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First Year Experience Librarian

Hamilton is one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges. It is independent, highly selective, coeducational and residential. Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, Hamilton is today composed of 1,850 diverse and talented students from nearly all of the 50 states and approximately 40 countries. More information can be found at www.hamilton.edu/about.

The division of Library & Information Technology Services (LITS) at Hamilton College seeks a creative, dynamic, and energetic individual for appointment to the position of Research & First Year Experience Librarian.  Reporting to the Director of Research and Instruction Services, this position is part of a newly merged organization made up of library and technology professionals dedicated to student success. We seek a colleague who will bring inventive ideas to the forefront, and motivate others to work collaboratively to achieve results. Hamilton’s First Year Experience (FYE) is a strategic initiative to provide an integrated academic and residential experience for its new students. This position is an exciting opportunity to develop and guide the division’s role within the first year program at Hamilton. The Research and FYE Librarian will work with faculty and academic support centers to incorporate information literacy concepts into first year classes, assist in creating authentic research experiences, and articulate the library's impact on student success.

Hamilton boasts a number of innovative initiatives, including a nationally recognized effort supporting digital humanities, integration of academic and career planning, and experimentation with online learning/MOOCs through membership in edX. Support for the academic program is facilitated by a decade-long partnership of librarians and technologists known as the HILLgroup.  Hamilton is a member of important national and regional consortia including the Oberlin Group, ConnectNY, and CLIR, and has a commitment to the ongoing professional development of its employees.

Hamilton College is a national leader in teaching students to write effectively, learn from each other and think for themselves. Excellent faculty, highly capable and motivated students, and a student faculty ratio of 9:1, provide an educational experience that emphasizes academic excellence and the development of students as human beings, to prepare them to make choices and accept the responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic world of intellect and diversity. The College encourages respect for differences. Hamilton’s commitment to diversity is embodied in its need-blind admission policy and meeting the full demonstrated financial need of every accepted student for their entire undergraduate program.  Hamilton's 1,350-acre campus is situated on a hilltop overlooking the picturesque village of Clinton, N.Y. and is only one hour from the Adirondack Park to the northeast.


  • Manages Library Instruction for first-year students and provides curriculum-integrated instructional sessions to freshmen classes.
  • Collaborates with key partners within academic programs that support the first year experience.
  • Develops and implements innovative programming to engage first year communities with the library.
  • Builds effective relationships with faculty and other academic partners through ongoing outreach and engagement activities.
  • Creates targeted outreach messaging and organizes special events for freshmen.
  • Actively supports the continuous improvement of the team’s instructional programs and practices.
  • Provides traditional and electronic research services, including some nights and weekends.
  • Provides in-depth research consultations with students and faculty.
  • Develops instructional content, including classroom, online, and mobile learning formats.
  • Collaborates closely with other librarians in the creation, implementation, and assessment of first-year Information Literacy learning objectives.
  • Actively participates in a variety of professional development activities, including conference presentations.   
  • Participates in collection development.


To be recommended for appointment, candidates must have:

  • Master's in Library Science (MLS), Master's in Library Information Studies (MLIS), or equivalent advanced degree from an accredited academic institution.
  • Experience designing and implementing engaging learning activities.
  • Experience in providing library reference/research assistance.  
  • Knowledge of trends and services in academic libraries to support first year experience programs.
  • Demonstrated success teaching upper level high school and/or freshmen college students.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, time management, and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Demonstrated experience in the use of emerging technologies in library and classroom settings.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Experience with multimedia tools required for the creation of interactive instructional materials.


Please review Hamilton's Benefits Summary for more information.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send a resume, letter of interest and contact information for three professional references to apply@hamilton.edu. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Hamilton College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in all areas of the campus community.

Posted 03/17/2014
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