Systems/Reference Librarian

Philadelphia, PA
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Created: March 1, 2019


The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is looking for a Systems/Reference Librarian. This is a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position with the Department of Information Science and the Joseph W. England Library.

The Systems/Reference Librarian will have primary responsibility for the library systems and the library website and for the management of the library’s reference services.  The Systems/Reference Librarian will work closely with the library faculty and staff and with the Information Technology staff to keep all the library’s systems and technologies working and up-to-date.  As a faculty member in the Department of Information Science, incumbent will perform all professional librarian duties including, but not limited to: reference desk, collection development, teaching, scholarly activities, and service.  


  • Maintains, troubleshoots, and upgrades library systems including, but not limited to:   EZ-Proxy, ILLiad, and the Alma library services platform.
  • Maintains and updates the library website and other communications platforms, including blogs and social media.
  • Serves as the liaison between the Information Technology department and the library.
  • Provides appropriate technical training and support to the department and the library, and seeks to maximize the effective use of existing technology resources.
  • Assists in identifying and implementing new digital initiatives, systems, and software for the library.
  • Keeps abreast of library systems trends and issues.
  • Coordinates operation of reference services, and provides service at the reference desk.
  • Teaches information literacy classes and holds scheduled reference consultations.
  • Serves as liaison to assigned academic departments and maintains the library collection in those disciplines.
  • Provides service to the USciences community and the profession by participating in committees, task forces, and appropriate organizations.
  • Engages in scholarly activity or research as a non-tenure track voting member of the Faculty.




  • Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program.
  • 2-3 years of relevant experience with library systems, including proxy servers, interlibrary loan systems, and integrated library systems.
  • 2-3 years of relevant experience with website and other communications platforms, including blogs and social media
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and to manage a varied workload.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite, Google Apps, Mac/Windows operating systems, etc.


  • Experience providing reference and instructional services.
  • Experience assessing library services in a higher education environment.
  • Experience using Blackboard or another learning management system.
  • Strong grasp of current issues, trends, and technologies impacting higher education and academic libraries.
  • Bachelor’s degree from any STEM field.

EEO - Minorities/Females/Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply


Jon Drucker, Information Science Instructor / Access Services Librarian
J.W. England Library, University of the Sciences
600 S. 43rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 | 215-596-8961

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Published: Saturday, March 2, 2019 15:05 UTC

Last updated: Saturday, March 2, 2019 15:05 UTC