Distance Services and Research Librarian at Asbury University – Wilmore, KY

Job Title:  Distance Services and Research Librarian

Reports to:  Director of Library Services

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Distance Services
    • Provides and promotes library support services to all online students, staff, and faculty.
    • Develops and maintains library web presence, web technologies, and instructional materials for online education.
  • Research Services
    • Assists patrons with reference questions, research, and with using access tools and information resources.
    • Provides research project consultations with on-campus and online faculty and students.
    • Under the coordination of the Instructional Services Librarian, participates in online and face-to-face instructional programs to promote library collections and services.
  • Collections Management
    • Oversees all aspects of Technical Services, including acquisitions, serials, cataloging, and collection development.
    • Catalogs all monographs, serials, audio-visual, and Special Collections materials according to RDA and AACR2, Revised and LC standards.
    • Collaborates with faculty and staff to develop collections and resources to support on-campus and online learning programs.
    • Coordinates the development of electronic resources, including electronic databases, e-journals, e-books, and emerging technologies.
  • Participates as an active member of the Asbury University faculty.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and / or Information Science.
  • 1-3 years professional reference or instruction experience in an academic library, preferably in a liberal arts setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to instruct residential and online university students in the use of library resources, both electronic and print.
  • Strong commitment to information literacy, customer service, and support of the academic and research needs of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Knowledge of online databases, electronic resources, and integrated library systems (ILS) as applied to the academic library setting.
  • Advanced proficiency in descriptive cataloging, subject classification of materials in all formats, and the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of RDA, AACR2R, MARC format, Dewey classification, authority control and bibliographic utilities.
  • Meticulous attention to detail, efficiency, and thoroughness.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with various academic constituencies.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a collaborative environment.
  • Proven initiative and self-direction.
  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends.
  • Evidence of a committed and dynamic Christian faith along with the ability to support the University’s theological position, lifestyle standards, and mission.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A second Master’s Degree or terminal degree in a discipline taught at the University.
  • Experience as an embedded librarian, instructional designer, or help desk technician in learning management systems.
  • Experience developing online tutorials.

Interested applicants should email a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of philosophy of library services at a Christian Institution, and a statement describing the current vitality of your personal Christian faith to provost@asbury.edu or mail to:

Interim Provost
Asbury University
1 Macklem Drive
Wilmore, KY 40390


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