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Reference Librarian, Electronic Resources, Bentley University, Waltham, MA

Posting Details

Position Title - Reference Librarian for Electronic Resources

Department - Library

Employment Type - Staff

Summary of the Position               

The Electronic Resources Reference Librarian, serves at the reference desk, teaching classes to help patrons understand various methods of access and to evaluate information retrieved, teaching one-on-one tutoring sessions on various electronic resources, developing user guides/bibliographies to help users' access library materials, and keeping abreast of the fast-moving field of information sources and delivery in all formats.


Essential Functions          

Coordinate the selection and integration of electronic resources with input from Manager and Reference Librarians. Plan, organize, and schedule trial subscriptions. Assist library patrons at the Reference Desk to find and evaluate information. Compile bibliographies/database resource guides in print/electronic format to help patrons utilize library resources. Teach formal instructional classes on various sources of information and access. Serve as departmental liaison for academic department faculty Work with other members of the Reference Services department to execute projects assigned by the Manager or Director and represents the Library on various campus committees and task forces.


Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience Requirements)        

A Master of Library Science (MLS), Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS). 3+ years as a professional librarian experience in a university or large public library environment.

Effective communication, interpersonal, organization, analytical, and problem solving skills with an ability to work with a widely diverse group of people. Ability to work effectively in a team setting and independently in a changing environment and to accept direction from one's supervisor.


Preferred Qualifications                

Proficiency with one or more scripting languages and coding HTML/CSS (advanced programming skills desired). Experience working with an Electronic Resources Management System (EMS). Working knowledge of the library acquisitions process. Experience migrating library services to the cloud. Two years' experience supporting an integrated library system, platforms, and software in an academic library setting is preferred. Experience in supporting library specific software, e.g. OCLC Connexion, ILLIAD, and library specific hardware. Experience working in a university library reference department. Experience supporting web based content management systems, including LibGuides and LibAnswers. Familiarity with library technology standards and protocols such as RDA, FRBR, OAI/PHM. Familiarity with EZProxy, local and hosted iterations.

Working knowledge of the database technologies such as MySQL and Microsoft Access.


Physical Demands            

Ability to move around quickly in the Reference area to guide users to various resources. Sitting at a computer for an hour at a time and using the telephone are also important components of this position. Occasionally needs to push a book cart loaded with books to the various teaching classrooms in the building.


Posting Detail Information

Posting Number - FY181P1381  


Special Instructions to Applicants             

Bentley University requires reference checks and may conduct other pre-employment screening.


Diversity Statement       

Bentley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building strength through diversity. The University is committed to building a community of talented students, faculty and staff who reflect the diversity of global business. We strongly encourage applications from persons from underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, covered veterans and those with diverse experiences and backgrounds.


We strive to create a campus community that welcomes the exchange of ideas, and fosters a culture that values differences and views them as a strength in our community.


Supplemental Questions

  1. Do you possess a minimum of a Master of Library Science (MLS), a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), or a Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS)? 
  2. Do you have a minimum of 3 years of experience as a professional librarian in a university, large public library, or in a related environment?


Required Documents


Cover Letter

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