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Appointment Type: Temp Full-time
Department: Schaffer Library
Categories: Temporary, Administration
Position Grade: TEMP

The Reference & Instruction Librarian is a full-time, one-year position within the Public Services department of the Library. The primary responsibility will be to provide instructional and reference services across all collections and constituencies in a variety of settings including at the service desk, in the classroom, and via phone, email, and appointment. The person holding this position would work closely with the Instructional Services Librarian as an active contributor to the library's instruction program; would conduct information literacy instruction sessions; would offer training in the use of citation management software; and would be involved with outreach to faculty, departments and programs, and learning centers across campus. Additionally, the Reference & Instruction Librarian would participate in the staffing of the reference desk (including some weekend and evening hours) and in contributing to the other types of reference services that the library might offer. Schaffer Library maintains a traditional approach to providing reference service and informal, one-to-one instruction for students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community. The Reference & Instruction Librarian may also have the opportunity to partner with colleagues on current and proposed library projects and initiatives. This librarian also contributes actively to dialog regarding all aspects Public Services, to library-wide committees and working groups, and to the library's instructional, reference, and other services to the diverse Union community, outside library users, and visiting researchers.

Qualifications: Masters degree in library or information science required from an ALA-accredited program; Minimum of 1 yr professional experience in information literacy instruction and reference in an academic environment is highly desired; Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary theories, standards, models, and best practices related to information literacy and instruction; User-centered focus and commitment to teaching and working with undergraduate students of diverse background; Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of library colleagues, faculty, administrators, staff and students and to build and be an effective member of various teams and work groups; Ability to work some weekend and evening hours and to attend campus and library events.

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.

Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

Union College offers an exceptional benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, life and disability coverage, a generous retirement plan and tuition remission.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

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