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English and Digital Humanities Librarian
English and Digital Humanities Librarian
Assistant Professor of Library Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a knowledgeable and dynamic individual to
provide library services for English Literature and Digital Humanities in a rapidly evolving academic
environment. Working closely with other librarians and stakeholders, the English and Digital Humanities
Librarian will take an active role in designing and implementing a new configuration for existing and
emerging library services for literature, languages and linguistics.
The position requires a diverse set of skills encompassing deep knowledge of the subject area,
instructional skills, the ability to master and keep up with constantly evolving technologies. The
individual must have the ability to work in a team setting and to demonstrate leadership in the face of
rapid change.
Duties and Responsibilities: Reporting to the Interim Head of the English Library, the English and
Digital Humanities Librarian is responsible for:
Building and curating collections in multiple formats in the area of literatures in English,
including relevant aspects of interdisciplinary campus programs such as Medieval Studies,
American Indian Studies, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Developing and providing instructional and reference services and materials in support of
teaching, learning, and research
Developing and implementing projects involving digital technologies in collaboration with other
subject librarians, teaching faculty and graduate students in various humanities fields
maintaining awareness of changing models in scholarly communications and evolving
technologies and standards in digital humanities and research.
The English and Digital Humanities Librarian will serve as a liaison to several campus departments and
programs, such as the Department of English, interdisciplinary programs listed above, the Illinois
Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and
Social Science (I-CHASS), and the Illinois Informatics Initiative (I3). The incumbent works closely with
librarians in other humanities disciplines, digital content services and the Scholarly Commons.
Qualifications: Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent
knowledge of trends, issues and resources in humanities research, experience in providing reference and
instructional services in an academic environment, experience in Web development excellent
interpersonal and written communication skills demonstrated ability to be flexible and collaborative in
the work environment preparation and commitment to conduct independent scholarship consistent with a
tenure-track faculty appointment and ability to meet the promotion &tenure requirements of the
University evidence of a commitment to professional development, research, and service.
Preferred: undergraduate or graduate degree in literature or other humanities discipline, working
knowledge of a Western European language.
Environment: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Library is a leader in the delivery
of user services, and active programs in information, instructional, access, and scholarly services help the
Library to maintain its place at the intellectual heart of the campus. The Library also holds one of the
preeminent research collections in the world, encompassing more than 11 million volumes and a total of
more than 23 million items. The Library is committed to maintaining the strongest collections and service
programs possible, and to engaging in research, development, and scholarly practice all of which
support the University’s missions of teaching, research, and public engagement. The Library employs
approximately 100 faculty members, and more than 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate
assistants. For more information, see: http://www.library.illinois.edu/
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