Friday, January 3, 2014

Reference/Instruction Librarian

American University Library invites applications for a six month, non-tenure track contract, Reference/Instruction Librarian position at the rank of Assistant Term Librarian, beginning January 2014.

Responsibilities: Seeking an innovative, energetic and service-oriented librarian to work in a collaborative, team oriented environment. Provide research and reference services to a diverse user population at a busy reference desk, over the Web and in classes using the online catalog, the World Wide Web, and other electronic and print resources. Teach in library instruction program integrating 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 Reference/Instruction Librarian is a member of the Division of Research, Teaching and Learning [RTL] and reports to the RTL Director.

Requirements: ALA-accredited M.L.S.; experience with providing reference services and bibliographic instruction in an academic library using emerging technologies, strong knowledge of print and electronic information resources; and IM reference. A strong commitment to teaching and library outreach. Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. Strong public service ethic; collaborative skills.
Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
Position available: Position available immediately.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The American University Library,, serves the AU community through a collection of over 980,000 volumes, 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 100,000 journal subscriptions and over 350 databases in 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 over $14.4 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 11,000 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.

For information about American University, please see, and learn about the University Library at

To apply, send a letter of application, resume, and names, addresses, 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 EEO/AA institution, committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. American University offers employee benefits to same-sex domestic partners of employees and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression.

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