Date:  June 8, 2022

Position Available:  Reference Librarian

Position Reports to:  Director of Library

Department:  SJPII Library

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Schedule:  Full Time – Some evening/weekend hours


Please apply online:  https://franciscan.edu/reference-librarian/



The Reference Librarian will provide a variety of professional library services including reference and research services to library users, teaching instructional sessions, assisting with library website development and online services, as well as assisting with collection development.



·        Promotes good public relations with friendly, competent professional reference service to all library patrons.

·        Provides advice and support to students including interpreting usefulness of reference materials for student projects, advises students on selection and focus of topics for research papers, and guides students in development of effective search strategies.

·        Prepares bibliographies, database guides, and other user aids.

·        Researches, evaluates, and selects library materials to assist in maintenance and upgrading of print and electronic reference and circulating collections.

·        Initiates, plans, and develops tutorials and supporting instructional materials for specific databases or research needs and specific user groups.

·        Collaborates with faculty in development of instruction sessions tailored to the curriculum, class assignments and student readiness.

·        Provides answers to reference inquiries.


This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list. Additional duties, expectations and responsibilities may be added or changed as needed to meet the University’s needs.



Must understand, support, and embrace the mission of Franciscan University of Steubenville and possess the following:


Work Experience

·        Experience in academic librarianship preferred. Theological knowledge preferred.


·        Knowledge of academic print and electronic reference sources.

·        Strong commitment to public service and ability to provide proactive, courteous, and prompt services to library users.

·        Able to effectively teach the use of print and electronic resources.

·        Possesses excellent interpersonal skills to work positively with faculty, students, and administration, and staff. Able to work well as member of a team.

·        Possesses database searching skills.

·        Demonstrates effective oral and written communication skills.

·        Possesses good planning, organization, and time management skills. Able to meet deadlines.

·        Exhibits a willingness to contribute to new projects and programs.

·        Committed to professional development and to the enhancement of user services.

·        Demonstrates flexibility and stress management skills. Able to work calmly and effectively despite interruptions in public service work.

·        Basic knowledge of library and computer equipment operation and maintenance.



·        ALA accredited M.L.S. or M.L.I.S with a background in theological studies preferred. MA in Theology (or related field) at minimum.


Technical Skills

·        Able to use word processing, spreadsheets, and other computer applications in a Windows environment.

·        Knowledge of HTML and an understanding of authentication protocols desired.


Workplace Factors:

·        Must be able to navigate about the building assisting users in locating research materials.

·        Must be able to obtain materials stored on bookshelves.

·        Must be able to move book carts of materials used in library orientation classes.

·        Must be able to lift books and push filled book carts.


Candidates must submit an online application, a resume and a cover letter that demonstrates their fit for the position based on their experience, accomplishments, and skills as well as their desire to advance the mission of Franciscan University.

Please apply online: https://franciscan.edu/reference-librarian/


For other information and job postings, visit our website at https://www.franciscan.edu


Franciscan University of Steubenville is committed to principles of equal opportunity and is an equal opportunity employer.