Virtual: Liaison Librarian – Nursing

3.10.17 –  Liaison Librarian – Nursing
Walden University, USA (remote/online position)

Sarah P’s comments: Walden listed 3 positions in 2015 and one in 2017. Walden is an established online university with “more than 47,800 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees”. However, the reviews on Glassdoor are mixed. Read them carefully to see if you could be a good fit with this organization.

Liaison / Outreach Role & Responsibilities

  • Serve as the Library’s expert on the needs of the faculty and students in designated programs.
  • Collect information and data both anecdotal and statistical to identify points in programs that would benefit from library instruction or intervention.
  • Maintain knowledge of the evolving content of the curriculum, goals, and expected outcomes.
  • Identify first courses or early courses where students need to develop information literacy skills and final or large scale research projects where students need advanced research skills.
  • Identify, establish, and maintain contact (outreach) with the key stakeholders in the academic programs, academic centers, and course development.
  • Identify opportunities for library content to be updated, created, and integrated into courses and programs. (course maintenance and development)
  • Networking and awareness of program structure, benchmarking with appropriate institutions and understanding program expectations.
  • Develop an annual review schedule of programs to identify upgrades, outdated materials and new opportunities to support students and faculty.
  • Review course scope and sequence documents and identify problems and/or needs for instruction development.
  • Provide literature review consultations, and support for doctoral students.
  • Complete faculty and staff research support on request.
  • Develop internal training related to assigned programs and subject areas for staff librarians.

Instruction Role & Responsibilities

  • All Liaison Librarians must be trained and involved in production of instructional pieces including assignment guides, quick answers, library labs, tutorials, videos, etc.
  • Liaisons will work more specifically within their programs to develop and deliver instruction.
  • Liaisons will staff in-person and virtual Residencies and develop instructional and informational materials to improve Residency-based Library experience for students and faculty.

Reference Role & Responsibilities

  • All Liaison Librarians will staff the reference desk.


  • ALA accredited master’s degree.
  • Experience in clinical or academic medical librarianship, or as a nursing liaison
  • Experience searching the major academic databases.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.


  • Subject knowledge related to Nursing programs bachelors through doctoral.
  • Expert-level research ability in online databases.
  • Experience teaching information literacy skills including the use of online databases.
  • Experience in an online academic library serving students at a distance.
  • Experience supporting doctoral level information literacy outcomes.

Other information:

  • This position can be done either virtually or from our office in Minneapolis, MN
  • This is a salaried, 40 hour per week, associate librarian position with full benefits.
  • Regular hours are Monday through Friday with occasional nights and weekends.
  • Travel may be required up to four times per year.

Application Information

Virtual: Part-Time Reference Librarian

2.10.17 –  Part-Time Reference Librarian
Walden University, USA (remote/online position)

Sarah P’s comments:  Walden listed 3 positions in 2015 but non for the past 1 1/2 years. Walden is an established online university with “more than 47,800 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees”.  As such this is an interesting opportunity to work independently while establishing an international aspect to your career.  It is also a chance for non-US librarians to work for a US university.  The cons are that the reviews on Glassdoor are mixed.  Read them carefully to see if you could be a good fit with this organization.


Walden University offers advanced degrees online to professionals whose work impacts others. Degree programs include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration, technology, and engineering. Our challenging programs are designed to help students make a difference in the lives of clients, the health of communities, or the success of an organization.

We are currently seeking a professional to join our team as a Part-time Reference Librarian. The part-time reference librarian will provide high quality reference service at a distance to Walden students, faculty, and staff by email, chat, and phone evenings and weekends.


  • ALA accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science
  • At least one year of academic library reference experience including email, chat or phone
  • Experience searching and teaching the use of online databases
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

(Click on above title link to apply.)

Job: Virtual Associate Librarian

5.15.16 –  Associate Librarian (Virtual)
Northcentral University, Prescott Vallet, Arizona, USA

Sarah P’s comments:  I have not previously seen a remote position before from this university.  Reviews are a bit all over the place:

GradReport Reviews (students)
Glassdoor Reports (employees)


NCU is currently seeking a dynamic individual to become part of our Learning Resources team as Associate Librarian.

