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Public and Research Services Librarian

Apply now Posting Number: 493585
Type of Position: Full-time
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Categories: Administration

Position Title:

Public and Research Services Librarian



Salary/Pay Rate:

$58,458.40 - $60,000

Job Summary:

The James A. Cannavino Library at Marist College is seeking a Public and Research Services Librarian. This position has three basic components: 1) To assist in providing public services to faculty and students; 2) To provide research services to faculty and students; and 3) To serve as a Library Liaison to academic departments.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science or Library and Information Science
  • 1- 3 years of related work experience

Essential Functions:

Provide Public Services:
  • Facilitate access to library materials and resources including books, reserve items, audio visual materials, laptop computers, and collaborative rooms.
  • Participate in the formulation and implementation of Public Services policies, procedures and workflows. Monitor policies, procedures and workflows and makes recommendations for improvements.
  • Monitor building use activity.
  • Assess building problems and refer to appropriate parties for a solution.
  • Maintain accurate calendar and schedule information.
  • Participate in the training, mentoring, and supervision of Library Student Assistants.
Assist patrons with research needs:
  • Assist patrons with reference queries in person, over the phone and chat, and by email.
  • Instruct patrons in use of library resources and online library system.
  • Conduct online and other database searches.
  • Direct patrons to appropriate service points.
  • Participate in Inerlibrary Loan activity.
Information Literacy Instruction:
  • Schedule sessions with faculty to develop Pathfinders and provide other requested services.
  • Develop course and subject-specific information literacy tools such as LibGuides, activities, and handouts.
  • Design and present library instruction sessions for liaison areas, Writing for College courses, first-year seminars and student and staff orientations.
  • Instruct faculty, students, and staff in the use of Library information materials, resources, and services.
  • Assist faculty in assignment development.

Serve as faculty liaison to assigned department(s):

  • In capacity of faculty liaison, coordinate the selection of materials primarily in support of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum and secondarily for faculty research needs. Consult with faculty on the management of library materials
  • Communicate with faculty on publishing trends, availability, and processing cycles.
  • Respond to research queries and needs from students and faculty within the department.
  • Review the current literature and make selection sources available to faculty.
  • Collaborate with other support units and departments on projects and initiatives.
Participate in the professional work of the Library:
  • Participate with the other librarians in maintaining a balanced collection policy and effective budget allocation process under the direction of the Budget and Resource Management Librarian.
  • Assist in the discussion and formulation of library policies and procedures and in problem resolution.
  • Cooperate with other librarians to provide service and assistance according to library objectives.
Monitor developments in librarianship and higher education through:
  • Attendance at meetings and workshops.
  • Membership in professional associations.
  • Reading of professional literature.

Other duties as assigned. 

Required Application Documents:

Resume, Cover Letter, & Contact Information of 3 Professional References 


The position includes a comprehensive benefit package*. Benefits for this position include but are not limited to the following:

  • 3 weeks of paid vacation. 4 weeks of paid vacation beginning in the 6th year of employment.
  • Unlimited paid sick time.
  • 14+ paid holidays per year.
  • Medical, Dental & Vision insurance programs at a 15% employee / 85% employer contribution rate. Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Dependent Care (FSD).
  • Life insurance.
  • Generous short-term and long-term disability programs and workers compensation.
  • 403(b) defined contribution plan:
    • First 6 years College contributes 7.5%, Employee contributes a mandatory 4%.
    • College contribution increases to 10.5% in year 7, and 12% after 15 years.
    • Employee contribution decreases to 1% in year 7. Remains 1% thereafter.
  • 403(b) Tax Deferred Annuity – Roth option available. Voluntary, up to IRS maximum contribution.
  • Tuition Benefits:
    • Up to 16 undergraduate credits per semester. Up to 18 graduate credit per academic calendar. Eligibility extends to employee, spouse, and dependent children under age 26.
    • College pays 100% tuition only.
    • Eligible dependents may be Reimbursed up to $2,000 per semester towards tuition at another accredited institution.

*Eligibility requirements including waiting periods and/or employee probationary periods may apply at the discretion of the College.

About the Department/School:

The James A. Cannavino library at Marist College is truly the heart of campus, both physically and academically. Librarians and staff work collaboratively to support teaching and student research through our collections, extensive instruction program, and online course pathfinders. Librarians engage with the campus community through programming, outreach, and committee service. Students consistently rate library facilities and services as some of the best the campus has to offer.

About Marist College:

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist educates approximately 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,200 adult and graduate students in 53 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees, and also Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs. Marist is consistently ranked among the best colleges and universities in America by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 386 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (3rd Most Innovative School/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. Marist’s study abroad program is ranked #1 in the nation by the U.S. State Department’s “Open Doors Report” and has also received the Senator Paul Simon Award for First Year Abroad programs in Italy and Ireland. Marist’s Joint Study partnership with IBM, which began in 1988, has brought the College the kind of world-class technology platform typically found at leading research institutions. To learn more, please visit 

Type of Position:



Administrative (Exempt)

Months per Year:


Work Schedule:

Sunday-Thursday 9:30am- 6:00pm. Evening, holiday, or weekend work required as needed.

Hours per Week:



Marist College Main Campus

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Equal Employment Statement:

Marist College is committed to creating a diverse workforce on our campus by ensuring that barriers to equal employment opportunity and upward mobility do not exist here. To this end, the College will strive to achieve the full and fair participation of minorities, women, people with disabilities, and any other protected groups found to be under represented.

Equal opportunity means employment, development, and promotion of individuals without consideration of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status unless there is a bona fide occupational requirement which excludes persons in one of these protected groups. The College will review its employment policies and procedures to ensure that barriers which may unnecessarily exclude protected groups are identified and eliminated. The College will also explore alternative approaches if any policy or practice is found to have a negative impact on protected groups.

Marist's policy of non-discrimination includes not only employment practices but also extends to all services and programs provided by the College. It shall be considered a violation of College policy for any member of the community to discriminate against any individual or group with respect to employment or attendance at Marist College on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other condition established by law.





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