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FW: Humanities Librarian, University of Tennessee Libraries

  • 1.  FW: Humanities Librarian, University of Tennessee Libraries

    Posted 09-17-2019 22:18




    Humanities Librarian


    Appointment Rank:        Assistant Professor

    Department:                      Liaison Programs

    Reports To:                         Head, Liaison Programs

    Salary:                                  $52,000

    Available:                            January 1, 2020


    The University of Tennessee Libraries seeks an enthusiastic, collaborative and highly motivated individual to join our Liaison Programs team. This position advances the teaching and research missions of the University by proactively building partnerships and delivering responsive library expertise.


    This position provides in-depth consultation, engagement and instruction to the Department of History, Medieval Studies, and other humanities departments as assigned. The librarian develops instruction and engagement opportunities to reflect inclusive experiences, perspectives, and learning styles. The librarian maintains awareness of research needs and collaborates to deliver services and expertise to support the UT community throughout the research cycle. The successful candidate commits to cultivating close working relationships that serve the diverse needs of faculty, students, and staff while connecting them to library resources and services.

    The Humanities Liaison develops specialized expertise and services to support emerging scholarly communications trends that promote and support new forms of scholarship. This position supports undergraduate enrollment, retention, and success through the provision of research skills to promote employability and career success. The position serves as a resource to other liaisons at UT Libraries as they provide support for faculty and students across disciplines. 


    This position actively engages in team-based and library-wide liaison activities to develop a shared vision for library resources and services which align with the UTK Libraries' Strategic Plan.  


    Specific Duties: 

    • Proactively develop relationships with faculty, staff and students to understand and support their teaching, learning, and/or research needs
    • Collaborate throughout the library to identify and meet patron needs
    • Create effective ongoing channels of communication with departments
    • Ensure awareness of library services and collections through active outreach and engagement
    • Deliver customized and expert research consultations for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in relevant areas
    • Collaborate with other librarians to identify and support interdisciplinary research needs in the humanities and build related partnerships
    • Develop and deliver specialized instruction to undergraduates, graduates, and faculty in the humanities on finding, synthesizing, and presenting information
    • Maintain ongoing awareness of curricular and research needs of faculty and students
    • Build and maintain relevant collections by selecting, evaluating, and managing print, electronic, and media resources in assigned subject areas
    • Develop specialized expertise and services to support emerging scholarly communications trends to promote and support new forms of scholarship
    • Serve the institution and the profession through involvement in professional organizations and through cooperative efforts with other professionals and institutions
    • Engage in scholarly activity through publication, presentation, and other creative outlets



    The successful candidate must exhibit the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others to achieve common goals and demonstrate enthusiasm to meet dynamically changing needs within a culture of continuous learning.


    Required - 

    • Master's Degree from an ALA-accredited program 
    • Evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusion in a higher education setting
    • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to build relationships across professional and disciplinary areas
    • Proven commitment to customer service and user experience
    • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member


    Preferred - 

    • Demonstrated experience with scholarly communication trends and issues
    • Familiarity with LibGuides software or other web development tools
    • Familiarity with archival research methods
    • Background in a research library, and/or education in history or a related field of study



    The University of Tennessee Libraries serves the flagship campus of Tennessee's premier public research university. The University of Tennessee holds the Carnegie Foundation Research 1 designation, granted to doctoral universities with very high research activity.


    The UT Libraries supports the teaching, research, and service mission of the university and enhances the academic experience of each student at the Knoxville campus-through outstanding print and electronic collections, reference and instructional services, and top-notch facilities and technological resources. The John C. Hodges Library in the heart of campus houses the majority of the UT Libraries' collections and many unique services. Two branch libraries offer specialized collections and services: the Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library and the George F. DeVine Music Library.

    The UT Libraries is a national leader in digital collections; in support of open access though our digital repository, Trace; and through a rich history of designing innovative spaces and building key partnerships that enhance the teaching/learning enterprise. The UT Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, HathiTrust, the Library Publishing Coalition, LYRASIS, and the Center for Research Libraries. The UT Libraries collaborates actively at the state level with the other University of Tennessee System libraries as well as the libraries in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.


    The UT Libraries champions diversity in collections and staffing. The University of Tennessee is committed to creating a welcoming environment. More information about how we put our principles of civility and community into action is available at


    Additional information about this position and the UT community is available at



    Appointment at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor with a salary of $52,000.  Faculty rank and status; twelve-month, tenure-track appointment.  Library faculty must meet University requirements for promotion and tenure.

    Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days; choice of state retirement plan (TCRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) (VOYA, TIAA, VALIC) with nonrefundable contributions paid for the employee by the University; optional group health and life insurance plans.  Tuition remission is available for all university employees and partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent children and spouses of UT employees. Start-up funding in the amount of $10,000 allocated over a three-year period; annual support for travel & professional development.


    UT's Prospective Faculty Viewbook has information on academic support, personal support, and living in Knoxville.



    A background check and official transcripts are required prior to hiring.  In order to be considered for candidacy, you must submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a current resume or CV, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three recent references to: Elizabeth Greene, Executive Director, Libraries Administration and Human Resources, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000.  Application materials may be sent via email attachment to  Review of applications will begin October 1, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

    All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.