Evening/Weekend Reference Librarian (PT)- Maria College – Albany, NY

Position Summary:

Maria College Library seeks an experienced, knowledgeable, student-oriented professional to serve as Evening/Weekend Reference Librarian. Following practices and procedures acquired through advanced study, applicants must be able to administer library materials; assist library patrons with conducting research across a variety of media; design and deliver library instruction and information literacy classes; lend books and other materials; classify and organize new materials; ensure coverage of the main desk.

Job Duties, Responsibilities, and Tasks:

  • Staff the main desk; provide reference services to students, faculty and other library users in-person, via telephone, electronically, or through video conferencing.
  • Provide a variety of administrative support functions including ensuring that copier and printers have adequate paper, fixing paper jams, reloading ink cartridges; assisting students with basic computer issues.
  • Monitor the Interlibrary Loan email. Submit and fulfill requests via CDLC eForm/DOCLINE. Document and follow up on requests.
  • Design, develop, provide and evaluate training and instruction for library users regarding the effective use of the library, including location of materials, use of the catalog, use of computers to access information, and the use of basic reference sources. Instruction will include library orientation programs, bibliographic instructions, formats for writing academic papers, etc. and may be provided in a classroom setting, the library itself, or virtually.
  • Promote library services to the College community; meet with faculty to develop and refine library-based assignments. As requested, create, maintain and release library newsletters and calendars, posting on the website and distributing via email.
  • Assist with managing and updating the library’s website using LibGuides.
  • As needed, catalog and process new library items for use by adding spine labels and book pockets through the Library’s OPAC, OPALS. Assist in maintaining records and collection inventory in OPALS. Assist with collection development by making recommendations for additional materials to the Library Director.
  • As needed, catalog the Library Archives, Special Collection and New York Heritage Digital Collection utilizing CONTENTdm and OPALS.
  • Provide library coverage in the absence of the Library Director or other librarians.
  • In absence of Library Director, supervises work study students and interns.

Job Specifications

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, skill and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Position requires exemplary interpersonal skills to interface with students, faculty and other library users as well as outside library associations, vendors and other contacts. Position requires effective communication skills, both oral and written and the ability to guide students of diverse backgrounds.

Technology Skills:

Advanced competency in Windows operating environment using MS Office applications (specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher), e-mail (Outlook), and internet programs. Have the aptitude to quickly learn and efficiently utilize the library’s cataloging/circulations system and EDS (EBSCO Discovery Service).

Education and/or Experience:

Master’s degree in library science or library and information science is required; additional graduate degree in an academic discipline is desirable.
Position requires two years’ experience in a library performing reference library tasks, experience in a college-level library is preferred.
Coverage Needed:

Work schedule includes evenings with a start time that is flexible. Preferred hours would include 5PM-9PM two evenings a week (Monday-Thursday). Weekend coverage 9AM-5PM both Saturday and Sunday one weekend a month.

Application Information:
Please send cover letter, resume, salary requirements and a list of 3 references to: resumes@mariacollege.edu with “Reference Librarian” as the subject. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Maria College is a nonprofit, independent, coeducational institution which does not discriminate in its enrollment or employment practices for any reason including race, sex, color, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal or local laws and ordinances. Information about the services, activities and facilities accessible to students or prospective students with disabilities regarding Title 504 may be obtained in Accessibility Services in Mercy Hall at (518) 861-2508; information about the services, activities and facilities accessible to employees or prospective employees with disabilities regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act may be obtained from Rosa Lyn Vazquez, Human Resources Manager at (518) 861-2580.

About Melody Rood

Student Success Librarian and Assistant Professor at UNC-Greensboro