Instruction and Reference Librarian, Assistant Professor (2 positions) – City Tech

ursalaInstruction and Reference Librarian, Assistant Professor (Two positions)

The Ursula C. Schwerin Library at New York City College of Technology, CUNY, seeks a tenure-track library faculty member at the assistant professor level to serve as Instruction and Reference Librarian. The successful candidate will work with library faculty colleagues to develop and offer information literacy and library instruction, including collaborative efforts with faculty in all disciplines. They will also offer reference service, be responsible for designated areas of collection development, and provide coordination and communication for functional and subject areas. The Instruction and Reference Librarian must maintain a record of excellence in librarianship, scholarly achievement, and service. The Ursula C. Schwerin Library is committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply.

The Instruction and Reference Librarian will:

  •  Offer classroom or other group instruction to students and faculty in information literacy. Instruction ranges from general introductions to library services and library/internet resources to discipline-specific presentations for programs, courses, or assignments. Instruction may be offered in-person or online, and may include collaboration with other faculty on subject guides and course-specific research resources.
  • Teach the three-credit undergraduate course LIB 1201, Research and Documentation for the Information Age. Course description and syllabus may be found at
  • Provide comprehensive, one-to-one reference consultation and instruction to members of the college community. To this end, they will develop and maintain broad knowledge of resources, regardless of format, in general reference areas as well as City Tech subject/career fields.
  • Working as subject specialist in assigned areas, evaluate, select, and deselect library materials. Responsibilities include appropriate and timely expenditures under assigned budgets, website content creation and updates in areas of specialization, and communication and consultation with subject faculty regarding resources and services, including information literacy and instruction.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s in Library and Information Science (MLS/MLIS) or closely related discipline from an ALA-accredited institution; a second master’s degree OR doctorate is also required
  • Experience providing instruction and reference in an academic library within a diverse college or university community
  • An interest in productive scholarship or creative achievement
  • Knowledge of best practices and emerging trends in information and educational technologies
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership qualities, and the ability to work efficiently and effectively on shared projects and department and college committees
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and planning skills, and strong oral and written communication skills


  • Background, experience, or degree in STEM fields, especially natural sciences or health sciences
  • Experience in library marketing, outreach, or public relations
  • Experience with creating and using educational technologies, especially at the college or university level, and familiarity with best practices in instructional design
  • Familiarity with current trends in scholarly communication, including open access publishing and open educational resources
  • Familiarity with assessment practices in libraries and higher education
  • Management and supervisory skills and experience

Candidates should provide a cover letter, CV, and statement of scholarly interests.

View and apply for this job at:


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of resumes may begin 4/29/15.