Apprenticeship Announcement

University of Colorado Boulder Libraries

Ask A Librarian Apprenticeship

Approximately 12 hrs/week over Spring 2021 semester, $19/hr


Gain practical professional experience in a fast-paced academic library. The CU Boulder University Libraries is looking to hire an Ask A Librarian Apprentice who will receive training in research competencies, staff the Ask A Librarian virtual chat service two evenings from 5-9pm and one weekend day (preferably Sundays) from 1-5pm each week, participate in special projects under the mentorship of a faculty librarian, and explore issues relevant to new academic librarians through professional development opportunities. The successful candidate will provide virtual research assistance in a major academic library that serves a world-class research university. This position is a great opportunity to supplement your graduate studies with experiential learning. Right now, given the unprecedented situation with COVID-19, initial training will emphasize virtual reference support. The ideal candidate is willing to be flexible and responsive with the changing demands of this position per campus health and safety protocols.


  • Provide virtual research assistance through our Ask Us! chat service
  • Attend trainings, workshops, and meetings on a virtual meeting platform
  • Participate in special project work with Ask A Librarian Apprenticeship supervisor
  • Explore other opportunities for professional development based on interest


  • Currently enrolled as a library & information science graduate student for the duration of the apprenticeship.
  • A strong customer service orientation and a desire to provide high quality research assistance.
  • Interest in pursuing a career in academic librarianship.

Additional Information:

This program begins with trainings which can occur around your schedule either in December 2020 or early January 2021. The Ask a Librarian Apprentice is expected to complete approximately 12 hours per week, covering nights and weekends (schedule to be finalized at point of hire). The Apprentice will be paid $19/hr. For full consideration, please apply by November 20, 2020 . A course schedule providing proof of enrollment in a library science graduate program is required at the time of hire.

To apply, please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Unofficial Transcript

Send application materials with “Ask a Librarian Apprenticeship Application” in the subject line to