Job: Research & Instruction Librarian at Whittier College

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 12:00am


The Wardman Library at Whittier College seeks a Research & Instruction Librarian designs, develops and assesses the College’s information literacy program, including coordination of instruction for the first year writing program.

Reports To: Library Director
Location/Department: Whittier College (Main Campus)/Wardman Library

Position Status: Full-Time
Exempt/Non-Exempt Status: Exempt
Salary Range: $55,000 - $65,000. Salary will be commensurate with experience, skills and knowledge.


  • Develops and coordinates web-based tools aimed to increase proficiency in library use and knowledge of library resources.
  • Provides other librarians with information and materials useful to the effective teaching of research and library skills.
  • Investigates and incorporates appropriate new trends in library instruction, reference services, information literacy and the use of learning spaces.
  • Assists with Library sponsored events, including poetry readings, book signings, fall and spring finals activities for students, annual faculty tenure and promotion reception, and other outreach activities, as requested.
  • Oversees the Library’s social media sites; keeping posts up-to-date and relevant for the student and faculty interests.
  • Supervises the full-time Circulation/Interlibrary Loan position.
  • Manages all aspects of the McNaughton Book leasing program.
  • Coordinates and oversees interlibrary loan services, both borrowing and lending, using Link+, RapidILL, and OCLC ILL Service.  Keeps current with latest ILL technology and collects use statistics.
  • Responsible for the staffing and scheduling of the Information Desk.
  • Coordinates the Library’s role in the peer mentor program, working closely with the CAAS and Writing Program staff.  Is a co-instructor for the peer mentor classes.
  • Demonstrates strong communication, teambuilding and customer service skills.
  • Keeps current and capably assists users with the library’s technological services including but not limited to: PCs, Macs, printers, photocopiers, and related-printing software, scanners, digital microfilm reader and its software, learning software, general productivity applications, and learning management platform (Moodle).
  • Oversees LibGuides and assists librarians in content.
  • Works effectively with other librarians to build consensus about new directions in information literacy programming and its assessment.
  • Collects and maintains statistics for interlibrary loan borrowing and lending and reference services.
  • Responsible for collection development and acts as liaison in assigned subject areas and departments.
  • Supervises and creates special projects for student workers and peer mentors.
  • Participate in library wide initiative through committee work.
  • Commitment to working in a culturally diverse environment. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule one week night for Information Desk duties, as needed.


ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent Library degree, 3+ years experience as a professional librarian, academic preferred.  

Knowledge and Skills:
Experience as part of a Public Services team with knowledge and skills in searching print and web-based resources.  Proven success supervising employees.  Management of an information literacy program at an academic institution.  Familiarity with interlibrary loan processes and procedures.

Application Deadline:    Open Until Filled
The position is based in Whittier, California.  To be considered for this position, please submit your cover letter, resume and salary history to: or mail to Whittier College, Attn: Human Resources Manager, 13406 E Philadelphia Street Whittier, CA  90608. AA/AOE.


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