Temporary Reference Librarian

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  • Job Number:519645
  • Classification:Temporary Professional Casual
  • Grade:Temporary Staff Grade 80
  • Work type:Hybrid, On Campus, Temporary
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
  • School/Business unit:UAA Consortium Library
  • Location:Anchorage
  • Categories: Library/Physical/Social Sciences

Position Summary:

The Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is recruiting part-time reference librarians to cover a mix of evening, weekend, and weekday reference desk shifts. The Consortium Library serves students, staff, and faculty of UAA and Alaska Pacific University, as well as members of the local community. Research services are provided in-person and via chat/text, email, Zoom, and phone. Part-time reference librarians play an important role in our Instruction and Research program by providing reference desk coverage and working on department projects. Professional training and development opportunities will be provided as needed. The Consortium Library promotes diversity, civility, equity, inclusion, and an appreciation for each unique member of our academic community. UAA encourages applications from candidates who are particularly excited about opportunities to support higher education in Southcentral Alaska.



Provide general and advanced information, research, and technology assistance to UAA/APU students, staff, faculty and community members in-person and via chat/text, email, and phone.

Report service-related data by using transaction tracking software.

Work on projects and tasks that may relate to information literacy, collection development, assessment, data/statistics, LibGuides/web services, outreach/marketing, etc., according to the needs of the Instruction and Research Services department.

Maintain familiarity with Library and University information, services, and policies to include emergency procedures in order to provide the best possible service to library patrons.


• Excellent customer service skills.
• Effective written and verbal communication skills.
• Advanced knowledge of the resources (online and print) and techniques used for providing library research services
• Ability to quickly learn and effectively use the Consortium Library’s discovery service, catalog, research databases, and Springshare web applications.
• Technology skills to include Google Suite, Word, Excel, common office equipment, and technology troubleshooting. Able and willing to quickly learn new technologies and software. Able to teach library users of varying skills levels to effectively use various technologies.
• Skilled in exercising sound judgment and thinking creatively to solve problems.
• Ability to work independently and take initiative.
• Ability to work effectively, sensitively, and collaboratively in a diverse and multicultural environment.
• Reliable and dependable


• Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school and one year of relevant experience (or an equivalent combination of training and experience) are required.
• Experience providing library reference services in person and via phone, email, chat or Zoom is required.


Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school and one year of relevant experience (or an equivalent combination of training and experience) are required.


Application Materials:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, and the name and contact information of three professional references. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis until hiring is complete. Copies of educational transcripts will be requested prior to hiring.

This is a part-time, casual temporary staff assignment. Temporary librarians work up to 14 hours per week depending on department needs and candidate availability, and work under minimal supervision. There are no benefits associated with this position.


To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.


Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination


Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees and those positions designated by the president as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.



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