Research and Instruction Librarian (North Adams, MA)

Job Description:

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts seeks a Research and Instruction Librarian to collaborate with MCLA faculty, staff, and students to create and provide user-centered teaching and learning opportunities that foster inquiry, discovery, critical thinking, lifelong learning, and ethical information use and creation.

 Using the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (Framework), the Research and Instruction Librarian creates learning outcomes, designs instruction/assignments, advances the library’s information literacy program, teaches in face-to-face, online, hybrid, or embedded courses, provides individual research consultations to students and faculty, and assesses the effectiveness of library instruction.  Responsibilities extend to instructional sites in Pittsfield, MA, and online courses/programs.

 The Research and Instruction Librarian co-leads the archives with the Digital Services Librarian, participates in collection development, collaborates with other departments to promote student success, and supervises the part-time reference staff.  The Research and Instruction Librarian’s regular schedule is Monday – Friday from 9 am to 5 pm with an occasional weekend or evening instruction session.   Some scheduling flexibility required.


  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited institution.
  • Flexibility, creativity, and initiative required to work in a dynamic small library with a strong student-centric service orientation.
  • Demonstrated skill and comfort in teaching.
  • Teaching experience in higher education or supervisory experience preferred.
  • Experience in information literacy education.
  • At least one year’s experience in an academic library, 2-3 years preferred.
  • Knowledge of trends in library and user-focused technologies including social networking, mobile applications, and the use of technology in instruction.
  • Experience in developing and maintaining archives or local history collections preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a culturally diverse community.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Active listening and interviewing /reference consultation skills.
  • Strong knowledge of information resources, services, and library technologies.
  • Curiosity about and interest in the research process and literature across disciplines.
  • Interest in and ability to function in an evolving library environment.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with library staff, faculty, and college departments.
  • Willingness to provide occasional instruction services off-site or during evening hours.
  • Experience or coursework in active learning preferred; research or publications in library field welcomed.
  • Familiarity with current approaches in pedagogy, curriculum design and development, learning theory, or assessment preferred.


  • Demonstrate excellence in a variety of teaching and learning strategies to enhance student achievement.
  • Exhibit expertise in information literacy and strong familiarity with ACRL Information Literacy Framework & Standards.
  • Deliver constructive feedback to student learners.
  • Include active learning in instruction sessions or design.
  • Foster critical thinking and analysis.
  • Engage with traditional and non-traditional learners.
  • Provide data-driven recommendations for continuous improvement.

Additional Information:

Review of applications will begin immediately. Application deadline is August 26, 2018.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its educational programs, activities and employment practices. The college complies with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations advancing equal employment. Applicants who will enrich the diversity of the campus community are strongly encouraged to apply. Visit

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates must apply electronically and should submit a letter of interest and resume at

About Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts:

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is a dynamic and vibrant four-year public college located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. Founded in 1894, MCLA is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college of the Massachusetts State University System. MCLA was named a Top Ten Public Liberal Arts College by U.S. News and World Report. MCLA is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), a national consortium positioned at the forefront of the conversation on the value of a liberal arts education. MCLA also earned a place on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges. The ranking cites colleges that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost, and the College was again named to the President’s Honor Roll for Service by the Corporation for National and Community Service.