Reference Librarian | Kankakee Community College

Posted on Jun 22, 2020

Kankakee Community College is seeking a Reference Librarian who would be responsible for public reference services, information literacy instruction and orientations, and collection development.

A. Provides information literacy instruction and reference services via both in-person and online formats.  Provides classroom instruction and orientations as well as group training for faculty.  Provides one-on-one assistance, instruction, and reference services to students, faculty, staff and residents of District 520 by staffing reference desk and answering online chat questions.

B. Creates online instructional materials, such as LibGuides, tutorials, and videos, in collaboration with faculty to address specific assignments or information literacy skills.  Ensures instructional materials meet accessibility, universal design, and equity, diversity and inclusion best practice guidelines.

C. Participates in library collection development activities for books, serials, reference, media, electronic, and other material formats in collaboration with the director, faculty, and staff.

D. Assists with all library functions and services, including the areas of acquisitions, serials management, circulation, reserves, collection development, cataloging, material review, library statistics, physical space arrangement, reference services, web services, interlibrary loan, individual and group instruction, and library tours; conforms to institutional policies and procedures; and assists and/or organizes library outreach services, programs, marketing, and events. 

E. Assists with occasional original cataloging and serves as back up circulation desk staff.

F. Collaborates with KCC faculty and staff, including service on campus-wide committees and attendance at division meetings.  Works with the director and tutoring services staff on workshops and training.

G. Keeps current on research and technologies; networks with other libraries and professional organizations such as NILRC, KALA and CARLI.

H. Assists with background research and literature review work for campus committees or other college initiatives.

I. Maintains appropriate records and reports on library resources, service utilization and effectiveness, including conducting regular surveys and gathering usage statistics.

J. Assists with marketing and awareness of library resources and services, including writing informational articles and emails and designing print flyers, posters, etc.

K. Assists with maintenance of the library webpage, and library presence in the internal portal and the learning management system.

L. Assists in development/revision of library policies, procedures, mission, and goals.


A. Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) from an ALA-accredited program or pursuing MLS and nearing completion required.

B. At least three to five years of related work experience required.  Academic library experience preferred.

C. Collection development experience in a variety of subjects desirable.

D. Computer experience using Microsoft Office or comparable applications; Springshare software (LibGuides, LibAnswers, etc.); video recording/editing software; poster/flier design software required.  Experience with HTML, CSS, Javascript, and/or Bootstrap programming preferred. Experience with learning management software preferred.

E. Experience with electronic information retrieval systems, academic databases, and automated library systems required.  ALMA experience preferred.

F. Excellent oral and written communication skills required.  Ability to communicate in other languages desirable.


Kankakee Community College
100 College Dr
Kankakee, IL 60901
United States

How to apply

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Include an unofficial transcript of your MLS degree or showing near completion. 

KCC is an equal opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.  Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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