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Employment Opportunity

Position: Professor of Reference Librarian - Los Banos Campus
$50,339 - 68,746 (additional compensation for doctorate)
Closing Date:
April 18, 2013
Beginning Date:
August 8, 2013

Minimum Qualification


  • Masterís degree in Library Science, Library and Information Science OR the equivalent. 
  • Knowledge of community college library standards and procedures including planning and implementing library instruction sessions.
  • Working knowledge of standard types of electronic subscription databases. 
  • Technology and/or reference experience relevant to academic libraries.
  • Candidate must have sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.


  • Ability to work constructively both independently and in cooperation with colleagues and users in a service-oriented environment.
  • Organizational, problem-solving, and communication skills.
  • Ability to use available technologies as a teaching and/or student service tool.
  • Ability to use electronic resources and/or emerging library technologies including library uses for social networking applications.
  • Current technology skills related to teaching in the discipline and a willingness to pursue future technological developments.
  • Willingness to travel between campuses.

General Description:   This is a full-time tenure track assignment at the Los Banos Campus under the general supervision of the Dean of the Los Banos Campus and in collaboration with the Director of the Learning Resource Center.  The Librarian will be responsible for a full range of professional duties including: providing reference services, collection development in collaboration with instructional departments, using and instructing in the use of information technologies, developing instructional materials, working collaboratively with diverse range of individuals, performing additional public services as assigned, including possible night and weekend service.

Essential Functions:  

  • Work with the library and college community to implement and promote use of library services
  • Provide library orientations, tours, and other library instruction sessions
  • Provide reference service several hours per week at Library Reference Desk
  • Work collaboratively with library faculty to develop, measure, assess, and revise reference and library instruction student learning outcomes
  • Assist in developing and maintaining a reference and information services web page
  • Assist in developing and maintaining information and reference resources including electronic resources such as digital videos, webcasts, and podcasts
  • Work with the library and college community to implement and promote use of library resources, including electronic resources, and to solicit input from instructional faculty on issues regarding electronic resources and collection development
  • Coordinate with the LRC Director and other faculty librarians in planning and implementing and revising library services district-wide
  • Evaluate and assess use of resources working with library
  • Participate in off-campus conferences and professional activities related to the responsibilities of the position
  • Participate in library and college activities, including serving on library and college committees and attending Los Banos Campus area meetings
  • Participate in continuing education, professional associations, and/or research
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Work nights and weekends as needed

Los Banos Campus:  The Los Banos Campus of the Merced Community College District is a full service college center located approximately forty miles west of Merced.  Approximately 150 classes are taught each semester, ranging from developmental to transfer level coursework. The campus enrolls about 2,000 students from the western side of Merced County. There are 17 full time professors and approximately 40 adjunct faculty members.

How to Apply:   All applicants must provide the following items by the closing date in order to be considered for this recruitment.  If materials are emailed or faxed in order to meet the deadline, it is the responsibility of the candidate to send originals immediately.  Email to:, Fax 209-384-6103

1.  Obtain application from the Office of Human Resources or download from the Application Section below and complete the entire form.
2.  Letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position
3.  Resume
4.  3 letters of recommendation (signed and dated within the last 2 years)
 Copies of transcripts (undergraduate/graduate), official copies are not required unless applicant is hired

It is the applicantís responsibility to ensure that all required materials are in the Human Resources Office on the filing deadline.  Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

All materials submitted in your application file become District property and will not be returned to you. Please mail to:

Sue Miller, Merced College, Office of Human Resources, 3600 M Street, Merced, CA  95348-2898

Individuals with disabilities may request any needed accommodation to participate in the application process. Please submit your request with your application to the Human Resources Office.

Interview Information: Those applicants deemed most qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a screening committee which includes a 15-minute teaching demonstration on a selected topic.   Finalist interviews with district administrators will follow the next day.  A limited number of candidates will be invited to interviews.  Expenses for travel and accommodations will be the responsibility of the candidates.

Applications for Download

Academic or Administrative Service Application

Word Document [226k] - This application may be downloaded, saved to disk, and filled out using Microsoft Word 97 or higher. You may navigate the application blank by tabbing from field to field or pointing and clicking with the mouse. The blanks where information is to be filled in are non-printing characters. If there are additional pages in your application because of the information you included, that is OK. Merced College and the eight other colleges will accept your document as it prints.

PDF Format [62k] - This application may be printed and filled out using pen or a typewriter.

Employee Benefits: The District’s pays (with small contribution from employee) health, prescription, vision and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents. Life and income protection insurance premiums are provided for the employee only, as well as paid vacation, sick leave and holidays.

Condition of Employment: The selected candidate must be fingerprinted and tested for tuberculosis at his/her own expense prior to the start of employment. The Immigration Reform Act of 1986 requires verification of the right to work in the United States. Applicant must be able to perform essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. All faculty members, as a condition of employment, must become members of Merced College Faculty Association (MCFA) or pay a representation fee in an equal amount to a charity agreeable to MCFA. All offers of employment are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.