Sunday, April 25, 2010

Humanities Librarian

Amherst College Library seeks a Humanities Librarian to serve as a research instructor, one of the Library’s subject specialists for humanities, and as a liaison to academic departments and materials selector in some of those disciplines. This Librarian will provide instruction in research and the use of library resources in a variety of settings. S/he will demonstrate a history of effective classroom teaching; a commitment to undergraduate education; and a strong record of collaborating with faculty on assignments, course design, and pedagogical strategies. S/he will maintain currency with emerging information technologies and trends in scholarly communication, anticipating and facilitating new approaches to humanities research in response to evolving patterns of publishing and information dissemination. The Humanities Librarian serves as coordinator for the development and enhancement of reference pages within the Library’s website. S/he also participates in general reference services, guiding library patrons in identifying, retrieving and evaluating information in all formats and all humanities and social sciences disciplines. Full-time, with some evenings and weekends.

Minimum qualifications: Master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or foreign equivalent required. Three years professional experience in an academic or research library or equivalent, in reference, collection development and/or user education required, or significant teaching experience in an academic setting. Must have a strong academic background or experience in the humanities, with a subject Master’s degree preferred; reading knowledge of at least one foreign language required. Demonstrated ability to teach and a commitment to participate in undergraduate education required. Strong communication skills required. The successful candidate must be willing to tackle challenges in an academic library with energy and enthusiasm, showing patience, tact, and good humor in the face of the demands of public service. S/he is expected to contribute to library initiatives that further the College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional resumes. A review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

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