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Research Services Librarian at Duke University Libraries

Posted in Education 30+ days ago.

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Location: Durham, North Carolina

Job Description:

The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library is seeking a Research Services Librarian. As part of a larger team, the Research Services Librarian provides innovative and dynamic reference and instructional services for students, faculty, staff, and other researchers. This position reports to the Head of the Research Services Department. This is a 3-year term appointment.


  • In cooperation with staff in the library's Research Services Department, conducts reference interviews and assists researchers in person and remotely, with an emphasis on researchers working on history of medicine and University history related topics;
  • Provides onsite reference services at the Rubenstein Library research services desk, including evening, holiday, and weekend rotations;
  • Provides library instruction for Duke classes with an emphasis on the History of Medicine collections and other areas as needed; assists in building relationships with Duke faculty and encouraging use of collections by Duke students; provides education support for and creation of research assignments and instructional activities using Duke collections;
  • Participates in the assessment of library programs, services, and collections use;
  • Supports library outreach efforts by participating in tours and public events;
  • 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 and approaches job with vision, inventiveness and ingenuity. Works effectively with the group, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships;
  • Meets regularly with History of Medicine staff for planning of goals and objectives;
  • Actively contributes to library-wide initiatives; participates in departmental and library-wide activities; serves on library committees;
  • Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and takes an active interest in the profession. Growth and interest should be demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None

Salary and Benefits

Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience. 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. This is a 3-year term appointment.


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 William R. Perkins Library and its branches: Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly, Music, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.1 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

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 packages 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:


Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to 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.


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 diversity.


Required: MLS from an ALA-accredited program and/or advanced degree in appropriate subject field.


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: Undergraduate degree in the sciences; prior experience working in a special collections or academic research library; experience providing reference; commitment to active learning methods for library instruction.

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds and unpack, shelve and shift large quantities of library materials;
  • Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible;
  • Frequent bending, crouching, stooping;
  • Normal office environment;
  • Regular evening or 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.

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