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Librarian, Nahman-Watson Library at Greenfield Community College (Greenfield)

Greenfield Community College is located in the beautiful and historic Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, between the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains and the fertile farmland of the Connecticut River watershed. GCC is a public community college serving over 4,800 people annually in credit courses and credit-free workshops. Known for the caring and supportive attitude of the faculty and staff, and for the broad support it enjoys from the surrounding community, the college is fully accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. In addition to a strong liberal arts focus, the college offers a wide variety of innovative and successful programs including gender and women's studies, fine arts, nursing, renewable energy, and outdoor leadership, as well as varied learning environments, from traditional classrooms, to distance learning, peer tutoring, one-on-one faculty-student advising, workforce development, and learning communities that cater to specific needs and interests. Close to fifty percent of Greenfield Community College students transfer to four-year colleges, and it is Smith College's largest source of community college transfer students. Much of the college has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation that incorporates universal design principles to meet the needs of all our students. Greenfield Community College actively encourages and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development.

The Nahman-Watson Library at GCC serves the study and research needs of a diverse group of teachers and learners by providing a variety of services, collections, and technology. Fully articulated with other student support services on campus, the GCC library is student-centered and committed to student success. The library has a variety of computers, printers, scanners as well as a technology lending library for student use. The library is open to the entire GCC community, as well as the public. For more information visit our website at

The vast majority of GCC's instruction for the spring 2021 semester will be remote. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the library has been closed to the public, but the library staff have been offering remote instructions and reference services, as well as limited curbside pickup of materials.

Working as a member of a highly collaborative library team, supervised by the Chief Information Officer/Head of Library Services, Greenfield Community College seeks a creative and student-centered librarian. This well-rounded position includes but is not limited to responsibilities with instruction, reference, collection development, and programming.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES (Percentages are estimates):
Instruction (40%)
Collaborates with faculty and library staff to develop, maintain, assess, and facilitate information literacy instruction in all disciplines and through a variety of delivery modes, including asynchronous online instruction.
Devises, updates, and assesses instructional services, relevant to our student population, utilizing current and emerging technologies.
Collaborates with faculty on curriculum-specific resources and assignments.
Conducts targeted outreach to faculty to integrate information literacy across the college curriculum. 

Reference (20%)
Provides responsive service and creates a warm welcoming atmosphere as first contact for the library, both in person and virtually.
Assists users with the use of library and college technologies, including computers (PC, Mac, laptops), printers, scanners, electronic resources, and GCC's learning management system (Moodle). 
Answers questions in person, via phone, chat, and email to students, faculty, staff and members of the public.
Conducts individual research appointments with students. 
Devises, updates, and assesses reference services, relevant to our student population, utilizing current and emerging technologies.
Guides users in developing research strategies and other college success skills.

Outreach & Programming (20%)
Promote awareness and use of library resources through outreach to faculty, staff and students.
Coordinate library's social media presence for outreach, as an informal information literacy teaching tool, and to collect stakeholder feedback.
Coordinates library programming and library support of other campus co-curricular programming.

Print & Electronic Collection Development (10%)
Conducts background research and outreach to faculty to select library materials for acquisition in subject areas of interest or expertise. 
Participates in maintenance of the print and digital collections. 
Catalogs or copy catalogs new materials. 

Other Library Tasks (10%)
Assists in opening and closing the library.
Provides circulation services.
Troubleshoots computer, network and other equipment issues and problems.
Reads, reviews, evaluates, applies, and synthesizes professional guidelines and best practices to enhance library services.
Ensures that instructional materials and library services are inclusive and accessible to students with disabilities.  
Performs other duties as assigned.

The work requirement of this position is 37.5 hours a week, working hours are negotiable Monday - Friday. Some evening hours will be required weekly during the academic year, approximately 32 weeks per year.  Occasional weekend work may also be required. This is an 11 months position February through December, with the month of January off.  Salary will be spread over 12 months.

RANK AND SALARY:  Grade 5, Anticipated Salary Range is $58,320 to $64,111, which will be then be prorated for 11 months. Actual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience in accordance with the MCCC collective bargaining agreement provisions. The appointment salary is based on the classification compensation structure.

START DATE: On or after February 15, 2021


ALA-accredited master's degree in library and/or information science or demonstrated significant progress towards library science master's degree.
Experience providing reference/research service in person and in online environments.
Demonstrated teaching experience in a variety of delivery modules and with groups of varying sizes.
Demonstrated knowledge of and dedication to creating an environment that is welcoming to a community that is diverse in race, ethnicity, language, culture, gender, neurodiversity, and disability.
Proven ability to work effectively with a diverse student, faculty, and staff population.
Working knowledge of accessibility in education and universal design for learning (UDL).
Working knowledge of trends and emerging technologies in libraries.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work days and evenings.
Proficiency in current and emerging technologies.

Proficiency in a language other than English. 
Familiarity with online instruction methods.
Experience in a community college setting.
Familiarity with assessment methods for library services and information literacy.
Working knowledge of current theory and practice in collection development.
Community college teaching, project management, or grant experience.

Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




Anticipated Salary Range is $58,320 to $64,111, which will be then be prorated for 11 months.

Closing Date

January 22, 2021

How to Apply

In order to be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online. Create a Greenfield Community College account by clicking on the APPLY NOW at: You will be able to upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

Cover letter
Contact information for 5 professional references
When preparing your cover letter and resume, please refer to the minimum and preferred qualifications and, if applicable, include an equivalency statement.

Applications accepted up to and including January 22, 2021.

Official transcripts must be submitted upon appointment and successful completion of a criminal background check may be required.


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