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Instruction & Reference Librarian (Temporary) at Emerson College, (Boston, MA)

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Reporting to the Assistant Director of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, and under the guidance of the School Librarians, the Instruction & Reference Librarian (temp) provides essential support to the Library’s Teaching, Learning, & Assessment department by conducting library instruction sessions both in person and remotely; creating online tutorials and teaching resources, and helping to assess the library’s impact on student learning. This position will also provide reference services, responding to reference email queries, monitoring chat, etc., and may be required to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed. This position is partially remote and partially on-campus according to the needs of students and faculty, with the understanding that the campus may return to full- time on-campus services and the role will adjust accordingly.


• Under the guidance of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment leadership, teach introductory-level information literacy library sessions in-person or remotely depending on faculty and student learning needs. The person in this role will work extensively with the library’s partners in the Fundamentals of Speech Communication courses using an established curriculum.

• Collaborate with School Librarians to deliver course-specific content in one-shot instruction sessions ; and coordinate the design and delivery of online tutorials, digital learning objects, and other teaching materials.

• Under the guidance of the Reference Coordinator, provide reference and research services by answering questions, advising on appropriate resources, and instructing patrons in the use of the online catalog and other electronic databases. Schedule may include evening and weekend work as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS – Qualifications are deemed required or preferred and represent what is needed to effectively perform job.

• A Master’s degree in Library Science or Library and Information Science from an American Library Association accredited institution; or equivalent educational experience in a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Minimum one year of experience teaching in an educational or professional setting, or demonstrated relevant graduate-level coursework.

• One year of reference experience in an academic setting or demonstrated relevant graduate-level coursework, and excellent reference interview skills and interpersonal communication skills.

• Experience working in higher education, preferably in an academic library preferred

• Experience creating online learning materials such as research guides and tutorials preferred

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES – May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills, and abilities commonly associated with the job.

• Demonstrated willingness to acquire and utilize new skills, especially with regard to new technologies preferred

• Demonstrated ability to incorporate principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and sustainability into services, programs, and collections related to the work of the position.

• Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment.

• Facility using course management systems.

• Training or coursework in instructional design and/or inclusive pedagogy preferred

PHYSICAL ABILITIES – Activities commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

• Requires the ability to lift and move objects that are light

• Requires the ability to lift and move material occasionally

WORK ENVIRONMENT – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.

• Hybrid work environment according to the needs of students and faculty, with the understanding that the campus may return to full- time on-campus services and the role will adjust accordingly.

• Usual office conditions

Disclaimer: This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws. Certain job duties described herein may be subject to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.


Starting salary for this position will be between $ 26.09 – $ 31.96 hourly, commensurate with experience.

This is a part time temporary position up to 19 hours per week.

Grade of Position: S-23-07NE

Scheduled Weekly Hours: 19.00

In addition to a competitive salary, Emerson College is committed to the health and well-being of our employees and family members. We offer a generous benefits package to regular staff scheduled to work 20+ hours per week.

Benefits include outstanding health plans with limited out-of-pocket expenses, dental plans, generous time-off programs, and a 403(b) retirement benefit with a 9% employer contribution once eligible. Additional benefits such as life and disability coverage as well as commuter offerings are available.

Please refer to our for a full list of benefits and eligibility requirements.

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