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F/T - Research & Instruction Librarian, Haverford (PA)

Research and Instruction Librarian, Haverford College – PA

Haverford College, in Haverford, PA, seeks a Research and Instruction Librarian.

The library staff of 25 offers a supportive environment for self-motivated, team-oriented, creative, committed librarians seeking intellectual and professional growth through involvement in the work of faculty and students. Local Haverford library and information technology resources are substantially augmented by consortial relations with Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges.

This position affords an excellent opportunity to pursue a career at an outstanding college and in a collaborative, consortially-oriented work environment. The college seeks candidates who take an expansive approach to the work of libraries, to the possibilities afforded by information technologies for achieving the college’s goals for student and faculty work, and to the integration of their work with that of other units within the libraries and among the Tri-College libraries. The salary is competitive and comes with generous benefits.

1 Provides a full range of general reference services as well as in depth research assistance in Anthropology, Education, Psychology, and Sociology.

2. Participates in the Library’s instruction program through individual research meetings and by developing class presentations, course guides, displays, etc.
3. Develops and manages collections in Anthropology, Education, Psychology, and Sociology. Maintains close working relationships with faculty and students in assigned areas. Works to maintain the effectiveness of the Haverford/Bryn Mawr/Swarthmore approval plan.
4. Works with faculty, students, and staff on data interpretation, management and curation.
5. Trains and supervises student assistants assigned to reference work.
6. Keeps abreast of new technologies with a view toward their application to research services.
7. Remains active and engaged in a related scholarly discipline.
8. Other duties as assigned.


1. Work Experience: Demonstrated proficiency in research services required. Demonstrated proficiency in instruction required. Clear understanding of data usage in research and instruction required. Two years professional-level experience with general reference, research support, instruction, and collection development services in an academic library highly desirable.
2. Education: Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline, broad liberal arts background, and A.L.A.-accredited masters degree required; advanced degree highly desirable. Scholarly engagement in relevant discipline highly desirable. Reading knowledge of major European languages highly desirable.
3. Other: Demonstrated user-oriented approach to library service, excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to work energetically and collegially with all constituencies of the academic community required. Broad familiarity with the subject matter and techniques of college research and teaching, especially in the pertinent fields, required. Understanding of research trends including digital scholarship and the role of technology in pedagogy. Evidence of continuing professional development, creativity, and resourcefulness. Strong commitment to the goals of a liberal arts education required.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter and résumé to Margaret Schaus, Lead Research and Instruction Librarian, Haverford College, 3700 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford PA 19041 or electronically at Please no phone calls. Application review begins April 7, 2014.