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Collections Librarian

Bard College at Simon’s Rock’s Alumni Library seeks a creative and energetic librarian to join a team-oriented liberal arts library staff as our Collections Librarian. The successful candidate will possess innovative and practical ideas for developing, managing, and maintaining appropriate collections across all media to enhance student learning outcomes as well as commitment to critical engagement around equity and inclusion in librarianship and allied fields. Faculty outreach and library instruction in support of the curriculum are a significant component of this position. In addition, this librarian will participate in other aspects of library operations, as necessary.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Bard Academy are equal opportunity employers and we encourage applications from candidates of all races, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, and socioeconomic levels as the values of equity and inclusion are core to our institutional mission. AA/EOE.

Specific Tasks Include:

  • Select, acquire, and maintain print monograph and periodicals collections.
  • Process and catalog incoming acquisitions.
  • Manage print retention, weeding, and stacks maintenance.
  • Supervise student employees.
  • Teach in the Library’s Information Studies curriculum.
  • Provide expertise regarding collections, trends in scholarly communication, developments in the publishing industry, and changes in collection development best practices to inform and support the Library’s collection development strategy.

Expected Education and Skills Include:

  • An MLS or relevant education and experience is expected. Recent MLS candidates and current graduate students are encouraged to apply.
  • Collection development and/or acquisitions experience.
  • Experience working with students and faculty in a liberal arts college setting.
  • Excellent teaching and presentation skills.
  • Strong commitment to instruction and student services.
  • Effective communications skills in person, in writing, and online.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team and to work with a diverse faculty, staff, and students.

Research suggests that women and people of color may not apply for positions when they feel they do not meet all of the qualifications or have experience with each of the responsibilities. If you feel you could be successful in this position, but do not meet all the qualifications or have experience with the responsibilities listed, please apply!


All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. This is an in person/on campus, full-time, 12- month position with benefits. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. Please send a cover letter that highlights relevant skills and experience and a resume to Brian Mikesell, Library Director, at with “Collections Librarian” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

About Us

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the only four-year college in the United States specifically designed to allow highly motivated adolescents to fully realize their intellectual and creative potential by beginning college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. For over 50 years, Simon’s Rock has occupied a unique space in the educational landscape, practicing the simple yet radical idea that many students are ready for college before the age of 18. We strive to do so in an inclusive environment where diverse perspectives are valued. In 2014, Simon’s Rock opened Bard Academy at Simon's Rock, a two-year high school program for 9th- and 10th- graders on the path to starting college early.

The campus is located on 275 rolling and wooded acres in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the center of the Berkshires and, according to Smithsonian Magazine, “the best small town in America.” Equidistant between New York and Boston, the Berkshires is a site of great natural beauty and numerous outdoor activities, as well as a cultural destination.