Head Librarian – Reference, Research, & Instructional Services

210427 Requisition #

Reporting to the Assistant Vice Provost of Library Services, the Head of Reference, Research, & Instructional Services (RRIS) develops and leads reference and instructional services for the University Libraries. Guides the continued development of the information literacy instruction program, including ongoing assessment of instructional activities tied to learning outcomes. Develops and leads an annual series of library workshops on key information topics open to the campus community. Continuously evaluates existing reference services, which includes a formal literature search service, and investigates new models of the provision of reference services and research support. Leads a librarian liaison service which supports nine schools and colleges across two campuses (Omaha, NE and Phoenix, AZ). Demonstrates the value of reference and instructional services through ongoing data collection and analysis.


Master of Library Science (MLS) from an ALA accredited program

Minimum of five (5) years’ progressively responsible experience in academic libraries, experience in reference and instruction services preferred

Minimum of three (3) years’ supervision experience, experience supervising professional staff preferred

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Demonstrated knowledge of information literacy instruction across multiple disciplines, including the health sciences

Advanced knowledge of academic library resources and skill in searching scholarly literature using bibliographic databases

Knowledge of scholarly publishing metrics and experience using tools to demonstrate research impact

Experience working within, coordinating, or leading a liaison librarian service model

Familiarity with current trends in the profession 

User centered orientation with a strong focus on meeting the needs of students, faculty, and researchers

Effective verbal and written communication

Collaboration, teamwork, effective human relations skills


Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Familiarity with course management software, such as Canvas

Knowledge of or experience with systematic review services 

Familiarity with clinical library services

Desirable qualities:

Mission and service orientation 

Strong analytical, problem-solving, and organizational skills 

High level of initiative

Results orientation 

Adaptability; innovative and creative thinking 

Physical Requirements:
Seeing: 75-100%
Hearing: 75-100%
Standing/Climbing/Mobility: 0-24%
Lifting/Pulling/Pushing: 0-24% (pound: 15lbs.)
Fingering/Grasping/Feeling: 75-100%
Travel: No
Exposure to Blood Borne pathogens: No
AAP/EEO Statement:

Creighton University is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory educational and employment environment. The University admits qualified students, hires qualified employees and accepts patients for treatment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or other status protected by law. Its education and employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other programs and activities, are administered without unlawful discrimination.
Disclosure Statement:
This description describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Regular, reliable attendance is an essential function and all employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor. Employees may also be required to work in excess of normal working hours as workloads and seasonal activities necessitate. A complete description is available in the Human Resource office located at 3006 Webster Street Omaha, NE. Creighton University reserves the right to modify duties, responsibilities and activities at any time with or without notice.

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