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Resident Librarian, American University (DC)

  • 1.  Resident Librarian, American University (DC)

    Posted Jan 11, 2018 09:48 AM

    Resident Librarian


    American University Library invites early-career librarians to apply for its Residency Librarian Program.  The Resident Librarian position is a fixed-term three academic year faculty appointment and is designed to provide an immersion into academic librarianship and an opportunity to explore areas of interest.  Funding will be provided to support professional engagement at the national level.  Through the experience and mentoring acquired by participating in the Residency Librarian Program, individuals will be able to demonstrate skills at the professional level, will be able to develop a professional network, and will be prepared for future career opportunities.  


    The Residency Librarian Program is part of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance.  American University Library is one of the four founding institutions that established the Diversity Alliance member universities.  The Residency Program Librarian will join another Residency Program Librarian already in place at American University Library.  The purpose of the resident program is to bring diverse entry-level librarian into the profession, to engage them in professional experience and service at American University, to provide mentorship in librarianship and in building their research and professional service agenda, and ultimately, to prepare them for a career in academic librarianship.


    Responsibilities:  Provide research and reference assistance services to a diverse user population at a busy research assistance desk, over the Web, and through teaching of information literacy classes.  Work with colleagues in the Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) Division to support the College Writing Program.  Offer other information research and teaching.  Integrate new technologies into the instruction process, and contribute to collection development and collection assessment.  Prepare LibGuides, online tutorials and other relevant reference tools and in support of the university community.  Actively participate in faculty governance and service to the profession.  Over the course of the academic year, some evening and weekend hours will be required.


    The Resident Librarian will be a member of the Research, Teaching and Learning (RTL) Division and report to the AU Library Residency Program Coordinator.


    Requirements:  Candidate must be a recent ALA-accredited M.L.S. graduate (graduated since January 2016).  General knowledge of print and digital resources, for example, through coursework, pre-professional or professional experience or coursework related to teaching and library outreach is an asset.  Candidate must be able to work independently; to demonstrate a commitment to diversity in the workplace, for example, through coursework, pre-professional and professional experience.  Ability to work in a team environment is required and candidate must be able to demonstrate interest in professional development and service.


    Salary:   Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


    Application Instructions:  To apply, submit a letter of application, resume, and the contact information (name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number) of three references through Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/48256


    Review of application will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Position is available June 1, 2018 and ends July 31, 2021.