English Humanities Librarian and Literary Collections Curator
University of Wisconsin Madison
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Internal Number: 293412-AS
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.
Provides a wide variety of the most advanced professional library services which may include teaching, learning, public services, circulation, assessment, reference, selection, and outreach to support creative exploration, intellectual growth, and scholarly pursuits. Serves as a resource to others and regularly solves complex problems based on advanced knowledge and expertise. Initiates process improvements, policy changes, and new initiatives to contribute towards continual improvement in services and operations.
15% Serves as a liaison to academic disciplines and/or other campus units providing information on collections, instructional and research support, and library services
5% Cultivates and maintains productive relationships with donors, collectors, vendors, and professional colleagues
10% Obtains materials, resolves issues, and answers questions that are complex and highly specialized in nature
15% Designs, develops, delivers, and assesses instruction in a variety of formats to faculty, staff, students, and other patrons
10% Provides specialized services utilizing a high level of expertise on a broad range of disciplines or in a designated discipline area
10% Oversees day-to-day functions of one or more library operations or services
5% Serves as a resource to other librarians and staff outside of their unit on a regular basis
10% Initiates and solicits input to modify policies, procedures, and assessment tools to improve workflows and/or user experiences
10% Serves on committees to advance librarianship at the campus, local, and/or state and national levels
10% Develops, curates, and manages collections
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.
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.
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
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.
How to Apply:
A cover letter and resume are required. Contact Melissa Ortiz (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. All applications must be submitted through the Jobs at UW applicant system. Click on 'Apply Now' to submit your materials. References will be collected from finalists at the time of the interviews.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been a catalyst for the extraordinary since its founding in 1848. Our students, staff, and faculty partake in world-class education and conduct prolific research that solves real-world problems. Our guiding principle is the Wisconsin Idea, a commitment to outreach that creates a better future for our state, our nation, and the world. We value the contributions of each person and recognize that diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation.