American University Library invites applications from
innovative, energetic, and service-oriented librarians to fill a
continuing appointment faculty position supporting the Kogod School
of Business, beginning as soon as possible and subject to budgetary
approval. Rank will be dependent upon experience and stature
in the field at either assistant or associate level.
Responsibilities: As the Research and Instruction
Librarian for Business (Business Librarian), the librarian will be
the point person for research assistance, information literacy
instruction and collection development in support of the curriculum
and the faculty research at the Kogod School of Business, as well
as business-related research across campus. The Business Librarian
will work closely with the faculty and administration of the Kogod
School of Business to ensure that the University Library is able to
meet their research and pedagogical needs and to increase awareness
of library resources. In collection development,
reviews and selects research materials to support faculty and
student research for Kogod and actively engages with vendors.
This position provides high-level subject specific reference
assistance to Kogod faculty and students, as well as basic research
assistance to all students and faculty and teaches subject specific
instruction sessions and participates in the baseline information
literacy instruction for all students. The Business Librarian
creates appropriate online tools to support Kogod students and
faculty and supports interdisciplinary initiatives across academic
units that require expertise in business librarianship. This
position serves on library cross-functional teams and participates
in decisions that affect the overall research materials
collection. The Business Librarian assists all relevant
entities in self-studies and reaccreditation.
The Business Librarian is a member of Research, Teaching and
Learning (RTL) and reports to the Associate Director of RTL.
As a member of RTL, the Business Librarian also participates in
broader initiatives as part of the library.
Library faculty members participate in university governance
activities. The Business Librarian also consults regularly
with the Kogod teaching faculty and administrators. The
Business Librarian actively supports DEI initiatives within the
University Library and within Kogod School of Business.
Continuing Appointment library faculty members are expected to
contribute to the profession of librarianship, and to participate
in campus-wide and library-wide activities.
Primary duties and responsibilities:
Provide Information Literacy
- Support the Kogod School of Business by teaching integrated
information literacy sessions within Business disciplines
including: Marketing, Finance and Real Estate, Accounting, Business
Administration, Management, and Information Technology.
- Work with Kogod Faculty to develop instructional materials for
information literacy, g. tutorials, course libguides, and
- As the liaison to Kogod, work with appropriate committees,
administrators and faculty to incorporate information literacy
learning objectives and intervention appropriately into the
- Teach baseline information literacy skills to Writing Studies
- Participate in departmental information literacy initiatives as
a member of RTL, g. walk-in workshops, assessment and
analysis projects, and pedagogical explorations, other instruction
Provide Research Support and Outreach Services to
the Kogod Community
- Partner with the Kogod community to discover information
resources and data through consulting on research projects,
providing reference help, facilitating access to online resources,
and finding business information resources through individual
consultations (in person and online) and through email.
- Support any student or faculty member, regardless of
departmental affiliation, with consultations concerning advanced
subject specific research requiring business information
- Provide consultations on best practices and resources to
accomplish research activities.
- Participate in department-wide services to serving the broader
AU community and public with basic research assistance through our
in-person Research Assistance Desk or our online Ask a Librarian
- Partner with the Kogod Financial Information Services and
Technology Lab to ensure that Kogod students have access to the
information resources they need to do their work.
- Participate in outreach programs in person and online.
Curate the Business Collection
- Purchase materials required to support the curriculum of Kogod,
the research of the faculty, and the long-term research needs of
the university as related to resources related to business.
- Appropriately de-select of cease subscriptions to business
information resources in relationship to the budget, the
curriculum, the research needs of the faculty, long-term
commitments to the regional and national intellectual record, and
trends in publishing.
- Serve on the Collection Management Team that oversees the
overall university library collection, excepting special
collections and archives.
Develop and Manage Web Based
- Develop and maintain web pages related to business information
resources and services on the LibGuides platform.
- Consult with stakeholders on any changes to the enterprise
systems that impact access to business information resources.
Service to the Profession
- Participate in advancing the profession of Librarianship or the
academic field of business through original research, relevant
service to professional and scholarly societies, publications, and
impactful presentations in professional or scholarly venues.
Service to the University
- Participate in the shared governance of American University and
American University Library through active participation on
university and library committees and engagement in work that
meaningfully furthers the university and library outside of the
primary duties of the position.
Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and
Position available: Beginning as soon as possible
- An ALA accredited M.L.S is required.
- Professional experience in an academic or research institution
is highly preferred.
- A degree in business, economics or a related field is highly
preferred. Corporate experience of two or more years in lieu of an
academic business background is also acceptable.
- Demonstrated reference experience or training is required.
- Pedagogical experience or training is required.
- Collection development experience or instruction is
- Evidence of potential for professional contributions and
ongoing professional development is essential.
- Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills; strong
public service ethic; and collaborative skills are essential.
- Ideal candidates will possess the ability to shift priorities
in a rapidly changing environment; to work across a broad-based
constituency, to communicate a positive library image; and have an
awareness of current concerns and developments in
Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with
qualifications and experience
Position available: Review of applications will begin
immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
ABOUT THE KOGOD SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
The Kogod School of Business at American University is the
oldest accredited business school in Washington, D.C. With
more than 1500 students, Kogod offers full-time, Professional
(part-time) and Online MBA programs, seven specialized Masters of
Science degree programs and a robust undergraduate business degree
program. All Kogod programs are designed to integrate a business
education with a global perspective. With a focus on
Business in the Capital and entrepreneurship through the
innovation incubator, Kogod actively connects students with
community and facilitates putting their ideas into action.
ABOUT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
The American University Library www.american.edu/library
serves the AU community through a collection of more than 1,700,000
print and electronic book titles and 180,000 media and sound
recordings. Notable collections include a branch music library, a
strong visual media collection, special collections and university
archives, a K-12 curriculum materials center, and partner
collections across campus including the Career Center, the Center
for Language Exploration, Acquisition, and Research, and the Visual
Resource Center. AU Library has affiliate collections at the
Washington College of Law and at the Wesley Theological Seminary.
The AU Library collection totals over 184,000 journal subscriptions
in all subjects. The Library has 23 library faculty, 87
full-time staff and other professionals and about 62 student
assistants. The library's budget is about $17 million. The American
University Library is an active member of the Washington Research
Library Consortium, and it holds membership in LOCKSS, SPARC, the
Patriot League Libraries Group and the University Libraries
American University Library is a Founding Member of the
Diversity Alliance for Academic Libraries.
American University offers a wide range of undergraduate
and graduate programs, many with international focus, to more than
For information about American University, please see
learn about the University Library at http://www.american.edu/library.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
American University values open and honest inquiry,
servant leadership, and the affirmation of the human dignity of
all. American University envisions a thriving community where
individuals of all identities and experiences are understood,
appreciated, and fully included, and where equitable treatment,
opportunities, and outcomes prevail.
AU’s plan for Inclusive Excellence, adopted in January 2018,
reflects the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and
inclusion—the cornerstone for achieving institutional and
To learn more about how AU is infusing diversity, equity, and
inclusion at a strategic, tactical, and operational level, please
AU Library Diversity Statement
The AU Library is committed to diversity and inclusion by
providing an inclusive, welcoming, and adaptable environment for
the community. The Library recognizes that this is an ongoing
process and aims to engage in diversity and inclusion as more than
just numeric representation. The Library will continue to
work on intentionally diversifying its personnel, services, and
collections in meaningful ways.
This institution is using Interfolio’s ByCommittee to conduct
this search. Applicants to this position receive a free
Dossier account and can send all application materials, including
confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.
For help in signing up, accessing your account, or submitting
your application please check out our help and support section or
get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until
the position is filled. Send a letter of application, resume,
names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to:
Michele Mikkelsen, Director, Administrative Services
American University Library
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-8046
American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action
institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and
regulations. The university does not discriminate on the
basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including
pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status,
personal appearance, gender identify and expression, family
responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran
status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases
under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its
programs and activities. American University is a tobacco and
smoke free campus.