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Community & Student Engagement Librarian, Barnard College, NY


Reporting to the Director of Collections Strategy and Library Operations (CSLO), The Community and Student Engagement Librarian (CSEL) will, in collaboration with colleagues across Barnard Library and Academic Information Services (BLAIS), engage internal and external communities through programing and develop student support services within the library, especially those that seek to rectify inequalities. Informed by anti-racist, feminist, critical practice, this new position is aligned with Barnard’s institutional priorities of inclusion, community engagement, racial justice and equity, and wellbeing. The CSEL will apply creativity, and excellent project management skills to engagement work and supporting student success. As the leading member of the access services team, the CSEL will also support equitable and engaging access to library spaces and resources.

Community Engagement

  • Develop and coordinate innovative library-based programming and outreach to external communities, in particular programming that highlights the library’s resources and collections to address concerns of social justice and equity; and support integration of the rich menu of programming already offered within BLAIS, Barnard’s Academic Centers, and partners across Barnard. 
  • Formulate and develop partnerships with community based organizations, particularly those in the local Harlem community and those whose work focuses on equity and lifting the voices of traditionally marginalized communities.
  • Explore and develop partnerships with other libraries engaged in community support work, including public libraries.
  • Partner and collaborate with colleagues across Barnard to develop ongoing engagement programs such as fellowships, internships, exhibitions, mentorship, and events, and explore opportunities for grant-based programs within BLAIS. 

Student Engagement

On a day-to-day level, The CSEL position is grounded in sustaining and growing a robust program of student engagement and support:

  • Lead Access Services team to develop and deliver student engagement activities and programming  such as book clubs, orientation events, stress-relief activities, and tours of library spaces and of the interdisciplinary centers. 
  • In partnership with the CSLO staff and the Teaching, Learning, and Research Services team (TLRS), develop a critical, person-centered, pedagogy at the circulation and help desk such as basic “Library 101” instruction workshop, and point-of-need support. 
  • Establish engagement goals and objectives, and maintain reports of meaningful qualitative and quantitative assessment of library engagement programs.

Access Services Team Lead

Supervise 3 circulation and reserves staff members; encouraging their leadership, and partnering with them to cultivate a holistic, critical, inclusive, engagement-centered approach across access services.

  • Coordinate the work of the Circulation & Help Desk, by supporting the staff team, creating best practices, and innovating new practices, conducting training, assessing, and reporting.
  • Coordinate and support access to Barnard Library spaces, including managing hours, swipe access, technology, and signage, with attention to equity.
  • Maintain, track, and forecast budget for access services programs.
  • Fill in for access services staff at the circulation desk as needed.

Salary Range: $ 80,000- 85,000

How to Apply:

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