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Head, Library Research & Instruction Services, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, George C. Gordon Library (Worcester)

Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Gordon Library is seeking candidates for a new leadership position as Department Head for Library Research & Instruction Services. The Library’s integration into undergraduate learning through the work of this team is as unique and dynamic as WPI’s project-centered, global, and interdisciplinary curriculum. The department’s team of four experienced librarians provides dozens of sought-after and valued course-integrated instruction sessions and over 630 customized individual and team project and research consultations, delivered throughout WPI’s fast-paced 7-week terms.

The Department Head will facilitate, mentor, and participate in delivering as well as planning and assessing research and instruction services, collaborating with the team and with faculty across all disciplines to develop responsive, sustainable programs in which our exceptional students can practice and master critical information literacies.

As a member of the Library’s leadership team and reporting to the University Librarian, the Department Head will regularly collaborate with our other library administrative and management leaders on budget, personnel, policy, and operational issues as well as support for university and library strategic priorities. 

WPI and the Gordon Library have both recently completed new strategic plans, both of which express our commitments to advancing inclusion, access, research with purpose, and well-being in our community.  Our campus is also thrilled to be welcoming Grace Wang as our 17th University President this spring.  


Required qualifications:
1.     Demonstrated knowledge and experience with instruction, information literacy, and assessment of library services and resources, including teaching and instruction experience in an academic library setting.
2.     Excellent communication, management, and organizational skills, including the ability to create a workplace environment that is user-focused, based on respect and that prioritizes staff input and development.
3.     Creativity, initiative, and interest in innovative approaches to teaching and research support.
4.     Demonstrated commitment to cultural competency, diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.
5.     Demonstrated excellent communication skills, both oral and written, with the ability to foster positive working relationships and build partnerships.
6.     Demonstrated ability to plan, document, and complete projects.
7.     Graduate degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent combination of education and library work experience (e.g. subject expertise combined with appropriate teaching experience and/or library experience).

Preferred qualifications:
1.     Experience supervising professional librarians.
2.     Demonstrated experience creating online learning resources and effectively conducting learning sessions virtually.
3.     Demonstrated ability to work proactively and effectively with faculty on instruction issues.
4.     Additional graduate degree or significant progress toward a second graduate degree.
5.     Demonstrated interest in, or experience with, services for a project-based learning curriculum.
6.     Knowledge of, and/or experience with, assessment methods for instruction and the ability to put these methods into practice.
7.     A record of professional contributions through writing, presentation, grants, or research collaborations.
8.     Experience in science and/or engineering reference and library instruction.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




$75,000.00  / year

Salary Notes

Anticipated minimum salary. Offered salary will depend on qualifications and experience as well as internal and market equity

Closing Date

How to Apply

Review of candidates for this position will begin in early March. 
To view the full posting and to apply, please visit WPI’s Careers website: Head of Library Research & Instruction Services.


2023-02-07 |  Quick link to this job