Part Time Temporary Reference Librarian, University of San Diego

Posting #: 4287
Position Status: Part-time temporary
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Staff, Copley Library

Department Description:

The Helen K. and James S. Copley Library, located on the west end of the campus, currently houses over 500,000 volumes. Collections include books, journals, reference works, databases, government documents, newspapers and electronic journals in many languages, as well as maps, videos, sound recordings, microforms and rare books.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

This is a part-time temporary, non-benefit based position with an anticipated end date of May 24, 2023.

Copley Library seeks a part-time temporary reference librarian to provide reference services to USD students, faculty, and staff.  The part-time reference librarian will be responsible for providing both in-person and online reference assistance during assigned shifts at the reference services desk. This is an hourly position with the possibility of a maximum of 15 hours per week. This position reports directly to the Head of Reference Services.

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library science, OR library and information science.
  • Experience providing reference services in an academic, public, or special library.
  • Recent graduates are welcome to apply.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience providing virtual reference services via chat, email, and other methods.
  • Experience using the LibAnswers online reference services platform.

Posting Salary:

$22 per hour

Special Application Instructions:

Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at

Additional Details:

Schedule: This position will include a weekly Sunday shift. Additional day or evening shifts will be assigned depending on reference scheduling needs. Preference will be given to applicants with flexible scheduling availability.
Hours: 15 hours per week
Closing date: Open until filled
Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

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