Office of Human Resource Management

First Floor Koren Building
718 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: 412.396.6575
Fax: 412.396.2236
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00

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Gumberg Library

We welcome you to apply for the following faculty appointments:


Posting Date:  June 4, 2015

To Apply:


This non-tenured faculty position reports to the Director of Information Services. This is a reference position with significant instructional and liaison duties. Knowledge of information sources, interpersonal skills, instructional skills, and technology skills are of highest importance for this position. Provides research assistance; coordinates and provides training for virtual reference. Collaborates with colleagues and disciplinary faculty to develop, promote, and provide library instruction and information literacy initiatives. Serves as liaison to assigned academic departments and programs. Provides outreach and research assistance to the Center for Teaching Excellence in support of The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Contributes to the development of the library's print and online information collections, resources, and web pages. Represents the library on University committees. Engages in professional activities including publication and presentation. Meets the criteria for the library faculty rank process at or above the level of Librarian


Reference - Provide skilled reference support in person, by telephone, and by electronic means to students, faculty, administrators, and community members, in accordance with the library's mission and user service guidelines. As virtual reference coordinator, oversee email, text message, local chat, and Ask Here PA 24/7 online chat reference services. Provide library user services such as technology problem reporting, library tours, and technological assistance as needed.

Instruction - Provide instruction in various settings and circumstances including individual consultation, course-integrated and UCOR 030 instruction, and other instructional presentations. Provide instruction and assistance with supported citation management software and multiple citation styles such as APA, Chicago, and others. Participate in development of user support documentation.

Liaison - Serve as liaison to assigned academic departments/centers-provide research assistance and information literacy instruction; assist faculty in selection of material for the collection, review of library holdings in assigned subject areas, and the writing of accreditation/program review self-study documentation.

Outreach - Promote library services to the university community, including meeting with faculty to develop and refine library-based assignments, creating and giving presentations, and developing and providing orientations. Serve as outreach liaison to the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE).

Collection Development - Suggest reference and other library resources for purchase in print, electronic, or other formats. Provide input regarding specific purchases under consideration. Make recommendations regarding collection development policies and processes.

Professional Service - Serve the library and university through participation in committees at each level, including leadership of selected committees and task forces. Actively participate in professional organizations.

Scholarship - Participate in professional activities including publication of scholarly journal articles and book reviews and presentation at regional and national level professional conferences.REQUIREMENTS OF WORK:


M.L.S. or M.L.I.S. from an American Library Association accredited institution or equivalent.


  • At least one year of experience as a professional librarian in an academic library setting
  • Experience in providing reference service in various modalities
  • Experience in library and information literacy instruction
  • Demonstrated experience in library public service operations
  • Successful project management experience
  • Experience implementing the application of new technologies for user services


  • In-depth knowledge of electronic and traditional reference resources and trends
  • Familiarity with library systems, including virtual reference, discovery systems, online catalogs, research databases, and content management systems
  • Knowledge of information literacy and techniques of library instruction


  • Strong instructional skills including the ability to develop instructional materials and present instruction to students and faculty one on one, in individual classes, and as part of a required course
  • Effective written and oral communication skills 


  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a complex, service-oriented environment
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse faculty, staff, and students
  • Ability to adapt to change; plan, implement and assess projects
  • Ability to appraise information sources in multiple formats for the purpose of making purchase recommendations
  • Ability to meet the criteria for the library's promotion process at or above the level of Librarian II


Three years of experience as a professional librarian in an academic setting. Second Master's degree in an academic discipline, or advanced coursework in Library Science. Reading knowledge of one or more modern languages. Expertise with citation management software including EndNote and Zotero. Experience with SpringShare software suite.Duquesne University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing a diverse faculty that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic mission and enriches our campus community. As a charter member of the Ohio, Western PA and West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), we encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples. Motivated by its Catholic and Spiritan identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer. Founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Its Mission Statement commits the University to "serving God by serving students." Applicants for this position should describe how they might support and contribute to this mission.

Duquesne University uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically. Please submit a cover letter describing your experience, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three confidential references to: Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Applicants must be willing to contribute actively to the mission and to respect the Spiritan Catholic identity of Duquesne University. The mission is implemented through a commitment to academic excellence, a spirit of service, moral and spiritual values, sensitivity to world concerns, and an ecumenical campus community.Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.