Resident Librarian

American University, University Library

Resident Librarian

Location: Washington, DC

American University Library invitesearly-career librarians to apply for its Resident Librarian Program. The program is a fixed-term appointment of three years and designed to provide an immersion into academic librarianship, an opportunity to explore areas of interest, and funding to support professional engagement at the national level. By participating in the Resident Librarian Program, individuals will demonstrate skills at a professional level, develop a professional network, and be prepared for future career opportunities.

Our Resident Librarian Program is part of a new initiative called the Diversity Alliance. The Resident Librarian will be part of a cohort of librarians established by Diversity Alliance members universities. The purpose of the resident program is to bring diverse entry-level librarians into the profession, engaging them in professional learning and service at American University and, ultimately, preparing 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 in classes. Teach in the library instruction program, integrate new technologies into the instruction process, and contribute to collection development.  Prepare bibliographic and other reference tools in selected subject areas. Some evening and weekend hours 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. 

Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Position available: Summer 2015


Candidates must be recent ALA-accredited M.L.S. graduates (within the last two years) or early-career librarians working outside of academic librarianship. General knowledge of print and digital resources, commitment to diversity in the workplace, and ability to work in a team environment are required.  Demonstrated interest in professional development and contribution, and some experience in teaching and library outreach are preferred.

Application Instructions

To apply, submit a letter of application, resume, as well as the contact information (name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number) of three references electronically by clicking the “Apply Now” button below. Review of applications will begin on March 23, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

Additional questions can be addressed to:

Michele Mikkelsen, Director, Administrative Services
American University Library
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-8046

The American University Library,, serves the AU community through a collection of over 767,923 volumes, 333,242 e-books, 25,000 sound recordings and 16,000 videos. Notable collections include a branch music library, a strong visual media collection, special collections and university archives, a K-12 curriculum materials center, and numerous partner collections across campus including those with GLBTA, Career, and Visual Arts resources. AU Library has affiliate collections at the Washington College of Law and a partnership with the Wesley Theological Seminary. The AU Library collection totals over 106,881 journal subscriptions, 557 print journals, and over 403 databases covering all subjects.  Personnel include 20 library faculty, several part-time librarians, 73 full-time staff, and about 140 student assistants. The library’s budget is nearly $15 million. The American University Library is an active member of the Washington Research Library Consortium, and it holds membership in LOCKSS, SPARC, the Patriot League Libraries Group and the University Libraries Group.

The American University, chartered by an act of Congress in 1891, offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs, many with international focus, to over 12,000 students. Its proximity to centers of technology, politics, justice, world affairs, communication, science, business, and the arts in the Washington, D.C. area enhances the learning environment.

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