Job: Spanish Speaking Reference and Instruction Librarian

General Information
Spanish Speaking Reference and Instruction Librarian

Number position available:

TBD based on experience

Job Category:
Reference & Public Services

Position REQUIRES a Master's degree from an ALA accredited program.


Do you speak, read and write spanish fluently? Are you passionate about serving Spanish language students? Come be part of our dynamic, fun, innovative, award-winning team!

Under the general supervision of the University Librarian, the Spanish speaking Reference and Instruction Librarian will work in a collaborative environment to actively engage with target Spanish-speaking student populations, along with the general student population and faculty to understand and effectively respond to their information and research needs, working with the other reference and instruction librarians to foster and encourage a culture of learning and use of library resources, collections, and research services. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong service orientation coupled with an enthusiasm for well thought out creative approaches to teaching that will promote increased information literacy among students, supporting the mission of the library and the university. There is also a strong need for this position to speak, read, and write Spanish fluently.

 This position is expected to work collaboratively with teaching faculty to develop subject-specific information literacy instruction using the ACRL Frames, create LibGuides to support instruction and curriculum, provide assistance with collection development, and conduct general outreach to students and faculty. The Reference and Instruction Librarian will also provide outstanding reference/research service; and be able to assist students with writing support from start to finish as needed, using common citation styles such as APA and MLA. The Reference and Instruction Librarian contributes their individual skills and experience as needed in order to support the library’s mission, values, and objectives, relying on teamwork and judgment in establishing priorities among changing and competing demands, while also focusing on special initiative and projects, such as AVENU.


Faculty librarians are expected to support the mission of the university through their work in the library; they are also expected to publish and present at conferences; and, give of their time and talent through service to the university, the larger community, and the profession.


Duties and Tasks:

• Working with other faculty librarians and teaching faculty to provide outstanding library and writing instruction and information literacy in a manner that supports accreditation standards in person and via the Internet or other technologies, including Zoom, Collaborate, and VTT, averaging 40 per year, with some instruction in Spanish.

• Providing general reference/research and writing support in English and in Spanish an average of 10-12 hours per week, helping patrons with their informational and research needs at the reference desk, during individual appointments, and online, including LibChat.

• Collecting, sharing, and maintaining documentation and statistical information on your instruction activities.

• Working collaboratively with the other librarians to create and share teaching materials such as online tutorials, web pages, handouts, and online research guides.

• Assisting with library outreach programs to better engage faculty members in the use and application of information resources and services.

• Developing and maintaining relationships with students and faculty that respond to their academic needs.

• May be asked to contributing information via blogs, social media, website, twitter, etc. to promote awareness of library services, resources and tools.

• Participating in department, library, and university planning as needed.

• Supporting collection development.

• Accepting and implementing other duties as assigned.



The work environment characteristics described here are a representation of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The term “qualified individual with a disability” means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of this position.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the office and University, handle various types of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess.   The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.




The intent of this job description is to provide a representation of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position.  Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.  Saint Leo University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity as a critical step in ensuring employee, student and graduate success. 


Why Work at Saint Leo?


What it’s Like to Work Here: Ask our employees and the one word they’d use to describe working at Saint Leo University is “Community.” Our team members all share the Saint Leo core values, positive attitudes, and problem-solving abilities, enabling them to provide excellent student-centered service. Our mission is educating and preparing students for life and leadership in a challenging world.  Thank you for your interest in joining the Saint Leo PRIDE!


We are committed to providing our employees with the support they need. At Saint Leo, we offer an array of medical, dental, and vision packages as well as several add-on perks to make your benefits package truly customizable to you and your family needs. Available benefits based on employment status (Full Time vs Part Time).

• Inclusive Group Health Plan (Medical, Dental, Vision)

• Group Health Plan features include Teledoc, Surgery Plus!, Wellness Incentive Program, Nationwide Pet Insurance, just to name a few!

• Health Reimbursement Account (University Paid!) and Flexible Spending Accounts (healthcare and dependent options)

• Tuition Remission (Employee, Spouse, and Dependents)*

• Tuition Exchange opportunity for dependent of employees*

• Paid Personal Leave (Sick, Vacation, Holidays)

• 403b - Annual match 3%-9% of pay based on employee’s contribution. University match and fully vested within one month of hire date.

• Basic Life and AD&D Insurance valued at 30k (University Paid!)

• Income Protection Benefits after one year

• Additional options for supplemental insurance 


*Eligibility based on meeting required service period






• Master's Degree from an American Library Association accredited program in Library and Information Studies, with a preference for some teaching experience at the post-secondary level. Current students nearing completion of their degree in an ALA-approved program may be considered, based on other qualifications.

• Understanding of reference, research, and writing services in an academic or research library environment.

• Knowledge of current and emerging trends in research and instructional services, IL instruction using traditional and non-traditional teaching techniques

• Knowledge of current trends in writing support as part of the research and writing continuum in an academic library




Fluent in speaking, reading, and writing Spanish to support native Spanish language students.

• Effective and engaging instruction and presentation skills.

• Effective one-on-one research and writing support skills to reduce library anxiety and writing anxiety.

• Strong communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills.

• Computer applications skills related to libraries, including Zotero, Mendeley, Qualtrics, Socrative, Zoom, library databases, and other research tools

• Computer application skills using Microsoft Office, LibAnswers, and other library-related software 



• Ability to work in a team environment where consultation, flexibility, creativity, collaboration, and cooperation are essential. Must be service-oriented, energetic, collegial, and self-motivated

• Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects independently while meeting deadlines.

• Ability to work flexibly, creatively, and collaboratively with others in a changing, lean, and fast-paced environment with a diverse population. Proactive and interested in outreach efforts for information literacy and integrating IL into the curriculum.



• A second graduate degree in composition, rhetoric, STEM, or Business is strongly desired.

• Demonstrated ability to present and publish also not required but strongly desired.



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Additional information
Library Type:
  • Academic Libraries
  • Institutional Libraries

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Job Location

Physical address where the job position is located.

Job Place:
Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library

Job Location:
Central Florida

33701 State Rd 52

St Leo



Institution Information
Institution Name :
Saint Leo University

33701 State Rd 52

St Leo



Contact Information / How to apply
Contact Name:
Doris Van Kampen-Breit

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How to apply

Only applicants who apply through the official Saint Leo University job board will be considered.

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