African American Studies Librarian — Smathers Libraries, University of Florida — Gainesville, Florida

The African American Studies Librarian is a tenure track library faculty position, which is responsible for the overall development and management in all formats of the African American Studies collections in Library West, with a focus on the humanities and social sciences disciplines, and a key partner advising Special and Area Studies Collections (SASC) on African American collections and programming. Working in close collaboration with Special and Area Studies Collections, the Librarian assists in developing and curating the Libraries’ unique African American collections, establishing and managing a program of outreach to local communities involving programming, exhibits, speaking engagements, and other services. The position supports the African American Studies Program, as well as related interdisciplinary programs offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in such areas as the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Department of History, and the Center for Global Islamic Studies.
The African American Studies Librarian provides both general and specialized research assistance services including the development of subject or course related online guides as well as providing one on one consultation at the Library West Research Assistance Desk, online via chat or email, or by appointment. While the incumbent provides in-depth library instruction in the area of African American Studies, the Librarian also provides general library instruction in the humanities and social sciences for faculty, students, and other scholars.
The Smathers Libraries encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the African American Studies Librarian will serve on various committees and teams. To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the African American Studies Librarian will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in work activities. The African American Studies Librarian is also expected to pursue professional development opportunities including scholarship and research, and professional service activities relevant to the duties of the position

The search will remain open until July 27, 2015 and review of applications will begin on July 6, 2015. Interested candidates should follow the application procedures outlined on the Position Vacancy Announcement at: http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/pers/FacultyPositions.html.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply.

Address inquiries to Bonnie J. Smith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at: bonniesmith@ufl.edu.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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