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Research & Instruction Librarian, Salem State University, (Salem, MA)


The Research and Instruction Librarian is a part-time, in-person position that provides research and instruction support to faculty and students in assigned departments. The Research and Instruction Librarian delivers all modalities of library instruction and research consultations, creates instructional materials, and develops collections in support of teaching and research. The position may also contribute to general in-person and remote research assistance services, assessment activities, strategic planning, and other library and campus initiatives. This is a part-time, one year position for academic year 2023-2024. The position is funded through May 2024 and may be eligible for renewal for a second year pending available funding.

Salem State University values appreciates diversity in all its forms and endeavors to create a space that reflects the campus community population which it serves. Our students come to Salem State University from 38 states and 48 countries and reflect the demographics of the greater Boston community in which we live. We are passionate about providing an experience for them and our fellow staff and faculty, where everyone can feel supported while they explore, learn, and celebrate their identities, similarities, and differences. We welcome you to become a member of our community.

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Serving as a subject librarian and liaison between the library and assigned academic departments, possibly including Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, History, Media & Communications, and others in the Humanities or Social Sciences
  2. Developing the collection in assigned disciplines, including assessment, selection, and deselection
  3. Providing specialized research assistance for faculty and students through a variety of methods
  4. Creating and maintaining instructional materials, particularly online guides and tutorials
  5. Investigating and implementing instructional technologies appropriate to the curriculum
  6. Collaborating with faculty on designing traditional and alternative assignments
  7. Participating in general library instruction and information literacy initiatives
  8. Promoting the use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) to academic departments
  9. Assisting in accreditation, program review, and other official assessment processes
  10. Other duties as required

Required Qualifications

  1. Master of library & information science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program at the time of hire
  2. Experience teaching information literacy (classes, workshops, one-on-one)
  3. Experience in navigating and teaching library databases
  4. Experience providing research help using a wide variety of general online research databases and catalogs, library-specific softwares (such as LibGuides), instructional technologies, and virtual reference services
  5. Experience providing outreach services in libraries

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Education or experience in the arts/humanities, social sciences, or relevant field
  2. Evidence of effective oral, written and social communication skills
  3. Demonstrated ability to work within a consultative team environment where collaboration is essential
  4. Demonstrated working knowledge of current educational technologies
  5. Enthusiasm for working in a multicultural environment with students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles
  6. Fluency or ability to communicate effectively in Spanish
  7. As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Salem State University seeks to enrich the faculty/librarian ranks by actively encouraging candidates whose lived and scholarly experiences directly address issues regarding the health, welfare, and representation of Latinx populations in the United States. Candidates who meet this strongly desired qualification should present documented activities in Latinx-related teaching, scholarship/research, and service, including community-based endeavors in each of these three areas

How to Apply

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