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Librarian for Africana and International Studies

University of Kansas
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 4, 2023
Job Title

Librarian for Africana and International Studies



Primary Campus

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Job Description

*This position has the option of a hybrid work arrangement. Incumbent may work remotely and on campus based on a set departmental schedule.
  • Builds, evaluates, and assesses assigned collections through review and selection of materials related to Africana Studies (including Africa and the African Diaspora), with additional responsibilities for Francophone and Global & International Studies, including materials in African languages (e.g., Arabic, Kiswahili, Wolof, Yorùbá, etc.), English, French, Portuguese, Italian, German, and other languages as needed.
  • Works collaboratively with others in KU Libraries to develop, assess, and manage collections in multiple languages and subject areas.
  • Works collaboratively with faculty and other librarians to design, deliver, and assess a program of library instruction to undergraduate and graduate students in Africana Studies as well as Francophone and Global & International Studies.
  • Provides reference and consultation services to faculty, students, researchers, visiting scholars, and the general public across a variety of disciplines with interests and research related to Africana Studies as well as Francophone and Global & International Studies.
  • Serves as liaison to Kansas African Studies Center (KASC); the Department of African and African-American Studies (AAAS); the Department of French, Francophone, and Italian Studies; and the Center for Global International Studies.
  • Works collaboratively to develop and maintain website information, web-based research guides, and finding aids relevant to the areas supported.
  • Promotes awareness of Africa, the African Diaspora, and other cultures related to the areas supported, among the KU community and beyond. This may include assisting with film screenings, conferences, exhibitions, etc. Collaborates with IC staff on interdisciplinary, multi-region exhibitions.
  • Represents KU Libraries in regional, national, and international professional organizations relevant to Africana Studies and other relevant areas as needed. Participates in regional, national, and international consortial collaborations.
  • 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.
  • Engages in service to the Libraries, the University and to professional organizations by participating in committee work, projects, and other contributory achievements.
(Service and research percentages may not ordinarily be less than 5% each, and will generally total between 10% and 30%)

Req ID(Ex: 10567BR)



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Contact Information to Applicants

Tonia Morgan

Position Number


Required Qualifications

  1. ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent from a foreign institution by date of appointment.
  2. Minimum of two (2) years post-secondary coursework or equivalent work experience related to African studies and/or the African Diaspora.
  3. Working knowledge of one (1) or more African languages, as evidenced by application materials.
  4. Working knowledge of English and French languages, as evidenced by application materials.

Employee Class


Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $58,000, final determination commensurate with experience



Position Overview

The Librarian for Africana and International Studies is part of a team of library professionals who serve the communities within the University that study world regions in a variety of disciplines. Reporting to the Head of International Collections (IC) in the Distinctive Collections Division, the incumbent will provide user-focused service and subject expertise for the interdisciplinary fields of Africana Studies (including Africa and the African diaspora), with additional responsibilities for Francophone and Global & International Studies.

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:



Application Review Begins


Anticipated Start Date


Additional Candidate Instruction

A complete online application includes:

  • Cover letter addressing how you meet the required qualifications.
  • Resume/CV.
  • 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, February 6, 2023 and continues until a pool of qualified candidates has been identified.

    International Collections

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