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American University Library: Reference/Instruction Librarian

American University Library

Reference/Instruction Librarian

American University Library invites applications for a temporary non-tenure track Reference/Instruction Librarian position at the rank of Assistant Librarian.

Seeking an innovative, energetic and service-oriented librarian to work in a team environment. Join a committed team of reference library faculty in providing service to a diverse user population at a busy reference desk, over the Web and in classes. Provide research assistance in the use of the online catalog, the World Wide Web, and other electronic and print resources. Teach in library instruction program and contribute to collection development. Prepare bibliographic and other reference tools in selected subject areas. As a member of the team, share facilitation of team meetings. May serve on one or more reference sub teams including reference planning and assessment, training, and publications or serve as coordinator of special services. May serve on cross-functional library teams. Some evening and weekend hours required.

Position is responsible to the team and reports to the Reference Team Leader.

ALA accredited M.L.S.; library experience in print and electronic library instruction. A strong commitment to teaching and library outreach. Evidence of potential for scholarship and ongoing professional development. Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. Strong public service ethic; collaborative skills. Preferred: Experience with library instruction, Web page development, virtual reference, and working in a team environment.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Position available: Position available immediately.

The American University, incorporated in 1893, offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs, many with international focus, to over 11, 000 students. Its proximity to centers of technology, politics, justice, world affairs, communication, science, business, and the art in the Washington, D.C. area enhances the learning environment.

The University Library is a team-based organization serving the University through a collection of over one million volumes, 48,000 sound recordings and videos including an entire music library, nearly 15,000 journals in all subjects, 20 library faculty, 56 full time staff, with more than 160 student assistants, and a budget more than $8 million. The University is an active member of the Washington Research Library Consortium with a shared Endeavor system that includes an online public catalog.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Send a letter of application, resume, names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to:


Michele Mikkelsen, Director, Administration and Fiscal Affairs
American University Library
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-8046

American University is an AA/EEO university committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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