Reference Librarian

Posted on January 4, 2024
AFT Washington
Yakima Valley College
 - $ 
 per year
Yakima, WA
Applications accepted until position filled
Type: Full-Time
Salary: $75,998.00 – $83,956.00 Annually
Posted: 12/20/2023
Category: Library and Information Science


Are you passionate about increasing student success? Do you want to work side by side with colleagues who are leading the national conversation on increasing retention and completion? If these questions resonate with you, then we invite you to consider joining the faculty ranks at Yakima Valley College (YVC), an innovative and equity-focused designated Hispanic­ serving institution dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals.

Our Mission Statement:

As a federally designated Hispanic-serving Institution residing on the traditional homelands of the 14 Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Yakima Valley College cultivates equity and a culture of innovative and inclusive teaching and learning.

Yakima Valley College serves all students holistically, supports all students’ learning goals, and fosters achievement within career and educational pathways.

We strengthen our communities by providing opportunities for personal enrichment, economic mobility, and sociocultural engagement.

Yakima Valley College seeks an innovative full-time Reference Librarian in the Instruction and Student Services Division Library and Media Services, who are active and accomplished in their discipline, who has a record of successful teaching or related experience, and who is committed to community college students and their success. This is a full-time, faculty (non-tenured) position, with an anticipated start date of January 2nd, 2024.

Reporting to the Director – Library and Media Services, the Reference Librarian will be committed to community college students and their success. The Reference Librarian applicant will be accomplished and active in their discipline, committed to participating in a multicultural, interdisciplinary learning environment, and skilled in the technology of learning and research .

Essential Tasks


  • Understanding of and commitment to the mission and educational role of a community college
  • Basic reference sources, electronic information resources and systems, and electronic databases
  • Privacy laws, copyright laws, regulations, policies, and ethics regarding libraries and materials


  • Demonstrate an understanding and an appreciation of the wide variety of cultural and ethnic differences within a college community which may include participation in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training
  • Provide Reference Service and instruction in the use of print and electronic resources to students, faculty, staff, and the community.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Provide customer service to students, faculty and college employees concerning Library and Media services
  • Work as a member of a team with the goal of excellence in student support
  • Collaborate with college faculty, campus departments and programs
  • Work with non-traditional patrons


  • ALA – Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS, MSLS, MLIS) or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution


  • College-level teaching experience or equivalent teaching experience
  • Experience with library management system
  • Ability to use and apply information technologies and delivery systems in developing information skills among users
  • Experience in an academic library environment or equivalent
  • Bilingual in Spanish (or willingness to learn) and English
  • Lifelong learner.



  • Provide reference and instructional services to students, staff, and the community-at-large that include (a) developing and maintaining the circulating, reference, and online collections and services; (b) teaching in a variety of instructional contexts, including specialized class presentations and workshops, library orientations and tutorials, and on-line curricula; (c) providing reference services to remote users, including elearning and students at our Grandview campus; and (d) participating in the continuing development of the library web site
  • Plan, initiate and implement effective culturally responsive strategies for creating an equitable learning environment for students from diverse backgrounds/educational preparation
  • Design and update guides (online/electronic and print) to improve access and use of the information including, but not limited to, the navigation of databases, subject and course-specific guides.
  • Develop, teach, and assess information literacy in various environments at various college locations including Canvas and one-time visits with classes or online presentations.
  • Assist faculty with the integration of library research and information retrieval skills in their courses both face-to-face and in the course management system
  • Assist in collection development management by reviewing, evaluating, and recommending new materials as well as evaluating and weeding materials (print and electronic)
  • Provide reference assistance according to an established schedule that may include evenings and weekends
  • Promote information services and information literacy instruction to the college community.
  • Collaborate with classroom faculty to provide resource-based library and information literacy
  • instruction
  • Work with other YVC librarians to ensure that reference, instruction, information literacy, and collection development activities are coordinated
  • Be culturally aware and responsive to community

Supplemental Information

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: To apply for this position, you MUST submit a complete YVC Online Employment Application, and include the following

REQUIRED attachments:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (a generic cover letter will not be accepted)
  • A current resume ( a resume will not substitute for the “work experience” section of the online application)
  • Three (3) professional references (personal references do not count as professional)
  • Unofficial transcripts for confirmation of degree (if minimum qualifications require a degree). The successful candidate will be required to submit official transcripts at time of hire
  • Certifications/Credentials as required for fulfillment of the minimum qualifications
About the employer: Yakima Valley College

As a federally designated Hispanic-serving Institution residing on the traditional homelands of the 14 Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Yakima Valley College cultivates equity and a culture of innovative and inclusive teaching and learning. We strengthen our communities by providing opportunities for personal enrichment, economic mobility, and sociocultural engagement.

About your union: AFT Washington

AFT Washington is a state federation affiliated with the 1.6 million American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. We represent about 6,500 members including faculty from the community and technical colleges and pre-K through 12 classified employees. We also jointly represent professors at Eastern, Central, and Western Washington universities and The Evergreen College with the Washington Education Association. The mission of AFT Washington is to voice the ideals of our locals and members for workplace fairness and social justice while strengthening and focusing their collective power to attain those ideals.

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