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English Humanities Librarian and Literary Collections Curator, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Job Summary:

UW-Madison’s General Library System seeks creative, enthusiastic, and collaborative candidates for the English Humanities Librarian and Literary Collections Curator, a crucial position that supports literature, communication arts, and related disciplines on an active and vibrant campus. In addition to overseeing collection development, research services, instruction, and outreach activities in English humanities including literature, journalism, media, film, and theater, the English Humanities Librarian and Literary Collections Curator is responsible for curating several special collections related to literature. Reporting to the Director of Special Collections and Archives, this position is part of a division that includes library staff working in the arts, humanities, archives, and special collections.

The Libraries at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are dedicated to the practices of social justice, diversity, equality, and respect among our staff, students, collections, and services. We strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society and embrace diverse points of view as assets to the fabric of our community. All positions will be called on to contribute to building this environment.


  • Serves as library liaison to English humanities departments and provides research services, instruction, and outreach activities.
  • Develops collections in literature, journalism, media, film, and theater.
  • Within the Department of Special Collections, develops, curates, stewards, and promotes literary and related collections in a wide variety of formats including but not limited to rare books, manuscripts and archival materials and serials.
  • Within the Department of Special Collections, advises on the cataloging, description, preservation, and management of collections, including rare books, manuscripts, and archival materials and serials.
  • Within the Department of Special Collections, provides highly specialized public services including research support, instruction, and outreach, which includes exhibits and social media.
  • Participates in external fundraising and donor relations.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background – people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Master’s Degree
Bachelor’s degree required. MLS or equivalent degree required.


Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of three years working in research libraries.
  • Experience in library instruction.
  • Experience in research support.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in literature or a related field.
  • Experience working in a special collections library.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of collection development.
  • Experience in outreach.
  • Strong communication skills.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Typical schedule is Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00, with occasional evenings and weekends. Hybrid schedule is typically 60% onsite and 40% remote.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $58,000 ANNUAL (12 months), Depending on Qualifications

Additional Information:

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e., a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without the need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

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