UCB Libraries

Friends of the Library Public Services Apprenticeship


Description: Gain practical professional experience in a fast-paced academic library. The CU-Boulder University Libraries is looking for a Public Services Apprentice who will receive training in the research competencies and issues that are essential to new academic librarians. The Apprentice 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

  • May be asked to attend trainings, workshops, and meetings with ample opportunity for professional development. Including one Friends of Libraries meeting per semester.

  • 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 program begins in late August and runs through May of the following year. The Apprentice is expected to complete 120 hours each semester for a total of 240 hours over CU’s academic year 2016-2017 (approximately 8-10 hours per week). The Apprentice will be paid $12.50/hr for up to $3,000 for the academic year. For full consideration, apply by June 20, 2016.

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


  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript