Research and Instructional Services Librarian

The Research and Instructional Services Librarian provides research services in Lilly Library and teaches research tools and skills in library instruction sessions for first-year composition courses.  S/He interacts with scholars and students in the main public areas of the library, provides research assistance and instruction, and ensures that user needs are addressed in a service-based and customer-oriented manner.  This is a temporary, part-time position available 20 hours per week for 9 months.


  • Provides general research consultation for students, faculty, and visiting scholars at the Lilly Library service desk and via instant messaging.
  • Teaches research tools and skills to students in first-year composition courses.
  • Contributes to projects enhancing the Libraries’ website, such as reviewing and editing online research and subject guides as part of their migration to a new software version.
  • Performs other tasks as assigned by the department head or library administration.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None


It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.  


Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or an advanced degree in a relevant subject area.


Required: Proficiency with information resources in a variety of formats and subject areas; teaching or library instruction experience.  Must be flexible and a self-starter; have the ability to work successfully in a highly collaborative environment; possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills as well as a strong commitment to public service; interest in and aptitude for learning emerging technologies and web applications; commitment to data-informed decision-making.

Preferred: Experience providing research support, preferably in an academic setting; familiarity with HTML, web coding and web publishing technologies; experience with user and/or usability study methodologies; experience with data management; and knowledge of issues related to open access.

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds
  • Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible 
  • Occasional bending, crouching, stooping
  • Normal office environment
  • Weekend and/or evening shifts required.

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Salary and Benefits

Salary dependent on qualifications and experience. This is a temporary, part-time position available 20 hours per week for 9 months; therefore, it is not eligible for University fringe benefits or moving, housing, or relocation expenses.


Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the William R. Perkins Library and its branches: Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly, Music, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort.  Duke’s library holdings of 6.1 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business. 


Send cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references to: Teresa Tillman, Library Human Resources, at  Please include RIS LIBRARIAN in the subject line.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.