Community Outreach & Reference Librarian, (Residency Position) -- University of Denver

Post date: Jan 12, 2021

Job no: 494587

Work type: Faculty Full-Time

Location: Denver, CO

Categories: Faculty, Library Professionals

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Position Summary

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Student and Scholar Services, the Community Outreach & Reference Librarian designs, implements, and assesses the library's marketing and outreach initiatives with a special focus on events and exhibits with community partners. In particular, this position will engage deeply with the Graduate School of Professional Psychology's Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialty (IECMH) to connect the Libraries with underserved communities across the Denver metro area in support of early childhood literacy. Furthering the collaborative work of IECMH as the program expands their offerings, this position will work as part of a team connecting the resources of an academic institution and library to community needs as accessed through the public library system. Working closely with the Student Outreach Librarian and the Community Relations Coordinator, the librarian also develops, communicates, and collaborates with departments and units across campus to build relevant partnerships with local community organizations and schools in support of the University's commitment to the public good.

The Librarian serves as a reference librarian and as co-liaison to the Morgridge College of Education, which includes the Library and Information Science Department. This position participates in a new liaison model in which liaison services are provided by a small team of reference librarians who collaboratively share research, instruction, and collection development responsibilities for assigned disciplines. Participating fully as part of the Reference & Instruction Department, the librarian also provides general and specialized consultations for students, faculty, and staff in the Research Center, teaches information literacy workshops, and participates in instructional programming for first-year foundational courses. As a faculty member, the librarian actively engages in scholarly activities through research and publication and participates in professional organizations, as well as library and campus committees.

This three-year contract position is part of the University Libraries Residency Program and provides early-career librarians with professional experience and mentoring in academic librarianship. Designed to engage librarians who are members of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic 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 attain experience in a range of areas of academic librarianship, gaining understanding of how academic and research libraries operate. This position will have the support of the Residency Coordinator who will provide guidance and programming on academic librarianship, research, professional development, and cultural aspects of institutions of higher education. As a member of the University Libraries Faculty, the librarian will have the opportunity to serve on library and university committees and teams and will be provided funding and support to engage professionally at the regional and national level. Funding will be the same as other Assistant Professors and additional funding will be made available to attend ACRL Residency training/events. Appointment will be made at the level of Visiting Assistant Professor, non-tenure track. At the end of the residency period, there may be an option, if it is mutually agreed by the candidate and University of Denver Libraries administration, to be considered for a multi-year faculty contract as an Assistant Professor in the University Libraries faculty series, pending budget and position availability.

Essential Functions

  • Working with faculty in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology's Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialty (IECMH) and in consultation with the Social Sciences Reference Librarian, connect the broader Denver community to children's literature and programming.

  • Collaborate with the Student Outreach Librarian and Community Relations Coordinator to design, implement, and assess the library's marketing and outreach initiatives with a special focus on events and exhibits with community partners.

  • Assist with the coordination of the library's social media channels.

  • Participate as a member of the Reference & Instruction Department in a team-based organization and attend regular meetings.

  • Participate in reference and instructional services delivery, instructing users on a variety of print and electronic sources including occasional evening and weekend classes.

  • Provide hour-long research consultations with students, faculty, and staff at the Research Center, including occasional evenings and weekends.

  • Serve as co-liaison to the Morgridge College of Education.

  • Build collections to meet the research and curricular needs of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in assigned areas.

  • Serve on library and campus committees.

  • Work in accord with the promotion guidelines, and engage in scholarly activities through research and publication, as a library faculty member.

  • Participate in national and regional professional organizations.
    Intentionally integrate diversity and inclusiveness into all aspects of the library.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to work in a team environment.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate clearly and knowledgeably, both verbally and in writing.

  • Passion and interest in campus-community partnerships and/or early childhood literacy.

  • Capacity to build strong connections with faculty, students, and community partners.

  • Ability to use knowledge, experience, awareness, and skills to advance DUs commitment to diversity and inclusion, and to engage effectively with a broad spectrum of culturally diverse groups.

  • Ability to work independently, effectively, and confidentially.

  • Analytical skills for decision making.

  • Ability to organize work and set priorities.

  • Ability to actively engage in the library organization, including leadership and participation in teams, task forces, and committees, working professionally in support of colleagues, willingly stepping into other roles when needed, and sharing responsibility as a faculty member in the library's mission, goals, programs, and plans.

  • Willingness to engage in professional development and scholarly activities through research, publication, and service to national and regional professional organizations.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited library and information science masters degree or equivalent (candidate receiving a degree by June 2022 are eligible).

  • Candidate must be an early-career librarian (graduated in or after 2019).

  • Demonstrated knowledge, ability and potential to engage effectively with culturally-diverse communities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to clearly articulate career objectives within academic librarianship.

  • Experience working in a library, information management environment, or related fields. This could include library school practicum, independent study, volunteer, or similar experience.

  • Experience with, or articulated interest in, community programming, event planning, or social media marketing.

  • Experience with, or demonstrated interest, in information literacy instruction/teaching.

  • Evidence of, or articulated interest in, developing skills that support the mission and strategic goals of the University of Denver Libraries.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) Monday, February 7th, 2022. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Special Instructions

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

Candidates are encouraged to reach out to the Residency Program Coordinator, Elia Trucks,, to gather further information about the position, the community, and the University. Please see this calendar for more information.

Salary Grade Number:

The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:

The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $65,000.

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. CV

2. Cover Letter

3. 1-page Diversity Statement

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.

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

Advertised: December 07, 2021

Applications close: Open until filled