Friday, November 13, 2009

Librarian and Professional Positions

The University of Michigan Library seeks innovative librarians to join a dynamic, collegial team engaged in advancing research, collections, teaching, and learning in a client-oriented environment. Successful candidates for our positions will balance a wide range of service-oriented activities from reference services to collection development to electronic resource management to outreach and teaching.

Humanities and Social Sciences Subject Specialists
The Graduate Library Reference Department seeks creative, client-centered, advanced subject librarians to support the research, teaching, and learning of faculty and students in the English Language and Literature, History, and American Culture departments. As a liaison to one or more of these prominent academic departments, the subject specialist will assume direct responsibility for collection development, reference and research consultation, and instruction to a diverse community of faculty and students engaged in scholarship and study typically centered in one or more of the following disciplines: American Culture, American History, American Literature, British History, British Literature, Comparative Literature, French History, or Religious Studies. Candidates with relevant background in these subject areas, and strong interest in the opportunities and challenges for scholarship and teaching posed by our digital era, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Outreach Librarian and Curator
The Special Collections Library seeks an experienced, user-centered, specialist to invite and support teaching and learning of faculty, students, and others using its collections. The person in this position will promote the use of collections in appropriate courses through direct contact with departments and individual faculty, as well as with subject liaisons among librarian colleagues. The position also holds responsibility for curating collections in the humanities and participating in the general public service work of the unit. The successful candidate will bring to the position a deep knowledge of book history and book arts and a passion for sharing that knowledge, and will have the ability to function as part of a collegial, dynamic, and creative team within the Special Collections Library and the University Library.

Head of Electronic Acquisitions and Licensing Unit
In keeping pace with the fast changing trends in technologies related to the delivery of full-text scholarly resources, the Technical Services Division is seeking an innovative and energetic librarian to coordinate the Library’s electronic resource licensing and acquisitions efforts. With a service-oriented outlook, this librarian will work directly with colleagues library-wide to manage a complex and rapidly expanding e-resources collection. We seek a librarian interested in exploring the following: Development of an electronic resource management system; design of a flexible and efficient ordering and licensing workflow; Impact of archival and perpetual rights on collection development decisions; new standards for acquisitions and licensing metadata.

The University of Michigan, a leader in undergraduate and graduate education and one of the world’s premier research universities, has prominent faculty, rigorous academic programs, and a diverse cultural and social environment. Recent leadership examples include the launch of HathiTrust (, an unparalleled opportunity for the creation of new services in support of the teaching, learning, and research mission of the University; facility upgrades in support of undergraduate learning, writing, and research; launching of a new video archives collection; and our successful outreach efforts in support of medical clinical staff in support of evidence-based medicine. Situated in the heart of Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan is in a unique urban area with a small-town atmosphere and a vibrant cultural and intellectual sensibility.

Individuals with interest in and appropriate qualifications for one or more of these positions are encouraged to apply. For more information about specific responsibilities and qualifications, please visit To apply, send application (cover letter and resume) as email attachments to Robert Campe at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory, affirmative action employer.

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