English and American Literature, Folklore and Film Studies Librarian

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Library/Physical/Social Science
Department:55020100 - LB-HUM / SOC SCI-CHAIR

Classification Title:

Assistant/Associate University Librarian

Job Description:

The English and American Literature, Folklore and Film Studies Librarian [The English Librarian] is a year-round (12 month) tenure track library faculty position responsible for the overall development, management and coordination of the George A. Smathers Libraries resources in all formats for the these subject areas. The position supports the University’s academic programs including interdisciplinary humanities programs supported by the University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Responsibilities include analyzing the University’s programs in English and American Literature, Folklore and Film Studies, and collaborating with librarians and academic faculty to establish collection profiles, selection guidelines, and preservation, location and cataloging priorities; and evaluating existing collection strengths and current collecting intensities. In collaboration with the Library West Humanities and Social Sciences selectors, this position builds the English and American Literature, Folklore and Film Studies reference collection. This position manages specialized subject area reference services, library instruction, and online database services. This position provides general reference and instruction services to students, faculty, staff, and visitors at the Library West Research Assistance Desk, as well as online through the Ask-A-Librarian chat and texting service, email and via telephone queries.

The library encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the English Librarian will serve on various committees and teams. To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the English Librarian will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in work activities. The English Librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.


  1. Communicates with appropriate academic faculty. Keeps informed of the development of academic programs and faculty interest to ensure that the Libraries’ collections and services support curriculum and research needs, and informs clientele about relevant Libraries’ issues.
  2. Defines goals, establishes objectives, plans and manages budgets, and coordinates collection development activities with other subject specialists, and librarians, with respect to resources for the English and American Literature, Folklore, Film Studies, and cognate collections.
  3. Analyzes the English and American Literature, Folklore and Film Studies collection development program activities and provides reports, strategies, assessments, and studies or surveys as required.
  4. Participates in the Humanities and Social Sciences general reference program, and acts as the collection management coordinator for the English and American Literature, Folklore and Film Studies Reference Collection.
  5. Responsible for advanced reference and research consultation in support of English and American Literature, Folklore and Film Studies, including the development of LibGuides and other online resources.
  6. Participates in appropriate professional development and continuing education endeavors and engages in scholarly service and research resulting in publication.
  7. Liaises and collaborates with faculty, students, researchers and other departments to further library digital scholarship initiatives & partnerships.
  8. Participates in Library fundraising efforts.
  9. Performs scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with tenure and promotion criteria.
Advertised Salary:

Minimum salary at the Assistant University Librarian rank is $54,035

Minimum salary at the Associate University Librarian rank is $62,500

Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials

Minimum Requirements:
  1. Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, or equivalent professional experience plus advanced degree in subject specialty.
  2. Appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank requires eight years of relevant post graduate degree experience.
  3. Familiarity with scholarly literature of English and American Literature, and either familiarity or interest in folklore and film studies.
  4. Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
  5. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team within a culturally diverse user community of faculty, students, staff, administrators, and the general public.
  6. Competence with information technologies and demonstrated effectiveness in integrating technology with traditional services and resources.
  7. Flexible and forward-thinking approach to challenges and opportunities.
  8. Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as strong presentation skills.
  9. Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion (outlined at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/pers/cdh)
Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Advanced degree in a related field in the humanities.
  2. Working knowledge of a second language.
  3. Experience in the digital humanities.
  4. Sound knowledge of collection management, reference, and instructional practices and standards.
  5. Experience with and/or demonstrated enthusiasm for in-person and online instruction.
  6. Experience managing collections in an academic or research library.
  7. Experience providing reference and/or instructional services related to humanities, English and American Literature, Folklore and Film Studies in an academic or research library environment.
  8. Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) a written statement discussing the trends in research libraries affecting the study of English and American Literature. (250 words); 3) your current resume or CV; and 4) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email). Apply by November 30, 2017 (applications will be reviewed as received). Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact Bonnie Smith, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at bonniesmith@ufl.edu.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.  The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida's 'Government in the Sunshine' and Public Records Laws.  Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

Health Assessment Required: No


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