Arts and Humanities Librarian

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Job Description

LOCATION: Music Library



Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 9 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats. Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, extensive assessment efforts and diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.



The University of Washington Libraries seeks an enthusiastic librarian committed to providing responsive and innovative information services in support of the School of Music and the Comparative Literature Department’s Cinema and Media Studies Program. As a member of the Arts and Humanities Liaison Team, the position collaborates with a team of subject librarians to enhance liaison services for users, including reference, instruction, outreach, and collection development. This position has a particular emphasis on the development of digital humanities services, programs, and projects that highlight Libraries collections or support the work of the School of Music and the Cinema and Media Studies Program. The Arts and Humanities Librarian reports to the Head of the Music Library. The Music Library is one of eight branch libraries in the University of Washington Libraries system, holding over 70,000 books and scores, 46,000 recordings, other media, and subscriptions to approximately 300 periodicals. The Music Library manages a Listening Center and the Ethnomusicology Archives. The successful candidate will have the capacity to thrive in an exciting, ambiguous, future-oriented Libraries environment, and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.



  • Serves as a liaison to the School of Music, in collaboration with the Head, Music Library; serves as the Libraries liaison for the Cinema and Media Studies Program. Provides instructional and research consultation services to faculty and students, communicates regularly with faculty, and participates in Program and School activities as appropriate.

  • Develops familiarity with all aspects of the research lifecycle within music and cinema and media studies, including research methods, digital tools, scholarly communication, and research data management.

  • Advises and collaborates with faculty, students, and colleagues to facilitate research activities, digital scholarship, data management, and scholarly outputs in music and cinema and media studies.

  • Plays a leadership role in developing digital projects and services to extend the reach of the Music Library’s collections and advises on arts and humanities projects.

  • As a member of the Arts and Humanities Liaison Team, participates in regular meetings, contributes to shared goals, and collaborates with other subject librarians on projects to enhance services to users.

  • Provides leadership for the Arts and Humanities Liaison Team in the development of digital humanities services, programs, and projects.

  • Provides leadership and expertise in audio-visual media, including streaming, licensing, purchasing, and use, primarily in support of Music and Cinema and Media Studies.

  • Selects materials in all formats to support research and teaching for the Cinema and Media Studies Program. Manages state, gift, and grant funds for Cinema and Media Studies.




  • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.

  • Curiosity, drive, and flexibility so as to discover and try new things, in support of the Libraries’ mission and strategic plan.

  • Evidence of initiative and resourcefulness in past professional or academic activities.

  • Evidence of a strong customer service focus and a passion for providing excellent reference, consultation, and instructional services to users.

  • Evidence of ability to work independently and with others in a demanding and rapidly changing environment where consultation, collaboration, and cooperation are essential.

  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills evidenced by the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, faculty, staff, and students.

  • Evidence of strong written and verbal communication skills.


  • Undergraduate or graduate major or minor in Music or demonstrated knowledge of music.

  • Knowledge of or interest in cinema studies and media.

  • Knowledge of emerging trends in digital humanities, digital pedagogy, and/or scholarly communication, and the tools and technology that support them.

  • Evidence of ability to successfully initiate, track, and manage projects.

  • Experience in providing information literacy instruction or other instruction experience.



Position will be at rank of Assistant or Senior Assistant Librarian, depending on qualifications and background.

See the Librarian Personnel Code for librarian rank appointment criteria,

How to Apply

To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00 pm, Tuesday, September 4, 2018.!/52782


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