Job Announcement: Resident Librarian (Two Positions) at American University

Position Summary

American University: University Library, Resident Librarian – Two Positions

American University Library invites early career librarians to apply for its Resident Librarian Program. Participants will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Librarian (term faculty) with a two-year contract that is renewable for one additional year. Two positions are available. The program is designed to provide those from traditionally underrepresented groups an opportunity to jump start their career in academic librarianship and a chance to explore emerging areas of interest.

The Resident Librarian will be based in the Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) unit of the library and will provide instruction, research support, and outreach for undergraduate students who are learning the fundamentals of the research process. Funding will be provided to support professional development at the national level. The Resident Librarian will have the opportunity to participate in meaningful projects of strategic importance and have networking and mentoring opportunities, such that they will be able to demonstrate skills at a professional level, develop a professional network, and be prepared for future career opportunities in academic librarianship. The Resident Librarian will be expected to participate in university faculty governance, campus-wide and library-­wide activities, and contribute to the profession of librarianship.

The Resident Librarian Program is part of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance, which “unites academic libraries committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups” so that they can “gain the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to thrive in an academic context.” American University Library is one of the four founders of the Diversity Alliance. The Resident Librarian will be part of a cohort of librarians established by Diversity Alliance member universities.


• American Library Association (ALA) accredited master’s degree awarded between December 2021 to August 2023
• Demonstrated potential to develop expertise as a reference and instruction librarian (through coursework, pre-professional experience, etc.)
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
• Ability to work in a collaborative environment as well as independently
• Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
• Demonstrated understanding of the educational mission of a research university


• Public service experience
• Experience in a research-oriented environment


The Resident Librarian will provide research and reference assistance to a diverse user population and will teach information literacy sessions in support of first year College Writing courses. Information literacy is a key component of the AU Core Curriculum. In addition to being based in the Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) unit of the library, the Resident Librarian may have the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to strategic initiatives that may be in collaboration with other departments. The Resident Librarian is expected to stay up to date on emerging trends in academic librarianship and to thoughtfully design and deliver reference and instruction sessions, in addition to contributing to collection development and collection assessment. The Resident Librarian may prepare online tutorials and other relevant reference tools in support of the university community. Over the course of the academic year, some evening and weekend hours may be required.

Special Instructions
to Applicants
This institution is using Interfolio’s ByCommittee to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references.

For help in signing up, accessing your account, or submitting your application, please check out our help and support section or get in touch via email at or phone at (877) 997-8807. 

Should you have any questions, please reach out to the Search Chair, Hannah Park,  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Recruitment Range

$64,000 to $69,000/year

Job Open

April 25, 2023
Open Until Filled

Open Until Filled
Type of Appointment

Two-year Contract. Renewable for one additional year.


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