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Job Opportunities:
Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Librarians
(two positions)

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The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries invites applications from innovative and enthusiastic service-oriented professionals for the positions of Interdisciplinary Humanities Librarian and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Librarian. Both are tenure-stream faculty positions reporting to the Director of Arts & Humanities or the Director of Social Sciences in the University Libraries, respectively.  Duties include general and specialized reference in the social sciences and humanities; classroom teaching as part of an active library instruction program; outreach to campus groups or institutes across disciplinary boundaries; and selecting library materials in one or more possible areas, potentially including sociology, anthropology, mass communications, journalism, economics, linguistics, classics, religion, Jewish studies, film studies, Slavic studies, ethnic studies, women studies, or reference.


Significant parts of the responsibilities of this position are research and creative work and service in keeping with the tenure standards of the University of Colorado Boulder.



  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited institution by the time of appointment
  • Coursework and/or experience in providing reference for the humanities or social sciences
  • Coursework and/or experience with library instruction or teaching
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Potential for research, scholarly work and/or professional achievement
  • Creative ideas about services, assessment, or scholarly communication across disciplines

Desirable Qualifications

  • Academic background in the social sciences or humanities
  • Experience providing reference or instruction in an academic library setting
  • Interest in working with underrepresented or at-risk undergraduates
  • Experience or coursework incorporating digital technologies into library services
  • Record of research or professional service at the national level

For Social Sciences

  • Experience finding, using, and analyzing data
  • Experience providing outreach regarding scholarly communication and rights management

For Humanities

  • Experience conducting assessments or needs analysis programs
  • Understanding of the uses and applications of digital humanities scholarship

Appointment and Salary 
The successful candidate will be appointed as a full-time (12 month), tenure-stream faculty member. Depending upon professional experience and demonstrated accomplishments in scholarly activity, creative work, and service, appointment may be at the senior instructor or assistant professor level. Benefits include 22 working days of vacation; 10 paid holidays; liberal sick leave; University group health care plan; group life insurance; TIAA/CREF retirement/annuity; and support for scholarly/professional activities.  Tenured librarians are eligible for sabbatical leave.


Application Process:
Review of applications will begin April 22, 2013 and continue until the positions are filled. It is recommended that applications be submitted by this date in order to receive full consideration. Application must be made online at https://www.jobsatcu.com/postings/59156, and must include a letter of application specifically addressing qualifications for one or both positions; CV or resume; and names with postal addresses, email, and telephone numbers of three references.  Questions may be directed to Dylan Wiersma, Search Coordinator, at Dylan.Wiersma@Colorado.EDU. The full position descriptions can be viewed at http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/about/jobInterdisciplinaryLibrarians.htm.


The candidates selected for these positions must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin.  The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce.  We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.   Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at hr-ada@colorado.edu.  In addition, the University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community.  To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment.  Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and, when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

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  • Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Librarian

Position Summary                                                                              

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Librarian is a tenure-stream faculty position reporting to the Director of Arts & Humanities in the University Libraries. Duties include general and specialized reference in the social sciences and humanities; classroom teaching as part of an active library instruction program; selecting library materials in assigned areas; and collaborating with other collection specialists to ensure coverage of interdisciplinary areas that lie outside conventional subject boundaries. This position takes a leading role in service assessment and needs analysis to users in the arts and humanities fields, as well as serving as liaison to students and faculty in campus programs targeted toward underrepresented and at-risk students such as those that are part of the CU LEAD Alliance.


The Arts & Humanities Department provides virtual and in-depth personal reference and instructional services to the students and faculty of the University of Colorado Boulder and specializes in services and collections for the arts and humanities.



  1. Participates fully in the general and specialized research and instructional initiatives of the department, including teaching at a variety of levels utilizing appropriate teaching methods

  2. Provides onsite and virtual reference services and in-depth research consultations, with occasional evening and weekend shifts, and assists students, faculty, and other patrons in the use of research tools in all subject areas

  3. Communicates regularly with assigned academic departments and assumes primary responsibility for the development, promotion, and delivery of instructional programs, research courses, and services for students and faculty in these disciplines

  4. Leads service assessment and needs analysis efforts, such as student and faculty advisory groups, and communicates results broadly

  5. Participates as appropriate in library working groups

  6. Serves as subject specialist for assigned areas; requests and manages acquisition budgets for monographs and serials; selects appropriate materials in all formats; and participates in collection management, offsite storage selection, evaluation, weeding, and preservation decisions

  7. Prepares instructional and promotional materials in appropriate formats for research tools and other resources as requested by the department head

  8. Participates in outreach activities in person and via social media

  9. Provides reports about collections, users, and public and outreach services as requested by the Director of Arts & Humanities

  10. Works both independently and in a team-oriented project development environment

  11. Participates in the collegial administration of the department and performs duties as assigned by the department director

  12. Maintains a consistent record of significant contributions in the areas of research and/or scholarly activity and service

Position Summary

The Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Librarian will be part of a team of seven liaison librarians who work across multiple units to support the teaching and research of faculty in areas of the social sciences.  This individual will provide seamless support in collections and services to faculty and students.  Liaison librarians at the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries are responsible for providing a full suite of services, including reference, instruction, and consultation in data management and scholarly communication issues.  This position will report to the Director of the Social Sciences Department in the University Libraries.


Other responsibilities of this position will include:

  1. Acts as the subject specialist for discipline(s) in social sciences (such as linguistics, sociology, anthropology, mass communications, journalism, economics) to be determined

  2. Provides instruction and reference services to faculty and students across disciplines and promotes and assesses services and collections

  3. Engages faculty and graduate students in discussions concerning scholarly communication, including author rights management and open access publishing

  4. Provides expertise in finding, using, and analyzing data

  5. Builds and manages relationships with regional federal laboratories, interdisciplinary research institutes (such as the Institute for Behavioral Genetics, the Institute of Behavioral Science), and their various libraries and information centers and provides support for library data collections and services

  6. Works closely with faculty and staff in other University Libraries departments through various committees and working groups

  7. Meets campus standards for tenure through research and creative work and professional service