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Senior Assistant Librarian Job Placement - Uganda Christian University (UCU)

Organisation: Uganda Christian University (UCU)
Duty Station:  Mukono, Uganda
Reports to: Deputy University Librarian

About US:
Uganda Christian University was founded when the historic Bishop Tucker Theological College was promoted as a university in 1997. Bishop Tucker Theological College trained clergy and educators during its 84-year history from 1913-1997. The local chief, Hamu Mukasa, granted land for the college to operate in Mukono. International partnerships were part of the College’s missionary history. The Church Mission Society teamed with Ugandan leaders and others to assure the College had the necessary intellectual and other capital. By the late 1990s, the Church of Uganda sought to have a broader impact on society through the higher education - not only of clergy but of other professionals as well. Uganda Christian University was established in 1997.

Job Summary:  The Senior Assistant Librarian provides reference services, attending to quick queries of library users at the Front Desk, and serves as a PR focal point of the Library. The Reference Librarian shall sit at the Reference Desk, to provide reference services via telephone, email, texts, chat and/ or any other social media services analyze information requests to determine which materials will best meet that researchers’ needs. He/she is expected to support discovery, research, learning, and engagement through the delivery of a range of library services designed to maximize the benefits of relevant scholarly information resources and services.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Develops strong liaison relationships with faculty in assigned discipline areas.
  • Provides research assistance and consultations to the UCU community in-person, via telephone, email, chat, and other means. This includes instruction in the use of resources and guidance in developing critical thinking, the research process and strategies.
  • Provides guidance and training in the ethical use of information in research, including, referencing, and avoiding plagiarism and respect of copyrighted materials.
  • Manages the dissertations and theses collection. Also, may assume collection development responsibilities for other collections as assigned. Partners with faculty to build and regularly evaluate the collection.
  • Creates and maintains library, and subject-specific research guides. For example, oversees development of content for web-based subject guides in assigned areas, and develops course guides where needed for specific classes.
  • Promotes digital literacy and participates in training the use of digital resources.
  • Performs descriptive cataloguing of dissertations and theses.
  • Coordinates the Research Services and librarians in the Library. May supervise subordinate staff.
  • Serves as a Christian role model to students by actions, words and lifestyle.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned based on the Library needs, interests, and expertise.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The Senior Assistant Librarian must hold a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science degree or its equivalent with a strong research component is equally acceptable from a recognized institution of higher education with at least 2 years experience working in an academic library.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of journals, bibliographic and citation databases
  • Demonstrated experience in library services, providing instruction and training of others in the use of research tools, or support for collaborative working spaces
Minimum requirements and additional knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • A Bachelor's degree in Library and Information Science from a recognized institution of higher education with at least 5years experience working in an academic library.
  • Familiarity with referencing styles, referencing tools and methods of avoiding plagiarism.
  • Experience providing research assistance, conducting online searches across multiple resources/platforms using advanced searching techniques.
  • Strong interpersonal skills in relationship building, outreach, cooperation building, and collaboration across diverse groups of users.

How to Apply:
All qualified candidates should send two (2) copies of an application letter clearly demonstrating suitability together with updated Curriculum Vita and three references. Please attach copies of academic and professional certificates and transcripts on each application. Send to:

The Director, Human Resource & Administration,
Uganda Christian University,
Pilkington Building,
P.O. Box 4, Mukono, Uganda

Email to: jobs@ucu.ac.ug

NB: All online applications must be sent in one PDF attachment.

Deadline: 20th July 2018 by 5:00 pm

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