Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
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Charles Town, West Virginia
United States
Education, Training, Library
Position type:
Part Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Master's Degree
Job Title:
Online Librarian (Remote)

Online Librarian (Remote)


Synopsis of Role:

The Online Librarian works on a part-time, telecommuting basis and maintains faculty status. This online librarian position will support the criminal justice and security management programs at the University and requires web skills and specific subject credentials to support these programs. This position works in tandem with other librarians along with a departmental team of e-course material staff, copyright/508 auditors, and ePress specialists under the overall direction of the associate dean of online librarians, associate vice president of library operations, and dean of academic services. The online librarian has developed web skills and specific subject credentials in support of the University’s academic programs.

This position focuses on web-based collection development and the selection of electronic course materials, including the creation of online program and subject portals in active partnerships with academic deans, program directors, faculty, and instructional developers. In addition, the online librarian collaborates in providing virtual reference services for students, including taking the lead for a select database, e-book program, or tutorial services. Ideally, the successful candidate has worked in a university library as a reference librarian, and has supported/acted as the library liaison to the department that confers degrees in criminal justice, forensics, corrections management and security management.

Essential Functions:

•Develops a web-based collection and electronic course material selection in support of the following programs: criminal justice, forensics, security management, and corrections management.

• Works in classrooms as adjunct support.

• 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:

• This position will primarily telecommute; therefore, a high-speed Internet connection with the ability to access APUS VPN and the current campus-teaching platform and online library site is required. Desk space is available at the Charles Town, WV facilities.

• Must be flexible to work weekends and evenings as directed by the supervisor.

• Travel to one annual meeting and online training sessions required.

• Collegial team environment that stresses cooperative endeavors and encourages exploration.

• Requires a working telephone.


Required Skills:

• Professional library/archival 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 site construction 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, diplomatic support of the University’s programs.

• Ability to take initiative and work requiring minimum supervision.

• Portal construction skills working with HTML-based content management systems.

Required Experience:

• Master’s degree in Library and Information Science required; other advanced degrees in subject specialties taught at APUS preferred.

•Academic or special library experience as liaison to criminal justice, forensics, corrections management, or security management programs is required.

• Advanced coursework in APUS related programs, including APUS classes is preferred.

• Online information services experience desired.

• Familiarity with office automation packages and knowledge of the changing web software landscape is preferred.


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