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    Posted: 14/Dec/2018 at 6:58pm
Amherst College invites applications for the position of research and instruction librarian. Amherst College is coeducational and one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country. Within the last decade, Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, sexuality and gender identity, and nationality. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst's students are Pell grant recipients; 45 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color; and 10 percent of our students are international students.

As part of a collaborative and dynamic team, the research and instruction librarian teaches in the library's program of course-integrated research instruction; builds relationships with faculty, students, and staff to support their information needs; serves as subject librarian for several departments, acting as research instructor, liaison, and selector; and provides general research help and guides library users in identifying, retrieving, and evaluating information in all formats.

Key Responsibilities

•     Creates responsive, disciplinary-specific research instruction for classes; teaches how to contextualize, find, and use information in a variety of settings; and supports students pursuing research projects.
•     Partners with the college's archives and special collections staff to teach with primary sources and integrate archival-research approaches into disciplinary instruction.
•     Provides research assistance in the main Robert Frost Library.
•     Develops and manages the print and online reference collection, in consultation with other research and instruction librarians, promoting access while considering user needs.
•     Incorporates emerging information technologies and new uses of resources in response to evolving patterns of publishing and information dissemination.
•     Serves as subject specialist and liaison to several academic departments in the humanities or social sciences (likely to include history, black studies, and others): provides in-depth consultations about resources and research strategies; develops and manages relevant collections in all formats; connects faculty and students with library services.
•     Actively participates in outreach activities, committees, and work groups of the library.
•     Takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the college's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.



•     Master's degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or foreign equivalent.
•     A history of excellent classroom teaching; a commitment to undergraduates and undergraduate education; and a strong record of rapport and collaboration with faculty on assignments, course design, and pedagogical strategies.
•     Experience in an academic library or research institution with a focus on teaching, resource selection, and other public services.
•     Strong academic background, intellectual curiosity, and familiarity with modes of historical inquiry.
•     Commitment to and demonstrated knowledge of diversity, inclusion, and equity issues as related to research instruction, collection development, and user-centered public service.
•     Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to advocate for the library to a variety of constituents.
•     Evidence of working closely with colleagues, undergraduates, faculty, staff, and college administrators.


•     Additional graduate degree in a relevant field and proficiency in a language besides English.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about 1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community, and beautiful surrounding make Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn, and live!

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