Duke University, Duke University Libraries

Position ID:Duke-DUL-RSL [#19176]
Position Title: Research Services Librarian
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Library / Special Collections
Appl Deadline:2021/10/11 11:59PMhelp popup* (posted 2021/09/09, updated 2021/08/13, listed until 2021/10/11)
Position Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this position has passed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

As part of a larger team, the Research Services Librarian provides innovative and dynamic instruction, which includes outreach activities to identify potential campus users of Rubenstein Library materials and working with faculty to design assignments and select materials for use in their courses. This position provides research and reference services through remote platforms, in-person consultations, and regular reading room shifts.


Please join us to learn more about the position and ask questions.  We are offering an information sessions over Zoom webinar where we will share more information about the university, our library, and the position. No registration is needed - just click the link at the listed date and time. 

Thursday, September 23rd, 3pm-4:15pm EST:  https://duke.zoom.us/j/92287917703


·       RESEARCH SERVICES (40%): Conducts reference interviews and assists researchers in person and remotely; provides onsite reference services at the Rubenstein Library research services desk, including evening and weekend rotations.

·       INSTRUCTION (30%): Leads instruction sessions with primary sources, including evaluating and selecting materials, developing lesson plans, and collaborating with instructors on assignments and learning objectives; integrates understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into instruction; works with faculty and other campus partners to strengthen instructional and research collaborations across the university, and integrates Rubenstein Library collections and resources into new and existing classes and programs; partners with students, instructors, and other librarians to enhance learning, teaching, and research through critical engagement with library resources; promotes inclusive teaching practices and a commitment to accessibility in the development and delivery of services and programs; participates in the assessment of library programs, services, and collections use.

·       OUTREACH (15%): Establishes user-focused public programs and services, including collaborating with library colleagues and other campus and external organizations to publicize and promote use of the collections through tours, exhibitions, presentations, and other creative public programming and engagement initiatives.

·       COLLABORATION (10%): Participates actively in departmental planning meetings to set goals and priorities, develop policies, and maximize services to users; shares ideas for innovative and creative ways to meet service needs; works effectively with the group, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships; actively contributes to library-wide initiatives; participates in departmental and library-wide activities; serves on library committees; may participate in the Rubenstein Library’s internship program, travel grant program, web editing, and/or social media.

·       PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (5%): Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and takes an active interest in the profession. Growth and interest may be demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and/or service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity.

·       Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervises one or more Research Services Reference Interns


It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning, and a commitment to creating a culture of inclusion that values and respects diversity of perspective, background, and experience. In addition, managers and supervisors are expected to help develop a common vision by providing clear direction and priorities, clarifying roles and responsibilities, and promoting mutual understanding through effective communication.  They are also expected to take the time to effectively plan and evaluate performance, provide feedback, recognition, and coaching, and develop employees to achieve their personal and organizational goals.


Required: MLS from an ALA-accredited program and/or an advanced degree from an accredited program in archives administration or equivalent experience. 


Required: Familiarity with standard archival and library procedures; excellent planning, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills; and demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively with colleagues and library users in a rapidly changing, service-oriented environment; ability to work effectively in a team environment; ability to communicate effectively with users and donors; interest in continued development of instructional tools and skills; demonstrated proficiency using computer based technology and ability to adapt to new technologies. 

Preferred:  At least two to three years’ experience providing archival reference and/or instruction; prior experience working in an academic research library; familiarity with anti-racist approaches to archival work; experience providing reference; commitment to active learning methods for library instruction. Reading knowledge of at least one Western language other than English (German, French, or Latin preferred).

Working Conditions

  • Routinely moves library materials weighing up to 40 pounds;
  • Occasionally works in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible;
  • Normal office environment;
  • Regular evening and weekend shifts required.

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position. This description is subject to change at any time.

Salary and Benefits

Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience; however, the anticipated range is $53,000-$68,000. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.


Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States. 

Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. We recognize that the workplace only truly flourishes with an active presence of different backgrounds and unique abilities. We value the unseen perspective, the unheard voice, and the unnoticed ideas. We hope to give a platform of growth and connection, where employees can be free to produce new ways of thinking to promote inclusion and respect for all. Duke University Libraries encourages an environment where shared goals are reached by exceptional individuals.       

Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business. 

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:  http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits/index.php.


Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
365 Rubenstein Library
Box 90194
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708

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