Website The Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College, Columbia University

The Gottesman Libraries aspire to excellence in advancing and sharing transformative knowledge to develop informed and engaged thinkers and leaders in the educational, psychological, and health professions. We envision the library, beyond walls, as heart and soul for the exchange of thoughts and ideas that inform a smarter, healthier, and more equitable world enlightened by history, leadership, and innovation.

The Research and Instruction Librarian will deliver top, front-facing patron services to strengthen existing offerings and meet the needs of the Teachers College community in support of teaching, learning, and research. She/he will play a key role in building an instructional collection of resources in multiple formats, reflective of the College’s academic programs and new departmental organization, to encourage greater usage of the library’s collections; research literacy; and communication central to needs in library instruction. Primary responsibilities include designing and conducting instructional sessions and providing high-quality reference and research assistance. The Research and Instruction Librarian will also monitor trends in emerging technologies and work with staff to implement those that support library services and instruction.

20% Provides research and information services, including in-person and virtual one-on-one research consultations, desk support, and online chat

20% Develops and teaches library instruction sessions, in-person and online, for courses in various subject disciplines

25% Prepares research guides for courses, programs, and/or departments, as well topics of continuing relevance to study and teaching

20% Participates in library programming, such as tours, orientations, workshops, events, curated displays, and blogs, including announcements of new e-resources of interest to the TC community

10% Liaises with academic programs to develop instructional tools and strategies and participates in campus-wide meetings and committees that focus on reference services and new modes of instructional delivery

5% Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master of Library/Information Science degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Knowledge of the concepts, goals, and methods of information literacy instruction with a demonstrated ability to teach
  • Knowledge of current and emerging instructional technologies
  • Knowledge of a wide range of information resources and tools to support research assistance to patrons
  • Strong commitment to public service and teamwork with the ability to work successfully with faculty, staff, and students
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with multimodal platforms for content creation
  • Experience with instruction and reference services in an academic library setting
  • Experience using Social Media for marketing and promotion of library services
  • 1-2 years library instruction experience
Salary: $60-65,000

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