Research & Instruction Librarian for Science and Social Science

Date Posted: 08/27/2021
Type/Department:Administrator in Library
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Hampshire College

Department:  Library                     

Job Title: Research & Instruction Librarian for Science and Social Science

Position Type: Full Time

Schedule: 35 Hours a week

Pay Range/ Status: $53,000 - $56,000 / Exempt

Location: Hampshire College Campus in Amherst, MA

Reports to: Director of the Library

Anticipated Start Date: October 25, 2021


Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is located on a beautiful rural campus in Amherst, Massachusetts. We provide residential undergraduate education to nearly 600 students. Each department at Hampshire College contributes to the collaborative culture of the organization and plays an important role in the success of the College.  The Hampshire College Library is a dynamic hub of people, technology, and information that serves as an incubator of ideas across all disciplines. Educating for change demands comprehension of the past and vision for the future. The library's innovative and risk-taking intellectual environment fosters new ways of creating knowledge and understanding.  As part of the library team, you will be instrumental in the department achieving its mission and goals!


The research and instruction librarian for science & social science is an integral member of a small team of engaged and innovative librarians and library colleagues. The science & social science librarian provides reference, information literacy instruction, collection development and faculty liaison services in the sciences and social sciences to the Hampshire community.  As lead librarian for InfoBar coverage, provides walk-in research consultation support and coordinates schedule for research help.  Takes the lead on organizing all library orientations for new students, transfer students, international students, and James Baldwin scholars.  Develops an innovative collection to support students in these disciplines. Takes lead on e-science resources and trends that support data gathering and management, visualization, competitive analysis, and other emerging technologies, especially as they support undergraduate research and teaching, as well as open access initiatives.  Represents the library or the College on Hampshire and Five College committees and meetings. Candidate must successfully work across generations and bring kindness, respect, and empathy into the workplace. A commitment to working with people from diverse backgrounds and empowering students of all abilities is essential.


Technical or business skills include: Ability to help students and faculty access the resources they need; ability to troubleshoot technical problems; compare and contrast new pieces of technology/software/apps; use social media to promote the library and its resources; learn new methods of communicating and interacting with faculty or students; proficiency in 21st Century learning environments, including e-science experience and knowledge, an understanding of the data curation process, knowledge of metadata standards, and experience building new collections and developing related metadata, workflow, and access processes; ability to locate and vet new resources.

Must be passionate about working in an organization that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism. 

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities. 

Supports and enhances a sense of belonging and success of students from traditionally marginalized populations.



MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program

Three years of job-related experience

Alternatives to formal education and paid work experience may be considered as equivalent qualifications to include military service/training, volunteering, activism, and other non-traditional programs and experiences related to the position.



Hampshire College offers an excellent benefits program for eligible employees such as medical, dental, vision, life insurance, generous retirement plan contributions, flexible leave plans, and many other fringe benefits. For information on Hampshire College, including more information on employee benefits and our company culture, visit our website at


Hampshire College is an equal opportunity employer and deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are particularly committed to revealing and combating the social and institutional structures that support racism and white supremacy in all phases of employment and college life. We believe that the educational and employment environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to work and grow. We encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, sexual minority groups, veterans, and other candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives. Hampshire College is committed to removing barriers to employment faced by equity-seeking groups and encourages (but does not require) members of these groups to self-identify in their application materials. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in the work environment are particularly encouraged to apply.


Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via our website at

Review of applications will begin on September 1 and will continue until the position is filled. 

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity and inclusion in education and employment.