Thursday, April 28, 2011

Research & Instructional Services Librarian (Humanities and Area Studies): Barnard College, New York, NY

Research & Instructional Services Librarian (Humanities and Area Studies)

Barnard College, Columbia University, invites applicants for the position of Research and Instructional Services (RIS) Librarian for the Humanities and Area Studies. Reporting to the Director of Research and Instructional Services, the RIS Librarian will join a team of colleagues in the provision of reference, research, and instructional services to students, faculty, staff, and alumnae of the Barnard and Columbia communities. Depending on education, qualifications, and interests, the RIS Librarian will serve as the primary liaison and personal librarian for students and faculty in assigned departments and programs in the humanities and area studies.

The RIS Librarian will be responsible for the development, evaluation, and management of related areas of the circulating and reference collections. They will provide general and specialized research services at the Library’s service desk and will deliver subject and course-related instruction in library and information resources. The Librarian will develop appropriate online instructional materials as needed. They will consult with colleagues at Columbia University Libraries to coordinate the purchase of related resources and explore new options for service delivery in the field of digital humanities.

The ideal candidate will have a graduate degree in library and information science from an ALA- accredited institution, and an academic degree or work experience in a relevant subject area, preferably in literature, non-Western history, or African, Asian, Middle Eastern, or Latin American studies. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively with faculty and students about the Library’s collections and services; must have an aptitude for, or experience in teaching and developing instructional content and documentation, and for developing Web-based guides that support the curricular use of the collections. One to three years of academic library experience, including internships, is preferred. Knowledge of a foreign language is desirable. Most importantly, she or he must be user-focused, collaborative, a creative problem solver, and committed to continuous learning.

Interested candidates should send letter, resume, and salary requirements to Employment Manager, Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027. FAX: 212-854-2454. Email: No telephone calls please.