Librarian (Reference and Instruction)

Utica, New York
Apr 05, 2017
Institution Type
Community College


An American Library Association (ALA)-accredited master’s degree is required at the time of appointment.

Other requirements include, but are not limited to, the following:

Knowledge of major research resources used in academic libraries;

Familiarity with information literacy standards and frameworks;

Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a collegial environment;

Ability to manage and prioritize projects;

Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills;

Understanding of trends and technologies impacting library services in higher education;

Commitment to professional achievement and growth.

Preferred qualifications include instruction experience, academic library experience, teaching or working with under-represented groups, and knowledge about emerging technologies.




The Reference and Instruction Librarian should be an energetic, forward-thinking professional who demonstrates a strong service orientation coupled with an enthusiasm for creative approaches that will provide a full range of reference services and promote increased information literacy among students.

Responsibilities of the Reference and Instruction Librarian include, but are not limited to, the following:

Provides general reference services by helping patrons with their informational and research needs at the reference desk, during individual appointments, and online;

Oversees the creation and enhancement of online learning objects such as specialized research guides and multimedia tutorials in support of library instruction and other library services;

Contributes to the design and implementation of library assessment initiatives, especially in reference, instruction, and user experience;

Provides supervision and mentorship to part-time reference librarians;

Conducts instructional sessions as part of the library’s information literacy program for the core curriculum;

Offers liaison services to several academic departments, including subject-tailored information literacy instruction, creation of research guides, assistance with collection development, and general outreach;

Participates in the selection of new reference materials and research databases for addition to the library’s physical and online collections;

Conducts outreach activities to faculty and on- and off-campus organizations, in order to promote library services, and to educate these groups about the effective use of library resources;

Stays current with evolving information technologies and how they could be employed to advance the College Libraries’ mission;

Other duties as assigned.


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Recent MLS graduates are encouraged to apply.  Official academic transcripts are required at time of hire.

MVCC does not discriminate. MVCC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  MVCC offers a comprehensive employee enrichment program.

Open Until Filled: Yes