Residency Librarian - University Libraries

Job description

The Residency Librarian is a three-year nonrenewable contract position designed to provide early-career librarians with professional experience and mentoring in academic librarianship. Designed to engage librarians who are members of historically underrepresented groups, the residency program will give the successful candidate an opportunity to gain experience and skills necessary to thrive as an academic and research librarian. The University of Denver Libraries is a member of, and is committed to the principles of the Association of College & Research Libraries Diversity Alliance:

Through this program, the successful candidate will gain experience in a range of areas of academic librarianship, gaining both broad and deep understanding of how academic and research libraries operate. The Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication & Collections Services will serve as the residency coordinator and supervise this position, but other librarians will also serve as mentors based on a candidates chosen area of specialization.

Anticipated start date for this role is summer/fall of 2018 (may be flexible).

Essential Functions

  • During the three-year program, the Residency Librarian will rotate through at least three departments, primarily in the first year of residency. Based on existing or newly acquired interest, skills, education, and/or experience, the Residency Librarian will then work with stakeholders to select a home department and work with mentors in that unit for the remainder of the program to develop additional expertise and specialization. Departments could include Reference & Instruction, Special Collections & Archives, Design & Discovery, Collections & Content Management, Cataloging, Access Services, Technology Services, or Metadata & Digitization.
  • In addition to work within the University Libraries, the Residency Librarian will work with the Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE) ( to develop library skills in support of IRISEs mission. For example, this could entail public speaking, engaging with community members, supporting research, providing metadata or other technical support, or managing digitization projects.
  • The Residency Librarian may also be assigned a mentor from the senior ranks of the University Libraries faculty outside the home department who will provide guidance on academic librarianship, research, professional development, and cultural aspects of institutions of higher education.

Required Qualifications

  • Candidate must be a recent ALA-accredited M.L.S. graduate (graduated within the last three years).
  • The successful candidate will demonstrate a knowledge, ability or potential to engage effectively with culturally-diverse communities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to clearly articulate career objectives within academic librarianship.
  • Evidence of, or articulated interest in, developing skills that support the mission and strategic goals of the University of Denver Libraries.
  • Candidates are encouraged to review the libraries mission statement and strategic plan (
  • Experience working in a library, information management environment, or related fields.

Application Deadline

Applications received by April 8, 2018 will receive first consideration. Applications may be accepted and reviewed until position filled.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.




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Job No: 000894
Posted: 3/15/2018
Application Due: 5/14/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable