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Visiting Research & Instruction Librarian

Visiting Research & Instruction Librarian


The Van Wylen Library at Hope College is seeking an visiting appointment for an enthusiastic, service and team-oriented Research and Instruction Librarian for the 2023-24 academic year (11 month non-tenure track faculty appointment July/Aug, 2023 – June 30, 2024)

Research and instructional services at Van Wylen Library aim to teach and assist users in the successful retrieval of information for their curricular and research needs while at Hope, and to prepare them to be effective, life-long critical users of information in its many forms and contexts.

This person will work with a team of three other teaching librarians under the supervision of the Head of Research & Instruction. Responsibilities include: provide in-person and remote (email, video conferencing, etc.) research help to patrons, teach library/information literacy sessions (primarily in First Year Seminar and Expository Writing classes), collection development and liaison responsibilities including instruction for select academic departments, and help train student assistants at the Research Help Desk.


Candidates will have either have obtained an MLS/MLIS degree or be on track to complete by July 1, 2023 and have completed coursework (or other experiences) related to academic library research/reference and instruction; self-reliance as well as the willingness to consult and collaborate with colleagues; strong public service commitment and excellent interpersonal and public relations skills to work effectively with staff and library users in a team environment; technology skills including experience with online databases and other digital information tools; willingness to work on call one evening per week on-call and 3-4 Sunday evenings on call each semester. 

Application Instructions:

As part of the online application, candidates should upload:

1. Cover letter

2. A Curriculum Vitae

3. Unofficial transcripts

4. Response to how you anticipate engaging with all chief aspects of the mission ( This should include at least the global society, liberal arts, and historic Christian faith components. The applicant may find our Christian Aspirations document useful in this regard (

In addition, please enter the contact information for three references on the application (including current email addresses).

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