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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, your salary requirements, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

*Please apply with a single document that includes a cover letter, your vita, and contact information for at least three professional references.

Job Summary

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a diverse learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

Ross is consistently ranked among the world's leading business schools. Academic degree programs include athe BBA, MBA, Part-time MBA (Evening and Weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open-enrollment and custom executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management.

About Kresge
Kresge Library Services is a unit of the Ross School of Business on the Ann Arbor Campus of the University of Michigan.  Kresge serves the research needs of the faculty, students and staff of the Ross School of Business as well as the business research needs of the broader University of Michigan community, including Ross alumni.  Since 2014, Kresge has been an online-only library focused on service.  Kresge Library Services has embraced its new role and is a model of what the library of the future will be.

Kresge Library Services seeks energetic, creative, and service-focused candidates for the position of Business Reference Librarian. The Library is independent of the main University Libraries, receiving our funding from the Ross School of Business.  The Library is committed to excellence in maintaining premier academic business library services for the Ross Community, especially in the area of supporting the needs of action-learning teams through our embedded librarian program.   This position is one of 9 librarians at Kresge (out of a total staff of 19) and reports to the Library Director.


The Business Reference Librarian will provide a full range of information support for the Ross Community.  Work closely with faculty and students to determine information needs and to develop resources and services responsive to those needs.  Provide reference assistance at public service points as scheduled, subject specific consultation by appointment, and extended reference support for specialized programs.  Support the Ross School of Business’ Action-Based Learning courses (such as MAP) by serving as an embedded librarian with student teams.  Participate in collection development for selected fields of business.  Participate in instructional and outreach programs such as individual consultation sessions and classroom instruction. 

Contributes to our positive and inclusive work community by building trusting partnerships across the school, continually learning, creating impactful experiences, and working with a sense of ownership for outcomes.  Approaches this work with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind; treating others with respect, dignity, and in a manner where individuals feel they belong; listens, values feedback, and learns from the perspectives of others.

This is a 12-month position in a non-tenure track environment.  While publications and presentations are not required, this work is encouraged and supported by the library. The rank sought for this position is Assistant Librarian. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Master's Degree from an ALA-accredited library program and two to five years’ experience as a librarian, ideally in an academic or special library, or equivalent combination of education and related experience
  • Knowledge of and skill in using business information resources
  • Ability to provide excellent reference service; strong customer service orientation and communication skills
  • Ability and desire to work closely with teams of students
  • Ability to resolve competing demands in an environment of fast-paced change
  • Record of ongoing professional development and contribution

Desired Qualifications*

  • Advanced degree or coursework in business or related field

  • Interest in application of emerging technologies to meet the needs of our users

  • An understanding of different service models in academic and special libraries

Additional Information

Physical Demands/Work Environment 

  • May require ability to work from home, providing a dedicated location for work to be done
  • Requires the ability to travel to various locations to conduct work and deliver materials
  • May require work during early mornings, nights, and/or weekends
  • May require on-call hours

Michigan Ross values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We are committed to the development of diverse and culturally intelligent staff who thrive and contribute to a positive and inclusive environment.

The statements included in this description are intended to reflect the general nature and level of work assigned to this classification and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.