Reference and Instruction Librarian (Temporary)

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Library Professionals, Faculty

The University of Denver Libraries, comprised of the Main Library at the Anderson Academic Commons, the Bonfils Stanton Music Library in the Newman Center, and the off-site Hampden Center storage facility, is a highly collaborative, team-based organization that serves a diverse population, ranging from our students, staff, and faculty to public and other academic patrons from the surrounding region. Opened on March 25, 2013, the Anderson Academic Commons is the campus centerpiece for collaborative, technology-infused teaching, learning and engagement. The University of Denver Libraries are central to discovery and creative interaction among students and faculty, and provide collections, services, personnel, and systems that support the teaching and research programs of the University. The institution is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and inclusive faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.

Position Summary

The University of Denver Libraries is seeking an innovative, dynamic, and collaborative professional for a temporary 12-month position as Reference and Instruction Librarian at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor. This position reports to the Interim Associate Dean for Student and Scholar Services. This position’s responsibilities will include approximately 90% librarianship and 10% service on Libraries and/or University committees.

Essential Functions

Participating fully as part of Reference & Instruction department, the Reference and Instruction Librarian provides hour-long general and specialized consultations for students, faculty, and staff in the Research Center, teaches information literacy workshops for disciplinary courses, and participates in instructional programming for first-year foundational courses. The librarian will also take on other roles within the department and the libraries as determined by background and interest. The librarian works closely with faculty to develop course-integrated instruction based on curricular needs. The person in this position will also assist with the training and mentoring of graduate student staff working in the Research Center. The person in this position will intentionally integrate diversity and inclusiveness into all aspects of their work and aid patrons with accessibility needs.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Understanding of best practices and current trends in information literacy pedagogy and reference services.
  • Ability to build strong connections with faculty and students to provide effective research and instructional programming.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of using library research databases.
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative, organizational, analytical, and communication skills.
  • The ability to work independently, effectively, and confidentially, using tact and excellent judgment.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science.
  • Experience working in public services (reference, access etc.) in a library.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency with new technologies and ability to apply knowledge to the design and delivery of research and instruction services.
  • Experience working in reference or research services.
  • Experience working in an academic library.
  • Experience teaching in a higher education or K-12 environment.
  • Ability to work in a leadership role in a team environment.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with the assessment of library services as well as with evaluation and assessment tools.
  • Ability to analyze data and gather survey responses using Excel and Qualtrics or other similar tools.

Working Environment

The work environment is an academic library, which is culturally diverse. The library is highly automated with attention paid to ergonomics and safety, using workstations equipped with easy access to needed resources and access to the Internet. The unit is one of several working collaboratively and cooperatively in a team-based organization.

  1. Standard office environment.
  2. Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high.
  3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

  1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period.
  2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) October 11, 2022.

Special Instructions

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

Salary Grade:

The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:

The salary range for this position is $58,000 - $63,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Diversity Statement (1-2 pages)

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

The University of Denver recognizes that its success in being a great university dedicated to the public good depends greatly on how well it engages, supports, and champions the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. As part of our intentionality in recruiting and retaining faculty from a wide variety of historically excluded intersecting identities, including those from communities of color, with diverse gender and sexual identities, first-generation college graduates, or with disabilities, new faculty will have the opportunity to choose to participate in a University-wide initiative. This initiative will connect new colleagues in a cohort, building community across units with supportive programming led by the Office of the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs in collaboration with the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and each faculty participant’s academic unit. To learn more about the University of Denver’s commitments and work in support of DEI and J, please visit: For more information about this program or if you have any questions, please email and/or visit

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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