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Community Engagement Librarian- 30 hours per week, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Inc. (Needham)

Founded in 1997, Olin College is a selective undergraduate engineering institution with a dual mission to educate exemplary engineering innovators and to lead the transformation of engineering education. The Olin College Library is an active learning, research, and fabrication space. Our resources are wide-ranging, extending beyond books and physical media to our digital reference collection, numerous hand tools, cameras, recording studio, and makerspace equipment. Library staff work closely with faculty, students, and other college staff to achieve Olin’s mission to co-design engineering education.

Position Summary
The Olin College Library seeks an energetic, service-oriented, creative colleague to join us in supporting student success and community engagement. Under direction of the Library Director and the Access, Acquisition, and Discovery Librarian, the Community Engagement Librarian is responsible for helping provide access to e-resources and physical materials, as well as contributing to reference, collection development, and classroom instruction. This position also helps manage our Library of Things and makerspace equipment and assists with organizing library-run or -sponsored programming. In addition to more “traditional” library responsibilities and competencies, we are looking for someone to help us explore the literacies of making, ideating, and co-creating. This position is for 30 hours per week.

General Responsibilities
• Plans, schedules, and implements library programming; coordinates library event spaces, outreach, and engagement activities
• Works closely with library colleagues to ensure that all types of collections are readily discoverable and accessible, online and in the library, in a timely manner
• Provides research assistance and reference help, including leading instruction sessions for information literacy and using library resources
• Fulfills interlibrary loan requests
• Assists users by troubleshooting electronic resource problems
• Develops, promotes, and implements programs to a broad range of community members in support of the library’s mission, vision, and objectives
• Participates in collection development, acquisitions, and weeding processes
• Represents the library at events and committee meetings as needed
• Helps support and co-supervise a peer-training group of students with expert knowledge of specialized library equipment


Minimum Requirements
• MLS/MLIS with previous cataloging experience preferred, or 5+ years equivalent work experience and documented professional development.
• Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Lift up to 30 lbs.

Desired Qualifications
• Experience with A/V production and/or fabrication (screen printing, sewing, fiber arts, etc.)
• Familiarity with and enthusiasm for user-centered design
• Experience managing websites, social media channels, and/or newsletters for other organizations

Full/Part Time

Full Time




Closing Date

How to Apply

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2019-10-01 |  Quick link to this job