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Business Research & Instruction Librarian LOCATION: Foster Business Library




TITLE:            Business Research & Instruction Librarian

LOCATION:  Foster Business Library


Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 9 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats. Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, extensive assessment efforts and  diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.


The Foster Business Library is the business library at the University of Washington. As part of the university system of libraries, it serves the 3,500 students, faculty and staff of the Foster School of Business. Opened in 1997 and renovated in 2009, the 21,500 square-foot facility is located within the business school complex. The library is open seven days a week during the fall, winter and spring quarters and provides computers, scanners, printers, study tables, and reservable group study rooms. The library collection supports business management research and professional practice with books, periodicals, and research databases in accounting, finance, management, marketing, information systems, management, and entrepreneurship. The Foster Library staff is comprised of three librarians, four classified staff, and graduate and undergraduate student staff.



Under the general direction of the Head, Foster Business Library, the Business Research and Instruction Librarian provides information literacy instruction, in-depth research consultations, and general reference service to faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Collaborates and contributes to the development, delivery, and assessment of instructional and outreach services. Contributes to business collection development and library assessment activities. Serves as one of three library liaisons to the Foster School of Business.

  • Serves as Business Research & Instruction Librarian and is responsible for outreach to students and faculty at the Foster School of Business, working with University Libraries staff to ensure quality instruction, reference, collection development, and other appropriate services and support as described in the UW Libraries Subject Librarian Position Description Framework.
  • Provides information literacy instruction sessions TO and develops online learning objects to FOR undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the Foster School of Business. Contributes to library instruction and information literacy program planning.
  • Provides research consultation and reference services using a broad range of digital and print resources. Supports research endeavors of business faculty and undergraduate, MBA, and Ph.D. students. Participates in University Libraries chat and email reference services.
  • Contributes to Foster Business Library collection development activities through materials selection and collaborative decision-making.
  • Coordinates Foster Business Library communication activities, including social media, promotional materials, exhibit case, student advisory board, and other outreach channels.
  • Contributes to University Libraries outreach and public-programming endeavors. Communicates and collaborates with University Libraries User Experience Librarian, Undergraduate Experience Librarian, and Research Commons Librarian.
  • Works evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Assumes other responsibilities as assigned; performs other duties as required.




  • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
  • Evidence of excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and an ability to collaborate and work across diverse groups.
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in teaching undergraduate and graduate student populations.
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in marketing and outreach to undergraduate or graduate students and facility with social media as an outreach and marketing tool.
  • Demonstrated initiative, creativity, and flexibility.



  • Experience with business resources and serving the needs of business researchers.
  • Experience with building partnerships and working collaboratively with faculty and academic program staff.
  • Familiarity with assessment techniques to measure the impact and effectiveness of libraries’ programs and services.



$50,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.



Position will be at rank of Assistant Librarian or Senior Assistant Librarian, depending on qualifications and background.



Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 24 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax.



To apply for this position, please submit the following information to libhr@uw.edu:

  • Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Assistant Director, Libraries Academic Human Resources)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements)
  • List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses)
  • Please use “Librarian Application: Business Librarian” in the subject heading.
  • Please submit all components in a single, multi-page PDF document. All submissions will be maintained in a secure, password protected online file space during the course of the search. Campus constituents may have access to some material, including CVs.



To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, August 19, 2016.

University of Washington Libraries Home Page is http://www.lib.washington.edu.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or
genetic information.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the University is required to verify and document the citizenship or employment authorization of each new employee.

For questions about this position, or questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lillard at libhr@uw.edu.