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Reference Librarian (Full-Time), The Taft School, Watertown, CT


Taft’s reference librarian plays a crucial role in providing comprehensive information literacy, research, and information services to the community. Their expertise will be instrumental in assisting individuals in navigating and utilizing a diverse range of information resources. As a member of the library team, the reference librarian will contribute to developing an environment that promotes learning, curiosity, and digital literacy skills.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Provides students and faculty with research assistance and instruction and support. 
  • Prepares and posts online course guides utilizing LibGuides.
  • Partners with teachers and the Instruction and Innovation Librarian to design, schedule, and deliver appropriate library instruction and course materials.
  • Collaborates with the Director on the overall Library program, policies, and mission.
  • Attends workshops, continuing education programs, library conferences, and stays informed on professional issues and trends.
  • Engages in Collection Development which includes reviewing course offerings and recommending new materials, as well as analyzing and weeding current print collection.
  • Reads standard review sources to recommend additions to the collection based on the latest scholarship and community needs.
  • Along with the library team, reviews all standing orders and journal subscriptions and makes recommendations for changes. 
  • Provides ILL services via OCLC. 

(Note: This job may be filled as either a Staff or Faculty position depending on the candidate and their interest in actively participating in the school’s Residential Life and Afternoon programs.)


  • College graduate with MLS/MLIS or equivalent required. Current/recent Masters candidates will be considered and are encouraged to apply.
  • Demonstrated experience of collaborative work with diverse groups of students, employees, administrators, and other campus parties to support and expand programmatic and institutional goals.
  • Strong professional skills in speaking, writing, and with technology.
  • Experience as a reference librarian or a related position preferred. 
  • Willingness to work a full-time schedule that will include evening and Saturday shifts.

The Community

Founded in 1890, The Taft School is a coeducational boarding school for students in grades nine through post graduate. Living where they learn, academically talented students from all over the world are guided by an extraordinary faculty on a 226-acre campus in Western Connecticut. With the motto “Not to be served but to serve” as a moral foundation, Taft graduates matriculate at our nation’s leading colleges and universities.

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