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Reference Librarian for Instruction, MGH Institute of Health Profession - The Bellack Library (Boston)

The MGH Institute of Health Professions is seeking a Reference Librarian for Instruction.

The Reference Librarian for Instruction plays a vital role in the Bellack Library, a bustling academic health sciences library. With the guidance of the Library Director, this librarian works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve institutional goals and promote a supportive and inclusive campus environment through anti-racism and anti-oppression initiatives. In this small library setting, the Reference Librarian is involved in a variety of library functions, including information services and coordination of information literacy activities and materials. They work both independently and with others to draft, implement, and evaluate policies and procedures related to these areas.

The Bellack Library is committed to creating a welcoming and user-friendly space for all, both in person and online. As such, the Reference Librarian is responsible for evaluating services with an eye towards meeting the needs of a diverse population, particularly in the area of student engagement. The Reference Librarian also plays an important role in ensuring equitable service to all students, faculty, and staff, and actively contributes to the MGH Institute of Health Profession’s efforts to cultivate a diverse and inclusive campus community.

Overall, the Reference Librarian for Instruction is a valuable member of the Bellack Library team, working with dedication and commitment to support the academic and research needs of the MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Duties & Responsibilities

Research, Instruction and Information Services (45%)

- Supports student and faculty scholarship by providing instruction and guidance in the use of library tools, developing literature reviews, principles of evidence-based practice, the research process, health information literacy, and other topics as necessary through different modes including workshops, individual and small group research consultations, and reference services, any of which could be in-person or online depending on student/faculty needs.

- Creates research guides, video tutorials and other learning objects to facilitate asynchronous library instruction.

- Collaborates with faculty to embed customized library instruction in courses and to select library materials for coursework, including providing guidance with copyright/permissions issues. 

Information Literacy and Instruction Coordination (45%)

- Takes the lead on oversight of Bellack’s information literacy activities, including tracking statistics and identifying new opportunities to support information literacy.

- Manages the maintenance of instructional materials, including LibGuides, video tutorials and orientations, online workshops, and shared instructional materials

- Coordinates evaluation of instructional activities and materials

Technical and Access Services (5%)

- Circulates materials to users.

- Collaborates with library staff to maintain collections.

Professional Development and Service (5%)

- Stays current and expands professional knowledge in skills via participation in continuing education courses, professional associations, and other professional development opportunities.

- Communicates actively with fellow professionals through regional and national conference attendance, research, publishing, and presentations.

Work Schedule

The Reference Librarian works an evening shift,
Monday-Friday, 12:30PM-9:00PM, with the possibility of occasional weekends and
The opportunity to work remotely two (2) days per week.




- Master of Library Science (or similar) from an ALA accredited program
- 3-5 years’ experience providing information services in an academic library
- Experience developing and providing information literacy workshops and tutorials


- Health sciences library experience
- Experience assessing library services and/or programming


Administrative Skills

- Strong interpersonal communication and presentation skills
- Collaboration skills and ability work with various departments and individuals within the Institute
- Work independently and in a team
- Balance several responsibilities simultaneously
- Effectively manage projects and meet deadlines

Technical Skills

- Excellent Database and Internet searching
- Moderate knowledge of website programming languages
- Facility with Microsoft Office 365 applications
- Familiarity with graphic design applications such as Canva or Adobe InDesign

Physical Capabilities

- Travel to the Institute campus in Charlestown
- Travel between building floors and to other MGH locations
- Lift and move library materials (up to 30 lbs)
- Verbally engage with faculty and students in a variety of ways.
- Sit in front of a computer for long periods of time 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, and walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and talk.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.  Some travel is necessary in this position.


MGH Institute of Health Professions is a graduate school in Boston that provides entry-level and post-professional programs in Nursing, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Genetic Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies. The PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences and a PhD and Master of Science in Health Professions Education have been added in recent years along with two brand new programs: Master of Health Administration in Leadership and Master of Science in Healthcare Data Analytics to meet rising demand for highly educated health care professionals, educators, and researchers. Integrating classroom learning with research and clinical experience, the Institute grants doctoral degrees, master's degrees, awards certificates of advanced study, and offers continuing education to practicing professionals.

MGH Institute of Health Professions is the only degree-granting affiliate in Mass General Brigham (MGB), the largest private employer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Institute has been recognized multiple times by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For.” A leading health sciences educational institution, MGH Institute provides students with outstanding academic programs, many of which are ranked among the best in the nation.

MGH Institute of Health Professions has announced an organization-wide anti-racism initiative to think boldly about race and bring together all members of the Institute community to address systemic racial injustice as well as oppression more broadly. The plan seeks to create a supportive and inclusive campus environment and better support the diverse communities the school serves. We are excited about this new initiative and are hiring employees who are committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and will contribute to our anti-racism and anti-oppression approach. 

EEO Statement

The MGH Institute of Health Professions is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We welcome nominations and applications from individuals who bring a diversity of experience, thought, and practice to the Institute’s research, teaching, and clinical missions. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




$28.84  / hour

Salary Notes

Commensurate with experience (range $60K or greater)

Closing Date

How to Apply


2023-09-18 |  Quick link to this job