University of St. Thomas

Public Services Librarian

Doherty Library

The University of St. Thomas (UST), a private Catholic University committed to the liberal arts and the religious and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education, located in Houston, Texas, near the vibrant central business district, Texas Medical Center, and museum district, is seeking applicants for a full-time Public Services Librarian. This is a non-tenure track faculty position. This position reports directly to the Dean of Libraries.


To provide reference services, serve as the reference desk coordinator, and conduct library instruction to graduate and undergraduate students. It is required that this librarian work collaboratively and cooperatively with the library staff, especially with the other librarians with whom the incumbent will share many common responsibilities.

Essential duties and responsibilities:
Collaborate proactively with students and faculty regarding their library, research, and instructional needs; provide assistance to support their research needs;
Provide research help at the reference desk for the UST scholarly community; set the reference desk schedule for the librarians each
Develop access to reference services through new technologies;
Manage, plan and coordinate the social media services at Doherty Library with other librarians; Develop, implement, and measure social media strategy to maximize Doherty Library message and involvement in greater community. Engage, produce, and compose social media plan and policy to reflect best practices and have the plan and policy ratified by the ibrary
Create and maintain online research and informational guides.
Coordinate, with the other Doherty librarians, the shared responsibility of developing the reference collection (including withdrawals).
Provide library instruction including basic, intermediate and advanced Lead library instruction for the Mendenhall Summer Institute.
Provide collection development for selected subject areas in the general circulating collection and for special collections; Maintain relationships with UST Community in order to field acquisitions requests and maintain relevant interests in information.
Plan and implement Information Literacy All aspects of IL must be explored: citations, plagiarism and academic integrity, information evaluation, advanced research methods, etc.
Plan and provide library orientations for a variety of groups: freshmen orientation, graduate, transfer and international student orientations, new faculty; some evening and weekend instruction is required.
Serve as library liaison to several academic departments: planning and conducting workshops, orientations, library instruction.
Oversee and provide special programs (for example, provide tours/instruction to outside groups such as area high school and elementary school groups, planning and coordinating book reading groups);
Plan, schedule and set up all library exhibits (work collaboratively with the Dean of Libraries on the exhibits);
Serve as the liaison to the part-time weekend reference librarians; Supervise, evaluate and schedule part-time reference librarians.
At the discretion of the Dean of Libraries, may be assigned some hours at Beran Library if needed.
Other responsibilities as assigned.

Supervisory responsibilities:
Supervise student assistants while at the reference desk. Help to schedule student worker’s in-session and participate in program to increase student skill-set for helping the Doherty Library community. Supervise, evaluate and schedule part-time reference staff.

Education and Experience:
ALA (American Library Association) accredited MLS degree required.

No experience required however, some experience with reference assistance, bibliographic instruction, and developing social media, user guides and interfaces is preferred.

Experience with using online systems and software relevant to reference and instructional work.

Effective communication and organizational skills are required.

A customer service orientation is important.

Working conditions:
Flexible schedule in coordination with other reference staff. Some evening and weekend hours required. Some bending, lifting, stooping required in an office environment.

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer


For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.


About University of St. Thomas

Company Mission:

Our founding was inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, a 2,000-year-old practice of uniting faith and reason to explore the world. As a Catholic university, we develop future leaders of all faiths looking to make a positive impact on the world. And, we are the only academic institution in Minnesota to be designated a “Changemaker Campus,” meaning social innovation, entrepreneurship and caring for the common good are built into everything we do. Our three campuses in St. Paul, downtown Minneapolis and Rome, Italy, offer unique learning and living opportunities.


Full time benefit eligible position including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, vacation, retirement 403b plan, and tuition remission