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Distance Services & Research Librarian - Asbury University - Wilmore, KY


The Distance Services and Research Librarian provides research assistance to both online and on-campus students, faculty, and staff through purchasing materials, providing instructional class sessions and guided tours, and holding one-on-one research meetings.


Distance Services

  • Provides and promotes library support services to all online students, staff, and faculty.
  • Develops and maintains library web presence, web technologies, and instructional materials for online education.
Research Services
  • Assists patrons with reference questions, research, and with using access tools and information resources.
  • Provides research project consultations with on-campus and online faculty and students.
  • Under the coordination of the Assistant Director of Library Services, participates in online and face-to-face instructional programs to promote library collections and services.
Collections Management
  • Oversees all aspects of Technical Services, including acquisitions, serials, cataloging, and collection development.
  • Catalogs all monographs, serials, audio-visual, and Special Collections materials according to RDA and AACR2, Revised and LC standards.
  • Collaborates with faculty and staff to develop collections and resources to support on- campus and online learning programs.
  • Coordinates the development of electronic resources, including electronic databases, e-journals, e-books, and emerging technologies.
  • Prepares an annual summary, statistical and evaluative, of all activities.
  • Serves as a collection development liaison to at least one of the university’s schools providing recommendations for purchases and resources.
Participates as an active member of the Asbury University faculty.


  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and/or Information.
  • Evidence of a committed and dynamic Christian faith along with the ability to support the University’s theological position, lifestyle standards, and mission.
  • 1-3 years professional reference or instruction experience in an academic library, preferably in a liberal arts setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to instruct residential and online university students in the use of library resources, both electronic and print.
  • Strong commitment to information literacy, customer service, and support of the academic and research needs of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Knowledge of online databases, electronic resources, and integrated library systems (ILS) as applied to the academic library setting.
  • Experience preferred as an embedded librarian, instructional designer, or help desk technician in learning management systems.
  • Experience preferred in developing online tutorials.
  • Proven team-player in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Advanced proficiency in descriptive cataloging, subject classification of materials in all formats, and the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of RDA, AACR2R, MARC format, Dewey classification, authority control and bibliographic utilities.
  • Meticulous attention to detail, efficiency, and thoroughness.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with various academic constituencies.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a collaborative environment.
  • Proven initiative and self-direction.
  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends.


Interested candidates should email a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a statement describing the current vitality of your personal Christian faith to or mail to:
Asbury University
Human Resources
1 Macklem Drive
Wilmore, KY 40390