Literature and Humanities Librarian

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

Application Deadline

Apply By Apr 19th, 2019


$65,000.00 per Year   Calculate


Boulder, CO


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Job Description

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 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 collections within literature and creative writing with complementary collections in social sciences, humanities, area studies, government documents, special collections, and digitization. 

Responsibilities Include:

  • Serve as the liaison to the Department of English & Creative Writing, with possible other subject liaison opportunities depending upon interest, qualification, and departmental need.
  • Develop and provide tailored instruction to learners and scholars in constituent departments, utilizing inclusive teaching and learning practices. 
  • Collaborate with Humanities faculty and other library faculty and staff to achieve information literacy outcomes for undergraduate humanities majors.
  • Participate in building an inclusive campus environment. 
  • Organize and deliver programming of interest to constituent academic communities. 
  • Maintain awareness of critical and/or emerging technologies for research and teaching in assigned subject liaison fields to meet the evolving needs of faculty, students, and staff.
  • Provide consultations to students and faculty via multiple methods. 
  • Build and manage relationships with interdisciplinary centers, programs, and research institutes. 
  • Manage collections in assigned liaison areas, including selecting materials, building relationships with publishers and vendors, performing collection management duties, and participating in collaborative collection development decisions.
  • Identify funding opportunities and prepare grant proposals supporting programmatic needs.
  • Conduct regular environmental scans of assigned areas to identify emerging trends and needs.
  • Act as liaison and conduit between assigned departments and the Center for Research Data & Digital Scholarship and the Department for Open & Digital Scholarship Services.
  • Build awareness and learning opportunities to support student and scholar activities through emerging research methods, mediums, and tools.    
  • Provide instruction and research assistance for other areas in the Arts & Humanities as needed.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty and staff in other University Libraries’ departments through various committees and working groups.
  • Share responsibilities for providing information and general reference services in person and remotely.
  • Maintain a consistent record of significant contributions in the areas of research and/or scholarly activity and service.

Additional Info & Requirements

What we require: 

  • 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

What we would like you to have: 

  • 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

The Community

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.

HR Info

Questions may be directed to George Karpoff, Search Coordinator, at George.Karpoff@Colorado.EDU. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. It is recommended that applications be submitted by April 19th, 2019 in order to receive full consideration. The application must be made online at CU Boulder Jobs and must include the following:

  • A cover letter of application specifically addressing qualifications for the position
  • CV/Resume
  • Diversity Statement
    • This should be a brief (1-2 pages) discussion of your vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Libraries and this position. This statement could include a statement of values, relevant information about one’s background and experiences, ideas for serving a diverse campus community, particularly in libraries, or plans for bringing new perspectives to research, education, and service. Be as specific as possible.
    • Please see the campus definition of inclusive excellence:

References will be requested at a later stage in the search process. 

The full position description can be viewed at

Posted Mar 15, 2019