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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 and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.  

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures exceeding $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

The Library’s Learning and Teaching (L&T) division introduces students to scholarly practices, connecting with library sources and services that are aligned with their academic goals as they grow their studies. Colleagues in this area engage faculty in the exploration of pedagogical and instructional technology development. L&T offers labs, reference services, instruction, and partnerships specifically focused on the integration of Library services and resources with campus learning and teaching programs.

The Digital Learning Librarian understands the environment of technology, higher education, and information literacy instruction in academic libraries. Reporting to the Director of Learning Programs and Initiatives, this librarian will apply learning theories, design principles, and technology to manage learning objects/modules and other library instruction materials for our credit courses and for our one-shot course integrated sessions. The Digital Learning Librarian also has a substantial role in providing in-person instruction and contributing to Ask a Librarian chat/email reference services and personal and small group research consultations. This position may teach days and evenings and in multiple locations across campus.

The Library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work. The Library’s Diversity Strategic Plan is viewable here.

Please join us to learn more about the position and ask questions.  We are offering two identical sessions over Zoom where we will share more information about the university, our library, and the Digital Learning Library position. No registration is needed - just click the link at the listed date and time.  All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Thursday, February 18th, 12-1pm:

Tuesday, February 23rd, 4-5pm:

Please see the slides from the information sessions here.


  • Create, and evaluate new methods of digital instruction;
  • Partner with faculty, lecturers, and library colleagues to create learning modules to provide alternative learning models and integrate information literacy into the curriculum;
  • Assess instruction practices and efforts around online learning, including through learning analytics data.
  • Work with the Digital Education Librarian to design and manage a comprehensive digital learning plan for the library.
  • Partner with faculty and instructors to design and provide instruction in small group and large class environments;
  • Work with faculty and campus programs to integrate library instruction into the curriculum;
  • Share expertise in developing active learning materials and “best practices” in teaching undergraduate students;
  • Work with colleagues to provide services designed to enrich the students’ educational experience.
  • Shape and provide virtual reference and consultation services.
  • Contribute to University Library committees, professional organizations and events.

Required Qualifications*

  • ALA-accredited master's degree or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience
  • Enthusiasm for working with undergraduate university students
  • Experience with library instruction or other teaching
  • Familiarity in instructional design, education theory, or similar field of study
  • Knowledge of information literacy competencies
  • Knowledge of assessment practices for online instruction
  • Project management skills
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to advocate for and cultivate an environment that supports diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEI&A)

Desired Qualifications*

  • Knowledge and experience providing reference service in academic libraries

Additional Information

Appointment is anticipated Assistant or Associate Librarian rank. The target salary range for this position is $55,000 to $60,000 for the Assistant rank, and $61,000 to $68,000 for the Associate rank. The actual salary offered may vary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

Librarian appointments carry with them increased expectations regarding professional development, professional engagement, research, and service, in keeping with the library's process for librarian promotion and advancement.

The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package including generous time off (24 vacation days per year, and 15 sick leave days per year), matched retirement contributions with immediate vesting, professional development opportunities and more.  TIAA and Fidelity Investments’ retirement options available.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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