Monday, September 19, 2011

Humanities Librarian


GRINNELL COLLEGE. The Grinnell College Libraries, 2011 winner in the College Library category of the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, seek a creative and collaborative Humanities Librarian who is passionate about fostering undergraduate learning, starting summer 2012.   Appointment as Assistant or Associate Professor possible. Grinnell College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college. The College's curriculum is founded on a strong advising system and close student-faculty interaction, with few college-wide requirements beyond the completion of a major.  The College places a high priority on information literacy and the Libraries are integrally involved with student education through teaching, consultation, and development of collections and tools necessary for conducting inquiry. The Humanities Librarian will serve as academic liaison for Classics, French, German, Music, and Russian, providing faculty contact, reference consultation with students and faculty, information literacy teaching, and collection development.  All librarians at Grinnell College also participate in the Libraries' general reference and instruction program, including regularly scheduled hours at the reference desk. The Humanities Librarian will also have leadership responsibility, beyond her or his liaison areas, for developing strategies for promoting library services and collections to faculty, students, and staff. In addition, the Humanities Librarian will have leadership responsibility for developing – in partnership with other groups on campus and in the greater Grinnell community – library-based co-curricular educational programming such as student and faculty readings, lectures, and performances. Grinnell College librarians and staff work in a highly collaborative environment and are organized into four overlapping functional clusters; leadership of each cluster is shared by small teams of librarians and staff. Grinnell College librarians hold faculty status and rank with renewable multi-year contracts; they are evaluated on job performance (including teaching), scholarship, and service. Salary range $49,000 or higher, depending on qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree accredited by the American Library Association;
  • Work experience in an academic library;
  • Experience with and commitment to reference service and information literacy instruction;
  • Academic background in the humanities;
  • Working knowledge of the language, literature and culture of one or more of the following: French, German, Classical Greek, Latin, or Russian;
  • Familiarity with social media such as Facebook or Twitter and other Internet-based communication tools;
  • Preferred: experience with marketing or promotion
  • Preferred: working knowledge of the literature of music scholarship and performance

In letters of application, candidates should discuss their interest in developing as a teacher and scholar in an undergraduate, liberal-arts college that emphasizes close student-faculty interaction. They also should discuss what they can contribute to efforts to cultivate a wide diversity of people and perspectives, a core value of Grinnell College. To be assured of full consideration, all application materials should be received by December 9, 2011. Please submit applications online by visiting our application website at Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vita, and contact information for three professional references including current supervisor. Official transcripts will be required of candidates selected for an on-campus interview. Questions about this search should be directed to the search chair, Richard Fyffe, Librarian of the College at or 641-269-3351.

Grinnell College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified individuals who collectively reflect the diversity of the nation. No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, religion, creed, or disability. For further information about Grinnell College, see our website at and

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