Online Librarian, Part-Time
American Public University System
This position will focus on supporting undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students, faculty and staff. Preference will be given to candidates who have worked in doctoral-degree granting institutions and who have subject specific credentials to support Legal Studies programs. The online librarian collaborates in providing virtual reference services for students, including taking the lead for a select database, e-book program, or tutorial service. Online librarians currently support students and faculty 365 days a year, and are available 8 am to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 8am to 10pm Friday and Saturday. The Online Librarian position is centered around the provision of virtual reference services to students, faculty and staff and the provision of curricular support to faculty, electronic course materials and the instructional design team. This is a professional position requiring a masters of library/information science from an american library association (ALA) approved program. Online librarians will work in tandem with other librarians along with a departmental team of e-course material staff, copyright/508 auditors, and epress specialists. Candidates will be weighed for their developed web skills and specific subject credentials in support of the school’s academic programs. Work itself focuses on the management of web-based collection development, selection of electronic course materials, and creation of online program and management of subject portals in active partnerships with academic deans, program directors, faculty and instructional developers. Appointee responsibilities include providing virtual reference services for students, and serving as a lead for a select database, e-book program, or tutorial service.

Essential Functions:
Works in classrooms as adjunct support.
Develops a web-based collection and electronic course material selection in one or more of the University’s academic programs.
Provides general reference service for American Public University System (APUS) faculty, students, and staff.
Works collaboratively with academic deans, program chairs, faculty, and instructional developers.
Specializes in one or more of the library’s contracted database, e-book, or student tutorial programs.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:
Must be available to work from a remote, home office location, but desk space is available at the Charles Town, WV facilities.
Must be flexible to work weekends and evenings as directed by the supervisor.
Periodic travel to Charles Town, WV campus and University events required.
Collegial team environment that stresses cooperative endeavors and encourages exploration.
Requires a working telephone along with Internet access that is sufficient to access the current campus-teaching platform and online library site.

Required Skills:
Professional online library skills with an emphasis on electronic formats.
Ability to interact with students and faculty in a professional and timely manner through electronic media.
Mastery of online searching and innovative methodologies in keeping with the products licensed by the online library.
Facility with current online searching methods and emerging web-based applications.
Working knowledge of educational resources on the deep and open web.
Proactive, yet diplomatic management of other online librarians with regards to projects and team efforts.
Self-starting and requiring minimum supervision.


Master's degree or better in Library Science.


Familiarity with office automation packages and knowledge of the changing web software landscape.
Academic or special library experience and experience in one or more of the University’s program areas.
Online information services experience
Advanced coursework in APUS related programs, including APUS classes.