Adjunct Reference Librarian (Part-time, non-tenure track) SUNY Purchase College

Adjunct Reference Librarian (Part-time, non-tenure track) SUNY Purchase College

Job Description

The Purchase College Library is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as a part-time Adjunct Reference & Instruction Librarian. The adjunct librarian will provide in-person and virtual reference services including in-depth one-on-one research consultations. The adjunct librarian may also participate in teaching information literacy instruction, as needed, and may assist faculty librarians or library staff with special projects during regular working hours. The position is weekdays in the late afternoon and early evening during the Fall and Spring semesters. During evening shifts, this role assists the Circulation Supervisor in maintaining building security and enforcing library policies. This is a part-time, non-tenure track, professional staff position.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Assists patrons in-person at the Reference Desk and virtually via text message, email, chat, phone, or Zoom for several regularly-assigned shifts per week (approximately 9 to 12 hours a week). This includes helping patrons use the Library catalog (aka Discovery search), databases, e-resources, citation managers, etc.
  • Assists patrons with basic use of technology including library computers, scanners, and printers.
  • May teach information literacy sessions, if needed, for courses such as: College Writing, senior capstone/senior project preparation, or other classes. Serves as the “course librarian” in courses for which they perform instruction and answers research questions that arise from students or faculty in those courses
  • Assists the Circulation Supervisor in maintaining building security and enforcing library policies during late-afternoon and evening shifts.
  • Records and maintains statistics after reference interactions.
  • Assists faculty librarians with various tasks and assigned special projects, as assigned. For example: collection development, weeding, handout generation and distribution, libguide editing, library assessment, library marketing, or other small projects.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in information and/or library science from an ALA-accredited school or an ALA-approved foreign equivalent
  • 1-2 years of experience working in an academic library (may include internships and graduate assistantships)
  • Strong customer service ethic
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, including ability to communicate well with students, faculty, and community patrons of diverse academic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a collegial setting
  • Must be able to work in the evenings and have reliable transportation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Skilled in using current library and educational technologies such as: Brightspace (D2L), ALMA/Primo, Microsoft Teams, and Springshare platforms.
  • Comfortable with established and emerging virtual reference technologies such as chat, text, and video/Zoom reference
  • Familiarity with LibChat/LibAnswers platforms is a plus
  • Knowledge of accessibility standards and experience working with persons with disabilities


Additional Information:

  • SALARY & BENEFITS: $27.00 per hour. No benefits.
  • TARGETED START DATE: As soon as possible
  • Recent graduates, women, and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.
  • TO APPLY: Send a letter expressing interest in this position, a resume, and contact information for three references to  Initial deadline for review: Friday Sept 22, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


SUNY Purchase College 735 Anderson Hill Road Purchase, NY 10577



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