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    Posted: 12/Dec/2019 at 10:51am
The Wayne State University Library System (WSULS) seeks an innovative, service-oriented early career librarian to join our team as Librarian-in-Residence. The Librarian-in-Residence will help us serve the University’s mission to create and advance knowledge, prepare a diverse student body to thrive, and positively impact local and global communities. The University mission embodies 150 years of educational excellence and access. Its students, staff, and faculty are driven to transcend historical and divisive inequities in our society. The University’s mission of access and proud culture of diversity requires a Librarian-in-Residence who embraces an environment of inclusion that extends beyond simple tolerance by leveraging the power of peoples’ individual identities and various perspectives. WSULS aims to achieve its vision by focusing on four foundational pillars: student success and retention, digital publishing and scholarship, community engagement, and culture and people.

The three-year residence program will provide relevant professional experience and positive mentorship to prepare a path for success in academic librarianship. The position aims to match the service and operational goals of WSULS with the professional interests of the Librarian-in-Residence. The program will provide well-structured opportunities to experience multiple areas of academic librarianship and will ensure enriching experiences overseen by mentors, program facilitators, and library leaders. As members of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance, we are committed to “increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.” The Librarian-in-Residence at WSULS will join a cohort of residents/fellows from over 50 other ACRL Diversity Alliance member institutions.


By the conclusion of the three-year program, under the supervision of the WSULS Associate Dean, the Librarian-in-Residence will have:
•     Participated in providing services that support the information and research needs of students, faculty, and other patrons at an academic institution
•     Delivered services, resources, and outreach activities that advance WSULS’ mission
•     Explored various roles in an academic library to see how different functional units interact and contribute to the library as a whole
•     Cultivated the collaboration and communication skills necessary to work effectively in an academic library
•     Gained practical work experience and professional development opportunities
•     Contributed to shaping the field of librarianship through research and scholarship, and possess the communication skills and perspective to contribute to discussions about professional practice
•     Gained demonstrable knowledge related to ongoing relationships with users and be able to articulate appropriate strategies to support education and research
•     Demonstrated project and time management skills necessary to successfully manage complex projects
•     Received specific professional development and training focused on beginning their professional career
•     Gained the requisite experience and skills to compete for a position in an academic library

•     Master’s degree in Library & Information Science from an ALA-accredited program; if degree is in progress at the time of application, must be completed by June 2020.
•     Strong commitment to teaching and public service
•     Demonstrated ability to build and sustain working relationships across roles, disciplines, and units
•     Ability to communicate and interact effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a culturally diverse and rapidly changing environment
•     Evident skills to analyze, organize, and present information
•     Demonstrated aptitude to manage multiple priorities and tasks
•     Capacity to work independently and as a team member
•     Familiarity with current trends in library technology plus the ability to apply this knowledge in a work environment


In addition to salary, the position provides 22 days of vacation and 22 days of sick leave per year, plus paid holidays. Wayne State’s human resources benefits package includes health coverage options, retirement savings plans, tuition assistance, wellness rewards programs, and more. WSULS provides $1250 annually in professional development funds for this position. The Librarian-in-Residence will be represented by the American Association of University Professors and the American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT) Local 6075.


Submit application through Wayne State University’s Online Hiring System (
A completed application will include the online forms and the uploading of the following documents:
•     A single Word or PDF document that includes in this order:
o     A cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position
o     A one-page reflection on the issues you see as most important to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, especially in academic libraries
o     A list of three references (full names, titles, phone numbers, e-mails)
•     A current resume or CV
Questions about the application process can be directed to Mike Priehs ( or Ida Martinez (


The WSULS comprises the David Adamany Undergraduate Library, the Arthur Neef Law Library, the Purdy/Kresge Library, the Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library, and the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs. The WSULS hosts operations of the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET) a consortium of 19 academic, public, school and special libraries; and information organizations committed to sharing resources and expertise toward greater efficiency and return on investment and serves as its fiscal agent. The University’s School of Information Sciences (SIS) offers a Top 25, American Library Association-accredited library science program, delivered online by a 13-member faculty. SIS operates under the aegis of the WSULS and offers four graduate degrees and four graduate certificate credentials.
The WSULS aspires to be the world’s top research library. We support the academic success of students and the scholarly endeavors of faculty and staff. We engage and serve our public community of critical information consumers. We embrace our culturally diverse community and aim to instill in students a global mindset. Our culture is grounded in our people, in whom we invest as the Libraries’ intellectual capital and primary asset in advancing the discovery, creation, communication, and preservation of knowledge.
The WSULS’ commitment to diversity and inclusion mirrors the University’s strategic plan. We value all people and understand that their unique experiences, talents, and perspectives make us a stronger organization and better people. We aim to employ a team of diverse individuals that is reflective of the community we serve.


A Michigan public university located in the heart of Midtown Detroit, Wayne State University is a preeminent leader in urban, community-based research and is among just 1.31 percent of Carnegie Commission on Higher Education “R1” research intensive universities that also hold the Commission’s Community Engagement Classification. Its campus is the most diverse public university campus in Michigan. Through Wayne State’s multidisciplinary approach to research and education, and ongoing collaborations crossing all economic sectors, the university aims to improve the quality of life in the city of Detroit, state of Michigan, and throughout the world.


Detroit has emerged as one of the world’s hottest cities. Naming Detroit as “America’s comeback city,” travel media giant Lonely Planet ranked Detroit #2 in its worldwide “Best in Travel 2018” destinations. A recent New York Times headline presented the question: “Detroit: The Most Exciting City in America?” Midtown Detroit is the city’s undisputed “cool cat” neighborhood and home to Wayne State University for 150 years. As a historic nexus for Detroit’s knowledge-based and cultural influences, Midtown channels the energy of scholars and learners converging with artists and entrepreneurs. Wayne State’s large Midtown footprint anchors such cultural icons as the Detroit Public Library, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Historical Museum, Children’s Center, Charles Wright Museum of African American History, Michigan Science Center, and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. A dizzying array of Midtown galleries, theatres, and attractions are within walking distance along with a brilliant selection of restaurants, bistros, craft breweries, and clubs.
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