Libraries Job Description
Direct and coordinate the activities of the Libraries Teaching,
Learning and Research (TLR) team of academic research librarians.
Set goals and objectives. Guide professional development of staff.
Develop strategies that align with the Libraries and the College.
Promote and evaluate models for subject-specific instruction,
outreach, and consultations that are responsive to the needs of
faculty and students in a changing learning environment. In
Collaboration with the Head of Collection Development and
Management, lead the activities of the subject liaisons in
selecting research materials for designated academic departments
and help coordinate collection management projects. Serve as an
academic liaison to select academic departments and programs to
provide research instruction, consultations and collection
As a manager within LRT, a blended department of librarians,
academic technologists, and spatial analysis specialists shared
between the Libraries and ITS, collaborate in developing new
service strategies and models in the Libraries and advocate for the
collective decision-making of members of TLR. As a leader in the
organization, participate in overall Libraries leadership
activities, Libraries management team and represent the Libraries
and LRT in campus wide activities.
Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and
participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful,
inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
- Manage the Teaching, Learning and Research team in
collaboration with the Learning, Research and Technology unit
managers, the Libraries, ITS and campus partners.
- Coordinate with campus teaching colleagues to develop
innovative instruction practices. Lead and develop the reference
service program including managing in person and email reference as
well as training for referrals from other service points.
- Collaborate within the Libraries to develop consistent
guidelines for collection development and management.
- Develop thoughtful and user centered processes for scholarly
support and critical and inclusive assessment that are scalable,
sustainable and in alignment with the Libraries.
- Update members of TLR on information and activities from other
departments within the Libraries.
- Direct a program of user centered and multi-modal research
support for the Smith community.
- Lead and participate on the Libraries Teams, Committees and
Working Groups as a representative for teaching, collections
management and scholarly support.
- Collaborate with the Libraries, LRT, ITS and campus partners in
the continuing development of service strategies and models in
- Provide expert guidance to faculty and students in academic
departments on research methods and resources across multiple
interfaces of licensed databases and relevant internet
- Develop online learning content for the Libraries’ website,
including digital learning objects, subject and course resource
pages and other web-based tools and digital information services
for assigned liaison departments and as part of a team of teaching
- Participate in the Libraries’ general consultation service and
contribute to Zotero citation management software support including
individual assistance and group instruction.
All employees are expected to participate in the College's
efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work
Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education,
experience, certifications, licenses)
- Engage in continuous professional self-development and keep
current with emerging library, educational technology, and digital
scholarship practices, methodologies, and technologies.
- Participate in the work of the Libraries through service on
library-wide and Five College committees. Participate in library
wide teams, committees and working groups and professional
- Represent Smith College Libraries at conferences and
collaborate with national organizations in pedagogy, librarianship,
and emerging library practices.
- Perform related duties as required.
Experience working with individuals from diverse
- Master’s in Library Science, Information Studies, Education or
- At least 3-5 years teaching experience in a library setting or
an equivalent combination of education/experience.
- Leadership experience with public services in academic
- Knowledge of current issues and trends in pedagogy on the
undergraduate and graduate level
- Progressively responsible project, service or team management
- Experience leading a team who bring a wide variety of
methodologies and skills to their work
- A strong commitment to public service, knowledge of current
issues and methods of teaching research literacy, and experience
with providing research assistance
- Strong knowledge of collection development and management
- Experience working in highly-structured organizations, program
development, assessment, user experience, universal design and
piloting new service models in libraries
- Ability to manage complex projects and manage multiple tasks
- Demonstrated ability to work flexibly, independently and
collaboratively with colleagues and library users in a rapidly
changing service-oriented environment
- Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
including customer service orientation with ability to interact
with diverse constituencies
- Experience in advising and designing digital scholarship and/or
digital humanities projects for faculty and students
- Subject area expertise in Humanities disciplines
- Knowledge of or experience with copyright, privacy, scholarly
communication and open access
- Understanding of the principles of accessibility and universal
- Expertise with technology including knowledge of current
libraries discovery systems, the Google Office suite and
- Strong cultural competencies and a demonstrated commitment to
anti-oppressive professional practices
Will include occasional nights and weekends.
For the care and safety of our community, Smith College requires
that all employees be vaccinated as a condition of employment and
as such, the incumbent will be required to be immunized against
COVID-19 on or before their first day of employment. Proof of
vaccination status will be required. Individuals may seek medical
or religious exemption with HR, but must do so prior to their
Please attach BOTH
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or attach multiple files to your application, but BE SURE you have
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Review of applications will begin
October 4, 2021
About Smith College
Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest
women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in
teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of
outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as
advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The
College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst,
Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of
Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty
cross-teach across the Five Colleges.
Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer
and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color,
religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender
identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and
employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its
programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and
regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with
disabilities are encouraged to apply.