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Humanities Librarian


Reed College seeks a dynamic and service-oriented librarian to provide expertise in research methods, resources, and instruction for the Humanities disciplines. In this position, you will support and collaborate with students and faculty engaged in research, inquiry, and coursework throughout the curriculum. The Humanities librarian coordinates information literacy sessions for Humanities disciplines, including the college’s foundational first-year Humanities 110 course. This position is one of 6 liaison librarians in the Research Services department, a team of highly collaborative colleagues focused on outreach and instruction. 

 Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive and cost-free medical and dental insurance for you, and a 60% discount on medical and dental insurance for your dependents, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities. This is a full-time role with typical work hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, with a one hour unpaid lunch. This is not a remote position. Starting salary range for this position is $68,000 - $72,000 per year. Offers are based on experience and are determined through an internal pay assessment. This is an exempt position on grade 7.

 Who You Are

  • You are knowledgeable about humanities research methods. 

  • You look forward to teaching and have experience in instructional design, lesson planning, and assessment practices.

  • You enjoy promoting the library to students and understand that instruction, outreach, and creating relationships with campus partners are crucial to student success.

  • You are committed to user-centered library services and excited to work with an active community of undergraduate scholars to impart critical lifelong learning skills. 

  • You have experience or interest in research and resources for the study of  languages.

  • You advocate for diversity with a commitment in fostering an accessible, equitable, and inclusive educational environment and workplace.

  • You cultivate productive relationships and enjoy working in a collaborative environment.

  • You are able to work productively, independently, flexibly, and collaboratively.

What You’ll Do

  • Serve as primary liaison to assigned humanities subject areas and actively develop relationships with faculty, students, and staff in those departments. 

  • Develop and deliver instruction to assigned departments; teach research tools and skills relevant to humanities disciplines.

  • Coordinate and delegate information literacy sessions for the foundational first-year course, Humanities 110 and promote sessions to faculty.

  • Consult with students, providing in-depth research support from introductory humanities courses to the required senior thesis.

  • Collaboratively develop and participate in library outreach that increases student engagement with the library and coordinate outreach efforts to first year students.  

  • Measure instructional outcomes, promote integration of library instruction into the curriculum, and assess programming in support of student success.

  • Develop and manage electronic and print collections to support the research and teaching needs of the community.

  • Develop and maintain subject-based online research guides and support citation management best practices.

  • Engage with a dynamic community using both traditional research methods and emerging modes of scholarship and pedagogies.

  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS or relevant advanced degree and minimum of 2 years of directly related library experience.

  • Experience teaching information literacy principles and practices.

Application Instructions

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. 

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. Priority viewing of applications will be for those received by July 8. 

Reed College replies to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.