US Studies Liaison Librarian— University of Texas at Austin

Post date: Apr 21, 2021

Job Description:

The University of Texas Libraries seeks to support and to bolster research and teaching on the diverse histories, presents, and futures of the United States through a newly envisioned librarian: the US Studies Liaison. An entry level position, the US Studies Liaison will be responsible for all aspects of research, learning, and engagement lifecycles associated with the multidisciplinary and multicultural fields of inquiry related to the United States. The US Studies Liaison will directly support many departments, centers, and programs at the University of Texas including the Center for Asian American Studies, the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) the Department of American Studies, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program and the US-focused subset of the Department of History. The US Studies Liaison position reports to the Arts, Humanities, and Global Studies Engagement Team Lead; as an active member of that team, the US Studies Liaison will leverage knowledge of collections, research, evolving digital skills, and relationships to connect students and faculty with services, content, and tools that meet their research, teaching, and learning needs.

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.


  • Research, Scholarly Communication, and Digital Scholarship Support: Provide in-person and remote research consultation and reference assistance to faculty, students, and the community at all stages of the research lifecycle. Seek, support, and/or advise on grants and other funding opportunities, including but not limited to those related to grant compliance and data management. Engage in the UTL’s Open Access and broader Scholarly Communications initiatives. Propose and execute digital project work within UTL-prioritized parameters. As appropriate, consult with other UTL units and departments, particularly the Scholarly Communication/Research Data Services unit, Libraries IT Department, and the Discovery and Access Division.

  • Collection Stewardship: Oversee and/or consult upon collection development and content management activities related to African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS), American Studies, Asian American Studies, Native American & Indigenous Studies, and US History, including fund management, enhancement of existing and acquisition of new distinctive, diverse analog and digital collections, expanding opportunities for cooperative collection development, developing content digitization initiatives, and seeking and/or stewarding external funding opportunities (grants, gifts, endowments) related to strategic priorities. As appropriate, consult with other UTL units and departments, particularly the Scholarly Resources Department and the Discovery and Access Division.

  • Engagement and Outreach: Establish and maintain relationships within UTL and the community of scholars and researchers. Participate in UTL committees and activities to further the mission of UTL and that of the departments, centers, and programs supported by this position. Serve as primary library contact for faculty and graduate students. Attend, participate in, and plan relevant engagement forums within UTL, the UT campus, and beyond.

  • Teaching and Learning: Conduct formal instruction sessions and initiate other venues for information/digital literacy skill-building. Develop content for subject-specific LibGuides, course management systems, and social media as appropriate. Engage in the UTL’s broader curricular alignment of information literacy initiatives. As appropriate, consult with other UTL units and departments, particularly the Teaching and Learning Services Department.

  • Professional Development: Participate in UTL and campus committees and scholarly activities to further the mission of both UTL and UT. Participate in professional library and scholarly organizations, to support and contribute to the profession. Maintain currency with trends and developments in librarianship

Required Qualifications

MLS/MLIS. Ability to communicate effectively in person & in multiple media. Ability to work effectively with diverse communities & stakeholders. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Experience working in dynamic and collaborative teams.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working in an academic library or research-based organization. Training in one or more of the fields of US Studies (African American Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies, Native American & Indigenous Studies, US History) at the college-level or above. Fluency with concepts of digital scholarship and their application. Fluency with concepts of scholarly communication. Knowledge of the publishing landscape for US Studies. Teaching experience. Experience organizing events. Experience engaging with research in the fields that comprise African Studies. Experience working in a large organizational setting.

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.

  • Typical office environment.

  • Weekend and evening work may be required.

  • 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 (please limit each response to no more than 300 words):

  • What excites you about US Studies?

  • What is your most effective mode of communication and how do you know it’s effective?

  • UT Libraries is committed to advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) throughout our organization and beyond. Please describe a specific time when you actively worked in support of IDEA.

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.

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