American University Library invites applications from innovative,
energetic, and service-oriented librarians to fill a library
continuing appointment faculty position for the College of Arts and
Sciences [CAS], beginning Spring 2024, subject to budgetary
approval. Rank will be dependent upon experience and stature in the
field at either assistant or associate level.
The Humanities and Social Sciences
Librarian will be the point person for research assistance,
information literacy instruction, and collection development in
support of the following departments within the College of Arts and
Sciences [CAS]: Anthropology; Critical Race, Gender and Culture
Studies; History; Jewish Studies; Literature; Philosophy and
Religion; Sociology; World Languages and Culture. (The specific
departments supported may change as a result of changes in the
College of Arts and Sciences). The Humanities and Social Sciences
Librarian will work closely with the faculty and administration of
the CAS departments to ensure that the University Library is able
to meet their research and pedagogical needs and to increase
awareness of library resources and services. In collection
development, the Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian reviews
and selects research materials to support faculty and student
research in Anthropology; Critical Race, Gender and Culture
Studies; History; Literature; Philosophy and Religion; Sociology;
World Languages and Culture, and actively engages with vendors.
This position provides high-level subject-specific research
assistance to CAS faculty and students, as well as basic research
assistance to all students and faculty. The Humanities and Social
Sciences Librarian teaches subject-specific instruction sessions
and participates in baseline information literacy instruction for
all students. The Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian creates
appropriate online tools to support CAS students and faculty and
supports interdisciplinary initiatives across academic units, for
example, research centers, that require expertise in humanities and
social sciences librarianship. This position serves on library
cross-functional teams and participates in decisions that affect
the overall research materials collection. The Humanities and
Social Sciences Librarian assists all relevant entities in
self-studies and reaccreditation.
The Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian is the coordinator for
library services for American University’s Honors program,
including the Frederick Douglas Distinguished Scholars Program. As
such, the Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian serves on
appropriate university committees.
The Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian is a member of
Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) and reports to the Associate
Director of RTL. As a member of RTL, the Humanities and Social
Sciences Librarian also participates in broader initiatives as part
of the library.
Library faculty members participate in university governance
activities. The Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian also
consult regularly with CAS teaching faculty and administrators. The
Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian actively supports DEI
initiatives within the University Library and within CAS.
Continuing Appointment library faculty members are expected to
contribute to the profession of librarianship and to participate in
campus-wide and library-wide activities.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities (80%):
Provide Information Literacy Instruction:
Provide Research Support and Outreach Services to the CAS and
Social Sciences Community:
- Support CAS by teaching integrated information literacy
sessions for undergraduate and graduate classes within the
supported CAS departments.
- Work with CAS faculty in supported departments to develop
instructional materials for information literacy,e.g.
tutorials, course LibGuides, and rubrics.
- As a liaison to Anthropology; Critical Race, Gender, and
Culture Studies; History; Jewish Studies; Literature; Philosophy
and Religion; Sociology; World Languages and Culture, work with
appropriate committees, administrators, and faculty to incorporate
information literacy learning objectives and intervention
appropriately into the curriculum.
- Teach baseline information literacy skills to Writing Studies
- Participate in departmental information literacy initiatives as
a member of RTL, e.g. walk-in workshops, assessment and analysis
projects, and pedagogical explorations, other instruction as
Curate the Humanities and Social Sciences Collection
- Partner with the CAS Humanities and Social Sciences community
to discover information resources and data through consulting with
students and faculty on research projects, providing research
assistance, facilitating access to online resources, and finding
information resources through individual consultations (in person
and online) and through email.
- Support any student or faculty member, regardless of
departmental affiliation, with consultations concerning advanced
subject-specific research requiring humanities or social sciences
- Provide consultations on best practices and resources to
accomplish research activities.
- Work with appropriate stakeholders to develop new library
programs to best serve the research needs of CAS Humanities and
Social Sciences faculty and students, such as services that support
- Participate in department-wide services to the broader AU
community and public with basic research assistance.
