Resident Librarian at American University – Washington, DC

American University Library invites early-career librarians to apply for its Residency Librarian Program. The Resident Librarian position is a fixed-term three academic year faculty appointment and is designed to provide an immersion into academic librarianship, with an emphasis on information literacy instruction and research support, and including opportunities to explore other areas of interest. Funding will be provided to support professional engagement at the national level. Through the experience and mentoring acquired by participating in the Residency Librarian Program, individuals will be able to demonstrate skills at the professional level, will be able to develop a professional network, and will be prepared for future career opportunities.

The Residency Librarian Program is part of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance. American University Library is one of the four founding institutions that established the Diversity Alliance member universities. The purpose of the resident program is to bring diverse entry-level librarians into the profession, to engage them in professional experience and service at American University, to provide mentorship through their residency experience, and  in building their research and professional service agenda, and ultimately, to prepare them for a career in academic librarianship. The Residency Program Librarian will join another Residency Program Librarian already in place at American University Library.


Teach information literacy classes–especially in conjunction with the Writing Studies Program–and provide research and reference assistance services to a diverse user population at a busy research assistance desk and over the Web. Work with colleagues in the Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) Division to support the faculty and information literacy needs of the Writing Studies Program, other academic departments as requested, and research support initiatives at the University Library.  Learn and integrate new technologies into the instruction process, contribute to collection development and collection assessment as requested. Prepare LibGuides, online tutorials and other relevant reference tools and in support of the university community. Actively participate in faculty governance and service to the profession. Over the course of the academic year, some evening and weekend hours will be required.

The Resident Librarian will be a member of the Research, Teaching and Learning (RTL) Division and report to the AU Library Residency Program Coordinator.


Candidate must be a recent ALA-accredited M.L.S. graduate (graduated since January 2017). General knowledge of print and digital resources, for example, through coursework, pre-professional or professional experience or coursework related to teaching and library outreach is an asset. Candidate must be able to demonstrate a commitment to diversity in the workplace, for example, through coursework, pre-professional and professional experience. Ability to both work in a team environment and independently is required and candidate must be able to demonstrate interest in professional development and service.


Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Instructions:

To apply, submit a letter of application, resume, and the contact information (name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number) of three references through Interfolio:

Review of application will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Position is available June 1, 2019 and ends July 31, 2022.

The American University Library,, serves the AU Community through a collection of over 1,300,000 volumes, 52,000 media and 25,000 sound recordings. Notable collections include a branch music library, a strong visual media collection, special collections across campus including those with Language, Career, and Visual Arts resources. AU Library has affiliate collections at the Washington College of Law and a partnership with the Wesley Theological Seminary. The AU Library collection totals over 125,000 journal subscriptions win all subjects. Personnel include 22 library faculty, 75 full-time staff and other professionals, and about 140 student assistants. The Library’s budget is nearly $15 million. The American University Library is an active member of the Washington Research Library Consortium, and it holds membership in LOCKSS, SPARC, NISO, the Patriot League Libraries Group and the University Libraries Group.

The American University, an R-2 university, chartered by an act of Congress in 1891, offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs, many with international focus, to over 12,000 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.

For further information about American University, please, and learn about the University Library at

Additional questions can be addressed to:

Michele Mikkelsen, Director, Administrative Services
American University Library
4400 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016-8046

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution and 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 identify and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other basis under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities. American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.

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