Reference & Assessment Librarian – U of DC – Washington, DC

UDC is hiring a Reference and Assessment Librarian. Details are at

Brief Description of Duties

Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Learning Resources Division, the Reference and Assessment Librarian, Assistant Professor will perform duties relating to the functions of the Access and Information Services Unit. Duties will be equally divided between reference functions and assessment of library instruction and user services, and other areas as needed.

The incumbent will collaborate with academic faculty and librarians in teaching and fostering information literacy skills relevant to the university curriculum and for developing students’ competence to access, evaluate, and effectively use electronic and print resources to acquire information.

S/he will also be responsible for organizing, maintaining and providing/reporting assessment data/information as needed. Overall, assessment results will be used to demonstrate:
1) The value and impact of the Library in facilitating the success of students and faculty
2) A role in facilitating the accomplishment of the mission and goals of the University

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Teaches information literacy instruction sessions as needed.
  • Performs reference (in-person and virtual) and other related duties, including evening and weekend hours.
  • Serves as academic department liaison: coordinates collection development with academic programs and manages related library collections/holdings; performs outreach and information literacy instruction for assigned departments; facilitates satisfactory resolution of other departmental needs related to library resources and services; and performs other duties as assigned.


  • Plans, designs, and facilitates the implementation of the library’s assessment initiatives and activities in collaboration with the library director, faculty, and staff.
  • Develops and implements a means for reporting, preserving and storing assessment data/information.
  • Coordinates data collection and analysis and shares the findings with appropriate internal and external stakeholders in standardized reporting formats.
  • Disseminates assessment information on the development or improvement of students’ competence and performance as it relates to research and critical thinking.
  • Leads the design and implementation of regular internal and external surveys and other assessment methods.
  • Leverages the results of library assessment activities to enhance and illustrate the impact of the library in the university community.
  • Keeps apprised of assessment developments and introduces new methods or tools to library staff as appropriate.


  • Works with staff and students to facilitate assessment activities and initiatives as needed or as assigned.
  • Performs assignments related to job function (assessment) as required or needed in relation to LRD’s role in the Washington Research Library Consortium.
  • Keeps current professionally by participating in relevant conferences, peer group meetings, etc. and conducts ongoing professional development activities for colleagues and staff as directed.
  • Serves on departmental and university-wide committees and task forces as appropriate or assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  1. Master’s degree in Library Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association and knowledge of qualitative and quantitative assessment methods for analyzing, drawing insight, reporting, and/or visualizing data.
  2. Experience as a librarian and with assessment in an academic institution preferred.
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