University Librarian I

Payroll Title: UCP V
Class Code: 0541-09085
Job Family: LIB
FLSA Code: E
Score: 504


Under the general supervision of designated department head or more experienced librarian, performs a variety of professional library duties, in an academic research library, which require a basic theoretical understanding of libraries, their organization and operation, and the ability to interpret and apply library principles and theories, as required to carry out assigned duties.


In whichever unit a librarian may be assigned, he/she may generally be responsible for any number of the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Acquires and maintains a thorough knowledge of the research, teaching, and learning needs of various University constituents, identifying the most effective methods of providing library services.
  2. Actively participates in working groups, teams, and/or committees.
  3. Initiates and maintains business relationships with publishers and/or book, software, hardware, or electronic service vendors, both foreign or domestic, to negotiate, update, or cancel license and service agreements, discounts, subscriptions, approval plans, or standing orders; makes subsequent arrangements; follows up to resolve problems.
  4. Monitors and addresses issues regarding compliance with US copyright law, licenses, and Library and University policies for specified products and services, explains related issues to library users.
  5. Creates and maintains finding aids, service guide, usage instructions, and research tools.
  6. Defines, specifies, designs, installs, supports and /or maintains automated systems and other technologies to support library services and staff, using bibliographic, library-operation, and information-technology theories and principles for effective implementation.
  7. Works collaboratively with librarians at other UConn campuses and professional schools, consortia, and beyond to assure rich and diverse collections, resource sharing programs, and cooperative technology initiatives.
  8. Represents the Library effectively at the University and in the local community in the course of outreach services, teaching, committee service and collaborations.
  9. Performs curatorial duties for a specific collection, including selection and acquisition of books, electronic resources, serials and manuscript collections; may serves as primary contact with current and potential donors.
  10. Provides assistance to users in a variety of settings by assessing user’s information needs through use of formal interviewing techniques, then identifies appropriate resources and assists the user in selecting and using those resources.  Requires the ability to interpret subject content and a thorough understanding of the scope, authority, arrangement, and format of reference tools and online systems, bibliographic standards, collections, services, and technologies.
  11. Maintains and applies a thorough knowledge of and competency in the tools and skills of professional librarianship and the standards internal and external to the library that provides the basis for responding to queries, coordinating services, providing instruction, presenting material, organizing information, creating new resources or tools, or implementing and utilizing current and emerging technologies.  Maintains professional competencies; may necessitate participation in professional organizations at the regional and national level.
  12. Researches, selects, and maintains appropriate resources in a variety of formats and delivery models to support academic programs and university initiatives.
  13. Trains and assists library users in the use of electronic and print research tools at the point of need.
  14. Develops, presents, and assesses formal instructional programs and resources designed to teach information skills in classroom settings or as a part of individual learning, using appropriate technology.
  15. May supervise, train and/or prepare performance evaluations for professional staff, classified staff and/or student workers.
  16. Coordinates the formulation, management, and documentation of in-house and contractual cataloging and metadata standards, policies, workflows, and procedures and/or creates records in conformance with nationally accepted standards and current cataloging practices.
  17. Performs preservation efforts, to ensure enduring access to the full content of library resources over time.
  18. Assists in developing, implementing, and interpreting departmental and Library policies, procedures and documentation.
  19. Operates and/or trains staff in the use of automated library system(s), requiring a through knowledge of the organization of bibliographic data contained on the system as well as an ability to query and retrieve data from the system.
  20. Assists in evaluating new electronic resources or systems under consideration by preparing specifications, attending demonstrations and/or providing input.
  21. Resolves difficult problems methods, procedures, principles, or theories related to professional librarianship.
  22. Applies knowledge of a related academic discipline (e.g. administration theory, archival management, history, law, medicine, the arts, or technology) to administration, provision and/or development of special programs or services.
  23. Acquires, applies and maintains competency with relevant and emerging technology as required.
  24. Provides administrative or technical leadership for a specific service, collection, project, or library unit. This may include preparing budget requests for assigned services, programs and/or resources, with responsibility to monitor and/or authorize expenditures within approved budget limits and keep accurate fiscal records.
  25. Assists in the preparation, monitoring and retention of grants, budgets, reports, long-term plans, files and records, and/or statistical data related to library operations.


  1. A graduate degree in Library and Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association, Bachelors degree or advanced degree in subject area may also be required for specialized work
  2. Work experience in a library setting
  3. Demonstrated working knowledge of current technology, software, and automated library systems
  4. Demonstrated leadership and communication skills
  5. Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills with ability to think strategically, be forward thinking, and embrace change
  6. Demonstrated experience working in a team environment
  7. Willingness to travel and work a flexible schedule


  1. Background in specialized area (ex. Music)
  2. Supervisory experience
  3. Knowledge of a foreign language
  4. Experience with instructing individuals or groups


Revised: 10/05/08