English and American Literature Librarian
Deadline Extended: June 2, 2017
The University of Delaware Library seeks a creative and dynamic individual for the position of English and American Literature Librarian to join a team of colleagues in the delivery of excellent and responsive research, information and instructional services. This position reports to the Head, Reference and Instructional Services Department.
The position serves as the Library’s liaison to the English and Theatre Departments, and may assume responsibility for other subjects based on the successful candidate’s qualifications and Library needs. The English and American Literature Librarian has responsibility for the provision of instruction, collection development and research support in the assigned subject areas. In collaboration with others, the English and American Literature Librarian also provides general reference services in person and online, including some evening and weekend hours, and provides instruction in the use and searching of electronic and traditional library resources. The position has a reporting responsibility to the Head, Collection Management and Licensed Electronic Content Department for collection-related activities. Essential responsibilities include: liaison to assigned communities with the ability to develop and sustain effective working relationships and foster collaborations and partnerships with faculty, students and administrators; provision of the entire range of in-person and online reference services; provision of instruction/information literacy services; building of collections that meet the research and curricular needs of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty; development of content for assigned subject areas including course guides, subject guides and other instructional and outreach materials; and active engagement in professional development and other scholarly activities. The expectation is that this position will involve collaboration with faculty and Library colleagues on digital scholarship projects.
- ALA accredited graduate library degree. An undergraduate degree in English or significant coursework and experience working with English department faculty and students in a research library environment. Appointment will be made at the Assistant Librarian level if the candidate has up to 3 years of professional experience, or at the Senior Assistant Librarian level if the candidate has 3-8 years of professional experience in an academic or research library.
- Knowledge of information sources related to research in English and American literature.
- Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal communication and public presentation skills.
- Knowledge of current developments in scholarship and teaching in the humanities and changing library roles for responding to the evolving needs of faculty, scholars and students.
- Awareness of digital humanities trends and principles.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and enthusiasm for the integration of new technologies into the delivery of information services.
- Ability to design and create web-based materials.
- Flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to work successfully in a complex, dynamic environment with competing demands.
- Strong commitment to service excellence.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
- Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.
- Commitment to professional growth.
Preferred: Advanced degree in English. Collection development experience in an academic or research library. Experience teaching and integrating information literacy skills and concepts into classes using appropriate technologies. Knowledge of learning management systems and distance education.
General Information: The University of Delaware has a long tradition of excellence beginning in 1743 and extending to the research-intensive, technologically advanced institution of today. The University provides a broad range of academic programs at the undergraduate, master, and doctoral levels. There are over 1,100 full-time faculty and 4,000 staff serving a student body of over 21,000. The beautiful 970-acre main campus in Newark, Delaware, is centrally located within one hour of Philadelphia and two hours from New York and Washington, DC.
The University of Delaware Library is committed to student success, scholarly research and inclusive excellence. The Library is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. The Library collaborates with strategic campus partners to achieve these priorities, as well as with national professional organizations including the Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Council on Library and Information Resources, Digital Library Federation, OCLC Research Partnership, SPARC, HathiTrust, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and the ACRL Diversity Alliance.
Benefits: 22 vacation days. Choice of 403B retirement plan with 11% of salary contributed by the University. Tuition remission for dependents and spouses, and course fee waiver for employee. Full information about University of Delaware benefits is available at: http://www.udel.edu/Benefits/
Appointment: Appointment expected at the rank of Assistant Librarian, pay grade 29E (less than 3 years professional experience), or Senior Assistant Librarian, pay grade 30E (3-8 years professional experience). This position is part of the librarian career ladder governed by the University of Delaware Library Rank and Promotion System that guides professional development and advancement.
To Apply: Include cover letter and resume, along with the names and contact information of three employment references, in a single document, following University of Delaware application instructions at http://www.udel.edu/udjobs/.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from minority group members, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html. Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.