Academic Librarian Cover Letter

Academic Librarian Cover Letter

Academic Librarians serve the members of an academic community by managing and disseminating information. Aside from resource loans, these professionals also manage aspects such as resource ordering, library projects, and specialist collections. Essential job duties of an Academic Librarian are managing book and journal collections, cataloguing information, using information software, assisting researchers, collaborating with library and school staff, liaising with suppliers, and participating in professional groups.

A successful cover letter sample for Academic Librarian usually mentions the following qualifications:

  • Library operations knowledge
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of relevant software
  • Organization and planning
  • Logical thinking
  • Flexibility
  • Time management
  • Being able to work to strict deadlines and to prioritize work
  • Familiarity with the academic environment
  • Problem-solving orientation and resourcefulness

Those interested in an Academic Librarian position can check relevant skills and abilities in the cover letter sample provided just below.

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Dear Ms. Marrero:

When I learned of Skylar University’s search for a new Academic Librarian, I hastened to submit the enclosed resume for your consideration. As a skilled, educated, and highly experienced professional with more than 16 years of experience in higher education library services, I am confident in my ability to surpass your expectations for this position.

My expertise lies in managing a full range of responsibilities to ensure optimal usability and functionality for university/college libraries. From cataloging books and conducting deep research to overseeing collection additions and managing staff, I excel at leveraging my commitment to library excellence and public service to make a substantial and positive impact. With my successful history of assisting and educating library users in research efforts, information acquisition, and materials location—along with my superior interpersonal and organization skills—I am ready to extend my record of excellence with Skylar University.

Highlights of my experience include the following:

  • Oversaw all managing and instructional responsibilities for Pierce College and Reynolds University, respectfully, directing collection development of all library resources with an annual budget of up to $3.5M; supervised the Campus Library, Technology Lab, and Writing Centers at Reynolds University.
  • Provided comprehensive support in delivering library service areas such as reference desk support, circulation, collection expansion, interlibrary loans, bibliographic support, and library instruction.
  • Collaborated effectively with faculty on locating research materials, database querying, and assignment structuring tailored for each course.
  • Taught students on the process of writing a college research paper utilizing the library’s resources.
  • Utilized advanced information technology resources including internal / external databases, digital libraries, remote-access information sources, and the Internet to facilitate library user research, data acquisition, and materials location.
  • Earned a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of California, San Diego.

With my solid knowledge of academic library services and support, combined with my passion for the wealth of information and learning potential that libraries have to offer, I am positioned to significantly benefit your university. I look forward to discussing my qualifications in more detail.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Ruth T. Riley

by Leigh Milligan, Head Editor, INALJ Wisconsin

Open Cover Letters

One of my favorite websites that gives me motivation during my job search is called Open Cover Letters. This website is a collection of anonymous cover letters submitted by hired librarians and archivists. Each cover letter is titled by the position that the anonymous person wrote the cover letter for.  The website even breaks down the letters into categories such as the different types of libraries.  This all is extremely helpful, especially when I am looking for motivation to apply to a specific type of library job, for example, Youth Services.

How do I know these letters are legit? The creator of the website Stephen Flynn looks into each letter he receives and makes sure the librarian was hired at said job by a Google search or by checking an e-mail address. Check the FAQ out more information about the website.

The cover letter is one of the most important aspects of the job search process because it’s the first impression an employer will get of you. It’s the first impression that will either get the employer to read your resume or put it in the discard pile, or it could be the first impression to achieve an interview. It is also the area of the job search process where most struggle, including myself.

There are many great websites out there that focus on sample cover letters and job search tips for librarians, however this is the first website I have come across that just focuses on cover letters for librarians and archivists, which is great for me because it is the field I want to work in.  It is also very motivating that these cover letters actually achieved results for a real librarian or archivist, and are not just samples.  It gives me hope that I will be able to find a library career and that some day I will be able to write a great cover letter and then become part of the library-working world.

This is my favorite cover letter to date:  It first attracted me because I myself am a crazy cat lady. It also shows how uniqueness and creativity is a great quality of librarians that most hiring librarians are looking for their employees to bring to the table. If done right, like this cover letter, it can achieve fantastic results!



Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular webzine and jobs list (formerly I Need a Library Job). Founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard, INALJ’s social media presence has grown to include Facebook (retired in 2016), Twitter and a LinkedIn group, in addition to the interviews, articles and jobs found on INALJ has had over 18.5 Million page views and helped thousands of librarians and LIS folk find employment! Through grassroots marketing, word of mouth and a real focus on exploring unconventional resources for job leads, INALJ grew from a subscription base of 20 friends to a website with over 500,000 visits in a month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this many new jobs published daily. She has also written for the 2011, 2012 & 2013 LexisNexis Government Info Pro. She presents whenever she can, most recently thrice at the American Library Association's Annual Conference as well as breakout talk presenter at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa and as a keynote speaker at the Virginia Library Association annual meeting, at the National Press Club, McGill University, the University of the Emirates, Dubai, MLIS program and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She was a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and has served on the University of Maryland iSchool Board from 2014-2017. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and has relocated to being nomadic. She runs her husband’s moving labor website,, fixes and sells old houses and assists her husband cooking delicious Pakistani food as well. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay. View all posts by Naomi House →

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