Job Titles and Responsibilities


Regardless of what sort of position you are applying for, there are several skills and experiences that are valuable for all academic librarians. These include leadership ability, strong communication skills, ability to work in a team environment, good technical skills, and knowledge of the issues facing libraries and higher education. A broad understanding of all aspects of librarianship from reference work to technical services is also useful. Please see the career pathways section on academic librarianship for more information on general skills to develop and courses that will prepare you to work in an academic library setting.

For more information about how positions in academic libraries are changing and current trends, check out the following articles:

ACRL’sTop Trends in Academic Libraries, 2016

Explore this list to learn more about how librarians successfully collaborate in the following areas: research data services (RDS), data policies and data management plans, professional development for librarians providing RDS, digital scholarship, collection assessment trends, ILS and content provider/fulfillment mergers, and collection assessment trends, among other emerging trends.

ACRL’sTop Trends in Academic Libraries, 2014

The 2014 report focuses on deeper collaboration between academic librarians, staff, faculty, administration, and outside agencies. Explore this list to learn more about how librarians may successfully collaborate in the following areas: data, device-neutral digital services, openness in higher education, student success, competency-based learning, altmetrics, and digital humanities.

ACRL’s Top Trends in Academic Libraries, 2012

Although it’s from several years ago, browsing the 2012 list provides still-relevant data about how libraries are meeting challenges in the following areas: communicating the value of libraries, changes in higher education and academic information technology, data curation, digital preservation, mobile environments, patron driven eBook acquisition, staffing, scholarly communication, and user behavior and expectations.