Reference/First-Year Outreach Librarian


Williams Libraries seeks a highly-motivated, creative, tech-savvy, user-centered individual to work in Research Services as the Reference/First-Year Outreach Librarian. This newly-defined position was created to meet the library’s priority of expanding and strengthening outreach to first-year students. This is a full-time (37.5 hours per week), year-round, regular appointment, reporting to the Head of Research Services and Library Outreach.

Williams College
Williamstown, MA
Application Deadline: 
For optimal consideration, April 10, 2017
More Information: 

The Research Services department is dedicated to innovation, creativity, and pro-active, user-driven services. We value collegiality, collaboration, and working one-on-one with students and faculty. We believe in meeting students where they are in their information-seeking journey and helping them grow and develop into information-literate citizens.

Position ID:  301340


The successful candidate will be a self-starter who:

  • Shares our passion for reference and instruction

  • Enjoys meeting new people, making connections, and promoting the value of the library

  • Embraces our commitment to active learning pedagogy

  • Thrives in a small, relationship-driven academic environment


  • Expand and enhance library outreach to first-year students, which includes:

    • Organizing orientation programs

    • Developing and implementing additional programming

    • Creating promotional materials (print, film, and online)

  • Build and maintain relationships with campus partners in the Davis Center and the Dean’s Office to engage with first-generation students and students from underrepresented groups

  • Serve as collection and instruction librarian for Africana Studies, Environmental Studies, Justice & Law, and Political Science

  • Provide general reference and instruction services for the social sciences and humanities

  • Manage the social media presence of Research Services


  • MLS (or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited institution. Early career librarians are encouraged to apply.

  • General subject knowledge in at least one of the subject areas of responsibility

  • Public service experience working in a library

  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented organization

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, time management, and presentation skills

  • Experience creating promotional materials

  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect, and inclusion

  • Some evening and weekend responsibilities are required


  • Experience providing reference services

  • Teaching experience and familiarity with information literacy concepts and trends

  • Marketing, graphic design, or digital media production experience

  • Experience with social media outreach

  • Academic library experience

  • Demonstrated experience in promoting diversity and engaging with underrepresented groups

To apply:

For optimal consideration, submit application by April 10, 2017. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Job Group ___.

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.

To apply for this position, please visit If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-4247 or email at

Please include the following in your application materials:

  • Cover letter: In addition to discussing your qualifications for the position, please address  how your education and/or experience will support our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

  • Resume

  • Names of three references

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.