Humanities Librarian to support the disciplines of Literature and Theatre & Dance (UCSD)

Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 8:00pm

The University of California San Diego Library seeks applications from highly motivated, innovative, collaborative, flexible and service-oriented professionals to join the Library as the Humanities Librarian (Assistant, Associate or Full Librarian). This position reports within the Library’s Academic Liaison Program. The University of California San Diego Library is committed to supporting academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

The University and the Library

With 34,000 students, UC San Diego is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through excellence in education and research at the undergraduate, graduate, professional school and postdoctoral levels. For more than a decade, UC San Diego has been recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation by US News & World Report and for the third year in a row as the 14th best university in the world by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In 2015, for the sixth consecutive year, UC San Diego was ranked 1st in the nation by the Washington Monthly’s College Guide based on the positive impact the university has had on the country in terms of enabling social mobility, research productivity and civic engagement.

The UC San Diego Library is committed to student learning and success; the advancement of digital services to bolster faculty research and data preservation; and active sustainability and community engagement efforts. The Library plays a vital role in the University’s achievements and success and is continuously reimagining its portfolio of services, spaces, and resources to best meet the needs of the campus community. The Library’s Academic Liaison Program provides academic outreach and information services in support of UC San Diego’s teaching and research activities.

Responsibilities of the Position

The Humanities Librarian serves as liaison and provides support for interdisciplinary research, teaching and creative work for the Departments of Literature, and Theatre and Dance and other departments or programs as assigned. The Literature Department is unique in that it encompasses world literatures and multilingual historical and cultural studies within a single department; and the world-renowned Theatre and Dance Department consistently ranks among the top graduate theatre training programs in the country.

The Humanities Librarian works within the Academic Liaison Program, which directs and supports subject librarians in facilitating effective communications with their academic communities. As liaison to the departments of Literature and Theatre and Dance, the Humanities Librarian provides outreach, collection development, instruction, reference, and research advisory services and assists in providing services for all Humanities subjects as needed. The position also works with the Digital Humanities Specialist to develop and assist with projects involving Humanities faculty and students and making collection materials available for Digital Humanities research or pedagogy projects.

As Curator for the Archive for New Poetry, the Humanities Librarian works with the Library’s Special Collections and Archives Program to develop and support the ANP, a distinguished collection of contemporary American poetry. With a special emphasis to be placed on building a collection of digitized poetry materials, responsibilities include directing ANP-related digitization projects.

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• Implement liaison services and actively engage with faculty and students in the departments of Literature and Theatre and Dance.
• Develop creative strategies to learn about and understand information needs and build partnerships with research and teaching faculty.
• Serve as the primary contact for research and educational needs of assigned departments and develop and promote innovative services and resources to enhance the research, teaching, and learning mission of UC San Diego.
• Work with the Collection Coordinator for Arts and Humanities and other selectors to develop and maintain collections, in all formats, of world literatures in English and in particular the collections which support the teaching, learning, research, and creative needs of the Theatre and Dance and Literature departments.
• Collaborate with other librarians and staff on collection management related issues including cancellations, consolidations, preservation and conservation of relevant materials.
• Actively engage in outreach and two-way communications and sustain strong, consistent, and effective communication channels between the Library, the assigned departments, and affiliated programs and research units, such as the Institute of Arts and Humanities.
• Collaborate with the Digital Humanities Specialist to expand and provide support for digital humanities projects and partnerships with faculty and students.
• Communicate effectively with colleagues, students and faculty to integrate information- media- and data literacies within assigned departments and programs.
• Provide subject-related instruction in a variety of formats and develop, maintain, and promote subject- specific learning objects for assigned subject areas.
• Provide general reference and research assistance and serve as the primary subject specialist for research assistance in assigned departments and programs.
• Provide other appropriate services and support such as serving as a resource for information on scholarly communication, data management and preservation, copyright, and plagiarism.

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• Within SC&A, the ANP Curator is responsible for the life-cycle management of the Archive for New Poetry.
• Select print and electronic resources for the Archive for New Poetry.
• Collaborate with SC&A to identify ANP materials appropriate for digitization, with a focus on those materials that will best support instruction and research.
• Direct ANP digitization projects.
• Promote the Archive for New Poetry through special events and exhibitions.
• Assist in curating other literature and performing arts archival collections.

Required Qualifications
• Professional degree from a library school, or other advanced degree or equivalent experience in one or more fields related to library science.
• Strong educational background in English or American Literature, Performing Arts, or related field.
• Demonstrated knowledge of modern American poetry and poetics.
• Strong understanding of the importance of academic library liaison services.
• Familiarity with electronic and scholarly resources and reference tools for designated subject areas and the Humanities in general.
• Experience working in an academic or research library in collection development, reference, and/or instruction.
• Understanding of standard curatorial practices.
• Experience initiating and directing digital projects.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
• Ability to plan, document, and complete projects.
• Strong commitment to excellence in service and ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty, students, staff and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
• Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.

Desired Qualifications
• Experience in the development and implementation of liaison services.
• Experience in developing working partnerships with academic units on a college or university campus.
• Degree in English or American literature, with focus on modern American poetry and poetics.
• Experience curating humanities book and manuscript collections.

Librarians at UC San Diego are academic appointees and entitled to appropriate professional leave and all other perquisites granted to non-faculty academic personnel. UC San Diego Librarians are expected to participate in library-wide and system-wide planning and governance and to be professionally active. Appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities.
• Salary: Salary and level of appointment in the Librarian series commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on the University of California pay scales.
• Closing Date: Application consideration begins October 17, 2016.
• To Apply: For full consideration, please submit applications to:
• Please provide the following:
• A short application letter addressing your interest in this position and applicable qualifications
• A resume of education and relevant experience
• The names of at least three persons who are knowledgeable about your qualifications and/or suitability for this position
• A personal statement summarizing your past or planned contributions to diversity; guidance for preparing diversity statements can be found at:

AA-EOE: UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.

Job location

San Diego, CA

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