- Participate in outreach programs in person and online. Provide
support and outreach to research centers.
Develop and Manage Web Based Resources
- Purchase materials required to support the curriculum of the
Anthropology; Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies; History;
Jewish Studies; Literature; Philosophy and Religion; Sociology;
World Languages and Culture departments, the research of the
faculty, and the long-term research needs of the university as
related to resources related to humanities and social
- Appropriately de-select or cease subscriptions to information
resources due to the budget, the curriculum, the research needs of
the faculty, long-term commitments to the regional and national
intellectual record, and trends in publishing.
- Participate in decisions affecting the overall university
library collections, except special collections and archives.
- Consult with stakeholders on any changes to the enterprise
systems that impact access to Humanities and Social Sciences
Service to the Profession (10%):
- Potential supervisory responsibilities
- The Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian may be asked to
perform other duties as operational needs arise.
Participate in advancing the profession of Librarianship or an
academic field within the Humanities and Social Sciences through
original research, relevant service to professional and scholarly
societies, publications, or impactful presentations in professional
or scholarly venues.
Service to the University (10%):
Participate in the shared governance of American University and
American University Library through active participation on
university and library committees and engagement in work that
meaningfully furthers the university and library outside of the
primary duties of the position.
An ALA-accredited M.L.S and professional experience in an academic
or research institution are highly preferred. Deep knowledge of
current and emerging ideas, practices, trends, and technologies
that support Humanities and Social Science librarianship. Ability
to understand, anticipate, and respond to priorities and trends in
the library, university, and academia regarding humanities and
social science librarianship. Must be able to work independently
and collaboratively. Other essential qualifications include
demonstrated research assistance experience or training; evidence
of potential for professional contributions and ongoing
professional development; outstanding interpersonal and
communication skills; strong public service ethic; and
collaborative skills. To be successful in the position, candidates
will possess the ability to shift priorities in a rapidly changing
environment; to work across a broad-based constituency; to
communicate a positive library image; and to have an awareness of
current concerns and developments in librarianship.
Salary: $70,000- $75,000
Position available: Review of applications will begin immediately
and will continue until the position is filled.
ABOUT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
The American University Library www.american.edu/library
serves the AU community through a collection of more than 1,700,000
print and electronic book titles and 180,000 media and sound
recordings. Notable collections include a branch music library, a
strong visual media collection, special collections and university
archives, a K-12 curriculum materials center, and partner
collections across campus including the Career Center, the Center
for Language Exploration, Acquisition, and Research, and the Visual
Resource Center. AU Library has affiliate collections at the
Washington College of Law and at the Wesley Theological Seminary.
The AU Library collection totals over 184,000 journal subscriptions
in all subjects. The Library has 20 library faculty, 88 full-time
staff and other professionals, and about 125 student assistants.
The library's budget is about $17 million. The American University
Library is an active member of the Washington Research Library
Consortium, and it holds membership in LOCKSS, SPARC, the Patriot
League Libraries Group and the University Libraries Group.
American University Library is a Founding Member of the Diversity
Alliance for Academic Libraries.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
American University values open and honest inquiry, servant
leadership, and the affirmation of the human dignity of all.
American University envisions a thriving community where
individuals of all identities and experiences are understood,
appreciated, and fully included, and where equitable treatment,
opportunities, and outcomes prevail. AU’s plan for Inclusive
Excellence, adopted in January 2018, reflects the University’s
commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion—the cornerstone for
achieving institutional and educational excellence. To learn more
about how AU is infusing diversity, equity, and inclusion at a
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an inclusive, welcoming, and adaptable environment for the
community. The Library recognizes that this is an ongoing process
and aims to engage in diversity and inclusion as more than just
numeric representation. The Library will continue to work on
intentionally diversifying its services and collections in
meaningful ways and to provide an inclusive environment for
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