DATE ENTERED: June 24, 2024
POSITION: Research & Instruction Librarian
LOCATION: Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA
APPLY BY: Application reviews will begin on July 15 and will continue until the position is filled.

POSITION: Research & Instruction Librarian

LOCATION: Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA

DESCRIPTION: Lipscomb Library at Randolph College welcomes applications for the position of Research & Instruction Librarian, a full-time (12-month), non-tenured, ranked faculty position.  There is an anticipated start date of September 2024.

Reporting to the Director of the Library, the Research & Instruction Librarian provides reference assistance and detailed research and advisory services.  The successful candidate for this position will offer one-on-one and group bibliographic instruction for students and faculty of the Randolph College community, support the first-year program, and teach a for-credit interdisciplinary course on library research methods and information literacy.  The Research & Instruction Librarian primarily maintains the Lipscomb Library website and research guides as part of the library’s information service.  This position collaborates with the Daytime Circulation Supervisor and Director of the Library to supply outreach services to the Randolph College community.


  • Assists Randolph College students and faculty with their information and resource needs, provides quick reference and detailed research advice
  • Develops and maintains library reference services, including the creation of instruction guides
  • Prepares and teaches classes in library instruction, individually tailoring classes to the specific needs of the instructor as well as the resource needs of the discipline
  • Designs and maintains the Lipscomb Library website as a portal for the information needs of Randolph College faculty and students
  • Develops good working relationships with Randolph faculty to meet their informational needs for student instruction and faculty research projects
  • Provides instructional support for the College’s first-year program
  • Teaches a for-credit interdisciplinary course on library research methods and information literacy
  • Staff library reference desk, providing support in-person and virtually using chat, email, or screen-share services
  • Provides faculty support for creating and using affordable and open education resources in the classroom
  • Gathers instruction statistics for annual reporting and leads the evaluation of library user services


  • Supervises library interns when applicable
  • Performs duties as required of faculty members at Randolph College, including but not limited to attendance at monthly Faculty meetings, Convocation, and Commencement; and faculty committee assignments
  • Maintains current professional and technical knowledge through training and other continuing education opportunities
  • Represents the Library and the College at regional, state, and national library association meetings and forums
  • Any new duties as determined by the evolution of the position


  • An MLIS, MLS, or the equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • A solid commitment to customer service, with the flexibility to meet the evolving needs of faculty and students in a liberal arts college environment 
  • The ability to work collaboratively with a team of librarians in the overall management of the library is vital to this position; however, the candidate should also be able to work independently, set priorities, and follow through on projects in a multi-tasking environment 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are required


  • Preference will be given to candidates with at least two years of instruction experience in an academic library 
  • Prior experience with using Ex Libris Alma and Primo VE, Springshare LibGuides
  • Familiarity with providing essential outreach services in an academic library setting
  • A commitment to professional development
  • A willingness to perform additional inter-departmental library tasks as needed

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to lift and move library materials weighing up to 25 pounds.

SALARY: Randolph offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience.  This position receives 20 days of vacation leave.  Please refer to the Randolph College Human Resources site for information on available benefits and holiday leave.

TO APPLY: Application reviews will begin on July 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates may apply by sending their curriculum vitae, cover letter, and three professional references to [email protected].

Randolph College is an equal-opportunity employer. We do not discriminate or allow discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, political beliefs, or any other classification protected by applicable law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, promotion, termination, placement, transfer, layoff, recall, compensation, and training.