Art, Humanities and Social Science Librarian

Smith College
Smith College

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Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Services
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Information Technology ServicesJob Description

PRIMARY FUNCTION(S): As a member of the Teaching, Learning and Research unit in the blended ITS and Libraries department of Learning, Research and Technology, conduct and assess course-related library instruction and other instructional activities for a broad range of classes, primarily in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Serve as the library’s instruction liaison to departments in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Participate in the Libraries’ full range of in-person and email reference and research services as a member of Teaching, Learning and Research.


  • Provide library instruction, reference, and research assistance for a broad range of classes, primarily in arts, humanities and social sciences.

  • Provide specialized guidance on research methods and resources, both print and electronic, across multiple interfaces of licensed online databases and relevant internet resources.

  • Provide general reference service -- point of service, on-call, virtual -- along with other members of Teaching, Learning and Research.

  • Other duties as assigned



  • Master's degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Two years’ experience in libraries working with academic departments in the arts, humanities and social sciences.


  • A strong commitment to public service; knowledge of current issues and methods of library instruction/information literacy for undergraduate students in the sciences; familiarity with arts, humanities and social science resources and research; excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to work flexibly, independently and collaboratively with colleagues and library users in a rapidly changing service-oriented environment.

  • Familiarity with academic library databases and interfaces (EBSCO,ProQuest, Gale), arts, humanities and social science databases, content management systems (LibGuides), Google Suite, and citation management software (Zotero) is desirable, but not required.

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . Be sure you have provided all attachments before submitting your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

January 16, 2023

Compensation Grade:

Grade X Non-exempt

Position Type:

Fixed Term

About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 151B, it is the policy of Smith College to provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with a disability, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship. The policy regarding requests for reasonable accommodation applies to all aspects of employment, including the application process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact our recruiting team at

Diversity and a culture of inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religions, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Working at Smith College 

Founded in 1871, Smith College is the nation's largest liberal arts college for women. The reputation of the College as one of the finest in the country holds strong because of the dedicated work of our staff, faculty, and administration. We are a diverse group bringing to our community different talents, perspectives, and experiences. Our strength arises from this diversity and is sustained by a community value of providing an outstanding educational environment for our nearly 2,700 students. Smith College is located in Northampton, a lively town of 30,000 in the Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts.

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