Instructional Services Librarian


Aurora University - Phillips Library
Library Type: 
Academic Library

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Full Time
40 hours/week
low to high 50,000's

The Instructional Services Librarian supports learning by providing student centered instruction and reference services. This position is responsible for the design and implementation of the instructional program, with an emphasis on first year general education courses and upper division research courses in all schools. The Instructional Services Librarian develops and coordinates other formal and informal research instruction initiatives in collaboration with the director and reference staff. The Instructional Services Librarian is a member of the Phillips Library's reference team, providing general reference and research assistance to all patrons and participating in a rotating reference schedule that includes evenings and some weekends.

Core Competencies:

  1. Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
  2. Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. As a teaching-centered institution, we encourage undergraduate and graduate students to discover what it takes to build meaningful and examined lives. Our singular goal is to empower our students to achieve lasting personal and professional success.
  3. Handles all information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of university business.
  4. Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned, including voluntary participation in university committees, activities and events.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Create scaffolded information literacy instruction in alignment with university curriculum.
  2. Develop strong working relationships with faculty.
  3. Proven effectiveness in delivering information literacy instruction in face to face and online classrooms.
  4. Create tutorials to aid students in completing library research.
  5. Provides student centered reference services.
  6. May assist with collection development in assigned subject areas.

Essential Job Requirements:


  • MLIS from an ALA accredited school required
  • Second master's degree or undergraduate degree in social work or health sciences preferred


  • Experience in planning and executing information literacy instruction to library users in an academic library setting required.
  • Familiarity with online library resources, with an emphasis on Health Science and Social Work resources preferred.


  • Initiative to experiment and deliver new instructional services in the library.
  • A collaborative disposition. Willingness to work with library colleagues in a rapidly changing information environment. Ability to work collaboratively with other campus departments and individuals.
  • Dedication to teamwork. We are a small department where each person contributes unique talents to the whole. Flexibility and acceptance of change are necessary.
  • Communicates effectively to student patrons, co-workers, and the campus community both orally and in writing.
  • Versatile and imaginative librarian who can develop and deliver appropriate information literacy instruction with a keen awareness of new technologies

Physical Requirements: Using a podium to deliver instruction; sitting or standing at desk to assist students; moving about campus; lifting books and pushing book carts; extensive use of computers and other technology

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
Application Note: 

Please send resume with cover letter and contact information for three references including name, telephone and email address.

Application Contact: 
Human Resources
Apply To: 
Aurora University
347 S. Gladstone Avenue Attn: Human Resources
Aurora , IL 60506
Phone: 630-844-5493
Fax: 630-844-5650
41° 45' 17.7156" N, 88° 20' 51.702" W