Literature and Humanities Librarian-- University of Colorado Boulder

Post date: Mar 21, 2019

The University of Colorado Boulder seeks a collaborative and strategic individual to serve as the Literature and Humanities Librarian. The successful candidate will cultivate and sustain strong connections with students, faculty and staff, including consultation on research strategies, emerging digital scholarship methods as well as critical information practices. This will include regular environmental scans of the assigned department(s) and areas to identify emerging trends; participation on campus digital scholarship and curriculum groups; facilitation of awareness building and learning opportunities to support student and scholar activities through emerging methods, mediums, and tools.

Through careful and creative management of collection budgets, including collaborative purchases and gifts, the successful candidate will guide the growth and impact of the English and American Literature collection for the campus community. Collection activities will also include innovative learning outreach that aligns and unites the core / special collections within literature and creative writing with complementary collections in social sciences, humanities, area studies, government documents, special collections, and digitization.

Requirements

      • Master's degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent or relevant combination of professional library experience and terminal degree in related field
      • Demonstrated ability to advocate for and cultivate an environment that supports diversity, respect, and inclusion
      • Understanding of digital humanities research related to the discipline of literature
      • Demonstrated commitment to providing highly responsive teaching and learning practices
      • Demonstrated understanding of the information needs of researchers studying topics in humanities, English & American literature, creative writing, and scholarship in the digital humanities
      • Knowledge of scholarly communication issues and trends within the arts & humanities
      • Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills
      • Ability to respond effectively to shifting needs and priorities of both the department and library constituents

Desired Qualifications

      • Experience participating in collection development in an academic or research library
      • Experience providing reference and/or instructional services related to humanities and/or area studies in an academic or research library environment
      • Degree in a related field (such as English literature, American literature, comparative literature, or other humanities field)
      • Working experience with digital humanities research tools and approaches related to the discipline of literature
      • Experience developing innovative learning opportunities to enhance research and/or teaching
      • Experience engaging in collaborative projects and programs at the local, regional, national, and/or international level
      • Experience with grant writing and fundraising

Appointment and Salary:

The successful candidate will be appointed as full-time (12-month) tenure track faculty member. Rank will depend upon professional experience. Our starting salary of $65,000 is one of the highest in the ARL. Benefits include 22 working days of vacation, ten paid holidays, sick leave, university group health care plans, group life insurance, TIAA administered retirement/annuity, and support for scholarly/professional activities. Tenured librarians are eligible for sabbatical leave.

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The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building and retaining a diverse workforce to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of developing and learning. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at hr-ada@colorado.edu.

The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and, when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

About the University and Libraries:

As the flagship University of a multi-campus system in the State of Colorado, CU Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)—and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region—we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies.

CU Boulder is committed to Colorado communities through collaborative research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Our faculty, staff and students work with the broader community to establish unique connections that have lasting outcomes—both across Colorado and around the world. Today, with our sights set on becoming the standard for the great comprehensive public research universities of the new century, we strive to serve the people of Colorado and to engage with the world through excellence in our teaching, research, creative work, and service. The University Libraries faculty and staff are diverse, talented, and passionate people who share this vision and mission. Librarians participate at all levels of the campus and hold full faculty status and rank. The Libraries, a member of the Association of Research Libraries, holds the largest collection in the Rocky Mountain region with over 12 million books, periodicals, government publications, audiovisual materials, microforms, maps, manuscripts, papers and computer-based resources. The Libraries faculty and staff collaborate internally, with colleagues beyond the campus, and with our clients to advance information literacy, intellectual freedom, lifelong learning, the disciplinary growth of information, and the amplification of knowledge.

About Boulder, Colorado:

Boulder and the surrounding area is known as one of the best places to live because of its spectacular setting, acres of open space, and vibrant atmosphere. At 5,430 feet above sea level, acres of vast open space entwine into Boulder's cityscape nestled into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Home to approximately 90,000 residents, Boulder has a mild, dry climate with more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Boulder offers activities for every interest. Over 80 miles of pedestrian and bike paths, as well as a convenient bus system, provide transportation around town and to the Denver metropolitan area. Photographers, music lovers, rock climbers, Olympians, artists, and others are drawn to this great city because of its scenic beauty, vibrant culture, and fabulous amenities. Boulder is just three hours from 11 ski resorts, 40 minutes from Denver, and moments from 43,000 acres of open space and trails.