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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.