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Librarian for African-American and African Studies

  • Post Date:November 18, 2019
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Job Description

The University of Virginia Library seeks a dynamic, collegial, and highly-skilled professional to serve as the Librarian for African-American and African Studies.  As a member of the Arts and Humanities team, the successful candidate will serve as the liaison to other departments or programs that align with the responsibilities of the role.

The Librarian for African-American and African Studies will provide communication and outreach to faculty, students, and fellows, cultivating strong partnerships and seeking opportunities for enhanced collaboration. They will provide research assistance to scholars at all levels and participate in digital scholarship projects in collaboration with faculty, students, and library colleagues. The Librarian will engage with faculty to integrate information, digital, and data literacy concepts and skills into the curriculum and will provide instruction in a variety of forms (orientations, course-related instruction, workshops). They will be responsible for working with the collections management team and the other liaisons to establish collection priorities for African-American and African Studies, manage approval plans, recommend specific purchases, maintain digital desiderata lists, and promote newly acquired resources. They will collaborate with colleagues in Archives and Special Collections on collecting
strategies that will support research and teaching in African-American and African Studies. The Librarian will be expected to participate in regional and/or national professional organizations related to academic librarianship and librarianship in support of African-American Studies in particular.

Required Qualifications:
 Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or an advanced degree in a relevant subject area along with library experience.
 Strong academic grounding in African-American or African Studies or a closely related field.
 Demonstrable knowledge of the tools and techniques of library research.
 Commitment to ongoing professional development and enthusiasm for the possibilities offered by academic librarianship as a profession.
 Commitment to fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.
Preferred Qualifications:
 Previous professional experience in a liaison or subject specialist role at a research library.
 Teaching experience in a college or university setting.
The selected applicant will be required to complete a background check prior to their first day of employment.
Expected salary: 60,000-70,000
Review of applications will begin January 6, 2020

PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for “R0010845″.   Complete an application online and see below for documents to attach.

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 CV
 Cover Letter
 Contact information for 3 references

***Please note that you can upload multiple documents into the CV/Resume box. Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

For questions about the application process please contact Rhiannon O’Coin, Senior Academic Recruiter,
[email protected]

This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require walking some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic  origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status,
and family medical or genetic information.