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English Studies Librarian and Research Commons Librarian

Notice of Vacancy May 5, 2017. Applications should be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 9, 2017.


Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 9 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats. Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, extensive assessment efforts and diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.


The English Studies and Research Commons Librarian reports to the Head of the Research Commons. The Research Commons is an active, flexible, experimental space that is designed to enhance community and support the collaborative needs of UW students, faculty, and staff. The Research Commons provides a sandbox for testing new program models that are designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and encourage the sharing of research. Services offered include consultations and workshops targeted at graduate and upper-level undergraduate students, and include support for funding, writing, design, digital scholarship and citation management. The Research Commons is a unit of the Reference and Research Services Department, which includes seven other units and many of the subject librarians in the humanities, international studies, sciences, and social sciences.


The University of Washington Libraries seeks an energetic English Studies and Research Commons Librarian committed to providing a range of services and collections. The English Studies Librarian serves as subject librarian for the English Department, and is responsible for outreach to students and faculty in the assigned department, insuring that they are provided with quality collection development, research and consultation assistance, and instruction. The librarian plays a leadership role in the provision of digital humanities services and programs in collaboration with the Digital Scholarship Librarian and the Head of the Research Commons. In the role of Research Commons Librarian, supervises the Help Desk’s student staff and collaborates with the Head of the Research Commons to provide forward-thinking programs and services aimed primarily toward upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.


• Initiates and establishes liaison relationships with faculty, students, and staff in the Department of English, providing instruction, reference, and consultation services, and participating in departmental activities. Creates and maintains research guides and other tools in English Literature.
• Selects print and electronic materials to support research and the graduate and undergraduate-level programs in the English Department. Collaborates with other humanities librarians on the Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma campuses to develop the libraries’ collections.
• Works with the Digital Scholarship Librarian, humanities and fine arts librarians, and other appropriate staff to support faculty and students engaged in digital humanities initiatives. May represent the Libraries to centers on campus engaged in digital humanities projects.
• Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates the Research Commons student staff and participates in the hiring and training of a team of graduate student assistants.
• Assists the Head of the Research Commons in planning, managing, and coordinating research support services and programming and seeking new partnership opportunities. In collaboration with subject librarians, the Digital Scholarship Librarian, and campus partners, initiates programming related to digital humanities.
• Participates in providing information and reference service through the Libraries’ chat service.



• Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.
• One to two years of experience providing public services in an academic library
• Undergraduate or graduate degree in English or Creative Writing, or another humanities discipline.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the work place.
• Knowledge of or interest in resources and contemporary research issues in the field of English Studies.
• Evidence of the ability to work independently and with others in a demanding and rapidly changing environment where consultation, collaboration, and cooperation are valued and essential.
• Experience in planning and/or providing information literacy instruction.
• Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills; evidence of strong written and oral communication skills.


• Graduate degree in English or Creative Writing, or another humanities discipline.
• Evidence of planning and providing information literacy instruction programs in an academic library.
• Knowledge of or interest in digital humanities and the tools and technology that support it.
• Experience in supervising student staff or evidence of interest in and ability to work with and develop student staff.
• Reference experience in an academic library.
• Collection development experience or knowledge of the principles of collection development.
• Demonstrated experience working creatively, collaboratively, and effectively with colleagues, faculty, and students.


$50,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.


Position will be at rank of Assistant or Senior Assistant Librarian, depending on qualifications and background.


Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 26 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax.


To apply for this position, please submit the following information to libhr@uw.edu:

• Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Director, Libraries Human Resources).
• Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements).
• List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses).
• Please use "Librarian Application: English Studies Librarian and Research Commons Librarian " in the subject heading.
• Please submit all components in a single, multi-page PDF document. All submissions will be maintained in a secure, password protected online file space during the course of the search. Campus constituents may have access to some material, including CVs.



To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, June 9, 2017.

University of Washington Libraries Home Page is http://www.lib.washington.edu

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the University is required to verify and document the citizenship or employment authorization of each new employee.

For questions about this position, or questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lillard at libhr@uw.edu.