Temporary Reference Librarian

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Classification:Temporary Technical Casual
Grade:Temporary Staff Grade 78
Work type:Temporary
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Southeast
School/Business unit:UAS Library
Location: Juneau
Categories: Library/Physical/Social Sciences

Position Summary:

The Egan library, University of Alaska Southeast, is seeking a part-time reference librarian to cover evening and weekend desk shifts. As a reference librarian, you will provide reference services and specialized research guidance for student, faculty, staff, and public users of an academic library utilizing online databases, the Internet, the Alaska Library Catalog, and print resources. Temporary Reference Librarians also participate in collection development (evaluation and assessment of current collections and potential additions) and the creation of print and online instruction materials (such as library research guides and curated displays). To be successful in this position, applicants should have knowledge and skill in the principles and practices of librarianship, as well as demonstrated ability to handle both basic and complex reference inquiries in person, over the phone, and via online chat and email; communicate effectively with library patrons; troubleshoot and assist patrons with technology; and work with minimum supervision. Experience providing reference service in a library is preferred. This is a temporary, part-time position for weekend and evening hours.


15Contribute to a variety of projects related to collection development & evaluation, library research guides, technical services, and/or web services according to individual interests and the needs of the department.Essential
5Oversee student assistants and assist with circulation and building opening and closing procedures as needed.Essential
80Provide specialized research assistance using library resources (online databases, the Alaska Library Catalog, and print materials) and technology assistance to UAS students, staff, faculty, and community members, in-person and via phone, chat, and email.Essential

Under the supervision of the Information Literacy Librarian, temporary reference librarians play an important role in maintaining full services during hours of operations. Professional training and development opportunities will be provided as needed. 

This is a Grade 78 part-time, casual temporary staff assignment and the incumbent will work no more than 14 hours per week. There are no benefits associated with this position. 

For more information about the Egan Library please visit us online: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/library/

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAS is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.  All interested persons should apply online. 

Located in the ancestral homeland of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples, the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is fully committed to advancing the education and research aspirations of Indigenous peoples and is committed to ongoing work toward decolonization. These efforts are reflected in our UAS programs and formal community partnerships across our three campuses and throughout all of Southeast Alaska.


  • Advanced knowledge of the principles and practices of the library profession.
  • Working knowledge of research methods and tools, including knowledge of, or the ability to quickly learn and effectively use, Egan Library’s catalog and research databases.
  • Technology skills to include Google Suite, Word, Internet searching, 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.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgement and think creatively to solve problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and take initiative.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • Reliable and dependable.


  • Experience providing reference service, especially in an academic setting, is preferred. Experience successfully working with people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds is preferred.


  • A Master’s degree (ALA accredited MLS or MLIS) in library/information studies is required.
  • Experience providing reference service, especially in an academic setting, is preferred. 
  • Experience successfully working with people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds is preferred.


Applications must include a resume, cover letter, copies of educational transcripts, contact information for three professional references.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis

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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Applications close: Alaskan Daylight Time

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