Reference & Instructional Librarian, Bismarck State

By IS Lab December 21, 2020

Bismarck State

Reference & Instructional Librarian


 Is directly accountable and responsible to the Director of Library Services.


  1. Responsible for the development and implementation of library reference services.
  1. Responsible for the development, coordination, and delivery of library instruction and information literacy efforts, including marketing and outreach to the campus community.
  1. Responsible for day-to-day management of interlibrary loan services and serials.
  1. Responsible for day-to-day management of BSC archives collection.


COMPENSATION: $44,000 + based on directly related experience. May be eligible for a salary increase after six months. Paid health insurance, life insurance, retirement, employee tuition waiver, spouse/dependent tuition discount. Click here for full employee benefits.


Library reference and instruction services – 50%

  1. Provides reference and research services to students, faculty, staff, and other library users in person, electronically, and by telephone.
  1. Designs and implements the library’s course-integrated instruction programs and works closely with faculty to do so. Conducts instructional sessions for on-campus and online courses.
  1. Develops online and print research and instructional materials, including how-to guides, lectures, workshops, web-based tutorials, prerecorded sessions, etc.
  1. Assists with creating, enhancing, and maintaining library website content and Web resources.
  1. Assists with technical operations related to our LMS (library management system) and ODIN (Online Dakota Information Network).
  1. Assists with reference and general collection development.
  1. Schedules reference desk services.
  1. Assists with circulation services for students, faculty, staff, and other library users.
  1. Assists with library tours for BSC Admissions and other individuals or groups.
  1. Keeps reference and instruction statistics.

Archives Services – 25%

  1. Works in conjunction with Director of Library Services and other library staff to acquire, preserve, organize, describe, and provide access to archival collections.
  1. Develops and maintains digital resources, including scanning materials and entering information into discovery interfaces (e.g., ContentDM).
  1. Creates, maintains, and updates inventories, finding aids, and descriptions of archival collections.
  1. Responds to reference and research inquiries in person, electronically, and by telephone. Assists users who want to use archives collections in-person.
  1. Makes recommendations for archives best practices, policies, and procedures.
  1. Organizes archives work assignments for part-time library staff.
  1. Keeps archives statistics.

Serials Management and Interlibrary Loan Services – 15%

  1. Manages interlibrary loan services, including processing requests, maintaining records, and statistics. Delegates tasks as appropriate.
  1. Manages serials, including check-in, claims, binding, holdings lists, and statistics. Delegates tasks as appropriate.
  1. Maintains physical serials collections, including shifting. Delegates tasks as appropriate.

General library support duties – 5%

  1. Assists in hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating student assistants.
  1. Consults with computer center staff when system technology services are required.
  1. Provides monthly and other required reports to the Director.
  1. Assists with design and preparation of library displays.

Miscellaneous duties – 5%

  1. Serves on appropriate committees.


  1. Supports innovation, creativity and ideas to improve/enhance processes, functions, etc. in the department and as a whole for the college.
  1. Performs other duties as required or assigned.


  1. ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library or Information Science.
  1. Service-oriented and able to establish rapport with faculty, staff, students, and the public.
  1. Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to use online databases and services, and to instruct others in their use.
  1. Experienced and knowledgeable about current reference resources and practices.
  1. Knowledgeable about current teaching methods, educational technologies, and software.
  1. Familiar with current trends in academic libraries and higher education.
  1. Excellent interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills, organizational and time management skills, and ability to direct the assigned work of others.
  1. Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  1. Proficiency in and working knowledge of computer software programs (i.e., Microsoft Office, email and electronic calendar, etc.) and excellent keyboarding skills.
  1. Thorough knowledge of library classification systems.
  1. Willingness to work a flexible schedule that may include evening and weekend coverage.


  1. Experience in a comparable position.
  1. Demonstrated teaching experience, both synchronous and asynchronous.
  1. Experience with educational technologies, such as course and learning management systems, and their applications in academic libraries.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Continuously – 66-100% – Use hands dexterously, talk or hear.
  • Frequently – 34-65% – Stand, walk, or sit.
  • Occasionally – 1-33% – Reach with hands and arms, stoop/kneel/crouch or crawl, climb or balance, or lift up to 25 pounds.


This job description is not intended, and should not be construed, to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of those principal job elements essential to making fair pay decisions and for determining job performance.



Band:                           3000 – Professional

Sub Band:                     3400 – Student Services

Family:                         3405 – Educational Services Professional

Term:                           12 months

Status:                          Full-time (100%), Exempt

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled


To be considered by the search committee thoroughly complete the application and upload the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Copies of transcripts (undergraduate and graduate).

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Bismarck State College does not provide sponsorships. BSC is an E-Verify Employer.

For more information or assistance contact:  Human Resources (701) 224-5531.  This position requires a criminal history record check.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Human Resources*Meadowlark Building*PO Box 5587*1700 Schafer St.*Bismarck, ND 58506-5587

701-224-5531*800-366-6888 (TTY Relay ND)

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