Research and Instruction Librarian - Concord, MA Campus

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Company Description:

When Bay Path opened its doors to students in downtown Springfield, MA  in 1897, it had a very clear goal: to provide a practical, affordable, and career-oriented education to meet the needs of companies, organizations, and communities. From the beginning, Bay Path prided itself on being entrepreneurial, constantly pushing the boundaries of the academic experience to fit the student. To start them on the road of success. We still do.

Today, that spirit and philosophy is more important than ever in higher education. At Bay Path, it's not just the number and breadth of undergraduate and graduate programs that defines us-and we have many-but it is our ability to connect the classroom to learning to leadership to experience to career that is at the core of what we do best. We know the work that needs to be done.

Bay Path University, an independent and not-for-profit institution, was named Among Fastest Growing Baccalaureate Colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac, and is a member of the Women's College Coalition. With a main campus in Longmeadow, MA and four satellite locations, (East Longmeadow, Sturbridge, Concord, Springfield), Bay Path offers undergraduate, graduate (for women and men) degrees, and professional certificates.

We're committed to preparing our students to navigate a constantly changing world. Whether it is one of our innovative academic programs, groundbreaking online learning platform, or through our Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders initiative, we educate our students in ways that will help them to grow, learn to adapt, and always to flourish.  Be part of the change.

We invite you to visit our website at where you can learn more about Bay Path University.

Job Description:

  • Position Code: RILBC
  • Job Type: Part-time
  • Hours: 5-10 hours per week; select Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 4-6 online office hours; other as needed.
  • Schedule: Select Saturdays and online. 
  • Position Location: Concord, MA & Remote

Job Summary:

The part-time Research & Instruction Librarian provides instruction on the use of library resources and services to students, faculty and staff; advises students in research approaches; serves as liaison between Hatch Library and Concord site.

Essential Duties:

  • Teach information literacy skills to library users at all levels of the curriculum.

  • Provide traditional and electronic reference services, including the use of print and electronic resources, to students, faculty and staff of the University.

  • Advise students throughout the research process, including use of print and electronic resources, source evaluation, and other aspects of research and writing.

  • Serve as library-services liaison between Hatch Library and the Concord site.

  • Consult with faculty and administration of the Concord site to determine information-literacy and library support needs in relation to the curriculum.

  • Develop strategies and offer workshops to make students and faculty aware of library services and proficient with research technology.

  • Assist in print and electronic resource collection development and perform routine library duties including circulation and collection maintenance.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Library & Information Services, and Concord Campus Director (on site), as needed.

  • Attend and participate in required meetings and orientations.

  • Provide discipline-specific support to students, as needed.

  • Undertake special research projects as needed.

Other Responsibilities:

If you operate a University owned, leased or personal vehicle at any time while performing your duties you must follow all policies and procedures outlined in the Operations Manual. You must have a valid driver's license and must successfully pass the online safe Driving Course and driving record check at time of hire and annually thereafter.  Additionally, you must report any driving offense, on or off company time, which causes a loss, suspension, or any other change in your license status. You must report this change within one business day of the offense. You can report this change to the Human Resource Department or your direct supervisor. Failure to do so can lead to disciplinary action, up to and including terminations.


  • MLS from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Reference and instruction services experience, preferably in an academic library serving graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Knowledge of electronic information services.
  • Familiarity with academic research approaches and information literacy standards.
  • Demonstrated progressively increasing administrative responsibility.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and assignments with high quality and minimal errors.
  • Demonstrated service orientation.
  • Ability to perform work with frequent deadlines and extreme amount of external pressure to complete assignments.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and students.
  • Ability to perform work independently and maintain confidentiality.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings when necessary, and online "office hours" as scheduled.
  • Ability to adhere to University policies and procedures.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
  • Should be committed to a culture of diversity, respect and inclusion; demonstrated ability to build working relationships with people having a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences different from ones' own.
  • General knowledge of the University's mission, purpose, and goals, and the role of the Research & Instruction Librarian in achieving those goals.

Additional Information:

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Bay Path University is a diverse community devoted to proactively nurturing a campus-wide culture that promotes and ensures respect, inclusion and safety for all members regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, socio-economic background, or physical ability. We are one University that opens our hearts and minds to conversations, to learning and to creating a community that is welcoming of all. Regardless of position, it is expected that each employee will embrace this commitment and demonstrate an attitude of respect toward and acceptance of all members of our community.

Application Instructions:

Applicants for this position should attach a cover letter resume / curriculum vitae, the contact information for four (4) professional, work related references and any other relevant information pertaining to this position and your candidacy.  Please apply online.  Faxes and emails will not be accepted. 

An Equal Opportunity Employer, Bay Path University is committed to fostering diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff. 

Bay Path University will become a smoke- and tobacco-free community as of July 1, 2018.





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Posted: 1/11/2018
Application Due: 12/28/2018
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