DATE ENTERED: May 19, 2023
POSITION: Resident Librarian (Two Positions)
LOCATION: American University: University Library: University Library, Washington, DC
APPLY BY:  Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted before May 24.

Open Date: Apr 25, 2023



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. 

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. 


• 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

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

Salary: $64,000 to $69,000 / Year   

American University Library
Under the leadership of a new Library Director, American University Library is undergoing an exciting new strategic planning process that aligns with its vision, mission, and values. American University Library serves the AU community through a collection of more than 1,700,000 print and electronic book titles and 180,000 media and sound recordings. Notable collections include a branch music library, a strong visual media collection, special collections and university archives, a K-12 curriculum materials center, and partner collections across campus including the Career Center, the Center for Language Exploration, Acquisition, and Research, arid the Visual Resource Center. AU Library has affiliate collections at the Washington College of Law and at the Wesley Theological Seminary. The AU Library collection totals over 184,000 journal subscriptions in all subjects. The Library has 20 library faculty, 88 full-time staff and other professionals, and about 125 student assistants. The library's budget is about $17 million. The American University Library is an active member of the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), and it holds membership in LOCKSS, SPARC, the Patriot League Libraries Group and the University Libraries Group.

American University

Chartered by Congress in 1893 and located in Washington, D.C., American University is a student-centered R-2 research institution with highly ranked schools and colleges, internationally renowned faculty, and an emphasis on creating meaningful change in the world. AU's students distinguish themselves by their service, leadership, and ability to rethink global and domestic challenges and opportunities. The University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs, many with an international focus, to over 13,800 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.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
American University values open and honest inquiry, servant leadership, and the affirmation of the human dignity of all. American University envisions a thriving community where individuals of all identities and experiences are understood, appreciated, and fully included, and where equitable treatment, opportunities, and outcomes prevail. AU's plan for Inclusive Excellence, adopted in January 2018, reflects the University's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion-the cornerstone for achieving institutional and educational excellence. To learn more about how AU is infusing diversity, equity, and inclusion at a strategic, tactical, and operational level, please visit:

AU Library is committed to diversity and inclusion by providing an inclusive, welcoming, and adaptable environment for the community. 'The Library recognizes that this is an ongoing process and aims to engage in diversity and inclusion as more than just numeric representation. The Library will continue to work on intentionally diversifying its personnel, services, and collections in meaningful ways.

Application Instructions

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 [email protected] or phone at (877) 997- 8807.

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

Please apply at the following link: Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted before May 24.

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search 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.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not  discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.

American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.

Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check. 

American University is required to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). In accordance with the Clery Act, each year American University prepares an Annual Security Report. This report contains campus crime statistics as well as descriptions of Public Safety's services. It is available to all applicants upon request by calling the Department of Public Safety at 202-885-2537 or the Annual Security Report is also available online.