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Humanities Librarian (Black Studies/AAS), University of Rochester, (Rochester, NY)

The Humanities Librarian with a focus in Black Studies is responsible for leading and implementing programs and services that support the full lifecycle of research and learning (including collections) for faculty and students. As the Black Studies department emerges, upon hire, the incumbent will immediately play a broad student-facing role within a team of Humanities Librarians situated in a wider portfolio of librarian liaisons. Additional subject assignments will follow as needed within the Learning Initiatives department.
The incumbent is responsible for conducting activities relevant to research and teaching & learning, including but not exclusive of: understanding, anticipating, and fulfilling the research and learning needs of assigned departments and communities; planning and delivery of (typically) one-shot instructional sessions; holding individual and group research consultations; monitoring chat and e-mail reference questions; supporting the Humanities Librarians team in collection development efforts; and collaborating toward academic engagement events and activities like workshops, pop up presentations, and collection highlights. As a contributing member of the liaison librarian group, the incumbent will attend meetings and contribute to projects that advance the River Campus Libraries’ (RCL) teaching, learning, and research strategies.


Plan and develop materials to support research and teaching

  • Liaise with instructors and librarian colleagues to create course specific learning and research support materials
  • Collaborate to develop class workshops and events
  • Create multimodal information resources and asynchronous learning activities
  • Maintain LibGuides and contribute to relevant content for RCL’s website
Deliver information, digital, and data literacy skill building through course integration, targeted programming, and events

Work with instructors in designated subjects to deliver high-impact instruction
Collaborate to offer workshops and programming that support students’ and faculty’s learning and research needs, in alignment with RCL’s learning and research support strategies. Possible topics might include open educational resources, open pedagogy, digital scholarship tools and methodologies, or data management
Formulate programming for Rush Rhees Library

Leverage research expertise to support scholarship through consultations with students

  • Offer regular consultations for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty for research support including resource discovery, citation practices, data management, data analysis, open access, and research impact
  • Support specialized research through consultations related to data management, data analysis, open access, and research impact
  • Participate in on-call schedule to support virtual reference

Cultivate high quality collections

  • Build relationships with faculty and students, and participate in collection assessment activities, to responsibly allocate funds and respond to evolving patron needs
  • Collaborate with colleagues to promote and manage data purchasing and data grant programs
  • Manage collection development funds for assigned areas
  • Collaborate with Humanities, Social Sciences librarians, and Scholarly Resources & Curation team to develop high quality digital and print collections

Establish and maintain relationships and strong communication channels with designated departments

  • Communicate and translate key information about the library and its services with assigned departments
  • Engage in targeted outreach, which could include attending departmental events, holding departmental office hours, and regularly meeting with faculty and students to identify information needs
  • Conduct orientation sessions and tours for students and faculty in designated departments

Miscellaneous Duties

  • Participate in RCL-wide initiatives that advance the library’s mission toward customer service, research, learning, and collections
  • Maintain professional collaborations with River Campus Libraries colleagues and other campus constituencies
  • Contribute to the profession through active participation in conferences, associations, research, writing, etc.
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Post-graduate degree in library and information science from an A.L.A.-accredited institution   Degree or coursework in one or more fields related to this position
Experience or familiarity with research and instruction in an academic library setting
Experience developing and cultivating relationships and partnerships
Experience collaborating across disciplines/fields
Experience delivering high-impact initiatives and programs
Facilitation, training, or teaching experience
Cultural competency, recognizing users as unique individuals with personalized experiencesAbility to remain current in best practices related to student success in higher education
Knowledge of scholarly publishing and the library’s role within this landscapeFamiliarity with ACRL’s information literacy frameworkWorking knowledge of digital tools and methodologies that enhance the researcher/learner experience
Skills Communication and relationship-building skills, including the ability to negotiate and speak thoughtfully to specific needs/concernsDemonstrated commitment to teamwork/collaboration and ability to work effectively with a diverse campus communityOutstanding customer service
Competencies in information, digital, and/or data literacies, to support their capabilities (and those of their users) in assigned projects that support library and academic departmental needsCommitted to diversity and inclusion
Committed to life-long learning for themselves and for their users
Ability to see and leverage the connections between research, collections, and teaching/learning
Ability to look past one’s own assigned discipline to find connections across disciplines


All applicants must apply online via the University of Rochester jobsite (HRMS):

Job opening ID: 245991 Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&SiteId=1&FOCUS=Applicant&JobOpeningId=245991&PostingSeq=1