Wells College
Aurora, NY, US

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The reference librarian is responsible for providing reference and referral services, assisting students, faculty, staff, and community library patrons in using available information resources, as well as providing reference assistance to students at other colleges through the 24/7 multi-library system. The reference librarian offers library use instruction to students in credit courses, orientation, and other programs, and supports faculty in making information resources available to their students. The reference librarian also staffs the library and covers the circulation desk as needed during assigned evening and weekend hours.



  • Answer questions from library users, and serve as first point of contact for students, faculty, staff, and community members in need of assistance using library information resources.
  • Staff the virtual reference desk of the 24/7 multi-library cooperative during assigned hours, providing online reference services through the 24/7 interface to students from other college libraries as needed.
  • Provide library skills instruction sessions for students in credit courses, orientation sessions, and other programs, working collaboratively with faculty and program administrators to develop appropriate lesson plans and support materials.
  • Provide support to the circulation and reserves area, including staffing the main desk for the assigned number of hours each week, and assisting main desk student workers in performing their duties.
  • Complete projects in related areas as assigned by the library director.
  • Participate in the library’s planning efforts, including assessment, goal setting, problem solving, user surveys, and project prioritization.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the library director.


  • MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program, or scheduled completion of such a degree within six months of start date for this position.
  • Library work experience, including providing assistance to library users.
  • Experience with library software or equivalent computer functions in other organizations.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to interact and work with a variety of people including students, faculty, administrators, and librarians.
  • Evidence of positive customer service orientation.
  • Team player and evidence of experience working in team-based settings.
  • Experience with standard office computer application software including Excel, Work, and Outlook.


    This is a 9-month, half-time position of approximately 18.5 hours per week; typical daytime hours, Sunday through Thursday, with occasional evening hours as needed.


    Working at Wells College 

    Wells College is a nationally recognized private coeducational liberal arts college located in Aurora, New York, on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake. It was established in 1868 by Henry Wells, founder of the Wells Fargo and American Express Companies. The College is known as an exceptional value, pairing top quality academic programs with affordable tuition. With a full-time enrollment of about 550 students, Wells boasts small class sizes, an extensive experiential learning program, cross-enrollment with nearby Cornell University and Ithaca College, and a wide range of off-campus study options.

    The rigorous academic environment emphasizes close faculty/student interaction, undergraduate research, off-campus study, internships, and active community service and involvement. Wells offers 17 majors and 39 minors, in addition to individualized programs. Formerly a women’s college, Wells became coeducational in 2005.

    The scenic Finger Lakes region of central New York is an area known for its beauty and high concentration of outstanding colleges and universities. The village of Aurora is centrally located and provides easy access to metropolitan, cultural, and educational centers — 25 minutes from Ithaca; 1 hour from Rochester and Syracuse; 2.5 hours from Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Canada; and 5 hours from New York City.

    Full-time employees are eligible for a wide range of benefits including health and life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, long-term disability insurance, EAP, course attendance, dependent tuition benefits, 11 paid holidays and vacation, sick and personal time off.

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