Now Hiring: Adjunct Reference Librarian

The Graduate Center’s Mina Rees Library seeks an Adjunct Reference Librarian to work about 12–15 hours/week beginning in the Fall 2021 semester. Hours are based on availability and need, overlapping with the in-person Reference Desk (Mon – Friday, 11am to 6pm). Weekend availability is not required.

Responsibilities include:

In-person staffing of the Reference Desk, as well as virtual reference via Springshare’s LibAnswers chat reference service. Additional projects may include: writing and editing research guides and/or library blog posts, teaching graduate-level workshops, creating instructional materials, and assisting with Open Pedagogy and/or open scholarship projects. This is a great opportunity to work in a fast-paced, research intensive environment.


An MLS from an ALA-accredited program is required. A strong public-service orientation and comfort level with graduate-level research questions is important, as well as expertise with a range of library databases. Also required are attention to detail, excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to learn quickly, work independently, meet deadlines, and apply critical thinking skills to library tools, systems, and problems.

Previous reference experience is strongly preferred. Facility with various technologies – LibAnswers, WordPress, Zotero, and Google suite – is additionally useful.

We look forward to hearing from you! To express your interest, kindly send a resume, with a short cover letter detailing scheduling preferences (your most and least available weekdays/times), and the names and contact information of three references to: Mr. Elvis Bakaitis, Interim Head of Reference (

Please feel free to be in touch with any questions you may have. The position is compensated at the rate of $44/hour. Review of applications will begin September 17th, and continue until the position is filled.

The Graduate Center, CUNY is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/IRCA/Americans with Disabilities Act employer.

About the Author

Elvis Bakaitis is currently the Head of Reference at the Mina Rees Library. They're also proud to serve on the University LGBTQ Council, and as a board member of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies.