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Reference and Instruction Librarian (12 months, non-renewable) (Multiple positions)
SUMMARY: With a focus on student success as our institutional north star, the Rutgers University Libraries seek a Reference and Instruction Librarian. The position reports to the Associate University Librarian, Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N). The Reference and Instruction Librarian will assist students, faculty, and other users with their information and library instruction needs at the Dana Library and on the Rutgers-Newark campus. This is a one year contract position that is eligible for a fully remote or hybrid work assignment. This position works collaboratively to ensure that the Dana Library and Rutgers University Libraries (RUL) resources and services uphold our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to promoting an environment of belonging, respect, opportunity, and empowerment.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The key responsibilities of the Reference and Instruction Librarian are to:
  • Provide guidance and instruction to a full array of multidisciplinary and discipline-based online subscription databases and other resources, as well as Google Scholar, library-created resources, library-managed technologies, and the Libraries’ QuickSearch online discovery platform.
  • Assist with the creation and maintenance of course and subject-specific Springshare LibGuides and other reference-related projects.
  • Provide instruction to undergraduate and graduate students on core information literacy and discipline-based instruction.
  • Assist faculty with their research and information needs.
  • Respond quickly, courteously, and accurately to patron queries.
  • Appropriately refer questions to subject librarians or other library teams.
This position is a member of the RUL Faculty, a team of librarians committed to providing first-rate public services to a diverse academic community. This position is expected to collaborate with colleagues across the Libraries to enhance the effectiveness of library services to the University community. This position may require working evenings and weekends. This position is based at the John Cotton Dana Library at RU-N and is eligible for a fully remote or hybrid work assignment. Appointment is for twelve months (non-renewable), with options for full-time or part-time work.

OVERVIEW:  Rutgers University–Newark: Located in the state’s largest city and serving a broader metropolitan area, Rutgers University–Newark is a remarkably diverse, urban, public research university that is not merely in, but of its environment. With close ties to the Newark community, the university recognizes its location as a defining influence and source of distinctive strength in attracting new generations of students hungry for the opportunities afforded by gaining a first-rate higher education in a major American urban center; recruiting faculty who vigorously embrace the opportunity to produce high-impact scholarship, engage the community, and prepare these students for professional success and informed citizenship; and retaining staff committed to the advancement of an inclusive campus culture focused on excellence. Classified as an R2 Doctoral University (Higher research activity) by the Carnegie Classification, Rutgers–Newark enrolls 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students in its eight schools: Newark College of Arts and Sciences, University College–Newark, School of Public Affairs and Administration, College of Nursing, School of Criminal Justice, Graduate School–Newark, Rutgers School of Law–Newark, and Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick. The campus is in the University Heights section of Newark and is accessible via mass transit.
John Cotton Dana Library and Institute of Jazz Studies: The John Cotton Dana Library, named after former Newark Public Library director John Cotton Dana, opened in 1966 and is the main library at Rutgers University–Newark, supporting all the institution’s undergraduate and graduate programs except for law. The Dana Library houses Rutgers University Libraries’ research collections in business, nursing, and neuroscience and contains over 600,000 volumes, 600,000 pieces of microform, and 15,000 audiovisual items. An intellectual hub of the university and locus of student activity, the library hosts Rutgers–Newark’s largest computer lab and conducts a popular workshop series for graduate students. It is also home to the P3 Collaboratory for Pedagogy, Professional Development, and Publicly-Engaged Scholarship, a comprehensive faculty development center. It houses the Institute of Jazz Studies, the world’s foremost jazz archives and research library, and has been a federal depository since its opening. For more information, visit libraries.rutgers.edu/newark.
Rutgers University Libraries: Rutgers University Libraries are the intellectual center of the university—serving all members of the university community, supporting all disciplines, and playing a key role in advancing student learning and faculty research. The Libraries serve all institutions that make up Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Rutgers University–Newark, Rutgers University–Camden, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. The Libraries have a highly valued staff of about 300, who are committed to developing innovations in access services, information literacy, and digital initiatives. Rutgers University Libraries operate with a budget of $45 million and have outstanding collections, especially in jazz and New Jerseyana. Collectively, the Libraries’ holdings include more than 5 million volumes. The Libraries hold memberships in ARL, CNI, CRL, Lyrasis, NERL, VALEnj, SPARC, the Library Publishing Coalition, and the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI); use Ex Libris Alma/Primo and OCLC as primary bibliographic and discovery platforms; and utilize a Fedora-based digital collections repository.
All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings. 
It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address: http://uhr.rutgers.edu/non-discrimination-statement 
The Libraries are strongly and actively committed to diversity and seek candidates who will contribute creatively to the University’s multicultural environment.

Position: Reference and Instruction Librarian (12 months, non-renewable) (Multiple positions)
Organization: Rutgers University Libraries
Location: New Brunswick,  NJ 
United States
Salary: SALARY: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Minimum salary is $72,348 for a full-time appointment.
Posting Start Date: 2/28/2023
Date Posted: 2/28/2023
Requirements Required: A master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited institution. Experience providing online reference and instruction. Excellent communication, interpersonal, and team player skills.
Demonstrated commitment to foster diversity, equity, and belonging. Computer literacy skills and experience, and knowledge of the Microsoft software suite.
Preferred: Experience with university-level databases. Experience with Springshare applications, especially LibAnswers and LibGuides. Experience providing academic reference and instruction services in disciplinary areas. Experience and background in the sciences is particularly desirable. Experience with the citation management systems, RefWorks and Endnote. Experience with the Canvas learning management system.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
STATUS/BENEFITS: Faculty status (Instructor, calendar year), 12-month appointment (non-renewable), retirement plan, life/health insurance, prescription drug, dental, and vision plans, tuition remission, 22 vacation days annually applies to a full-time appointment.
Status: This listing expires on: 4/29/2023
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Rutgers University Libraries
169 College Avenue

New Brunswick,  NJ 08901-1163
United States
(848) 932-5949
(732) 932-7637
Michele Petosa