Bluefield University Employment Opportunities

Reference & Online Resources Librarian

PRIMARY PURPOSE/SCOPE

The Reference & Online Resources Librarian will be responsible for providing reference service to library users, managing the library’s electronic resources, providing library instruction, and assisting with cataloging.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND FUNCTIONS

The essential duties, responsibilities, and functions of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Reference
    • Assists library users in locating needed materials in the collection (print and/or electronic).
    • Assists library users with the research process.
  • Library Instruction
    • Plans and delivers instructional services and supports the needs of faculty members in implementing library instruction.
    • Instructs library users in the use of electronic databases, the library catalog, and other features of the library website.
    • Prepares online tutorials and guides to the library’s resources.
    • Works by phone and email with students and faculty in the e-Learning Programs to troubleshoot issues related to off-campus access to electronic resources, and updates, as needed, the library assignment.Electronic Resources
  • Evaluates new electronic resources being considered for inclusion in the library’s resources and evaluates use of existing electronic resources.
    • Troubleshoots problems that occur with electronic resources and contacts appropriate vendors.
    • Managing electronic resources.  This includes staying abreast of renewals/contracts/agreements/communications with consortial providers and vendors and manages the database budget.
    • Keeps abreast of new trends in technology, use of electronic resources, open access resources, and new databases available.
    • Co-manages library social media.
  • Cataloging
    • Cataloging of library materials as needed.
  • Other duties
    • Participates in faculty and committee meetings as assigned.
    • Attends professional development meetings during the year.
    • Helps with library sponsored events during the year.
  • Complies with all rules, policies, and procedures as established by Bluefield  University
  • Performs other duties as assigned, i.e. oversight of student workers under the supervision of the Co-Directors and oversight of faculty requests to add materials to the Reserve Collection.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

  • Commitment to Christ as Lord and Savior, and active church membership.
  • L.S./M.L.I.S degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Interpersonal skills to enable effective communication with faculty, staff, and students.

ERGONOMIC REQUIREMENTS

  • Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  This position is not necessarily a physically demanding job but may require sitting, standing, bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, reaching, picking up.  Some repetitive activities will include use of a mouse and keyboard.   Normal responsibilities should not afford risks of accidental injury.

  • Specialized Equipment Requirements

The use of specialized equipment listed here is representative of equipment an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  This position requires equipment typically used in a modern office environment, including personal computers, calculators, copiers, and fax machines.

  • Working Conditions and Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the duties, responsibilities, and functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties, responsibilities, and functions.  This position has no specific working conditions; the work environment is typical to that of a small private residential institution of higher education, with physical remote site locations within 500 miles of the main campus in Bluefield, Virginia.

EVALUATION STANDARDS

The Reference & Online Resources Librarian is subject to an annual evaluation based upon the functions set forth above.

Note:  The University reserves the right to change, reassign, or combine job duties and positions at any time.

QUALIFICATION STANDARDS 

 The qualification standards of the Reference & Online Resources Librarian include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A Christian commitment and lifestyle that acknowledges a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a personal commitment to the Christian purpose and mission of Bluefield University.
  • Professional appearance and presentation in the working environment (including casual attire, particularly as pertains to information services and technology installation and infrastructure responsibilities).

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

 This position is subject to at least an annual evaluation based upon the job duties, responsibilities, and functions as set forth above.

APPROVALS 

 The job duties, responsibilities, functions, and requirements delineated above should not be interpreted as an all inclusive list of same.  Additional duties, responsibilities, functions, and requirements may be assigned as deemed appropriate.  The University reserves the right to change or reassign job duties, responsibilities, and functions, or combine positions at any time.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals.  However, no accommodations will be made which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others or which impose undue hardships on the University.  Position descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts.  The University maintains its status as an at-will employer.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

To apply for this position, please visit https://www.bluefield.edu/employment/ to complete the electronic faculty employment application and upload the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Christian Faith
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of reference

Hard copy application materials may be sent to Judy Pedneau, Director of Human Resources at Bluefield University, 3000 College Avenue, Bluefield, VA 24605, [email protected]

Additional information about Bluefield University is available at www.bluefield.edu.

To be considered for this position, all application requirements listed above must be completed.

Bluefield University is a Christ-centered, multicultural learning community that values and seeks faculty and staff who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives, are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Bluefield University is a private, not-for-profit institution affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia. Bluefield University shall not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, religion, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other basis on which the University is prohibited from discrimination under local, state, or federal law, in its employment or in the provision of its services, including but not limited to its programs and activities, admissions, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other University-administered programs. This institution encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

 

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231