Faculty Vacancies

Vacancy - Evening Instructional and Reference Librarian

(Recruitment Number 4030713)

Washburn University invites applications for the position of Evening Instructional and Reference Librarian. The University Libraries seek a creative and energetic librarian to assume a leadership role in its operations by serving as its lead evening Instructional and Reference Librarian within a team-oriented, teaching library environment. The successful candidate will teach credit bearing courses on information literacy, one-shot instructional sessions and also teach as a member of the Washburn First-Year Experience team.  The successful candidate will serve as a subject liaison with responsibility for collection development and participate in the provision of research services to library users on-site and at a distance during evening hours, while also helping to guide both interns and student workers.  The design of online instruction, both web-based tutorials and content modules for delivery through the course management system is a strong focus for Librarians as the Washburn Libraries pursue their future in the 21st Century learning environment.  


  • An ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent degree, with a demonstrated commitment to the library as a central institution within the life of the university
  • A demonstrated interest in teaching, and a strong commitment to student learning and the application of technology in the effective design and delivery of instruction
  • Familiarity with current trends, standards, and technologies in information literacy
  • A strong service orientation, with effective interpersonal, oral, written and online communication skills
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team in a rapidly changing and culturally diverse environment
  • The necessary vision and leadership skills to position the Library to meet future needs 


  • Additional Master’s degree in another academic discipline
  • Experience in reference and library instruction or teaching experience
  • Familiarity with course management systems
  • Experience with assessment of student learning 

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a letter describing interest in the position and a vision for the future of Washburn University Libraries, at least three letters of reference and copies of transcripts.  Review of applications begins August 26, 2013, and continues until the position is filled.   

Applications should be submitted to Mr. Sean C. Bird, Assistant Dean of University Libraries, either by regular mail (Washburn University, 1700 SW College Ave, Topeka, KS, 66621) or electronically, preferably in PDF format, to sean.bird@washburn.edu.  Employment at Washburn University may be conditioned upon satisfactory completion of a background check.  Washburn University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.    

To learn more about Washburn University visit http://www.washburn.edu/mabee/ or direct questions to Mr. Bird, at sean.bird@washburn.edu