Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Reference Librarian/Arts, Media, and Design Librarian (Tenure Track, Assistant Professor)

Central Michigan University Libraries
Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States
8 days ago


Central Michigan University is seeking a librarian to join the CMU Libraries as our Arts, Media, and Design Librarian at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position serves in the Library Research and Instruction Services (LRIS) department and reports to the Associate Dean of University Libraries. Service on library and university committees and participation in the CMU Libraries’ strategic planning efforts are required. This is a 12-month tenure-track faculty position, and the individual in it will be expected to meet the university’s requirements for reappointment, tenure, and promotion, including scholarship and service.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Provides specialized library instruction and research consultations for students within the College of the Arts and Media and the College of Education and Human Services. Programs include but are not limited to Art and Design, Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, Communication, Fashion Merchandising and Design, Interior Design, and Journalism.

Provides general reference services, including virtual reference, to support all students and faculty. 

Works closely with the library’s Adobe Digital Lounge to support student development of digital

Provides research support for faculty including literature searches.
Consults with faculty during the online course development process to recommend and embed appropriate library services and resources. 

Serves over 2,000 students and over 90 faculty in arts, media, and design degree programs. 

Develops and assesses arts, media, and design collections (journals, books, media, etc.). 

Teaches LIB 197, a one credit information literacy course, on a rotating basis. 

Participates in library projects and initiatives.

Serves on library and university committees and within the academic library profession.  

Actively engages in scholarly and/or creative endeavors.  

Salary is commensurate with qualifications; minimum $58,500. Excellent benefit package available, including medical, dental and generous retirement contributions.


Required Qualifications:

ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library or Information Science.

Undergraduate degree in an arts, media, or design program related to this position’s responsibilities or equivalent professional experience. 

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Excellent interpersonal skills. 

Demonstrated ability to work effectively both collaboratively and independently. 

Demonstrated ability to learn and adopt technologies quickly.

Ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.
Preferred Qualifications:

Recent professional librarian experience working in an academic library.

Additional graduate degree in a related field.

Experience creating digital media or digital humanities projects.

Experience using the Adobe Creative Suite.

Experience liaising with Art, Media, and/or Design programs and faculty.

Message to Applicants:

Review of applications begins 10/04/2021. The starting date is negotiable, but January 3, 2022 is preferred. Information about CMU can be found at 

We encourage applicants from historically underrepresented populations, veterans, women, and other minority groups to apply. Applications must be submitted online at: htps://

Position will remain open until filled. The university reserves the right to close the recruitment process once a sufficient applicant pool has been identified. For best consideration, please submit application materials before Monday, October 4, 2021.   

About the Department:

Mission statement: In accordance with Central Michigan University’s mission, shared values, and goals, the Libraries support and enrich the learning experience and create a dynamic environment through which our community can discover, access, and use information effectively for academic success, research, and life-long learning.
To learn more about the Libraries, visit the Libraries website.

About CMU:

Central Michigan University has a more than 125-year legacy of preparing students to become leaders and changemakers in their communities and in their personal and professional lives. 
We serve nearly 19,500 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. Many of our approximately 300 undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral programs in the arts, media, business, education, human services, health professions, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, science and engineering are nationally ranked for excellence. 
CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5% of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more.
Central is home to 17 men’s and women’s Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes achieve great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.17.
CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. It’s part of the culturally varied and vibrant Great Lakes Bay Region that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and the state’s largest Native American community, centered on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation in Mount Pleasant.
Area residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. Other major Michigan destinations and attractions — Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and many more — are within easy reach of the city’s central location in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program along with health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.
EEO Statement:

CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate against persons based on age, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religion, sex, sex‐based stereotypes, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran status, or weight (see

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CMU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, including admission and employment, and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 not to discriminate in such a matter.

Inquiries about the application of Title IX can be made to CMU’s Title IX Coordinator, the US Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary, or both.

CMU’s Title IX Coordinator can be reached at:
Phone: 989-774-3253
Office: 103 E. Preston St.
Bovee University Center, suite 306
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Job Information

  • Job ID: 58743106
  • Location:
    Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States
  • Position Title: Reference Librarian/Arts, Media, and Design Librarian (Tenure Track, Assistant Professor)
  • Company Name: Central Michigan University Libraries
  • Job Category: Librarian
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Master's Degree
  • Min Experience: 0-1 Year
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $58,500.00 (Yearly Salary)
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