UCB Libraries

Friends of the Library Public Services Apprenticeship


Gain practical professional experience in a fast-paced academic library. The CU Boulder library is looking for two Public Services Apprentices who will receive training in the research competencies and issues that are essential to new academic librarians. The apprentices will provide research assistance in person and virtually in a major academic library that serves a world-class research university. Requires a flexible schedule that may include evening and weekend hours. This apprenticeship is a great opportunity to supplement your graduate studies with experiential learning.


Duties of the Apprentice:

  • Provide research assistance at the Norlin Library Research Desk

  • Staff the Library’s chat reference service

  • Attend trainings, workshops, meetings, with ample opportunity for professional development

  • Other projects or duties are possible based on the interests of the applicant and needs of the library


  • Must have a strong customer service orientation and a desire to provide high quality research assistance.

  • Currently enrolled as a library & information science graduate student.

  • Completion of or current enrollment in a library reference/research course

  • Interest in pursuing a career in academic librarianship

Additional Information:

This is a one-semester program with an anticipated start date of late August. Apprentices are expected to complete 120 hours over the course of CU’s Fall Semester (approximately 8-10 hours per week). Apprentices will receive a stipend of $1500 after successful completion of the program.

To apply, send the following materials to Erika Kleinova <erika.kleinova@colorado.edu>


  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript