The Wardman Library at Whittier College seeks a Research & Instruction Librarian designs, develops and assesses the College’s information literacy program, including coordination of instruction for the first year writing program.

Salary Range: $55,000 – $65,000. Salary will commensurate with experience, skills and knowledge.


  • Develops and coordinates web-based tools aimed to increase proficiency in library use and knowledge of library resources.
  • Provides other librarians with information and materials useful to the effective teaching of research and library skills.
  • Investigates and incorporates appropriate new trends in library instruction, reference services, information literacy and the use of learning spaces.
  • Assists with Library sponsored events, including poetry readings, book signings, fall and spring finals activities for students, annual faculty tenure and promotion reception, and other outreach activities, as requested.
  • Oversees the Library’s social media sites; keeping posts up-to-date and relevant for the student and faculty interests.
  • Supervises the full-time Circulation/Interlibrary Loan position.
  • Manages all aspects of the McNaughton Book leasing program.
  • Coordinates and oversees interlibrary loan services, both borrowing and lending, using Link+, RapidILL, and OCLC ILL Service.  Keeps current with latest ILL technology and collects use statistics.
  • Responsible for the staffing and scheduling of the Information Desk.
  • Coordinates the Library’s role in the peer mentor program, working closely with the CAAS and Writing Program staff.  Is a co-instructor for the peer mentor classes.
  • Demonstrates strong communication, teambuilding and customer service skills.
  • Keeps current and capably assists users with the library’s technological services including but not limited to: PCs, Macs, printers, photocopiers, and related-printing software, scanners, digital microfilm reader and its software, learning software, general productivity applications, and learning management platform (Moodle).
  • Oversees LibGuides and assists librarians in content.
  • Works effectively with other librarians to build consensus about new directions in information literacy programming and its assessment.
  • Collects and maintains statistics for interlibrary loan borrowing and lending and reference services.
  • Responsible for collection development and acts as liaison in assigned subject areas and departments.
  • Supervises and creates special projects for student workers and peer mentors.
  • Participate in library wide initiative through committee work.
  • Commitment to working in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule one week night for Information Desk duties, as needed.

ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent Library degree, 3+ years experience as a professional librarian, academic preferred.

Knowledge and Skills:
Experience as part of a Public Services team with knowledge and skills in searching print and web-based resources.  Proven success supervising employees.  Management of an information literacy program at an academic institution.  Familiarity with interlibrary loan processes and procedures.

Application Deadline:    Open Until Filled
The position is based in Whittier, California.  To be considered for this position, please submit your cover letter, resume and salary history or mail to Whittier College, Attn: Human Resources Manager, 13406 E Philadelphia Street Whittier, CA  90608. AA/AOE.

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