Distance Services Librarian - S902

POSTING DATE: July 26, 2019

LOCATION: Wayland Baptist University (WBU) – Plainview Campus

DEPARTMENT: Mabee Learning Resources Center (LRC)

SUPERVISED BY: Director of the Library


GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: The Distance Services Librarian is responsible for   assessing and articulating goals and needs for distance campus patrons.  Working with other library staff, the Distance Services Librarian provides reference and instruction services to patrons from all campuses as well as library materials to students and faculty at all campuses, and fills in as needed in absence of other librarians.  This is a full-time, faculty position based on a twelve (12) month contract.                                                                                                                                        

SPECIFIC TASKS AND DUTIES:                                                                                           

1.  Assess and articulate electronic and traditional library resource needs of the distance learning community, the services provided them, including instruction, and the facilities utilized.                                                                                                                                                   

2. Assess the availability, appropriateness, use, goals, and objectives of existing library support for distance learning. Involve the distance learning community in this evaluation.                       

3  Develop written profiles of distance learning community’s information needs, statements of immediate and long-range goals and objectives for distance learning, and outlines of the methods by which progress can be measures.                                                                                   

4. Promote the incorporation of the distance learning goals and objectives into those of the library and of the originating institution as a whole, and make recommendations as necessary.

5.  Ensure that regional and other accreditation agency requirements are met and provide written documentation describing this adherence.                                                                     

6.  Develop methods of providing library materials and services from the main library to the distance learning community.                                                                                                             

7.  Supervise and ensure prompt delivery of materials and documents requested by distance library users under fair-use and copyright laws. Promote/provide alternative methods of acquiring resources when necessary.                                                                                                 

8.  Provide traditional and emerging reference and bibliographic instruction services and resources to all Wayland patrons.                                                                                                       

9. Serve on faculty and university committees.                                                                               

10. Work at main reference desk and circulation desk as scheduled or in absence of other librarians and staff.                                                                                                                               

11. Share weekend/evening hours with other librarians.                                                                   

12. Provide bibliographic instruction to patrons and assist them in their use of library equipment.                                                                                                                                               

13.  Establish and maintain effective working relationships.

The above statements are not a complete list of all responsibilities and duties performed by employees in this job.  Employee may perform other related duties as assigned by Director of the Library and Collection Development Librarian.


Education, Certification and License:                                                                                  Master’s Degree in Library Science or Information Studies or equivalent from ALA accredited program.

Experience and Knowledge:                                                                                       

1.  Experience with delivery of library instruction in a variety of settings.                                       

2. Knowledge and experience in providing print and electronic reference services.                       

3. Knowledge and experience with standard desktop computing applications, the Internet, web publishing and bibliographic databases.

Skills and Abilities:                                                                                                                   

1.  Good oral and written communication skills.                                                                                 

2.  Ability to deal effectively and tactfully with students, faculty, staff and others.                           

3.  Computer proficiency with programs such as Word, Excel, Access, library automation, e.g. Sirsi, Blackboard.                                                                                                                                   

4.  Exhibit skillful, pleasant, and tactful manner in receiving telephone calls and meeting students, employees and visitors.                                                                                                           

5. Work independently, receiving minimum of supervision and guidance on established procedures.                                                                                                                                             

6.  Able to acquire a thorough working knowledge of policies and procedures.                               

7.  Ability to use administrative reporting channels appropriately.                                                   

8.  Anticipate problem and use sound judgment and tact in handling confidential matters.

 Physical Demands & Working Conditions:                                                                               

1.  Ability to lift and carry up to 20 lbs. of boxed books.                                                                     

2.  Ability to travel to other campuses as necessary.                                                                         

3.  Extended desk and computer work may be required.                                                                     

4.  Work desk is openly located on the 2nd floor main stacks area.                                                   

5. Work areas are well lighted, ventilated, heated and air-conditioned.                                             

6. Other physical demands may be necessary as required by duties listed above.

The University: Wayland Baptist University is a four-year liberal arts university. The institution is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The Wayland Baptist University System is comprised of the Plainview campus, which is predominately a residential campus, twelve external campuses, and the WBUonline offering courses in a broad range of academic areas.

Learn About Us: Candidates are encouraged to learn more at About Wayland.

Application Procedure: Applications may be submitted by downloading it from the top of this web page by clicking on Application for Employment.

Interested individuals MUST submit the following information:                                        1.  Letter of Interest

2.  Completed University Application of Employment with Faith Statement (Link to Application Below):  https://www.wbu.edu/about/employment/documents/Application-for-employment-addition.pdf                                                       

3.  Current Resume                                                                                                                                 

4. List of Current References

Please send this information to:                                                                                                 

Elizabeth Hudspeth, Interim Director of Human Resources 

Wayland Baptist University

1900 W. 7th Street, CMB #1274

Plainview, TX 79072

Phone: (806) 291-3451

Fax: (806) 291-1981

Email: elizabeth.hudspeth@wbu.edu

Application Deadline: Position will remain open until filled

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Employment is subject to an introductory period to monitor employee performance.  If hired, the prospective employee must present documentation within three (3) days of hire date to establish their identity and employment eligibility as required by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Employee must be able and willing to travel. Must be able to operate a licensed motor vehicle and possess a valid state driver’s license or have access to reliable transportation.  Must have and maintain a satisfactory driver’s record.

Wayland Baptist University does not illegally discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or genetic information. Under federal law, the university may discriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill its mission and purposes.