Reference Outreach & Instruction Librarian – U of M / Minitex

Job Title:
Reference Outreach & Instruction Librarian


• Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library school or an advanced degree with relevant experience.
• Demonstrable skills providing library instruction or the equivalent to varied audiences.
• Experience with outreach to organizations.
• Demonstrated ability to contribute to collaborative projects.
• Demonstrated high quality communication skills.

• Work experiences in multiple types of libraries.
• Professional experience teaching online resources.
• Professional experience working with ebook platforms, processes, or vendors.

About the job:
Minitex invites applications for a Reference Outreach & Instruction Librarian. The position offers the opportunity to serve libraries across the Minitex region in support of large-scale collaborative projects. We seek a librarian to contribute to local, regional, and national projects with libraries, library consortia, and other partners; and to contribute to outreach and instruction on statewide resources including the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM), AskMN, and Ebooks MN.

This position works within the Reference Outreach & Instruction unit of Minitex. Minitex is a program of the MN Office of Higher Education and the University of Minnesota Libraries, with offices on the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities campus. Minitex is a network of libraries of all types across MN, ND, and SD. Learn more about all of our programs at

We are seeking a positive, proactive professional to help connect Minitex resources into multiple environments through outreach and instruction, including: K12 schools, public libraries, academic libraries, cultural heritage organizations, adult education programs, and workforce centers. The successful candidate will primarily focus on the Minitex resources ELM, AskMN, and Ebooks MN. The candidate will also contribute planning and communication to collaborative projects such as SimplyE for Consortia, an IMLS-funded ebook application development project (

Responsibilities of the Reference Outreach & Instruction Librarian:
• Utilizing expertise in instructional design practice, develops learning materials and instructional classes in a variety of formats.
• Designs instruction to meet the learning needs of widely varying audiences, from academic librarians to classroom teachers to middle school students to lifelong learners.
• Creates and presents instructional materials both in-person and online.
• Pursues and develops partnerships with consortia, libraries, library and education organizations, K-12 schools, university academic programs, and community education groups.
• Seeks speaking engagements, conference presentations and exhibits, and other opportunities to address community groups to educate and inform them of available resources, including ELM, AskMN, and other Minitex projects.
• Contributes to the goals and strategic initiatives of Minitex through active participation in collaboratives, projects, and working groups. Current projects involve ebooks, ebook reading apps, open access scholarly material, and library publishing.
• Provides reference and research service on-demand through 24/7 statewide reference service AskMN.
• Designs, implements, and maintains digital tools that integrate ELM and other Minitex resources in support of teaching, learning, and research objectives.
• Engages with the library community and partners via written communication, conference presentations, social media, and instructional offerings.

The University of Minnesota Libraries recently received a National Medal for Library Service from IMLS, and Minitex contributed to that achievement. We manage a number of long-standing, highly-valued statewide services and we are working on exciting new collaborative projects, like a statewide ebook collection, open access materials, and library publishing. Come join us!

This is a full-time, 12-month, annual renewable, academic professional position at the Assistant Librarian rank. The Libraries offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits and substantial moving allowance.

To Apply
Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Submit a letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three current professional references at . Please identify cover letter with UL378.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.