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Head of Research & Instructional Services Librarian

  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Geneva, NY
  • Mid-Level
  • Full-Time

About this Job

The Head of Research and Instructional Services Librarian provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the development and management of the library’s educational and research offerings to the HWS community, ensuring that the scope and caliber of library programs and services support the curriculum and mission of the Colleges. These duties include: the provision of research and information literacy services, alongside the development, implementation, delivery, and assessment of the library’s instructional programs. Managerial responsibilities include unit supervision and planning for the development and implementation of new service initiatives with an emphasis on excellent service to students and faculty, a vision for student research knowledge, active participation in campus initiatives, and involvement in the campus’ intellectual life.

Duties Include but are not limited to:

Leads the library’s research and information literacy services including in-person & digital (chat, email, video conferencing) research consultation services to students, faculty, and staff.
Promotes research and instructional services to the HWS community.
Creates and maintains research help pages (LibGuides) on the library’s website.
Coordinates, provides, and assesses delivery of information literacy and library instruction services including orientations, classroom instruction, workshops, tutorials, and demonstrations.
Supervises unit staff and oversees all programming and functions of the Research and Instructional Services unit including the initiation, development, and implementation of policies and procedures.
Collects, maintains, analyzes, and reports statistics on unit services and activities.
Communicates effectively and proactively with library staff and the campus community.
Serves as key contact for faculty requesting library support and finding resources for courses.
Promotes affordable learning initiatives including open-access textbooks and OER materials.
Provides consultation on the use of licensed library materials, copyright, and scholarly communication topics.
Aids in occasional collection development tasks and collection management services.
Contributes actively to team effort by welcoming new and different work requirements, and opportunities to enhance the services and collections of the library.
Participates in initiatives to align library services with diversity, equity, and inclusion priorities.
Engages in continuous professional self-development and keeps current with emerging library practices, methodologies, and technologies.
Actively participates in professional library associations and committees.
Performs other related duties as required.

Other Information:

This is a full-time, 12-month, benefits-eligible administrative exempt position. The position is located in Geneva, NY. This position description is not all-inclusive as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned. Salary is $72,000 annually.



Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

ALA accredited MLIS or equivalent advanced degree.
Five years of progressively responsible professional experience related to library research and instructional services in an academic or research library.
Demonstrated effective leadership in appropriate library management positions.
Creativity, initiative, and interest in innovative approaches to reference, instruction, and library outreach work.
Demonstrated understanding of issues and trends in library research services and information literacy services.
Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish positive and productive collaborations with students, faculty, and library colleagues.
Self-motivated, dependable, and reliable.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office products.
The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

Employer Statement

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to providing a non-discriminatory and harassment-free educational, living and working environment for all members of the HWS community, including students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and visitors. HWS prohibits discrimination and harassment in their programs and activities on the basis of age, color, disability, domestic violence victim status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected under the law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual misconduct including stalking and intimate partner violence, and gender-based harassment that does not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

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Posted On: May 8, 2024 / This posting expires: Jun 1, 2024