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Lake Erie College, a small, co-educational, four-year, independent liberal arts college located in Painesville, OH, 30 miles east of Cleveland, invites applications for the full-time position of assistant librarian. The assistant librarian will provide a broad range of library services--including instruction, reference work, and circulation services--to a diverse community of users in support of the College's curriculum and the Library’s mission.


  • Provides general information services (i.e. printing, room reservation, reserves, etc.) at the front desk for students, faculty, and staff for a major portion of the workday.

  • Designs the plans for instructional sessions and teaches the sessions to acquaint students with library resources and search skills in order to support academic learning.

  • Communicates with faculty for scheduling and tailoring sessions to course needs.

  • Contributes to the design and implementation of library learning objectives and assessment initiatives.

  • Creates and updates online learning objects such as specialized research guides, multimedia tutorials, and libguides.

  • Understands and navigates the library’s resources and provides individual research assistance

  • Performs readers’ advisory for the campus community.

  • Generally promotes library services and effective use of resources. Manages the circulation desk and its implements.

  • Assists the director with student worker orientation, training, and supervision.

  • Participates in at least one professional development activity per semester in order to stay current on the trends in the field.

  • Participates in campus activities representing the library in coordination with the director.


  • Bachelor’s degree in library and information science, education or a related discipline. While MLIS is preferred, candidates with other relevant work experiences will be considered.

  • Demonstrated experience in and strong commitment to information literacy instruction and demonstrated aptitude for face-to-face instruction, whether in a group or one-on-one setting.

  • Ability to provide individual research assistance and instruction.

  • Demonstrated expertise in database searching and information retrieval. 

  • Familiarity with current trends and issues in information literacy training and critical thinking skills training.

  • Excellent oral, written, and listening skills. 

  • Proficiency with common software like MS Office.

  • Ability to build strategic alliances both within and across disciplines, and within and outside of the College.

  • Familiarity with LibGuides, LMS systems, and/or similar products.

  • Experience with automated library systems such as Innovative Interfaces’ Sierra.

  • Ability to adapt to and master new software, emerging technology, and changing library needs.

  • Experience in an academic library and interest in many facets of its workings.

  • Possesses a service mentality that is deeply rooted in core ethics of librarianship and will serve to the highest standards of the industry.

  • Must be willing to learn on the job and pursue professional development activities in order to keep up with the current developments of the field and to offer the best possible support and services to the students of the College.