The Associate Librarian is responsible for providing leadership for the Northcentral University Library. The Associate Librarian works collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff, and the community to ensure the Library engages in activities that fulfill the mission/vision of the Library and University.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Direct and supervise all functions of the library in support of the university mission
  • Serve as the primary advocate for the library
  • Develop and implement assessment of student learning and continuous improvement programs to measure library effectiveness and make improvements based on the results
  • Supervise staff and foster an environment that encourages the retention of highly qualified staff
  • Provide strategic leadership for the coordination and management of library services and the integration of emerging technologies and trends
  • Oversee strategic planning, department reviews, budgeting, accreditation tasks, resource management, and overall library policy and procedure planning and development
  • Negotiate contracts with vendors vigorously
  • Maintain strong collaborative relationships within the library, department, and university
  • Work closely with all schools to support faculty research and teaching, service, and student learning
  • Incorporate appropriate technologies within the learning philosophy of the university to support its distance education programs
  • Provide creative leadership for design of web pages used by faculty and students
  • Foster an organizational culture based upon respect, service, teamwork, professional growth, and responsibility
  • Collaborate with school leaders to integrate information literacy across the curriculum
  • Ensure that students who are referred to the library are supported fully with respect to their unique growth area(s)
  • Collaborate with other departments/institutions supporting students
  • Coordinate/establish cooperative agreements needed with other institutions/organizations
  • Serve on various committees of the institution and represent the library at professional committees both locally and nationally
  • Seek external support for program initiatives
  • Investigate and implement new ideas and innovations in reference and instruction
  • Help the library to evolve with the changing needs of students and faculty members
  • Publicize library services and resources via various and appropriate means on a regular basis
  • Actively engage in professional development, research, and publication/ presentation of knowledge
  • Fill in for library team members on PTO when another team member with the same skillset is not available
  • Participate in required training, coaching, and other professional development activities that promote high-quality support services
  • Plans and prioritizes work within the scope of responsibility
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Director of Learning Resources

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong oral and written communication skill
  • Ability to establish online rapport and maintain a friendly, helpful, patient attitude and demeanor
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office products
  • Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively in an online, asynchronous environment
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize work to meet goals
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving skills
  • Skill in operating equipment, such as personal computer and phone system
  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment with aggressive goals and a commitment to educational quality as well as faculty and student success
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds working in various functions

Education and Experience

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library, information studies, or related field
  • Experience managing a traditional or virtual (preferred) academic library
  • Minimum 2 years managerial experience in management, budgeting and administration of online Library services/programs
  • Experience in strategic planning, assessment of student learning, continuous improvement, accreditation, contract negotiation, and budget management
  • Knowledge of current and emerging technologies for academic libraries
  • Knowledge of the unique challenges and opportunities associated with working with students, faculty members, and other stakeholders in a virtual library
  • Strong record of scholarship, research, and professional service
  • Demonstrated ability to use data to enhance effectiveness and efficiency as part of a continuous improvement initiative

Who We AreNCU was founded with the goal of providing accessible, high-quality, online graduate degrees to working professionals. No other university can match NCU’s uniquely flexible approach to online learning, which includes weekly course starts and personal one-to-one mentoring from our professionally seasoned, all-doctoral faculty in a class size of one. With no residency requirements, NCU is perfect for the independent, self-motivated student who seeks a world-class education no matter where they live!

Across all of our Schools – the School of Business & Technology Management, School of Education, and School of Social & Behavioral Sciences – NCU is committed to helping students achieve academically to become valuable contributors to their communities and within their professions.

With administrative offices in Prescott Valley and Scottsdale, Arizona, and San Diego, California, as well as students, alumni and faculty in more than 50 countries, NCU is an excellent choice for professionals around the world who share our passion for excellence. We envision growth trends to continue, and eagerly seek highly-credentialed and enthusiastic individuals to join our team.

Application Information

Job: Part-time Online Librarian

5/8/15 — Part-time Online Librarian
American Public University System (APUS), USA

Sarah P’s comments: Last year APUS posted three remote positions and in January of this year advertised for a Library Director. It would seem this model is working for them and could give someone a steady income while allowing some freedom to travel as long as you have a good internet connection.  It did not say whether the position requires US citizenship.


Salary: $20,800 to $20,800
Status: Part-time
Posted: 05/06/15

Online Librarian

Reports To: Director, Online Librarians
Department: Library and Instructional Design
Office Location: Charles Town, WV
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Date Posted: May 6, 2015
Date Closing: Open Until Filled

Synopsis of Role:

The Online Librarian works on a part-time, telecommuting basis and maintains faculty status. 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 department Vice President and Assistant Provost, Library and Instructional Resources. The Online Librarian will have developed their 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 will collaborate in providing virtual reference services for students, including taking the lead for a select database, e-book program, or tutorial services.

