Head of Reference & Instruction and Liaison Librarian

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Department: Library
Position Type: Staff Full-time
Categories: Library

Benefits Eligible: Yes
Pay Classification: Exempt (Salaried)
Position FTE: 1.0
Pay Grade: Exempt - Grade 13

Position Overview:

The Head of Reference & Instruction and Liaison Librarian provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the Carleton College Library Reference & Instruction Department. This position leads the development and management of its reference and instruction program, ensuring excellent service to students and faculty while supporting the curriculum and mission of the college.

Carleton College Library is a member of the Bridge Consortium, a collaboration with the St. Olaf College Libraries. As a member, the Head of Reference & Instruction works with peers at both libraries on Bridge-related projects.

Essential Job Functions - Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates and supervises the Reference & Instruction Department staff and provides general management of the department.
  • Advises the College Librarian on departmental, library, and campus projects.
  • Is a member of the Library Leadership Council.
  • Collaborates with the Head of Research and Instruction at St. Olaf on reference matters.
  • Co-supervises one Bridge librarian position, who shares their time between the two colleges.
  • Participates in, and chairs on a rotating basis, the Curricular and Research Support Coordinating Group.
  • Collaborates with the Director of Academic Technology in support of curricular and research projects on campus including Digital humanities, Digital scholarship, Data, etc.
  • Oversees the department’s participation in:
    • Argument & Inquiry classes (Carleton’s first-year seminars).
    • Other Information Literacy instruction.
    • Faculty outreach about the library's reference and instruction services.
    • Information literacy assessment projects.


  • Supervises the development and implementation of the information literacy program.
  • Manages the administrative aspects of the reference desk, including scheduling and policies around reference services at the library, participating in a cooperative chat reference service.
  • Collaborates with Information Technology Services staff members to ensure seamless service from Reference Librarians and student tech help at the Research/IT Desk.

Liaison Responsibilities:

  • Maintains and continuously develops subject expertise in order to provide faculty, students and staff with specialized professional support to liaison departments and programs.
  • Provides general and specialized reference and research consultations.
  • Offers course-related classroom instruction.
  • Creates and maintains course, subject, and general online research guides.

Supervision Received and Exercised:

  • Reports to College Librarian.
  • Supervises Reference & Instruction Librarians

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employees may perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Required Qualifications:

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Five years of professional experience related to reference and instruction in an academic or research library.
  • Demonstrated effective leadership in library management positions.
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues and trends in reference and instruction.
  • Demonstrated creativity, initiative, and interest in innovative approaches to reference, instruction, and liaison work.
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills, with the ability to foster positive working relationships and build partnerships.
  • Effective time, organizational, and project management skills with the ability to work independently and as a member of a collaborative team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work proactively and effectively with faculty on reference and instruction issues.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in an academic discipline

Special Instructions to Applicants:

As per the Carleton Upward Mobility Program, priority consideration for internal applications will be given to those who apply by the end of day Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Pending the review of those internal applications, external applications will be considered at that time. External applications are welcome at any time.

A strong internal candidate has been identified.

Salary and Benefits:

This is an exempt level position. The selected finalist’s salary will be based on the candidate’s qualifications, internal pay structure, and our overall compensation package. Carleton offers a generous benefits package, including comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plans with a 10% employer contribution with immediate vesting, a health savings account with college contribution, a generous paid time off, as well as access to many other campus amenities.

Carleton College is a AA/EEO employer. We are committed to developing our staff to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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