Info.  Literacy Lib. and University Archivist- 7/1/24 start

Info. Literacy Lib. and University Archivist- 7/1/24 start

locationReading, PA 19601, USA
PublishedPublished: 2/23/2024
Full Time

About Alvernia University 

Alvernia University was founded in 1958 by the Bernardine Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. Through its main campus in Reading and locations in Philadelphia and Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, the university serves 3,000 students of diverse backgrounds from around the country. 

Alvernia offers a unique blend of rigorous liberal arts core education for the development of the mind, strong technical training in many high-demand majors, experiential learning through study abroad and internship experiences, and engagement with the community through our Franciscan-based community service model. We call our model of transformational education the Alvernia Advantage, and we believe this style of education transforms students into ethical leaders with moral courage. 

Alvernia University ranks in the top 100 among 2021 Best Regional Universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report, and we are recognized as a College of Distinction for our commitment to engaged experiential education. 

Job Summary: 

Responsible for the planning, coordination, and supervision of the following major library activities: information literacy instruction and tools, research services, and University Archives & Special Collections.  Participates in library assessment planning and data collection.  With other professional staff, sets library-wide policies, determines library directions, and develops appropriate performance measures. 

Essential Functions: 

  • Promote Franciscan ideals and adherence to the Mission of the University as demonstrated by the University Ideal Characteristics.  As we are an equal opportunity employer committed to Franciscan values, all employees share responsibility for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the performance of their roles while demonstrating: service orientation, respect for all, intellectual curiosity, solution focus and innovation, and mutual accountability. 
  • Lead, present, and coordinate library information literacy instruction.  Work with faculty to provide information literacy sessions. 
  • Manage access, collections processing, arrangement and description, preservation, accessioning, and disposition for the University Archives & Special Collections.  
  • Participate in library assessment activities including planning, measurement, and analysis of data.  Evaluates the effectiveness of library resources and services assessment and provides recommendations. 
  • Participate in digital and print collection development activities, and act as library liaison with the faculty in assigned academic areas. 
  •  Lead reference staffing and tracking. Provide reference assistance to students, faculty, staff and community patrons.   
  • Develop, update, and publish information literacy guides and other resources in all formats for the Franco Library. 

Additional Responsibilities: 

  • Train and manage a graduate assistant to populate and monitor all aspects of the library’s social media presence. 
  •  Hire, train and supervise the library’s Graduate Assistants. . 
  • Maintain the reference collection. 
  • Assist with technical services operations. 
  • Manage database maintenance, database contract negotiations, and annual subscription renewals. 
  • Educate and assist faculty with Open Educational Resources (OER).  
  • Engage with the university community through committee work, displays, service activities, etc.  
  • Create and maintain library’s information literacy video collection.  


  • Commitment to the mission statement, core values and goals of Alvernia University. 
  • A master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution. 
  • Academic library experience in reference services, information literacy instruction, archival science, and library assessment and data collection. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff; utilizes excellent communication and customer service skills.  
  • Ability to adapt and lead in a changing library environment. 
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently. 
  • Ability to effectively supervise student workers. 

Physical Requirements: 

  • Attendance is required in order to perform the duties of this job.  
  •  Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer. 
  •  Must be able to lift 15 pounds at times.