Part Time Librarian – SUNY Purchase College, Purchase, NY

The Purchase Library is seeking qualified candidates to serve as Part-time Adjunct Reference and Instruction Librarian.  The position provides reference services to patrons in-person at the Reference Desk and via text message, email, synchronous chat, phone, and Zoom. In addition, the adjunct librarian conducts remote, virtual, and/or in-person information literacy instruction and may assist faculty librarians or library staff with discrete tasks during regular working hours, as needed. During evening shifts, this role assists the Circulation Supervisor in maintaining building security and enforcing library policies.

Duties and responsibilities include

  • Assists patrons in-person, via text message, email, synchronous chat, phone, and Zoom for several hours per week. This includes helping patrons use the Library catalog, databases, online resources, citation managers, and basic reference tools.
  • Assists patrons with basic use of technology including library computers, scanners, and printers. Refers patrons to and helps oversee student staff at the Technology Assistance Desk.
  • Teaches information literacy sessions, as assigned. These are primarily “one-shots.” Courses may include: College Writing, Senior Capstone/senior project preparation, and other disciplinary classes as needed.
  • Teaches evening and weekend information literacy sessions that fall outside “regular” business hours at times that are hard for fulltime librarians to cover.
  • Assists the Circulation Supervisor in maintaining building security and enforcing library policies during late-afternoon and evening shifts.
  • Integrates online tutorials and Moodle Learning Management System into classroom instruction to prepare for and follow up on information literacy instruction sessions.
  • Serves as the “course librarian” in courses for which he/she/they performs instruction and answers research questions that arise from students or faculty in those courses
  • Assists faculty librarians with discrete tasks and assigned special projects, as needed. These may include: collection development, weeding, handout generation and distribution, libguide editing, tasks related to library assessment, or other small projects.

The positions hours coincide with fall and spring semester terms and do not include the summer terms.  Candidate should be very comfortable with current instructional technology, including providing reference and instruction through video conferencing tools such as Zoom.


  • Master’s degree in information and/or library science from an ALA-accredited school or an ALA-approved foreign equivalent
  • Recent grads encouraged to apply; 1-2 years’ experience preferred
  • Knowledge of accessibility standards and experience working with persons with disabilities a plus
  • Strong customer service ethic
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated organizational and problem solving ability
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a collegial setting
  • Ability to manage a diverse workload
  • Willingness to work in the evenings.

To apply, please send email and resume to: