Job: Instruction & Reference Librarian

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Instruction & Reference Librarian

Number position available:

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

Job Category:
Reference & Public Services

Position DOES NOT require a Master's degree from an ALA accredited program.

Are you looking for an opportunity to:

Grow as a librarian and manager in a creative, collegial environment?
Facilitate student success by leading transformative library services?
Develop innovations to traditional services with thought-leaders in our profession?
Work at a major research university library that values empowerment, inclusivity, and service excellence?

If so, Florida State University (FSU) Libraries would like to hear from you! The Academic Success and Access (ASA) department, a division of Research and Learning Services, is committed to developing and improving effective programs that enhance student success at FSU. 

On our newly-formed team, every librarian manages programs and supervises staff. Together, we create and support traditional and cutting edge services designed to meet the current and emergent needs of the academic community at FSU. We facilitate more than 2 million transactions every year in programs as varied as circulation, reserves, reference, technology support, tutoring, virtual reference, outreach, distance services, and library instruction. Each librarian has individual areas of responsibility, but our team adopts a holistic approach and works cooperatively across domains to provide superior service and academic support. 

Our Director of Service Strategies is looking for an inquisitive, optimistic practitioner who will lead projects and programs in:

Instruction: Transform the student experience by equipping lower-level undergraduates with the skills and resources they need to become informed, research-savvy critical thinkers. Lead a team of staff and librarian instructors as we teach information literacy concepts in composition and other high-enrollment courses. Draw on the rich resources of FSU’s MLIS and Instructional Design programs to optimize our impact, and help other librarians do the same.

Reference: Meet the information needs of the FSU community when and where they occur through in-person and virtual reference services. Promote information literacy and make the vast collection of FSU libraries accessible while providing our team of graduate Reference Associates with critical hands-on experience in reference and assessment.

FSU librarians are expected to play a leadership role in promoting the FSU Libraries values: collegiality, trust, recognition, diversity, inclusion, critical thinking, engagement, empowerment, and innovation. As faculty members, our librarians pursue individual and collaborative scholarship. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to develop additional research, service, and student success projects in accordance with their interests. We provide mentoring and funding for professional development and service activities in line with each librarian’s interests and career goals. 


Provide comprehensive leadership for the FSU Libraries’ programs in Reference and Instruction

Hire, train, and supervise departmental staff in coordination with administration and colleagues

Develop effective assessment and evaluation of services and projects to maintain our goal of superior service

Serve on library, campus, and consortial committees as appropriate

Contribute to state, regional and national professional organizations

Participate in research, publication, and other professional and scholarly activities



Master's degree in library and information science or other relevant graduate degree (Instructional Design, Education, etc.)

Demonstrated knowledge of research and discovery services

Demonstrated success delivering services related to the areas of responsibility

Strong grasp of current issues, trends, and technologies impacting higher education and academic libraries

Commitment to and enthusiasm for delivering excellent customer experiences through assessment and engagement with users

Able to interact with faculty and students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines

Flexibility to adapt to changing organizational priorities and technological environments

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 

Able to work effectively in a collaborative and creative environment 

Ability to work independently and as a member of a group in a changing environment

Ability to meet the library's requirement for scholarship, service, and leadership


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  • Academic Libraries

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Job Place:
Florida State University

Job Location:
Northwest Florida

116 Honors Way




Institution Information
Institution Name :
Florida State University

116 Honors Way




Contact Information / How to apply
Contact Name:
Sarah Miller

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An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. 

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The Florida State University Libraries define diversity as the sum of the ways that people are both alike and different.  We are committed to embracing the full spectrum of human and social identities. We strive to create and maintain an inclusive environment in which all individuals are treated fairly, respectfully, and valued for their distinctive skills, experiences, and perspectives to maximize the potential of all libraries employees and the communities with whom we interact.

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