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Reference Librarian/Pre-MLS Reference Librarian, Emmanuel College (Boston)

Emmanuel College is a co-educational, residential institution with a 17-acre campus in the heart of Boston's educational, scientific, cultural and medical communities. Enrolling more than 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students, the College provides boundless opportunities for students to expand their worldview through rigorous coursework, significant internship and career opportunities throughout the Boston area and beyond, collaborations with distinguished and dedicated faculty, and participation in a dynamic campus community. Emmanuel's more than 50 programs in the sciences, liberal arts, business, nursing, and education foster spirited discourse and substantive learning experiences that honor the College's Catholic educational mission to cultivate the whole person and prepare students for effective and ethical leadership in the 21st century. For more information, visit

Reporting to the Associate Librarian for Reference, Instruction and Outreach, the Reference Librarian will perform reference, public service, and some technical service duties, oversee all library operations on nights, weekends, and holidays, assist library patrons in the use of electronic resources, assist with scheduled information literacy classes and participate in special projects. 

Essential responsibilities will include:

*As the senior staff member on duty, provide overall supervision of library operations and guidance as needed to student workers during any night, weekend, or holiday shifts.  (Student workers are assigned their specific tasks by their supervisors.) 
*Provide reference and information services, including database searching instruction, and assistance with the use of print materials. 
*Provide coverage in circulation, reserves, and media services, as needed. 
*Assist in maintaining and troubleshooting reference computers and printers. 
*Input reference transactions into the reference statistical database. 
*Assist with reference projects to enhance library users' research skills.  
*Provide written shift reports and other feedback to the Associate Librarian and to student worker supervisors as directed.

The hours for this position will be Tuesdays and Fridays 8AM-12P and Friday 8AM-3PM for a total of 14.5 hours per week.


Our ideal candidates will possess an MLS or be an MLS candidate who has completed the Reference course, and have 1-2 years of library reference experience or related customer service experience.  Candidates should be able to supervise student workers on night, weekend and holiday shifts.  Candidates should also have knowledge, skills, and facility with both print and electronic resources; facility with new technologies; ability to work successfully in a team environment and individually; willingness to provide library instruction under the supervision of the Associate Librarian for Reference, Instruction, and Outreach; ability to work closely and effectively with students and faculty; good interpersonal and communication skills; and ability to participate in and initiate special projects.   

Full/Part Time

Part Time




Closing Date

How to Apply

After submitting your resume with this application form (link below), you will be prompted to complete an Applicant Profile where you will be able to upload your cover letter and list of references.

In order to be considered for this position, you need to submit all three documents: a resume, cover letter and a list of three references with phone numbers.


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