Sample Job Postings

Keep in mind that job titles are fluid, positions often merge with those with similar responsibilities, and all academic librarians need management skills, as they will be expected to manage projects, departments, and community relationships. In addition, most academic librarians will be expected to provide some information literacy instruction, assist with research, serve on committees, provide collection management, conduct outreach to faculty and students, and form partnerships/collaborate with university and community groups. At large research institutions and often at community colleges or anywhere librarians are given faculty status, librarians will often be expected to conduct their own research for publication.

Use this chart and job descriptions to think about how your career goals and current skill set match up. Once you see what you need, consider choosing courses, internships, and volunteer experiences that will help you develop new skills and increase your desirability as a job candidate.

Sample Academic Librarian Positions (as of 8/2017; click on position title for full job posting)
(Note: all jobs listed below require or strongly prefer an MLIS from an ALA-accredited program.)

Position Sample Duties Sample Required Qualifications Salary
Access Services Librarian

Maryland

Supervises and schedules full-time, part-time, and student employees and manages Access Services student worker program; leads operations of integrated single point of service desk; plans, develops, communicates, and applies policies and procedures for circulation, course reserves, interlibrary loan, stacks maintenance, and building operations. 2+ years relevant experience in access services including circulation, reserves, or interlibrary loan in academic library; supervisory experience that demonstrates strategic thinking and experience managing, motivating and leading staff; demonstrated proficiency in use of integrated library system, other library software, internet web browsers, desktop office applications Not stated
Collection Development & Serials Librarian

Utah

Coordinate collection development activities, oversee serials resources, both electronic and print; take leadership role in ensuring access to information for teaching and scholarship; selection, acquisition of journals, databases, books and other media needed by the community; work collaboratively with others to monitor budgets and to order, receive, and correctly process materials. Demonstrated proficiency with academic library IT systems; collection development ability, knowledge of scholarly publishing practices, trends; ability to manage budgets, projects; demonstrated analytical skills, experience using quantitative/qualitative data to inform rational decision-making; evidence of active participation and involvement in professional and scholarly associations with record of scholarly engagement. $53,000 - $60,000
Head of Metadata Strategies

New York

Plan, oversee ongoing and one-time projects that include metadata creation for online, print resources and for digital projects; provide direction on projects with a metadata component, e.g., those associated with digital scholarship, open access, and institutional research impact; develop and maintain metadata-related policies and procedures, methodologies and workflows; provide expertise in cataloging and metadata policies, procedures, and best practices. Knowledge of current, emerging issues, trends, workflows, and best practices in cataloging and metadata; descriptive metadata expertise including MARC/RDA and other non-MARC metadata formats; outstanding written and oral communication and interpersonal skills; organizational skills in a broad range of situations; demonstrated leadership experience; commitment to professional development and service. Not stated
Humanities Librarian

Indiana

Provide educational services to liaison departments and research assistance to faculty and students, especially in the departments of English and World Languages and Cultures; assist faculty with scholarly communication issues; develop appropriate collections for liaison departments and programs; participate in research consultation and chat reference services. Previous experience in academic setting; ability to build and manage client relationships; experience with classroom instruction; ability to work and excel in both individual and team environments; ability to work well across organizational lines of responsibility. $48,500
Instructional Design Librarian (Nursing & STEM)

Nevada

Collaborate with faculty to integrate information literacy learning outcomes, assignments, learning activities, and learning assessments into in-person, hybrid, and online courses; work to integrate library resources, services into curriculum; create and maintain repository of reusable learning objects; create scholarly products; provide information literacy instruction, research services. Commitment to improving success of first-generation and underrepresented students; experience providing instructional services to relevant disciplines or a degree in the health sciences, life sciences, or physical sciences; experience collaborating with instructors to develop learning outcomes, learning activities, and learning assessments; experience creating digital learning objects. $50,000 - $55,000
Public Health and Research Support Librarian

Rhode Island

With sciences team, plan, implement long term strategies for innovative services and relevant collections supporting interdisciplinary research across the health sciences; assist faculty, researchers in research data management and public access policy compliance; support education, research needs of the School of Public Health faculty, staff and students; develop, manage a more comprehensive systematic review service to serve schools and departments university-wide; develop web-based guides and other research and learning products, collaborate on special projects, and serve on committees and task forces as needed. 3 years working in health sciences or research environment; knowledge of medical and public health terminology; expert database and grey literature searching experience; knowledge of biomedical information resources, data management, and traditional and alternative research impact measurement tools; proficiency using EndNote, Mendeley or similar bibliographic management software; strong customer service orientation with excellent oral, written, analytical, and interpersonal communication skills; commitment to public services and improving the library user experience. Not stated
Serials & Collection Management Librarian [law library]

Michigan

Manage, coordinate, and supervise work of Continuations & Collection Management Unit including materials receiving and processing; handle legal continuations, including loose-leaf filing and pocket parts; stacks maintenance, including shelving and shifting; itemizing, labeling, maintaining library material. At least 2 years librarian-level experience in large academic research or law library, 1 year supervising full-time academic library staff; ability to work effectively with other decision makers; strong problem solving, leadership skills; excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, and analytical skills; flexibility and creativity to be effective in a changing environment. $60,000
Systems Librarian

Louisiana

Oversee of several key information management and discovery systems (Voyager, Primo, ILLiad); ensure optimal performance of systems, e.g., enable data integration across distributed, heterogeneous local, external data sources; provide statistical, usage, collection reports to support decision making for library collections and services; assume secondary (back-up) responsibility for the link resolver (currently SFX), and proxy authentication systems. 2+ years’ relevant experience in academic or research library; experience managing an ILS, resource discovery tools, link resolvers, proxy authentication systems; experience managing Windows- and Unix-based servers; ability to work with database management systems, scripts (e.g., MS SQL, MySQL, Oracle, MS Access), write queries in SQL, program in XSLT, PHP, Ruby, or Python; experience with Web standards and scripting using HTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript or JQuery. Not stated
University Archivist

Maryland

Collaborate with other division curators to provide overall direction for reference services, accessioning, arrangement, description, preservation, cataloging of manuscript and archival materials, instruction, and outreach; build, maintain, interpret, and provide access to University Archives and assess collection needs, establish priorities, and represent collection area to the university community and external organizations and individuals. MLIS with archives emphasis; demonstrated excellence in oral/ written communication skills and in assisting researchers in a special collections setting; at least 3 years of professional archival experience in academic library including responsibility for supervising processing of manuscripts and archives; demonstrated ability/initiative in processing, reference, outreach, donor relations, administrative activities. Not stated
Web Developer

Oklahoma

Work closely with systems and user services team to design and implement web technologies that connect users with the information and services that improve library user experience; design/update library website, customize discovery system user interface; work with and create APIs related to library services platform; use web development technologies such as HTML, JavaScript, CSS, web scripting, SQL, CMS, APIs, graphics, and related skills to accomplish key goals. Ability to analyze, evaluate, solve web-related problems; skilled in web programming languages (ColdFusion, .NET, or PHP), cross-browser, Internet device issues, HTML, CSS; knowledge of XML, XSL, jQuery, JavaScript, other web-enabling technologies; ability to communicate technical and non-technical requirements to vendors, staff; broad understanding of current, emerging web-based communications strategies, technologies. $53,488