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Hartwick College – Reference & Instruction Librarian

Reference Librarian and Coordinator of Instructional Services

Description: The Stevens-German Library at Hartwick College seeks collegial, service-oriented applicants for the position of Reference Librarian and Coordinator of Instructional Services. The position combines responsibilities for assisting students and faculty in conducting research with significant involvement in the college’s efforts to ensure that its students are skilled in the retrieval, assessment, and application of information. The holder of the position will report to the Head of Public Services.

As a reference librarian, duties will include:

  • Providing research assistance to students and faculty at the reference desk (including rotating evening and weekend duty) and by appointment
  • Collaborating in the development, management, and presentation of the library’s online information resources
  • Serving as a liaison to select academic departments
  • Participation in formulating service strategies and policies, including consideration of evolving telecommunications platforms, course management systems, and distance learning programs

As the library’s coordinator of information literacy initiatives, duties will include:

  • Significant involvement in planning, implementing, and assessing a college-wide, interdisciplinary information literacy program
  • Cooperative scheduling of librarians’ provision of instruction sessions to classes
  • Direct provision of instruction sessions to some classes

Required Qualifications: Master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association; experience or relevant coursework in reference services; substantial experience using and interpreting a wide range of print and online information resources; ability to articulate contemporary approaches to information literacy, and contribute to discussions critically examining its role in the liberal arts curriculum; excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to work with faculty, students, and colleagues throughout the library with a cooperative spirit; flexibility in addressing issues and exigencies associated with the position’s responsibilities; appreciation of the nature and benefits of liberal arts education.

Preferred qualifications: Experience providing reference service or information literacy instruction in an academic library.

An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,500 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority. Located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, NY, near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the College recently initiated its Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum and aspires to “be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning.”

Hartwick College is committed to provide a safe and secure educational environment. As such, employment at Hartwick College is contingent upon a successful background check on every new employee. Candidates to whom an offer of employment is made will be required to sign a Release of Information Form authorizing the College to conduct a thorough background check.

Hartwick offers health benefits to domestic partners of employees, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression. Hartwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references in one document (pdf or MS Word preferred) to Kimberley Lindsley, Human Resources Coordinator, at Applications may also be mailed to The Office of Human Resources, Hartwick College, P.O. Box 4020, Oneonta, NY 13820 or faxed to 607-431-4329. Applications received by July 10, 2013 will receive first consideration.

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