Monday, May 16, 2011

Reference and Instruction Librarian


GRINNELL COLLEGE. The Grinnell College Libraries seek a librarian to fill a 10-month term appointment with rank as Assistant Professor. The appointee will work assigned hours at a reference desk (the schedule may include day, evening, and weekend hours), provide by-appointment consultations, teach information literacy classes, and fulfill other responsibilities depending on library needs and the appointee’s interests and skills. This position requires a graduate degree in librarianship from an American Library Association-accredited institution, excellent oral and written communication skills, self-motivation, ability to be effective and tactful in working with a diverse campus community that makes heavy demands on library services, and a preference for working in a collaborative environment. Background and interest in the humanities preferred. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Grinnell College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college whose curriculum is founded on a strong advising system and close student-faculty interaction, with few college-wide requirements beyond the completion of a major. The College places a high priority on information literacy and the Libraries are integrally involved with student education through teaching, consultation, and development of the collections and tools necessary for conducting inquiry. The Grinnell College Libraries were the 2011 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries award winner in the college library category.

In letters of application, candidates should discuss their interest in developing as a librarian and scholar in an undergraduate, liberal-arts college that emphasizes close student-faculty interaction. They also should discuss what they can contribute to efforts to cultivate a wide diversity of people and perspectives, a core value of Grinnell College.

To be assured of full consideration, all application materials should be received by June 1, 2011.

Please submit applications online by visiting our application website at Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vita, and provide email addresses for three references, including current supervisor. Official transcripts will be required of candidates selected for an on-campus interview. Questions about this search should be directed to the search chair, Richard Fyffe, Librarian of the College, at or 641-269-3351.

Salary range of $47,500 or higher, depending on qualifications.

Grinnell College, located in Grinnell, Iowa, is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified individuals who collectively reflect the diversity of the nation. No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, religion, creed, or disability. For further information about Grinnell College, see our website at

Term Reference and Instruction Librarian (2011-2012): proposed time line

Deadline for applications: June 1

Review process: Select top three candidates for telephone interviews; rank them; conduct on-campus interviews one by one until we make an offer that's accepted.

Preferred start date: August 1

Places to advertise:

College website, CHE, Diversity Web, other higher-education venues

General Library Postings
• American Library Association JobList ( Note: $65 plus .70 per word (online ad only) (web site)
• ALA New Members Roundtable Discussion List (listserv)
• (web site)
• AILA-L (American Indian Library Association) (listserv)
• ALA SPECTRUM initiative (American Library Association diversity initiative)
• APALA-L (Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association) (listserv)
• BCALA (Black Caucus of the American Library Association) (web site)
• CALA-L (Chinese American Librarians Association) (listserv)
• Reforma (The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking)
• LIBREF-L (a moderated discussion of issues related to reference librarianship with over 2,000 subscribers worldwide) (listserv)
• ILI-L (Information Literacy Instruction Discussion List) (listserv)
• COLLIB-L (Discussion List of the Association of College and Research Libraries' College Libraries Section) (listserv)

Oberlin Group Libraries (national consortium of liberal arts colleges)
• OBEGROUP Reference List (listserv)

• State Library of Iowa (web site)
• IA-ACRL (Iowa Association of College and Research Libraries) (listserv)
• IPAL-L (Iowa's Private Academic Libraries) (listserv)

Regional Library schools
• University of Iowa
• University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
• Indiana University
• University of Wisconsin – Madison
• University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
• University of Missouri
• Emporia State University
• Kent State University
• University of Michigan
• Wayne State University
• Dominican University

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