Research and Instruction Librarian

at Haverford College (view profile)
Published April 23, 2024
Location 370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, Pennsylvania
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Cover Letter Requirements Required
Education Requirements • ALA-accredited master’s degree; alternatively, Ph.D. in relevant subject field and completion of library master’s degree within three years of hire
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 60000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency 73000
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Haverford College invites applications for our full-time (at least 37.5 hours per week), exempt, benefits-eligible Research and Instruction Librarian opportunity.

Haverford Offers Great Benefits: The College offers a comprehensive benefits program that includes possible work-from-home opportunities, automatic 10% retirement contribution to your retirement account upon eligibility (no match required), a 50% tuition benefit for dependent children upon eligibility, 14 paid holidays (including the week before New Year’s Day off), Health Savings Account contribution of $650 for individuals and$1300 for families (no match required), affordable medical plans, and a beautiful arboretum campus with walking trail and easy public transportation access. Please visit the Benefits page ( for more information.

Work Location: This position will be eligible for a hybrid work schedule, pursuant to the College’s Work Location Policy. The position requires a minimum of 4 days per week on campus. The off-campus day shall be selected and consistent every week in agreement with one’s supervisor.

About Research, Instruction, and Digital Scholarship at the Libraries

The Research and Instruction Librarian is part of the Research, Instruction, and Digital Scholarship team, which is a group of librarians in Lutnick Library dedicated to continually iterating a full range of instruction, reference, research support, outreach, collection development, and digital scholarship services, all in the interest of collaborating with students, faculty, staff, and the Haverford community at large.

About the Position

As a member of the Research, Instruction, and Digital Scholarship team, the Research and Instruction Librarian provides a full range of instruction, research support, outreach, assessment, and collection development services. The Research and Instruction Librarian provides expert support for assigned subjects and for campus-wide digital project initiatives, and works with digital scholarship librarians to provide services to faculty and students. The person in this position collaborates with colleagues at Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore to maintain and improve cooperative relationships among the three colleges’ libraries.

Primary Responsibilities

Research, Instruction, and Digital Scholarship

  • Provide a full range of general reference services as well as in-depth research assistance in assigned areas. The portfolio for this position includes these subjects: History, Political Science, African and Africana Studies
  • Participate in the Library’s instruction program and promote active learning through classroom instruction, individual research meetings, course guides, exhibits, workshops, etc.
  • Collaborate with librarians supporting other disciplines when a project includes a relevant disciplinary aspect
  • Train and supervise student assistants assigned to reference work
  • Foster and maintain close working relationships with faculty and students in assigned subject areas
  • Participate in and support a diverse and inclusive community of faculty, students, and staff
  • Develop and manage collections in assigned subject areas
  • Work to maintain the effectiveness of the Haverford/Bryn Mawr/Swarthmore approval plan
  • Engage actively in research and scholarship with outputs in a range of formats
  • Leverage subject expertise and technical knowledge to advance digital scholarship on campus
  • Collaborate with related disciplinary faculty in their digital scholarship projects
  • Keep abreast of new technologies, including artificial intelligence, with a view toward their application to research and digital scholarship services
  • Engage in digital scholarship and advise faculty and students in development, current thinking, and practices
  • Participate in Tri-College Libraries committees as appropriate
  • Perform other duties or projects as assigned


  • Formulate an assessment plan for the Libraries’ Research, Instruction, and Digital Scholarship program
  • Fully participate in the Libraries’ strategic planning processes
  • Administer and design custom assessment instruments, such as surveys, focus groups, interviews, rubrics, balanced scorecards, and internal data collection forms
  • Consult with librarians to help them choose or develop appropriate methods to assess and improve their instruction
  • Analyze reference interaction data to identify trends and frequently asked questions with the goal of maintaining responsive services and identifying training opportunities for faculty, staff, and students
  • Coordinate the gathering of research and instruction statistics for external surveys and reports

Data management

  • Cultivate expertise in finding, acquiring, manipulating, and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, in particular for research, instruction, and digital scholarship projects
  • Seek opportunities for data literacy and skills instruction, and keep up to date with data-related developments
  • Collaborate with library and community partners on issues of data management and sustainability related to digital scholarship and/or grant-funded initiatives

Line of Report: The Research and Instruction Librarian reports to the Associate Librarian of the College and Coordinator for Research, Instruction, and Digital Scholarship Services. This position supervises student colleagues, usually 1-2 per year.

Minimum Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree; alternatively, Ph.D. in relevant subject field and completion of library master’s degree within three years of hire
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • Broad liberal arts background

Professional Competencies

  • Strong commitment to working in and advancing an inclusive environment
  • Proficiency in research, instruction, assessment initiatives
  • Demonstrated user-oriented approach to library service
  • Broad familiarity with the subject matter and techniques of college research and teaching, especially in the pertinent fields
  • Understanding of research trends including digital scholarship and the roles of data and technology in pedagogy
  • Experience related to supervising student colleagues
  • Experience compiling and reporting academic library data
  • Evidence of competence in planning, project management, and/or data management
  • Proven record of conducting library assessment projects and applying research methods (i.e., qualitative and quantitative research design methods)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of processes and software tools for collecting, analyzing, reporting and visualizing data
  • Demonstrated capacity for collaboration including the ability to foster and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and students
  • Evidence of continuing professional development, creativity, and resourcefulness
  • Strong commitment to the goals of a liberal arts education
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to work energetically and collegially with all constituencies of the academic community.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two years professional-level experience with general reference, research support, instruction, collection development, data management, assessment services
  • Additional advanced degree
  • Reading knowledge of another language
  • Scholarly engagement in relevant discipline

We are aware that some people are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every qualification in the job description including the preferred qualifications. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and recognize that a successful candidate may come from a less traditional career trajectory, such as having skills and abilities gained outside a classroom context, or an equivalent skill set. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our preferred qualifications.

To Apply: Interested applicants are invited to submit an application, to include a cover letter and resume by visiting The application deadline is May 15, 2024. Application review will begin after the deadline has passed. Please email with questions about submitting your materials. Should the search committee be interested in pursuing your candidacy, you will hear from them directly. Finalists will be asked to provide three professional references.

Haverford College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and providing equal opportunities and access to all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, disability, or veteran status. Women, non-binary and transgender individuals, people of color, Indigenous people, and those with other or multiple historically marginalized and/or underrepresented identities are especially encouraged to apply. Haverford College and our consortial partners are located on Lenape lands.