The Reference Librarian is a twelve-month, faculty-status position reporting to the Director of the Library. Major responsibilities include the oversight and assessment of the reference collection and reference services as well as library instruction. Additionally, there is shared responsibility for collection development and departmental liaison activity. Additional duties or responsibilities may be assigned by the Director of the Library.
Librarians with academic rank are eligible for rank advancement under the institution’s approved guidelines. Criteria differ only in that the librarians must demonstrate effectiveness in performance of the job description rather than demonstrating “teaching effectiveness.”
Detailed Job Duties:
Provide research assistance to students—undergraduate (College) and graduate (Seminary), faculty, staff, and community users.
Oversee policies and procedures for reference/research assistance programs.
Oversee the acquisition, development, and maintenance of reference resources, including print and electronic.
Work with library staff to implement policies and procedures.
Share responsibility with other librarians for library instruction, collection development, and departmental liaison activity.
Assist with resolving issues with patrons such as fine collection and complaints.
Assist on a daily basis with front desk activity.
Help supervise and train library student workers as needed.
Be available to provide significant assistance during school start, midterms and finals.
Compile reference assistance data, completing reports as needed.
Potentially represent Erskine and McCain Library in PASCAL (statewide academic library consortia) activities.
Participate in professional development activities to keep updated on developments and issues relevant to research assistance, access to materials, and librarianship in general.
Evenings/Weekends: Some evenings/weekends required
Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Required Education: Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program
Embrace, support, and promote Erskine College’s Christian mission and philosophy of Christian higher education.
Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Library experience (academic preferred): 2 years
Supervisory experience: 2 years
Experience with an online library services platform (preferably ExLibris’ Alma and Primo but not required)
Experience providing reference service and/or library instruction
About Erskine College
The mission of Erskine College is to equip students to flourish by providing an excellent liberal arts education in a Christ-centered environment where learning and biblical truth are integrated to develop the whole person. Therefore, Erskine seeks candidates for faculty positions who are professing Christians and who are committed to excellence in teaching and service. They should support the goals of a strong liberal arts education and be willing to explore with students the integration of faith and learning.
Erskine’s tradition of excellence in liberal arts higher education goes back nearly 175 years to its founding in 1839 by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, making it one of the oldest, most respected church-affiliated colleges in the Southeast.
Our alumni lead businesses and organizations both large and small throughout the world. More than half of Erskine’s graduates go on to some type of graduate education. In fact in the past several years nearly 100% of all graduates applying to medical graduate programs were accepted, and several proceeded directly into top tier Ph.D. programs. However, our mission moves us beyond simply producing competent professionals.... We seek to equip the whole person — intellectually, physically and spiritually — to flourish in life and leadership.
To do this, we see Erskine as both an excellent liberal arts college and a close-knit community. This combination provides excellent opportunities for students and faculty to take learning beyond the classroom. Quality is revealed, weaknesses are strengthened, and character is refined through intentional, individual relationships. Erskine is proud of the fact that faculty serve as mentors and often become lifelong friends with students.
Erskine College is located in the academic village of Due West in Abbeville County, South Carolina, an area rich in colonial, Revolutionary War, and Civil War history. The town and the college have a number of antebellum buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Erskine College is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Baccalaureate–Arts & Sciences institution with selective admissions. Erskine is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
It is the policy of Erskine College and Seminary to fully comply with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, military service, application for military service, or veteran status. The institution will utilize strategies designed to assure that qualified persons with disabilities, women, and legally protected minorities are well represented in applicant pools from which employees are selected.
As a religious educational institution, Erskine College and Seminary strives to achieve and maintain a Christ-centered environment. Consistent with that goal, Erskine College and Seminary shall exercise its theological, constitutional, and statutory right to take religion into account in all employment decisions.