Librarian, Instruction and Research


Reporting to the Associate Dean of the Library and Archives, the Librarian (Instruction and Reference) works with all members of the Library staff to ensure that all services align with best practices.

  • Partners in responsibilities of reference and instruction, and access services; plans and teaches information literacy lessons; creates virtual and print instructional and promotional resources; manages acquisitions and collection development in designated areas; and participates in Gallaudet University, WRLC committees, and professional development activities.
  • Provides Reference and Access Services at Front Desk during regularly scheduled shifts; and follows established policies and procedures for Access Services. 
  • Shares the responsibility with other librarians for daily online chat support and email inquiries through the library’s functional accounts.
  • Shares the responsibility for electronic and physical course reserves with other librarians.   
  • Plans, teaches, and assesses information literacy instruction in collaboration with faculty and/or department head.  
  • Locates and creates digital and print content to support academic instruction
  • Researches support appointments primarily to Gallaudet students, faculty, and staff but also to external scholars virtually and in person. 
  • Serves as a liaison to academic programs and schools to be informed of academic goals, needs, and programmatic changes; and shares relevant Library resources, services, and tools.
  • Collaborates in outreach and engagement through event planning and implementation and digital promotion of library services on social media platforms; maintains a robust Library Website; and solicits and evaluates student, faculty, and staff feedback on outreach efforts. 
  • Presents workshops for new faculty orientation and professional development weeks to inform and update faculty on academic services and programs such as information literacy, classroom instructional support, copyright, and Course Reserves.
  • Assumes the responsibility for collection development of designated Programs and Schools; manages designated acquisitions fund management, material selection, and needs assessment to maintain relevant collections for curricular and research needs; participates in regular collection assessment efforts; and uses knowledge of MARC, AACR2, RDA, and DDC23 to perform copy-cataloging functions as needed.
  • Collects and reports data relevant to I&R duties; and as requested by Associate Dean. 
  • Explores, evaluates, and encourages emergent technologies for library programs and services.
  • Participates in campus activities and committee work as appropriate; participates on WRLC committees as assigned; and maintains current awareness of professional trends.
  • Establishes and maintains a positive and supportive working relationship with co-workers and supervisors.
  • Demonstrates a genuine commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and participates in activities and workshops to foster continuous learning.
  • Serves as a mandatory reporter under Title IX; and commits to completing Title IX training and other compliance requirements on an annual basis.
  • Performs related and other duties as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in library science or a related field.
  • A minimum of one year of professional experience with collection development, library services, or a related field (college student work and/or internship experience will be considered).
  • Ability to communicate in American Sign Language.

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Experience working in a higher education setting. 

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