DATE ENTERED: November 17, 2020
POSITION: Reference and Online Learning Librarian
LOCATION: Shenandoah University, VA
APPLY BY: No date specified

Reference and Online Learning Librarian

Shenandoah University is accepting applications for a Reference and Online Learning Librarian to join the staff of the Alson H. Smith, Jr. Library. The Reference and Online Learning Librarian position is a crucial link between traditional library instruction and in-person services and delivering library instruction using effective digital pedagogy and robust online library services.  This is a full time, 12-month benefited position.

This position will be located on Shenandoah’s main campus in Winchester, VA. The University also has instructional locations at the Winchester Medical Center, and in Leesburg and Fairfax, VA. The University Library supports academic degrees at each of those locations and various online programs and courses.


  • Design and assess innovative online learning modules and tutorials for incorporation into the library’s website, Library Guides (Springshare LibGuides), and the campus online learning platform (Canvas) with an eye toward transformational learning.
  • With an emphasis on web-based instruction, this position is a member of the library instruction team.
  • Collaborate with librarians, faculty, student support services, instructional designers, writing and quantitative skills tutors, and other campus partners to support student learning.
  • Coordinate and provide input to maintain and improve the Library web site and related library web services and social media accounts, including regularly evaluating new library tutorials and other tools and products.
  • Oversee, which includes assessing and scheduling, the library chat service.
  • Promote the use and creation of Open Educational Resources (OER).
  • Promote the use of online library collections and services to the University community.
  • Participate in online and in-person reference service on a rotation schedule. Some weekend and evening work possible.


Required Skills

  • Knowledge of pedagogical trends and techniques in information literacy instruction and online learning, including knowledge of learning management systems and video creation and editing.
  • Expertise in providing reference services and information literacy instruction in various formats (in-person, online, synchronous, and asynchronous).
  • Familiarity with principles of universal design and accessibility best practices.



  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library/information science.
  • At least three years of experience in an academic library setting with an emphasis on online learning.
  • Experience with commonly used academic technologies, course management systems, and e-learning tools (LibGuides, Canvas, Camtasia, etc.)


  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills, as well as communication, presentation, and technology skills.
  • Awareness of and ability to adapt to current trends in library and information systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, collaboratively, and creatively in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Strong service orientation.
  • Ability to work with and respond to a diverse community in a professional, helpful, and respectful manner.

Librarians at Shenandoah University are faculty members and are expected to meet university requirements for scholarship and service. Librarians are expected to apply for a Career Contract following a five-year probationary period. This position reports to the Director of University Libraries.

Shenandoah University is committed to enriching its educational experience and culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

Complete application submissions will include a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references.

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a qualified candidate is selected. A pre-employment background check will be required. If the job requires driving for University business, a satisfactory driving record will also be required.

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