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Appointment Type: Admin Full-time
Department: Schaffer Library
Categories: Administration

The Instruction Librarian is responsible for the coordination and support of the library’s instruction program. The Librarian develops objectives for the instruction program, develops workflows to fill faculty requests for instruction, and designs and leads opportunities for librarians and faculty to develop how they teach information literacy and research skills. The Librarian teaches in the instruction program, leading information literacy instruction sessions, developing library programming, and engaging in outreach to faculty, departments, and programs across campus regarding our services.

As a member of Digital Scholarship and Public Services, the Librarian will coordinate with librarians in Research Services and Access Services to adapt and improve the instruction program to meet emerging campus needs and reflect changing library services. They will also provide support for reference questions. As a member of the general faculty of Union College, the Librarian will also be expected to pursue a focused program of professional development, scholarly activity, and service.


  1. Master’s degree in library or information science required from an ALA-accredited program.
  2. Minimum of two years academic library experience with library instruction.
  3. Experience developing an instruction program is preferred.
  4. An equivalent combination of degree and experience will be considered.
  5. Commitment to teaching undergraduate students.
  6. Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary theories, models, and best practices associated with information literacy.
  7. Strong collaborative and organizational skills.
  8. Must be safety conscious, be able to work with a diverse group of individuals and promote these ideals with library employees.


  1. Coordinates and manages the instruction program, including program scope, promotion to faculty, and assignment workflows.
  2. Teaches for the library’s instruction program, including in-person class sessions and workshops.
  3. Leads the Library Instruction Committee comprised of librarians teaching in the instruction program to develop instruction program objectives and development opportunities
  4. Partner with the Reference & Instruction Librarian to develop, maintain, and promote guides, resources, and programming to support the library instruction program and the college curriculum.
  5. Actively represent the College regionally and nationally in consortia, associations and pursue and plan for continued professional development.
  6. Contribute to campus committees and attend campus events to cultivate relationships supporting the Library’s mission to enrich the overall academic experience.
  7. Pursue a program of professional development, scholarly activity, and service to meet requirements of the position and promotion.
  8. Other duties as assigned.

We offer exceptional benefits including:

  • Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time
  • Winter Recess Break in Addition to Paid Holidays
  • Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Insurance (Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts)
  • Free On-Campus Fitness Facility Access and Discounts for On-Campus Wellness Programs
  • Employee Scholarships toward Certifications, Seminars, Training and Professional Development
  • Pre and Post Tax participation in a 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Salary Continuation Program in the event of Disability
  • Tuition Assistance Program for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents

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.

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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