Skip to Main Content

Reference and Instruction Librarian

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Please include a document listing four professional references with contact information. Note: We do not use the online job application system's "Reference Requests" section.

Position Announcement

Position Details

Proposed Start Date 11/01/2017
Rank E - Instructor
Working Title Reference and Instruction Librarian
Position Number D91476
Representation AU - AAUP
Faculty Type Fixed Term Instructional (up to 3 years)
Fixed Term End Date:
Position FTE 1.0
Term of Service 12 month

Position Summary

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept

Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation’s most livable cities, Portland State has an innovative approach to education that combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University’s 49-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State’s commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 124 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU’s motto, “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe.

PSU seeks talented individuals who understand our values and strategic goals and enjoy sharing ideas and collaborating in an environment of mutual respect to achieve those values and goals. We are committed to leading through engagement and seek individuals who support this strategy. Engagement describes Portland State’s collaborative approach to the exchange of knowledge and resources with local, regional, national, and global partners for mutual benefit of students, faculty, and the community.

As a component of the Diversity Action Plan and the President’s Strategic Mission of achieving global excellence, Portland State University strives to become an institution that is recognized nationally and internationally for the accomplishments of its faculty, the reputation of its programs, and the preparation of it students as world citizens.

Portland State University supports equal opportunity in admissions, education, employment, housing, and use of facilities by prohibiting discrimination in those areas based on age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion or creed, sex or gender, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis in law. This policy implements state and federal laws. Inquiries about it should be directed to the Office of Equity and Compliance, 1600 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 830, Portland, OR 97201, 503-725-5919, or via email to: diversity@pdx.edu.

Position Summary

The Reference and Instruction Librarian develops instructional material and provides reference and information services for the University’s students and faculty as well as members of the general public. The position provides library instruction in the classroom and online, with a focus on general education classes, particularly the University Studies program; supports course-integrated online information literacy instruction in a collaborative environment; and produces instructional and outreach content in traditional and digital formats. The instruction load varies significantly from week to week. Some evening and weekend reference duty and/or instruction is required.

This full-time, temporary, six-month, non-tenure track faculty position reports to the Research & Instruction Services Manager.

Instructional Activities

  • Teach general education classes and other classes. May include work during some evening and weekend hours.
  • Design, develop, and maintain online learning objects and guides, Web tutorials, Web pages, and other digital resources; perform post-production editing.
  • Collaborate with subject librarians to develop and produce course-integrated online information literacy instruction.
  • Provide outreach to PSU programs and services.
  • Provide reference and information services to the University’s students and faculty as well as members of the general public, through virtual reference and work at the reference desk.
  • Participate in library instruction assessment efforts.
  • Maintain awareness of developments and trends in reference and instruction.
  • Maintain current expertise through participation in workshops, classes, professional associations and networks, and through continued awareness of the scholarly literature.

Research/Scholarly Activities

  • Engages in scholarship and research activities, as assigned.

University Service Activities

  • Contributes to faculty governance activities within the Library and the University, as assigned.

Professional Service Activities

  • Engages in professional service, as assigned.

Other Responsibilities

  • Occasionally direct the work of part-time student employees, volunteers, or interns.
  • Supports the mission, goals, and objectives of the University and the Library.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Primary Activity I - Instructional
Minimum Qualifications
  • ALA-accredited MLS
  • At least one year experience delivering reference or instruction in an academic library.
  • Experience developing online learning objects using software such as LibGuides.
  • Experience developing videos using multimedia software such as Camtasia.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Recent experience delivering instruction.
  • Experience integrating information literacy concepts into teaching.
  • Experience delivering instruction to lower division undergraduates in an academic environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to practices facilitating diversity and inclusion.
  • Effective communications and collaboration skills.
  • Flexibility and the ability to work positively in a fast-paced, changing environment while collaborating with diverse colleagues, faculty, students, and the community.
Key Cultural Competencies

• Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
• Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
• Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement.
• Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.

Environmental Stewardship

Contributes to a culture of environmental stewardship, practices resource conservation, and actively works toward achieving long-term sustainability goals.

Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement

The salary is $4,337/month with an excellent benefits package.

Annual Salary $52,044

Application Instructions

Additional Information

Non-tenure track, fixed-term, full-time for six-months, benefits eligible.

Additional Application Instructions (deadlines, etc.)

Please include a document listing four professional references with contact information.

Note: We do not use the online job application system’s “Reference Requests” section.

Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle? No
Background Check Required Yes
Position End Date (if applicable)
If you have questions

Please email Search Coordinator Stephanie Doig at smdoig@pdx.edu.

Search Details

Posting Close Date
Projected Close Date for Posting Open Until Finalists Identified
Application screening begins
Will you consider an ABD applicant for this position? No
If yes, when must the degree be earned?
If necessary, would you be willing to sponsor the succcessful applicant for permanent US residence, now or in the future? No

Reference Requests

Reference Requests

Accept References No
Minimum Number of References 0
Maximum Number of References
Cutoff Date
Special Instruction for Reference Provider

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have an ALA-accredited MLS degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How many years of experience delivering reference or instruction in an academic library?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * How did you first find out about this position?
    • PSU Website
    • Indeed.com
    • HERCJobs
    • Urban League of Portland
    • Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber
    • Oregon Employment Department
    • Social Media
    • Person Referral
    • Career Builder
    • Glass Door
    • Other - Please describe in the next Question
  4. If you selected Other, please describe.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Professional References
Optional Documents