RIT Libraries invites applications for a full-time College of Liberal Arts Librarian with strong reference and instruction skills.

This professional librarian provides reference, research services, and instruction to students, staff, faculty and the community at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).  As the liaison to the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) , the librarian will build an ongoing understanding of the disciplines and relevant library resources to navigate and provide instruction in all fields of study across the humanities, social sciences and arts. The College of Liberal Arts offers a diverse and innovative curricula in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Subjects will include but are not limited to Communications, Criminal Justice, Museum Studies, Political Science, and Psychology.

The librarian is responsible for working as a member of the Research & Instruction Services department and collaborating with colleagues throughout RIT Libraries and across campus to develop dynamic programs and instruction opportunities. This includes partnering with the university’s First Year Writing Program to develop foundational information literacy classes, assignments, and experiences.

The ideal candidate will be creative, curious and enthusiastic about teaching and collaboration with an interest in the humanities and social sciences.

Apply onlineApplication review will begin on November 4, 2019.

Job Description

Primary Responsibilities  

  • Working with faculty to develop timely and targeted library instruction and support
  • Designing, delivering, and assessing teaching sessions 
  • Participating in on-going collection development and management projects
  • Seeking out and developing collaborative partnerships with Liberal Arts faculty 
  • Engaging and participating in ongoing library-wide assessment of student learning, library collections and services
  • Evaluating resource access and recommending updates  to improve r e-resource discovery, including vendor platforms for databases/e-journals/e-books and other library resources
  • Following scholarly trends, resources and new technologies with a view toward their application in research and teaching
  • Partnering with the Digital Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian, RIT Archive Collections and the Cary Graphic Arts Collection to coordinate teaching and develop programming
  • Developing tutorials and research guides based on student and curricular needs
  • Promoting RIT’s institutional repository to the College of Liberal Arts faculty and graduate students 
  • Serving on RIT Libraries committees
  • Participating in professional associations or organizations

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from ALA-accredited program of library or information science 
  • 1 year experience in an academic, public or special library.  Successful experience can include library/information science program assignments, internships and practicums
  • Experience providing reference assistance to library users
  • Demonstrated teaching and instruction skills and experience
  • Experience working with research databases and tools
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work productively, both independently and with a team
  • Evidence of creativity and innovation
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education and ability to work with faculty, students, staff and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated aptitude and experience with relevant information technology, such as integrated library systems, LibGuides and Microsoft Office including proficiency with Excel
  • Initiative to provide outreach to students, faculty, and other constituencies
  • Demonstrated understanding of principles and best practices of information literacy instruction
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the areas of social science and humanities research methodologies, data applications and statistical tools.
  • Familiarity with information resource structures and core resources in the humanities, social sciences and the arts
  • Experience in selecting appropriate curricular-based materials for academic programs, and in the ongoing review of those materials

Additional Information

  • Evening work may be required on a periodic basis (until 7:00pm)
  • Monday-Friday schedule TBD

Equal Employment Opportunity

RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientations, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at www.ED.Gov/OCR.

RIT provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, veterans or wounded warriors where appropriate. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to careers@rit.edu. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

About RIT

Rochester Institute of Technology, the 10th largest private university in the U.S., is among the world’s leading technological universities. Its 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are enrolled in over 200 academic programs, including 7 interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. A pioneer in experiential education, RIT was the first to offer undergraduate degree programs in biotechnology, information technology, software engineering, and microelectronic engineering. As home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the university offers unparalleled academic opportunities and services for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing. Founded in 1829, RIT has 115,000 alumni throughout the United States and around the world. RIT has been named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For.” RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site, and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples through the Upstate NY Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. For more information, visit https://www.rit.edu/rankings-and-recognitions and www.rit.edu.

Similarly, RIT Libraries is on an upward trajectory. We recently won a national award for our social media campaign “Where in Wallace” and the regional “Best Academic Library” award from the Rochester Regional Library Council.  

About Rochester

Rochester is a great place to live, work and raise a family. Situated between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes region, Rochester is the third largest city New York State. The Greater Rochester region, which is home to nearly 1.1 million people, is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity, and offers world-class museums, performing arts, and other cultural activities. Rochester ranks 4th for “Most Affordable City" by Forbes Magazine, and MSN selected Rochester as the “#1 Most Livable Bargain Market” (for real-estate). Kiplinger named Rochester one of the top five “Best City for Families.” For more information about Rochester, please go to www.visitrochester.com and www.rochestermadeforliving.com.