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Reference & Instruction Librarian, Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Department: Annenberg Library
Reports to: Director of Library
FLSA: Full time, Non-Exempt, Benefit-Eligible, May-August
Salary: $50,000
Effective Date: August 1st, 2019

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for the implementation of information literacy across the college in order to raise the graduation rate and retention, promote student success, and encourage lifelong learning. Provides reference services to the larger PMC community, including students, faculty, and staff. This position is responsible for developing, implementing, and assessing library instruction, classes, and workshops. The Information Literacy Librarian manages the library's databases, e-resources, collection development, and research guides. The Information Literacy Librarian serves as one of the Library's primary representatives within the community, and serves an essential role as representative to the Minuteman Library Network (MLN) Academic Group.

Position Scope:
Reference Services:

  • Supervises all reference services and activities
  • Assists students throughout the research process including:
    • Source evaluation
    • Development of critical thinking skills
    • Topic development
    •  Use of print and electronic resources
  • Offers traditional and electronic reference services to students, staff, and faculty including extended one-to-one research consultation meetings
  • Manages the selection and evaluation of databases and electronic resources with Library Director
  • Maintains library databases- communicating with MLN contacts as well as vendors (Ebscohost, WALDO, others) regarding technical requirements for access and updates
  • Oversees collection development
  • Trains Library Assistant staff in reference protocol, collection development, and research guide creation

Instructional Services:

  •     Develops and teaches library instruction courses including:
    • Development of bibliographic instruction materials, in both print and electronic formats
    • Working directly with Faculty to develop course-specific instructional programming
    • Development of assessment methods to improve instructional programming
    • Currently averages 40-50 classes per academic year
  • Administrates the 'LibGuides' research guide content management system
  • Manages existing initiatives and develops new ideas for promoting, imbedding, and scaffolding information literacy across student's curriculum and college experience
  • Develop and cultivate new and existing relationships with faculty


  •     Serves on committees and task forces as assigned, interested, or elected
  •     Manages and maintains library website in collaboration with other library staff
  •     Participates in MLN interest groups, as relevant
  •     Other related duties and responsibilities as required

    Required Qualifications:

  •     MLIS required
  •     2-3 years' library experience, at least 1 of those years in management/supervision of library staff
  •     Experience instructing students and researchers in the use of information resources
  •     Experience with collection development
  •     Experience working in partnerships with faculty and academic departments
  •     Experience with content management system and back end electronic resources management
  •     Experience working with patrons from diverse backgrounds, many of whom are first in their families to attend college and/or international students

  Preferred Qualifications:

  •     Familiarity with Sierra ILS
  •     Experience in assessment, compiling usage statistics and tracking common reference queries
  •     Interpersonal skills, effective problem solving, analytical, and organizational skills
  •     Understanding of major issues facing higher education in general and academic libraries in particular
  •     Knowledge of new directions and technologies in libraries
  •     Basic coding knowledge (HTML, CSS)

Position Specifics:

This position is a 10-month contract from August to May of each year, June-July off.

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume with job title in the subject line to Mackenzie Davison,

Special Requirements:

Selected candidate will be subject to a Personal and Criminal background check prior to employment.

Pine Manor College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to being the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay, and do their best work.

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