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Special Collections & Archives Instruction & Reference Librarian

Located in Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges with 3,000 undergraduates and 200 graduates. Established in 1831, Wesleyan is known for its rich, open, and interdisciplinary curriculum. We have a long-standing commitment to creating a dynamically diverse campus comprised of students from all racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Within this intellectually stimulating environment, the Wesleyan University Libraries play an important role. Wesleyan’s Special Collections & Archives (SC&A) is the home of the University’s archives, local history, manuscript, and rare book collections. The Special Collections is made up of over 45,000 volumes of rare books ranging from medieval manuscript codices and early printed books to 21st century fine press books, and covers numerous formats, including books, pamphlets, broadsides, and maps. It also holds a strong collection of over 1,000 artists’ books with one strength of the artists’ books being social issues and social justice.

Reporting to the Acting Dietrich Family Director of Special Collections & Archives (SC&A), this term limited position (January 2023-December 2023), will collaborate with faculty, librarians, and students to provide innovative instruction and research services using SC&A holdings in the areas of rare books, the history of the book, manuscripts, artists’ books, and primary source literacy.

This position will split the instruction load with the Acting Dietrich Family Director. In a typical academic year, the Instruction & Reference Librarian would teach 35-50 class sessions. They will also help provide effective reference/research consultation both in-person and virtually.

• Develops and conducts instruction sessions using Special Collections & Archives resources for a diverse community and student body, working across a range of arts and humanities disciplines. Primarily sessions will relate to one or more of the following: rare books, history of the book, manuscripts, and artists’ books.
• Works closely with faculty to select materials for classroom instruction, prepares multimodal context for these materials, and creates instructional materials such as lesson plans, assignments, and handouts to integrate Special Collections materials into the curriculum.
• Assesses and adjusts instruction strategies and techniques based on learning objectives, student outcomes, and faculty feedback.
• Provides reference services in the SC&A reading room, online, and by telephone, and staffs the reading room 6-8 hours per week.
• Collaborates with SC&A colleagues on collection development decisions for rare books and manuscripts in order to support the curriculum and research needs of the university.
• Assists with staffing events, open houses, and additional outreach activities.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

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