Monday, October 27, 2008

Reference/Instruction Librarian (Renewable)

American University Library invites applications for a renewable contract, non-tenure-track Reference/Instruction Librarian position at the rank of Assistant Librarian. This position begins in January 2008 and is renewable for up to five years.

Responsibilities: Seeking an innovative, energetic and service-oriented librarian to work in the Division of Research, Teaching and Learning. 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 the classroom. Provide research assistance in the use of the online catalog, databases, and other Web-based and print resources. Teach in the library instruction program, including general and subject specific classes, walk-in workshops, and follow-up personal appointments. Contribute to collection development and work on special projects as needed. Some evening and weekend hours required.

Requirements: 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, including building digital learning objects, collection development, digital reference through instant messaging and email and working as part of a team.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Position available: Review of applications will begin on August 25, 2008 and continue until the position is filled.

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 serves the University through a collection of over 1.1 million volumes, 39,000 sound recordings including an entire music library, nearly 38,500 journal subscriptions in all subjects, 18 library faculty, 59 full time staff, plus over 190 student assistants, and a budget of over $9.6 million. The University is an active member of the Washington Research Library Consortium with a shared Endeavor system that includes an online public catalog.

To apply, send a letter of application, resume, names, addresses, including email addresses and telephone numbers of three references to:

Michele Mikkelsen, Director, Administrative Services
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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