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Humanities Librarian
University of Kansas

Date Posted Nov. 22, 2021
Title Humanities Librarian
University University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS, United States
Department Libraries-General
Application Deadline January 2, 2022
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Library Sciences (all categories)

This position has the option of a hybrid work arrangement. Incumbent may work remotely and on campus based on a set departmental schedule.

KU Libraries seeks an individual to support the research and curricular needs of faculty, staff, and students with a particular emphasis on the Humanities.

The Humanities Librarian is a member of the Research & Learning unit, which is dedicated to supporting the research and teaching enterprise of the University of Kansas. The successful candidate will be a key contributor to advancing the libraries’ goals to integrate information literacy into the curriculum, establish new modes of instruction, and cultivate partnerships in support of student success and retention. The librarian works with academic programs, departments and centers to support researchers at all levels throughout the lifecycle. This position also works collaboratively with the Content Development Department to proactively evaluate and promote innovative and inclusive approaches to develop collections in Humanities disciplines, including English Literature, Religion, Philosophy, and Classics. This position reports to the Head of the Center for Faculty Initiatives & Engagement.

We encourage candidates who meet the minimum requirements to apply and support their professional development to grow and improve in this position.

The University of Kansas Libraries support a safe and inclusive environment for all members of our diverse communities at KU. We are committed to building a diverse and pluralistic workforce and strongly encourage applications from diverse candidates. This position will demonstrate a commitment to advancing diversity efforts in the libraries and contributes to an inclusive environment.

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position. Rank considerations are based on professional performance, research, and service experience sufficient to qualify for appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian or Associate Librarian.

See the Libraries Criteria for Academic Ranks document:

Additional information about the Libraries promotion and tenure procedures can be found at the following website:…

Job Description

Professional Responsibilities (70%)
Collaborates with librarians, faculty, and instructors in Humanities disciplines to teach research skills by developing course integrated instruction, assignments, and assessment tools that evaluate learning outcomes. Provides research support to faculty, students, researchers, visiting scholars, and the general public whose research relates to Humanities disciplines, in collaboration with Libraries colleagues, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities and university partners.
Responds to instructional and research needs across disciplines as part of the Research & Learning team. The librarian promotes the integration of information literacy into the curriculum, measures student learning outcomes, and assesses programming in support of student success. In collaboration with colleagues, supports researcher needs through consultations and training across disciplines. Participates in services and program development such as Research Sprints, Information Literacy Mini-Grants, Software Carpentry, and systematic reviews.
Builds, evaluates, and assesses collections through review and selection of materials related to assigned disciplines, including English, Literature, Religion, Philosophy, and Classics. This includes monitoring approval plans, reviewing journal package and database renewals, collection reviews and relevant subject guides. Uses data to analyze and improve how our collections represent diverse voices, and how well our collections serve the needs of diverse campus communities and constituents.
Communicates issues implicit in scholarly communication and open access in discussions with colleagues within and beyond the KU community.
Works collaboratively as a member of project teams and other groups to advance the libraries’ strategic priorities.
Demonstrates a commitment to advancing diversity efforts in the libraries and contributes to an inclusive environment. KU Libraries embraces diversity and inclusion and this position will contribute to a climate that supports and reflects our community of students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds.
Research (20%)
Contributes to the profession’s collective knowledge by engaging in scholarly research activity.
Research may involve the publication of articles, books, book reviews, grant-supported inquiry, or editorial work (see Discipline Expectations for Library Faculty at KU✎ EditSign).
Service (10%)
Engages in service to the Libraries, the University and to professional organizations by participating in committee work, projects, and other contributory achievements.

Required Qualifications

ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library/Information Science or equivalent from a foreign institution by date of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications

Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and a desire to work in and foster a collaborative, respectful culture.
Experience or coursework related to integration of information literacy into student learning.
Experience or coursework related supporting academic research in the humanities and related fields.
Demonstrated ability to learn new tools and skills to support digital research methods.
Familiarity with contemporary collection development principles and methods, and emerging trends in scholarly communications.

Contact Information to Applicants

Mike Broadwell,

Additional Candidate Instruction

A complete online application includes:
Cover letter addressing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications.
Contact information for three professional references (including at least one previous or current supervisor).
Completion of the online application.
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less:
Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Application review begins Monday, January 3, 2022. To ensure consideration, apply no later than Sunday, January 2, 2022.

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