Apprenticeship Announcement

University of Colorado (CU) Boulder Libraries

Ask A Librarian Apprenticeship (Virtual)

Approximately 12 hrs/week throughout Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 academic year, $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 5-8pm MT (likely Tuesdays & Thursdays) and one weekend day from 1-5pm MT each week (preferably Saturdays), 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.


  • 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 the 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.
  • Maintain a strong customer service orientation and a desire to provide high quality research assistance.
  • Demonstrate interest in the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice, and how these relate to the mission and values of CU Boulder’s University Libraries.
  • Interest in pursuing a career in academic librarianship.

Additional Information:

A core goal of the apprenticeship program is to invite and encourage involvement of MLIS students from traditionally underrepresented groups in academic librarianship. Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States at time of hire. This program begins with trainings which can occur around your schedule in August 2022 and staffing virtual reference shifts with experienced colleagues in late August & September 2022. The Ask a Librarian Apprentice is expected to complete approximately 12 hours of work per week, including virtual reference shifts on nights and weekends (schedule to be finalized at point of hire), project work, and professional development. The Apprentice will be paid $19/hr and will work through the Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 academic year. For full consideration, please apply by Monday, August 8, 2022. 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 or CV
  3. Unofficial Transcript

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