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Outreach Librarian
DATE:   9/5/2017
JOB TITLE:   Outreach Librarian
SECTOR:   Academic Affairs


Under general supervision, the Outreach Librarian designs and implements user education services for distance and online education, provides reference service, and markets library services and information literacy.    


Teach course-integrated and stand-alone user education sessions;

Staff the reference desk and assists Library patrons;

Participate in print and electronic collection development;

Design, implement, and assess on-line and classroom curricula;

Develop and use emerging and/or innovative instructional technologies and online learning pedagogies in support of hybrid or distance education.

In collaboration with the User Education Librarian, actively pursue outreach partnerships with campus programs and departments and seek opportunities to integrate library resources and information literacy into academic programs.

Promote and market library services.

Maintain confidentiality of information (including but not limited to: student and employee personal information, student grades, etc.), both during and after their employment with the University.  Any question regarding the confidentiality of material, should be referred to the supervisor.  Any violation shall subject the employee to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

Serve as subject specialist to one or more academic departments.

Perform other duties as assigned.


65%   Design, implement, and assess on-line and classroom curricula.

20%   Perform outreach.  Market and promote library services.

10% Serve on the Reference Desk

5%    Other librarian duties.


1.    Ability to be flexible with schedule, including the ability to work nights and weekend hours.

2.    Knowledge of print and electronic collection development.

3.    Experience in an automated library environment with strong database searching skills.

4.    Knowledge of high quality reference practices. Ability to provide reference assistance to the patrons of the Library.

5.    Ability to collaborate with faculty, design curricula, teach, and engage students.

6.    Knowledge of user education and emerging and/or innovative instructional technologies and online learning pedagogies in support of hybrid or distance education.

7.    Ability to manage multiple tasks, set priorities, and implement new information services and technologies.

8.    Ability to work in a team environment.

9.    Strong working computer and mobile technologies, office applications software, and technologies used in classroom teaching.

10. Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with a diverse population of students, faculty and staff.

11. Sufficient manual dexterity with proficiency to handle various office machines including but not limited to: computer, keyboard, calculator, copy machine and fax machine.

12. Ability to receive telephone calls, respond to inquiries and communicate with others by telephone with or without reasonable accommodations.

13. Ability to travel off-campus in the United States and Canada to meet with users, vendors, peers, etc.

14. Commitment to excellence in customer service.

15. Commitment to professional development.


The functions of the position usually performed sitting, but may require some amount of time standing, stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, lifting, walking, carrying and other movements may be required. Tasks involving working on a computer keyboard, calculators, involve extensive wrist and hand movement. This position also requires the ability to travel off-campus to attend meetings. All individuals are required to be able to perform these movements without significant risk of injury to themselves or others, or to otherwise demonstrate or explain how they can perform the essential functions listed above.


Master Degree in Library Science accredited by the American Library Association, with three years of experience is preferred.

Teaching experience is required, preferably at the higher education level.

Experience in an automated academic library environment is preferred.

A valid New York State driver’s license is required that satisfies both University and insurance company underwriting rules and regulations for driving a motor vehicle. Must also be able to operate a motor vehicle in Canada. 

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NIAGARA UNIVERSITY is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with our Catholic mission, Niagara University is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunities and will not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex (gender), national origin, religious preference, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristic, status as veteran or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Ryan Thompson, Esq., Title IX Coordinator, Office for Equity & Inclusion, 716-286-8324, rthompson@niagara.edu, www.niagara.edu/oei, Office Location: O’Shea Hall, B27. For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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