Diversity Resident Librarian— University of Texas at Austin

Post date: Apr 21, 2021

Job Description:

As a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, UT Libraries is pleased to offer this three-year academic librarian position for an early-career librarian or archivist from a historically underrepresented community. The residency program will provide specialized training, continuing education, and mentorship based on the resident's professional interests and goals. The wide range of work experience gained through this position will enable the resident to build essential skills and plan career path options. The resident will enrich UT Libraries by bringing in new ideas and perspectives, contribute to projects and strategic initiatives, and support UT Libraries commitment to building a diverse workforce and fostering diversity in the profession.

Job Details:

General Notes

The University of Texas Libraries welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we promote diversity in our collections and services, as well as in our recruiting, hiring, and retention practices.


  • Development of the rotation plan and completion of project work as assigned in each rotation.

  • Learning, observation, and inquiry to gain a broad and deep understanding of how academic and research libraries operate.

  • Professional development and personal skill-building.

  • Professional service via participation in professional library and scholarly organizations and UT Libraries committees.

Program Structure: A rotation plan for the first year will be collaboratively developed during orientation and will include rotating through at least two Libraries' units or areas, with opportunities for shorter observations in additional units. In the second year, the resident will focus on one select area, deepening their skills and developing specialized experience. In the third year, the resident will receive mentorship and support in career development and complete a culminating project. The resident may participate in future UT Libraries initiatives in support of digital scholarship.

Example rotation areas could include:

  • Library instruction and pedagogy

  • Special collections, rare books, and archives

  • Subject liaison librarianship and collection development

  • Digital scholarship, scholarly communications, and data management

  • Assessment and planning

  • Collections acquisitions and licensing

  • Digitization and preservation

  • Metadata and cataloging

A final menu of rotation options will be shared with the resident during orientation.

Required Qualifications

MLS received in the last two years. Demonstrated experience establishing priorities, meeting deadlines, and organizing work effectively. Demonstrated willingness to respond to opportunities. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively. Ability to work independently and efficiently. Flexibility working in a fast-paced and evolving technological, team-oriented, and agile environment. Ability to communicate effectively, in person and in writing. Interest in developing leadership skills. Commitment to supporting academic and research needs of all students, faculty, and staff. Strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated willingness to respond to opportunities with leadership and troubleshoot challenges with initiative and creative energy. Experience providing exemplary customer service. Previous library or archives experience including volunteering, working, or internships. Coursework and/or experience in the use and application of tools and methods that support digital scholarship.

Research indicates that applicants with marginalized identities are hesitant to apply for positions if they do not meet all of the qualifications. We want to emphasize that although experience in certain areas is desirable, candidates who meet the required qualifications or equivalencies, demonstrate excellent promise, and a passion for the field are encouraged to apply and will be given serious consideration. Opportunities for training, mentorship, and support from individuals with a variety of skill sets exist locally, regionally, and nationally.

Salary Range: $50,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

  • May work around standard office conditions.

  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.

  • Typical office environment.

  • Typical library conditions.

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest

During your application, Workday will prompt you to answer the following questions:

  • How does your work, education, and/or life experience inform your approach to working in libraries or archives?

  • Describe two to three library or archival areas in which you would like to gain more experience. What specific skills do you hope to develop in each area?

  • Tell us about a goal that you set for yourself. What steps did you take to achieve your goal? What challenges or setbacks did you encounter along the way and how did you handle them? Did you achieve your goal or did it evolve as you worked toward it?

  • Tell us what you think is important in working with colleagues, individually and as a part of a working group or project team.

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.

Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.


The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:


Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031.

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2020 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.

To Apply: https://utaustin.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UTstaff/job/UT-MAIN-CAMPUS/Diversity-Resident-Librarian--Assistant-Librarian-_R_00012563