Apprenticeship Announcement

University of Colorado Boulder Libraries

Ask A Librarian Apprenticeship

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

Description:

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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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

Qualifications:

  • 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 Megan.Welsh@colorado.edu.