University Librarian III

Payroll Title: UCP IX
Class Code: 0915-09089
Job Family: LIB
FLSA Code: E
Score: 634


Under the general direction of a designated department head, performs a variety of professional library duties, in an academic research library.  Requires comprehensive understanding of libraries, their organization and operation.  Demonstrates increasing mastery of one or more areas of librarianship and the consistent exercise of initiative, originality and judgment in interpreting and applying 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. Assumes responsibility for 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, 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; 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. Demonstrated ability to use the tools and standards, internal and external to the library, that provide the basis for responding to queries, coordinating services, organizing information, creating new resources or finding aids, or implementing new technologies.
  12. Researches, selects, and maintains appropriate resources in a variety of formats and delivery models to support academic programs and university initiatives, reviewing and evaluating the need, cost, availability, and ongoing usefulness, and requiring subject expertise and knowledge of user needs and the market. Aligning allocation of resources with institutional goals.
  13. Trains and assists library users in the use of electronic and print research tools, at 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. Supervises, trains and/or prepares 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 in conformance with nationally accepted standards and current cataloging practices.
  17. Leading and/or coordinating digital preservation efforts for the libraries that will ensure enduring access to the full content of digital resources over time.
  18. Plays a major role in developing, implementing, interpreting departmental policies and procedures and makes exceptions to established policies and procedures within acceptable library practice and principles.
  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. Evaluates new electronic resources or systems under consideration by preparing specifications, attending demonstrations and/or providing input.
  21. Resolves difficult problems associated with methods, procedures, principles, or theories related to professional librarianship.
  22. Applies knowledge of a related academic discipline ( e.g. administration theory, archival management, history, 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.
  25. Plays a major role in the preparation and monitoring of grants, budgets, reports, long-term plans, and statistical data related to library operations.
  26. Plays a major role in creation and maintenance of service desk policy and procedural documentation, developing, implementing, and interpreting departmental and library policies, procedures, and documentation.
  27. Demonstrates initiative through perception of critical needs and development of solutions; foster similar skills in less experienced staff.
  28. Works with acquisitions librarian and collection development team to manage the collections budget.


  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. Generally a minimum of six (6) years of related experience
  3. Work experience in a library setting
  4. Demonstrated working knowledge of current technology, software, and automated library systems
  5. Demonstrated leadership and excellent communication skills
  6. Experience managing a budget for a department, project, team or committee
  7. Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills with ability to think strategically, be forward thinking, and embrace change
  8. Demonstrated experience working in a team-based environment
  9. Evidence of sustained participation in professional development activities
  10. Experience managing a department, project or team
  11. 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