Research and Instruction Librarian

Library System/Company Name
Southern Wesleyan University
Job Description

The Research and Instruction Librarian serves as the primary contact for on-campus research assistance and oversees the development, delivery, and assessment of the library’s instructional services for on-campus programs.  This position also acts as the electronic resources manager and assists with the day-to-day activities of the Information Desk.  Some evening hours are required.


1. Provide research assistance to on-campus students and faculty in a variety of formats (in-person, chat, phone, email, Canvas).

2. Develop, deliver, and assess library instruction.  Collaborate with faculty to incorporate library instruction into courses and serve as the embedded librarian in select courses. 

3. Manage the library’s electronic resources and authentication platform (OpenAthens) in conjunction with PASCAL support staff.

4. Participate in library planning and contribute to outreach and engagement efforts.

5. Coordinate the development and delivery of library information using a variety of platforms, including library web pages, LibGuides, Canvas, and social media.

6. Perform basic library operational duties and assist in coverage of the Information Desk.

7. Assist with Makerspace and Multimedia Lab equipment as needed.

8. Perform other duties as assigned, including responsibilities associated with faculty status, involvement in PASCAL and other professional organizations, and participation in collection development.


1. MLS or MLIS degree from ALA accredited institution required.  

2. Ability and desire to teach.

3. Demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently.

4. Effective communication and interpersonal skills are essential.

5. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail are required.

6. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously with little supervision.

7. Experience with providing high quality reference services with a variety of print and online resources.

8. SWU is committed to maximizing the use of technology in its daily operations and in achieving its strategic goals; the ideal candidate will be familiar with library database subscriptions, and have a high comfort level with web-based, mobile and PC applications including but not limited to the use of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint). 

9. Experience with Ex Libris Alma/Primo library service platform preferred. 


1. Mission and Lifestyle Expectations. The university is a Christian liberal arts institution in the Wesleyan-Holiness theological tradition. In light of SWU’s unapologetically Christ-centered mission, all employees are expected to embrace the university’s Statement of Faith, respect its Wesleyan heritage, and adhere to its lifestyle expectations. 

2. Physical/Environmental Requirements

a. Visual acuity necessary to do editorial work, proof documents, and manage files. 

b. Requires ability to sit for periods of time in an interior office environment. May require infrequent lifting of objects up to 10 pounds, and occasionally items up to 20 pounds.

c. Evening and weekend work, as assigned.

3. Pre-employment Screening. Employment is contingent on the completion of a criminal background screening.

South Carolina