Essential Functions:

Works in classrooms as adjunct support.
Develops a web-based collection and electronic course material selection in one or more of the University’s Academic programs.
Provides general reference service for American Public University (APUS) faculty, students, and staff.
Works collaboratively with academic deans, program chairs, faculty, and instructional developers.
Specialization in one or more of the library’s contracted database, e-book, or student tutorial programs.
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:

Must be available to work from a remote, home office location, but 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.
Collegial team environment that stresses cooperative endeavors and encourages exploration.
Requires a working telephone along with Internet access that is sufficient to address the current campus-teaching platform and online library site.

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.
Advanced coursework in APUS related programs, including APUS classes is preferred.
Academic or special library experience and experience in one or more of the University’s program areas are preferred.
Online information services experience preferred.
Familiarity with office automation packages and knowledge of the changing web software landscape is preferred.

Job: Director of Online Librarians

1/28/15 –  Director of Online Librarians
American Public University System (APUS), USA

Sarah P’s comments:  APU was founded in 1991 to offer online degrees to the US Armed Forces.  The reviews from students and faculty are generally positive and they seem to be a growing organization.  I think this could be a great opportunity to develop virtual librarianship while giving you the freedom to travel.  FYI: Last fall three positions were listed, one senior online librarian, one online librarian, one part-time online librarian.

GlassDoor Reviews from APU Faculty

RipoffReports for APU

Director of Online Librarians
  • Reports To: VP & Assistant Provost for Library and Instructional Resources
  • Department: Library/Academics
  • Office Location: Charles Town, WV
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Date Posted: January 21, 2015
  • Date Closing: Open Until Filled

Synopsis of Role:

The Director of Online Librarians manages the remote corps of online librarian staff of the American Public University System (APUS) Library, and reports to the Vice President (VP) & Assistant Provost for Library and Instructional Resources. The incumbent is responsible for virtual communications and is expected to possess strong web-based skills, experience with online teaching, online librarianship, information literacy, automated reference, and electronic resources in an academic setting. The role of the Director is a scholarly entrepreneur to help ensure the University’s academic reputation through innovative programs and librarian engagement with academic deans, program directors, faculty, faculty training, and instructional developers. The Director of Online Librarians is a managerial role to include training and scheduling librarians for virtual reference services, and is part of a formal team which includes Charles Town library operations, Course Materials, APUS ePress, and University Archives staff.

Essential Functions:

  • Manages and enhances the APUS Library in keeping with professional standards and to maintain a position as an industry leader.
  • Recruits and supervises professional online library staff with a focus on specialized education and experience to support the University’s degree programs.
  • Develops and manages training process and procedures.
  • Manages scheduling of librarians for general reference service for University faculty, students and staff.
  • Promotes student and faculty information literacy program to support student success and retention.
  • Develops innovative programs to ensure strong partnerships with faculty, library sustainability and promote faculty retention.
  • Works with faculty, staff, and students to proactively build academic excellence and the University’s reputation.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • Remote position with travel and presence required in Charles Town office environment.
  • Attendance and participation in civic and scholarly events.
  • Scholarly research and contributions expected.
  • Collegial team environment that stresses cooperative endeavors and encourages exploration.
  • Requires Internet access at home that is sufficient to address the current campus-teaching platform and Online Library site.

Required Skills:

  • Actively acquires pertinent information and understands the APUS business model.
  • Dedicated to the University mission and fulfills its potential as an industry and scholarly leader.
  • Maintains a service and student orientation.
  • Remains conscious of faculty roles and seeks active partnerships with them.
  • Employs strategic thinking to balance academic traditions with innovative Web approaches.
  • Manages staff to include planning, monitoring for results, and individual development.
  • Acts as a rational decision maker.
  • Ability to be a self-starter and requires minimum supervision.
  • Communicates professionally and timely with staff, students, and faculty via email.
  • Advanced knowledge of Web-based Academic Librarianship.
  • Specialized awareness of electronic publishing and Web resources.
  • Web design and office automation software proficiency.
  • Recognized scholarly credentials and professional standing.

Required Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science required and other advanced degrees encouraged.
  • Academic library experience and background in one or more of the University’s program areas are preferred.
  • Previous experience in online information services and management of other librarians for scheduling and online reference service preferred.
  • Management experience in an Academic Library or Archives preferred.
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