Job Announcement: DU Community Outreach & Reference Librarian, Resident Position

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Position Summary
The University of Denver Libraries, comprised of the Main Library at the Anderson Academic Commons, the Bonfils Stanton Music Library in the Newman Center, and the off-site Hampden Center storage facility, is a highly collaborative, team-based organization that serves a diverse population, ranging from our students, staff, and faculty to public and other academic patrons from the surrounding region.

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Student and Scholar Services, the Community Outreach & Reference Librarian designs, implements, and assesses the library’s marketing and outreach initiatives with a special focus on events and exhibits with community partners. In particular, this position will engage deeply with the Graduate School of Professional Psychology’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialty (IECMH) to connect the Libraries with underserved communities across the Denver metro area in support of early childhood literacy. Furthering the collaborative work of IECMH as the program expands their offerings, this position will work as part of a team connecting the resources of an academic institution and library to community needs as accessed through the public library system. Working closely with the Student Outreach Librarian and the Community Relations Coordinator, the librarian also develops, communicates, and collaborates with departments and units across campus to build relevant partnerships with local community organizations and schools in support of the University’s commitment to the public good.

The Librarian serves as a reference librarian and as co-liaison to the Morgridge College of Education, which includes the Library and Information Science Department. This position participates in a new liaison model in which liaison services are provided by a small team of reference librarians who collaboratively share research, instruction, and collection development responsibilities for assigned disciplines. Participating fully as part of the Reference & Instruction Department, the librarian also provides general and specialized consultations for students, faculty, and staff in the Research Center, teaches information literacy workshops, and participates in instructional programming for first-year foundational courses. As a faculty member, the librarian actively engages in scholarly activities through research and publication and participates in professional organizations, as well as library and campus committees.

This three-year contract position is part of the University Libraries Residency Program and provides early-career librarians with professional experience and mentoring in academic librarianship. Designed to engage librarians who are members of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, the residency program will give the successful candidate an opportunity to gain experience and skills necessary to thrive as an academic and research librarian. The University of Denver Libraries is a member of, and is committed to the principles of the Association of College & Research Libraries Diversity Alliance:

Through this program, the successful candidate will attain experience in a range of areas of academic librarianship, gaining understanding of how academic and research libraries operate. This position will have the support of the Residency Coordinator who will provide guidance and programming on academic librarianship, research, professional development, and cultural aspects of institutions of higher education. As a member of the University Libraries Faculty, the librarian will have the opportunity to serve on library and university committees and teams and will be provided funding and support to engage professionally at the regional and national level. Funding will be the same as other Assistant Professors and additional funding will be made available to attend ACRL Residency training/events. Appointment will be made at the level of Visiting Assistant Professor, non-tenure track. At the end of the residency period, there may be an option, if it is mutually agreed by the candidate and University of Denver Libraries administration, to be considered for a multi-year faculty contract as an Assistant Professor in the University Libraries faculty series, pending budget and position availability.

Minimum Qualifications

ALA-accredited library and information science masters degree or equivalent (candidate receiving a degree by June 2022 are eligible).

Candidate must be an early-career librarian (graduated in or after 2019).

Demonstrated knowledge, ability and potential to engage effectively with culturally-diverse communities.

Preferred Qualifications
Ability to clearly articulate career objectives within academic librarianship.

Experience working in a library, information management environment, or related fields. This could include library school practicum, independent study, volunteer, or similar experience.

Experience with, or articulated interest in, community programming, event planning, or social media marketing.

Experience with, or demonstrated interest, in information literacy instruction/teaching.

Evidence of, or articulated interest in, developing skills that support the mission and strategic goals of the University of Denver Libraries.

Tenure StatusNon-Tenure Track

Special Instructions
to Applicants

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Candidates are encouraged to reach out to the Residency Program Coordinator, Elia Trucks,, to gather further information about the position, the community, and the University. Please see this calendar for more information. 

Recruitment Range

$60,000 – $65,000

Job Open Date12/07/2021

For Best Consideration Date

02/07/2022, 4p

Open Until Filled


Type of Appointment
Time Limited

Time Limited Duration

3 Years

Number of Months per Year



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