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Public Services Librarian/Instructor

Public Services Librarian/Instructor

Public Services Librarian/Instructor

Public Services Department/Frazar Memorial Library
McNeese State University invites qualified applicants for the position of Instruction Librarian/Instructor in the Department of Public Services/Frazar Memorial Library.  This is a full-time 12–month, unclassified, non-tenure-track position.  The appointment begins as soon as possible.
Position Number:  F99022

Position Description and Responsibilities:

McNeese State University’s Frazar Memorial Library seeks a candidate with demonstrated success working in a team member environment.  The Public Services Librarian reports to the Head of Public Services. The primary responsibility of this position will be to work in coordination with other team members to provide access to library resources in a variety of formats, including, print, non-print and electronic, both on-site and thru remote access; participate in the activities of a very busy and robust information literacy program; engage in library marketing and outreach; and perform reference and research services. 
This position needs a working knowledge of current trends in Open Educational Resources (OER) and Textbook Affordability in order to craft a unique vision for the role of these resources campus-wide. This role includes matching the OER program to the university curriculum, marketing the program, coordinating the creation and organization of new content, reviewing and updating existing content, managing participation in the program among faculty librarians, and assessing the program.  This position requires extensive interaction with students, faculty, and administrators.
Position Responsibilities: 
  • Provides reference service and research assistance to students, faculty, staff, and visitors through various modes (face-to-face, email, phone, chat, text, etc.).
  • Provides circulation service and research assistance to students, faculty, staff, and visitors through various modes (face-to-face, email, phone, chat, text, etc.).
  • Provides individual research assistance through appointments.
  • Contributes to the improvement of library programs and services.
  • Advocates library services across campus.
  • Plans and conducts library orientations, classes on information literacy, and workshops in coordination with the Instruction Librarian and Department Head.
  • Creates and maintains resources that assist patrons with their research needs.  This specifically includes LibGuides, video tutorials, and other related tools.
  • Prepares special materials, reports, study guides, and related materials.
  • Maintains current awareness of changes and trends in libraries and librarianship through reading the professional literature; attending conferences, professional meetings, and workshops; completing additional coursework; engaging in scholarship; and contributing to the library profession.
  • Guides faculty in identifying, adopting, and assessing affordable textbook alternatives, known by various labels including low-cost educational resources, no-cost education resources, and Open Educational Resources – hereafter simply identified as OER.
  • Plans, implement, and assess OER outreach endeavors.
  • Collaborates with faculty across the university to integrate OER into the university curriculum. 
  • Creates resources and deliver workshops on affordable course content.
  • Track OER adoptions across campus, calculate savings, and disseminate to broader campus community. 
  • Maintains current awareness of trends in technology and academic libraries, especially with regards to OER.
  • Partners with other entities on campus (faculty, administrators, student groups, etc.) to create initiatives that encourage student engagement.
  • Participates / represents the library in college and community events.
  • Participates in the liaison program.
  • Participates in library, university, and professional meetings.
  • Opens and closes the library on designated evenings, nights and weekends.  Supervises evening, night, and weekend library personnel.
  • Supervise and train student employees as assigned.
  • Contributes to the development of department, library, and university policies and procedures.
  • Completes work according to department, library, and university policies and procedures. 
  • Maintains working knowledge of the library’s collections and resources.
  • Serves on library and university committees.
  • Performs other duties as specified by supervisors.


  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution. Official transcripts documenting all college degrees must be on file in the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  • Experience in an academic library (1–2 years)
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work well with library patrons and staff.
  • Ability to utilize library resources when providing reference service. 
  • Ability to participate in a team environment with a commitment to student success.
  • Ability to meet deadlines for assigned reports and activities.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to communicate effectively via verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to competently use the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to learn, and willingness to utilize, new software and hardware technologies.
  • A strong commitment to provide library services for the university community, especially students, faculty, and administrators.
  • Sufficient mobility and dexterity to move around the Library and retrieve and carry materials from library shelving and cabinets, including standing, walking, stooping, bending, kneeling, lifting (up to 35 lbs), ability to work with keyboard, mouse, and monitor for extended periods of time; ability to travel to attend training workshops, meetings, and conferences.
  • Self-motivation, enthusiasm, a positive attitude, and flexibility are necessary for this position!
  • Coursework, training, and/or experience in the field of education.
  • Knowledge and experience in promoting and working with open access (OA) resources such as the Louisiana Board of Regents’ Affordable Learning LOUISiana and e-textbooks initiatives.




Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.

Application Materials and Contact:

Applicants should submit:  Letter of Application, Resume, References (name, phone number, and e-mail address of at least three), and Unofficial Transcripts) for the application process.  Please submit the required documents to: 
Walt Fontane, Head of Public Services
Frazar Memorial Library
McNeese State University
Box 91445
Lake Charles, LA 70609
Phone:  (337) 475-5729
Fax:  (337) 475-5727
TDD:  (337) 562-4227

Additional Information:

McNeese State University, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, is a public university and a member of the University of Louisiana System. Under Louisiana law, applications and all supporting materials will become public record. All applicants are expected to submit complete and accurate materials as specified in the position announcement. A background check and an English Proficiency assessment will be conducted on selected finalists. We comply with Louisiana Revised Statute 49:1001, et seq, and State of Louisiana Executive Order 98-38, which provides for drug testing of employees, appointees, prospective employees, and prospective appointees. Prospective employees and employees are informed if a drug test is required.
McNeese State University is an AA/EEO/ADA employer committed to excellence through diversity.
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires McNeese State University to inform applicants that the University can employ only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. Each new employee is required to present documentation verifying his/her identity and right to accept employment.
Louisiana Revised Statute 42:31-“Eligibility requirements for certain unclassified employees”-requires any person hired or employed in an unclassified position, whose annual salary or rate of compensation is equal to or exceeds one hundred thousand dollars, provide proof to his public employer that he has been issued a Louisiana driver’s license and that all vehicles registered in his name are registered in Louisiana within thirty days of being hired or employed at such salary.
McNeese State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. Under Louisiana law, applications and all supporting materials will become public record. An executive session pursuant to La. Rev. Stat. 42:6.1(A) may be required. Persons needing reasonable accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity: Voice: (337) 475-5428; TDD/TTY, Hearing Impaired: (337) 562-4227; Fax: (337) 475-5960; or
Instructional Faculty Candidates with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to U.S. degrees, an official comprehensive course-by-course report and U.S. Equivalency Statement, from World Education Services. The official Credential Evaluation Report and U.S. Equivalency Statement must be submitted directly to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, Box 93220, Lake Charles, LA 70609; (337) 475-5508. Simple translation of the language on foreign diplomas, transcripts, coursework, or similar will NOT suffice and will cause the application packet to be judged as incomplete.