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Resident Librarian, Business Specialist

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Job Summary

Drexel University Libraries seeks an early-career librarian to develop business and entrepreneurship subject expertise (as well as develop general familiarity with academic library operations and services through rotating opportunities) while participating in our three-year diversity residence program. The Business Specialist Resident Librarian, while focusing on growing expertise and increasing skills related to delivering services and guidance to patrons, will benefit from flexible but steady focused opportunities to become familiar with academic library operations and services through rotating assignments, interactive mentoring, and building the Librarian’s professional network. The wide range of work experience gained through this position will enable the Librarian to build essential skills and plan career path options after the conclusion of the residency period. The Librarian will enrich the Libraries by bringing new ideas and perspectives and contributing to projects and strategic initiatives.

This position empowers the Drexel community by providing guidance and personal assistance and will actively embed information and other literacy competencies in Drexel curriculum learning outcomes through partnerships with faculty. The Librarian will support the development of tutorials and other learning objects that build student information and other literacy skills. The Librarian will also offer guidance and consultation services, including help with course-related projects and strategies for finding and evaluating authoritative information and critical thinking/scientific reasoning skills related to market validation, business plans, and assessment of the business market landscape.

This opportunity is part of Drexel University Libraries’ commitment as a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance to increase the number of qualified professional library staff from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. The librarian, identifying as a member of one of these groups, will benefit from strong mentorship and professional development as well as guided growth for expertise in business and entrepreneurship discipline information resources and services. The program provides an opportunity for entry-level librarians from diverse backgrounds to begin their professional careers and broaden their experience in academic librarianship.

Essential Functions
  • Collaborate with other librarians, faculty and students to help integrate knowledge of multiple literacies, information resources, and information-seeking behaviors into Drexel curricula, with particular emphasis on business and entrepreneurship.
  • Inspire student self-directed learning and critical thinking by providing personal guidance and client-customized consultation in-person and via chat, phone, email, and events.
  • Apply discipline knowledge and expertise in supporting selection and access decisions for scholarly information resources.
  • Develop learning objects, such as library guides and tutorials, which assist clients to find, access, evaluate, and use information effectively.
  • Actively foster relationships with faculty, staff and students that contribute to the Libraries’ communications and continual service quality improvement efforts.
  • Proactively contribute to strengthening the Libraries’ culture of diversity, equity and inclusiveness.
  • Contribute professionally through external service, publications, or presentations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree, Library of Information Science.
  • Experience not required.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with strong customer service orientation and commitment to inclusiveness of diverse ideas and perspectives.
  • Evidence of self-motivation to address new challenges and solve problems with commitment to learn new knowledge and skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including time and project management.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment; able to lead as well as execute and take constructive input from multiple sources.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable, inclusive and welcoming work environment in both physical and cyber space.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working in an academic library or corporate/business setting.
  • Undergraduate degree, graduate coursework, minor concentration, or experience in entrepreneurship, business, analytics, or related fields.
Physical Requirements

Typically sitting a desk/table.

Lifting demands up to 25lbs.


University City – Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information

This position is classified as Exempt, grade K. Compensation for this grade ranges from $54,630 to $81,940 per year. Please note that the offered rate for this position typically aligns with the minimum to midrange of this grade, but it can vary based on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience, department budget, and an internal equity review.

We encourage you to explore Drexel's Professional Staff salary structure and Compensation Guidelines & Policies for more details on our compensation framework.

You can also find valuable information about our benefits in the Benefits Brochure .

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

Advertised:Mar 8 2024 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close:Apr 7 2024 Eastern Daylight Time


Drexel University

Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel is a comprehensive global R1-level research university with a unique model of experiential learning that combines academic rigor with one of the nation’s premier cooperative education programs.

Drexel University is an urban research university that integrates education, scholarship, diverse partnerships, and our global community to address society’s most pressing challenges through an inclusive learning environment, immersive experiential learning, external partnerships, transdisciplinary and applied research, and creative activity. We prepare graduates of diverse backgrounds to become purpose-driven professionals and agents for positive change

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