Humanities Librarian for English Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Texas Libraries (The University of Texas at Austin)

One (1) open position (modified and reposted)
Salary is $48,996+ per year, negotiable depending on qualifications
February 19, 2016 deadline for first review

The University of Texas Libraries (UTL) seeks a knowledgeable, innovative and energetic Humanities Librarian for English Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies (Librarian II) to serve as a proactive liaison for the Departments of English, Rhetoric and Writing and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, all within the College of Liberal Arts. The Humanities Librarian for English Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies will be involved and engaged in all aspects of the research lifecycle and will actively participate in teaching and learning processes. The position offers opportunity for strategic, collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching, learning, and discovery of and access to resources in support of research, analysis, and the creation and dissemination of scholarship.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Liaise with faculty in subject departments, centers and institutes to exchange information, build professional relationships and partnerships, and provide support for all aspects of the research lifecycle.
  • Assist faculty engaged in digital humanities and digital scholarship projects and teaching-and-learning-with-technology initiatives.
  • Collaborate with faculty to achieve and assess information literacy learning outcomes in course-specific ways, including providing point-of-need or integrated instruction sessions and creating assignments, research guides and tutorials.
  • Provide reference and research support through individual and small group research consultation and UTL Ask a Librarian virtual and physical service points.
  • Develop and manage electronic, multimedia, and print collections in English Literature and collaborate with colleagues in related fields to acquire unique and mainstream materials of shared interest to support the research and teaching needs of the UT Austin community.
  • Foster collaboration and community around and the evolution of the UT Poetry Center and coordinate events to showcase the Poetry Collection, poetry and poetry performance.
  • Promote resources, market services, and assess services provided.
  • Maintain current professional knowledge and skills in areas related to primary job responsibilities and trends in higher education, academic libraries, and information and educational technology.
  • Work closely with RLS staff on departmental initiatives, actively participate in UT Libraries and other local committee and project team efforts, participate in training and related staff development opportunities, serve as a mentor for UT School of Information students, and contribute to professional and scholarly organizations.
  • Work with other liaisons to support or take on additional subject areas as necessary.

Focus on expanding the role of the digital realm in research, teaching and learning will be a priority, as will engaging in existing and evolving UTL and campus digital humanities and digital scholarship initiatives. The successful candidate will join and collaborate with a team of service-focused liaisons within Research and Liaison Services (RLS) and throughout UTL, participate in the Fine Arts and Humanities Subject Team, and work in alliance with the Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology Subject Liaison Librarian/s to share responsibility for Center for Women’s and Gender Studies research and curricular needs. The position reports to the Research and Liaison Services Librarian. The RLS department is located in the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL), UTL’s main library which supports the social sciences, humanities, business and education; see for details.

Required Qualifications: MLS from an ALA-accredited graduate program. Two years of relevant Subject Liaison Librarian experience. Degree in or one year of collection development experience in English literature. Demonstrated experience collaborating with faculty to achieve and assess information literacy learning outcomes in course-specific ways. Experience providing in-depth research consultation services in an academic environment. Experience with digital humanities tools and methodologies. Strong understanding of approaches to and trends in assessment of academic library resources and services. Knowledge of scholarly communication issues and trends within these disciplines. Evidence of a strong commitment to user-centered services. Experience using and teaching a range of academic electronic information resources. Demonstrated excellent analytical, organizational, and communication skills. Proven ability to work collaboratively and efficiently in a changing environment. Demonstrated willingness to respond to new opportunities with initiative, creative energy, and leadership. Evidence of active involvement in professional or scholarly associations.

Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in English Literature. Additional coursework or degrees in Women’s and Gender Studies. Two to four years of successful professional library experience with responsibility for one or both of these subject areas. Two years of experience providing library instruction to college-level students, faculty, and staff. Experience collaborating with faculty on instruction or outreach projects. Experience using new and emerging technologies for public service and instruction in an academic library setting. Demonstrated potential for leadership in university, state, national, and international programs and initiatives. Evidence of problem solving skills. Experience related to the duties. Proven ability to be flexible in work assignments and environments.

Applicant Instructions: First review of applicants is Friday, February 19, 2016.

To view the full job posting and to apply, please go through the UT Job Search (posting #16-01-25-01-0086):

The University of Texas Libraries has a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications and nominations from traditionally underrepresented groups. The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

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