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Head of Reference


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Northwestern State University libraries is looking for a full time, tenure track, librarian to serve as head of reference division. This person will be responsible for providing reference services and supervising circulation, shelving, government documents and interlibrary loan.

This person must demonstrate strong organizational and leadership commitment to the library mission and improvement of public services.  Candidate must have excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal and communication skills with proven experience in working with students, faculty and staff.  Incumbent must have the ability to balance competing priorities, and  work creatively and effectively both independently and as a member of the library team.

This is a tenure track 12-month, 40 hours a week position at the rank of assistant professor. Salary is $50,000.

Please send a letter of application, resume, and the names and contact information for three references to Abbie Landry, Director of Libraries, Eugene P. Watson Memorial Library, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Natchitoches, LA 71497 or email


  • MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program
  • Minimum 3 to 5 years of experience working in public services
  • Ability to supervise, train, and evaluate personnel
  • Schedule night and weekend hours for the library
  • Work nights and weekends as needed
  • Solid technology background, including Microsoft Office Suite software
  • Familiarity with trends in delivery of electronic information
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other library departments
  • Strong analytical and decision making skills
  • Positive customer service orientation
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Project management experience
  • Able to perform research and publications to achieve tenure
  • Willing to serve on library and university committees
  • Ability to perform other duties as required


  • Experience in administering a reference department in an academic library
  • Experience with selective government documents depository
  • Knowledge of SirsiDynix Workflows

DESCRIPTION OF THE WATSON LIBRARY:  The library has a total of 21 staff members including 5 tenure-track faculty employees and 5 library associates.  The library has an online catalog and participates in a statewide consortium, LOUIS.  The collection includes more than 350,000 bound volumes, over 480,000 government documents, and more than 650,000 microform equivalents.  The building, completed and occupied in 1972, consists of three floors with about 94,000 square feet of space. 

Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, and veteran or retirement status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (i.e., Title IX):  

Employees/Potential Employees - Veronica M. Biscoe, EEO Officer (318-357-6359)

Students - Frances Conine, Dean of Students (318-357-5286) 

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns, contact the Disability Support and Tutoring Director, Catherine Faucheaux, at 318-357-4460.