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Success and Engagement Librarian

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 12, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership, Other Education, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Other Professional Fields, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries seek a collaborative and strategic individual to serve as Success and Engagement Librarian. This is an entry-level, teaching-professor-track, faculty position that will be hired at the Teaching Assistant Professor rank and report to the Researcher Engagement Section Lead. The Success and Engagement Librarian will be a member of the Libraries’ Researcher Engagement Section, in the Researcher and Collections Engagement Team, which is part of the Success and Engagement Chapter. Please see the Libraries’ organizational chart .

The Success and Engagement Librarian is a generalist position. Duties include participating in all six pillars of liaison responsibilities to support one department permanently, as well as varied departments and programs temporarily during liaison librarian leaves and other gaps in coverage: collection development, instruction, relationship building, reference/consultation, subject expertise, and advocacy. The Success and Engagement Librarian will engage in reference, instruction, and outreach services in multiple campus locations, as appropriate; participate in teams and short-term working groups in support of projects that support the mission of the Libraries; participate in the collegial administration of the Researcher and Collections Engagement Team; and perform duties as assigned by the Team and Section leads. This position’s responsibilities will include some research and service. Additionally, an essential element of this position is participation in building an inclusive campus environment and the Success and Engagement Librarian will participate in the Libraries’ Commitment to Diversity and Inclusive Excellence , contributing to cultivating inclusive Libraries and campus environments. The successful candidate will support Libraries connections with students, scholars, educators, and staff in departments and programs, providing consultation on research strategies, emerging scholarship methods, and critical information practices, both individually, and in collaboration with Libraries colleagues. This will include facilitating learning opportunities to support student, scholar, and educator engagement with emerging methods, mediums, and tools.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are


We are a knowledge catalyst. We fuel inquiry, discovery, collaboration, creation, and the dissemination of knowledge. We welcome everyone, wherever they are on their educational journey.


An information-empowered world.


Empower | Connect | Learn | Inspire

Our values define our interactions within the Libraries and radiate outwardly. This means that we develop a culture that compassionately and authentically embodies our values in all aspects of our work.

Diversity Statement

We affirm diversity and inclusive excellence to be vitally integral to the Libraries’ mission and vision. We strive to model this in recruitment and retention, building collections, and offering services and spaces to develop a receptive social, intellectual, and physical environment for all. Learn more about our dedication to diversity and inclusivity .

The University Libraries encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job and that person may be one who comes from a less traditional background. As you review the qualifications, please think about how your qualifications are transferable if (at first) they do not seem directly related. Share how your skills translate in your cover letter. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t meet every preferred qualification.

About the University and Libraries

As the flagship University of a multi-campus system in the State of Colorado, CU Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country. As one of 36 U.S. public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)—and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region—we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies.

CU Boulder is committed to Colorado communities through collaborative research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Our faculty, staff and students work with the broader community to establish unique connections that have lasting outcomes—both across Colorado and around the world. Today, with our sights set on becoming the standard for the outstanding comprehensive public research universities of the new century, we strive to serve the people of Colorado and to engage with the world through excellence in our teaching, research, creative work, and service. The CU Systemwide Lands Recognition Statement, arrived at after connecting with Native American groups on all CU campuses, as well as with campus chief diversity officers, chancellors and system leadership, is available at .

The University Libraries faculty and staff are diverse, talented, and passionate people who share this vision and mission. Librarians participate at all levels of the campus and hold full faculty status and rank. The Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries and hold the largest collection in the Rocky Mountain region with over 12 million books, periodicals, government publications, audiovisual materials, microforms, maps, manuscripts, papers, and computer-based resources. The Libraries faculty and staff collaborate internally, with colleagues beyond the campus and with our clients to advance information literacy, intellectual freedom, lifelong learning, the disciplinary growth of information, and the amplification of knowledge.

About Boulder, Colorado

Boulder and the surrounding area are known as one of the best places to live because of the spectacular setting, acres of open space, and vibrant atmosphere. At 5,430 feet above sea level, acres of vast open space entwine into Boulder's cityscape nestled into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Home to approximately 90,000 residents, Boulder has a mild, dry climate with more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Boulder offers activities for every interest. In 2021, the Boulder City Council voted unanimously to adopt the city’s Racial Equity Plan , a document that puts forth the city’s commitment to change with actions and measurable outcomes to advancing racial equity, while facing the history and policies that have impacted people of color. Penfield Tate II, the City of Boulder’s first Black mayor elected in 1974, is quoted as saying, “The measure of a great city and a great country is not the size of its greenbelt but how it treats its people.”

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Collection Development: leverages their subject expertise, relationships, and interactions to inform building collections that are responsive to community needs.
  • Instruction: builds information literacy teaching and learning into the University curriculum related to specific disciplines, areas, competencies, or techniques.
  • Relationship Building: builds bridges between the libraries and the university community while partnering with internal collaborators to connect people to the full range of the libraries’ resources and services.
  • Reference/Consultation: advises and guides researchers in their areas of expertise to enable learning and connect users to library resources and services
  • Provides reference services in multiple library locations on campus.
  • Subject Expertise: Understands subject and disciplinary needs and how those relate to the curricular, programmatic, research, and teaching needs of the faculty and students within their assigned subject areas
  • Advocacy: leverages their subject expertise and area relationships to translate and advocate for library priorities to their liaison areas
  • Collaboration: contributes to cross-section/-team/-chapter group initiatives and activities.
  • Other: as relevant or assigned by the Section or Team leads.
What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement . New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The successful candidate will be appointed as full-time (12 month) teaching-professor-track faculty member at the Teaching Assistant Professor rank. The salary range is $67,000-$71,000. Relocation assistance is available for those who qualify.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

Be Statements
Be creative. Be resourceful. Be Boulder.

What We Require
  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent, or a relevant combination of professional library experience and terminal degree(s) in a related field(s).
  • Ability to advocate for, participate in, and cultivate environments that support diversity, respect, and inclusion.
  • Commitment to providing highly responsive teaching and learning practices.
  • Dedication to addressing the information needs of students, scholars, and educators.
  • Commitment to awareness and understanding of scholarly communication issues and trends.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Commitment to responding flexibly and effectively to the shifting needs and priorities of colleagues, the Libraries, and Libraries constituents.
What You Will Need
  • Experience engaging in collaborative projects and programs locally, regionally, nationally, or internationally.
  • Experience providing individual and centralized reference service and research consultation in an academic or research library.
What We Would Like You To Have
  • Experience participating in collection development in an academic or research library.
  • Experience providing innovative learning opportunities and/or instruction in an academic or research library.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  • A cover letter of application specifically addressing qualifications for the position.
  • CV/Resume.
  • Diversity Statement. This should be a brief (1-2 pages) discussion of your vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion relating to the responsibilities of this position and within the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries in general. (The Libraries’ Commitment to Diversity and Inclusive Excellence is here . The CU Boulder Campus Definition of Inclusive Excellence is here .) This statement could include a statement of values, relevant information about one’s background and experiences, ideas for serving a diverse campus community, particularly in libraries, or plans for bringing new points of view to your librarianship, research, and service. Be as specific as possible.
References will be requested at a later stage in the search process.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. It is recommended that applications be submitted by August 16th, 2022 in order to receive full consideration.

Questions may be directed to George Karpoff, Search Coordinator, at George.Karpoff@Colorado.EDU .

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs .

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