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RAD (Rare & Distinctive) Reading Room & Research Services Specialist

University of Colorado Boulder Libraries

Norlin Library

Application Deadline

Apply By Aug 18th, 2023


$44,000.00 to $46,000.00 per Year   Calculate


Boulder, CO




Not Required

Minimum Education

Not Specified

Library Experience

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Supervisory Experience

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Type of Library


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Job Description

Job Summary

CU Boulder Libraries encourages applications for a RAD (Rare & Distinctive) Reading Room & Research Services Specialist! The Specialist provides cross-team reference services to support access, discovery, and use of RaD’s rich and diverse collections, including archives, government information, maps, and rare books. This position supports the RaD Reading Room service point, develops knowledge of all of RaD’s collecting areas, and supports reference services throughout the University Libraries. This individual hires, trains, and supervises student employees to support the RaD Reading Room service point. They support instruction, outreach, and collection-based services. In particular, they will support collection and reference services in the Government Information collection. This position reports to the RAD Research Services section lead and is housed in the Government Information collection. Most importantly, this position will cultivate and advocate for an environment of diversity and inclusion at all times.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are


We are a knowledge catalyst. We fuel inquiry, discovery, collaboration, creation, and the dissemination of knowledge. We welcome everyone, wherever they are on their educational journey.


An information-empowered world.


Empower | Connect | Learn | Inspire

Our values define our interactions within the Libraries and radiate outwardly. This means that we develop a culture that compassionately and authentically embodies our values in all aspects of our work.

Diversity Statement

We affirm diversity and inclusive excellence to be vitally integral to the Libraries’ mission and vision. We strive to model this in recruitment and retention, building collections, and offering services and spaces to develop a receptive social, intellectual, and physical environment for all. Learn more about our dedication to diversity and inclusivity.

The University Libraries encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job and that person may be one who comes from a less traditional background. As you review the qualifications, please think about how your qualifications are transferable if (at first) they do not seem directly related. Share how your skills translate in your cover letter. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t meet every preferred qualification.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

RAD Reading Room Support

  • Provide daily, in-person coverage of the Rare & Distinctive Collections Reading Room service point. This will include: conducting in-person, virtual, and email research consultations, greeting and supporting Reading Room visitors, pulling and organizing collections for visiting researchers, managing off-site inventory, updating the inventory tracking software, helping prepare and update the Reading Room schedule, and fulfilling digital reproduction orders as needed.
  • Manage the development of training materials and programming for students, faculty, and staff assigned to the RAD Reading Room service point.
  • Conduct regular usability assessments of the Reading Room service point following professional standard processes. This may include data collection, data analysis, report creation, and proposal development.
  • Develop and implement new Reading Room policies based on usability assessments and standard processes in the field, in collaboration with the RAD Research Services section lead.
  • Create and maintain public informational content for RAD Research Services; including website content, Libguides, and virtual tutorials.

Reference and Service Point Support

  • Provide in-depth and specialized reference services using extensive knowledge of information literacy practices and the unique collections across RAD; especially within archives, government information, and rare books.
  • Actively seek out professional development opportunities to support reference and service point responsibilities.
  • Support the University Libraries’ overall research services mission by staffing service points across the University Libraries as needed.
  • Manage the annual collection of ARL reference statistics across RAD's sections and collections.
  • Review and develop new policies for collecting reference statistics in RAD, following standard processes in the field and in collaboration with the RAD Research Services section lead.

RAD Reading Room Student Supervisor

  • Hire, train, and supervise all student employees in the RAD Reading Room.
  • Ensure that the student employee budget is distributed and used appropriately while communicating clearly with team members.
  • On a rolling basis, serve as the primary student budget coordinator for all of the RAD team student supervisors.

Government Information Collection Support

  • Situated in the Research Services Section and the Government Information collection, this position will unbox, assess accuracy, and inventory incoming government documents for the Federal Depository Library program.
  • Assist with other basic collection activities within RaD upon request.

RaD Instruction & Outreach Support

  • Assist with outreach, exhibits, special events, social media, and other promotional initiatives as interest and time allows.
  • Help develop Research Services outreach initiatives and services to increase interactions with students and researchers.

What You Should Know

This position is working primarily in person.

What We Can Offer

The salary for this position is $44,000 - $46,000.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be Statements

Be resourceful. Be supportive. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • 3 years of experience in an occupational field related to the work assigned to the position.
  • Appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.
  • Must be a Colorado Resident.

What You Will Need

  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities, exercise flexibility in meeting objectives, effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet set timelines, and adjust as circumstances change.
  • Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work collegially and independently within a small team that must be flexible and extremely responsive to users.
  • Proficiency with commonly used productivity and project management software and ability to learn new technologies with ease.
  • Ability to advocate for and cultivate an environment of diversity, inclusion, and respect.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  • One year of experience working in Libraries, specifically in Government Information, Archives, Maps, or Rare Books.
  • Coursework in Library and Information Sciences may substitute for experience on a year to year basis.
  • Supervision experience.
  • Experience working with a Library Management System (Sierra, FOLIO, etc).
  • Experience conducting basic academic research or providing research consultations in a library setting.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume that includes date ranges and whether the position was full-time or part-time.
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
  3. DD-214 for veteran applicants.
    • Qualified veterans are eligible for veteran’s preference points within the State classified system. If you are a veteran and would like to have your DD214 evaluated to determine your eligibility for preference points, please attach a copy of your DD214 to this posting. If you do not wish to upload a DD214, please email a copy to recruiting@colorado.edu or send via fax at 303-492-4693 and reference the job to which you are applying.
  4. If using the educational substitution for experience: proof of degree or transcripts.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by August 18, 2023 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Select here for additional information regarding Classified Staff positions: https://www.colorado.edu/jobs/special-instructions-classified-staff-applicants

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: Recruiting@colorado.edu

HR Info


Posted Aug 10, 2023