Assistant Librarian – Full-Time, Laguna College of Art + Design, Laguna Beach, CA

The Dennis and Leslie Power Library at the Laguna College of Art + Design in Laguna Beach, CA, is hiring a full-time Assistant Librarian.  You can view the posting and apply online here: Indeed Link

Assistant Librarian – Full-Time

Laguna College of Art + Design, is seeking a full-time experienced Assistant Librarian. The College is located in an internationally recognized arts colony in Laguna Beach, California and offers a diversity of majors in Animation, Graphic Design and Digital Media, Fine Art, Game Art, Illustration and Entertainment Design.

The Laguna College of Art + Design Library is a small yet busy library with a specialized collection focused on the visual arts. The Dennis and Leslie Power Library serves a FTE of approximately 575 undergraduates and graduate students with over 21,000 printed books and annual total gate counts exceeding 41,000.

Position Summary:

The Assistant Librarian contributes to the development, support, and implementation of library programs that support student success at the Laguna College of Art + Design. This individual achieves those goals in the following program areas: library instruction and outreach; reference and public services; collection processing and support; and departmental operations.

The Assistant Librarian should also demonstrate the ability to work independently to meet project goals and deadlines, exercise considerable judgment and initiative, exhibit the ability to interact with a diverse public, and work collegially with supervisor, students, peers, and other staff. Highly developed organizational skills, with great attention to detail, and the ability to coordinate numerous activities as part of project management is also critical for this position. This individual should possess a strong administrative aptitude with excellent record-keeping skills, including word processing, maintaining spreadsheets, database management, and digital imaging software. Excellent communication skills, including spelling, grammar, and composition skills are also desirable.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1. Library Instruction and Outreach (25%)

  • Participates in and helps to develop the library’s outreach activities, including public programs and exhibits
  • Teaches introductory and advanced information literacy research sessions
  • Performs assessment functions and maintains records related to library outreach and instruction

2. Reference and Public Services (25%)

  • Serves as a point of contact for patrons, responding to reference requests and informational inquiries in person, via telephone and via email
  • Performs circulation functions and registers new patrons as needed
  • Creates research guides and tools
  • Troubleshoots and instructs patrons in the use of library materials and equipment, including computers, scanners and printers

3. Collection Processing and Support (25%)

  • Creates original and copy cataloging records in compliance with MARC RDA standards using OCLC Connexion
  • Assists in the evaluation and selection of library materials for collection development

4. Departmental Operations (25%)

  • Assists the Library Director in fostering a service-oriented culture among library staff by helping to lead, train and oversee the work of student assistants
  • Maintains accurate records and statistics to reflect progress toward library and project goals and deadlines and to generate reports
  • Assists in the processing of monthly financial recordkeeping for the library
  • Participates in the management of daily tasks, such as the opening/closing of the library
  • May serve on campus committees and/or collaborate with campus departments on projects related to student retention, assessment and activities
  • Resolves routine operational problems and troubleshoots equipment issues in consultation with the LCAD IT Department
  • May be responsible for library operations in the absence of the Library Director when required
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Position Requirements, Experience and Education

Qualifications to perform this job successfully: An individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The successful candidate must possess a user-centered attitude and a desire to work in a team oriented environment that serves a diverse population.

  • Master’s degree from an ALA accredited Library/Information Systems program; demonstrated academic subject expertise in art, art history, design or related subjects preferred
  • Minimum of two years of progressively responsible professional experience in an academic and/or art library setting
  • Demonstrated experience with creating original and copy catalog records in compliance with MARC RDA standards, including knowledge of cataloging tools such as Library of Congress Subject Headings, Classification Web and OCLC Connexion
  • Demonstrated experience in creating public programs and developing outreach initiatives
  • Demonstrated experience with library instruction for undergraduate students
  • Familiarity with automated library systems, databases and internet search tools
  • Knowledge of issues and trends in library service, teaching methods and design thinking, including familiarity with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy and the ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to public services
  • An understanding of and commitment to the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics
  • Knowledge of current developments and trends in libraries, web and educational technologies, social media and publishing
  • Practical knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Drive applications and the Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Demonstrated initiative in program development, implementation and project management
  • Ability to manage a multidimensional workload and collaborate effectively within a collegial framework
  • Interest in participating in a creative environment committed to diversity and inclusion
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and a high degree of initiative

Physical Essential Functions

Sitting, standing, keyboarding, may lift up to 40 lbs. without assistance, grasping, pulling, pushing, reaching, and moving from one place to another. This position takes place indoors in an office environment sitting at a desk and working in front of a computer. Occasional bending, stooping and squatting.

Full time position; salary commensurate with experience. Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements.

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