Part-time Reference Librarian – American University, Washington, DC

The primary responsibilities are to provide research assistance to a diverse user population in the use of the online catalog and discovery layer, 500+ databases, and the print collection; partner with writing studies faculty to teach introductory-level information literacy skills to undergraduates; provide email, FAQ, and chat research assistance services; create and maintain online research and instructional information through learning objects; and perform other research assistance and instructional services as needed.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

General days and hours include: 12-16 total hours/week primarily on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Fridays between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, with additional voluntary hours possible on an as-needed basis.

Salary Range: $18.00-$21.00/hr

Required Education and Experience

Educational Requirements:

ALA-accredited M.L.S., plus academic or equivalent reference or public services experience.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Experience working with online information resources.
  • Experience providing research assistance to a variety of users in an academic or other library setting.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently and collegially.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Experience teaching.
  • Experience creating online learning objects, including video tutorials and/or research guides.
  • Experience providing research assistance in a variety of formats, including in-person, email, and/or online chat.

Contact Us:

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