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Ask a Librarian Apprenticeship

University of Colorado Boulder Libraries

Norlin Library

Application Deadline

Apply By Nov 20th, 2020


$19.00 per Hour   Calculate


Boulder, CO




Not Required

Minimum Education

Bachelor's Degree

Library Experience

Not Required

Supervisory Experience

Not Required

Type of Library


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Job Description

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 
  • A strong customer service orientation and a desire to provide high quality research 
  • 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 or CV
  3. Unofficial Transcript 

Send application materials with “Ask A Librarian Apprenticeship Application” in the subject line to Megan.Welsh@colorado.edu .

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Mission, Values and Strategic Plan

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


An information-empowered world.


Include • Empower • Connect • Learn • Inspire

Our values define our interactions within the Libraries and radiate outwardly. This means that we foster 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 commitment to diversity and inclusivity.

Posted Oct 23, 2020