, creativity, common sense, collaboration, hard work, and persistence.
  • Manages multiple projects and responsibilities effectively.
  • Adapts readily to changing needs, conditions, and work responsibilities.
  • Accepts personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of his/her work. Can be relied upon to achieve excellent results with little need for oversight.
  • Builds and maintains student, faculty, and staff satisfaction with the resources and services offered by the library and University.
  • Develops constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, collaboration, communication, and mutual regard.
  • Uses knowledge and understanding of the library’s and University’s missions, organizational structures, and climate to make decisions and take actions that satisfy diverse interests and contribute effectively to organizational goals.
  • Must be supportive of the Catholic Benedictine philosophy of education.

Physical demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Moves objects (less than 20 pounds) short distances (less than 20 feet).
  • Ability to be mobile campus wide for appropriate business needs.
  • Operates a variety of standard office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive arm-hand movements.
  • Reading, writing, speaking, hearing, standing, bending, sitting.
  • Learning and comprehending.
  • Requires visual concentration on detail.
  • Manual dexterity and precision required for keyboarding.
  • Must be able to sit for long periods at a time at a computer.
  • May occasionally be required to deal with distraught people.
  • Must be able to concentrate on details and process complex information while experiencing frequent interruptions.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with people at all levels under stressful conditions.

The principles of the Catholic Benedictine tradition, equal employment opportunity, and nondiscrimination are fundamental to the mission, goals, and objectives of Saint Martin’s University. The University does not discriminate in employment or in the delivery or administration of its educational programs, policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic or other University programs on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion (except as a bona fide occupational qualification for certain select positions), marital status, national or ethnic origin, military or veteran status, age, or disability.

Students or employees with concerns or complaints about discrimination on the basis of sex in employment or an education program or activity, or any other inquiries related to the University's non-discrimination policy, may contact the following individual:

Cynthia Johnson
Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey WA 98503

Consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the regulations adopted under that law, the University has designated the above individual as the University's Title IX Officer, responsible for coordinating the University's Title IX compliance. Individuals may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 915 2nd Avenue, Room 3310 Seattle, WA 98174-1099, Telephone: (206) 220-7900, TDD: (206) 220-7907.