Reference & Instruction/Arts & Humanities Librarian, Washington


October 29, 2007

TITLE:  Reference & Instruction/Arts & Humanities Librarian

LOCATION:  University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia Community College/Co-located campus

The University of Washington Libraries seeks a creative and energetic librarian to participate in a collaborative team at the University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia Community College Campus Library.  The successful candidate will be committed to providing a range of services at a growing institution, including, but not limited to, instruction, collection development, and reference.

This is an annual 10 month position with the possibility of additional employment pending available funding.


The Reference & Instruction/Arts & Humanities Librarian will serve as liaison to undergraduate and graduate faculty and students at Cascadia Community College and the University of Washington Bothell in the areas of Art, Cultural Studies, Dance, Drama, English Composition, Music, Performance Studies, and other general or interdisciplinary areas within the Humanities.

General responsibilities include cultivating and sustaining collaborative relationships with faculty, students and staff in support of campus teaching and learning.  Given the sustained growth and interdisciplinary nature of the curricula at both institutions, this requires active and ongoing collaboration among librarians across all subjects and levels.

Teaching: Will partner with colleagues within the Library and campus to develop instructional materials that integrate information literacy into the curricula of both institutions in the areas of cultural studies, dance, drama, music, performance studies and the visual arts. This position will also partner with the Library’s Ethics and Humanities Librarian and Cascadia English faculty in developing the information literacy instruction curriculum for the required research and writing courses, and will rotate responsibility for coordinating the Library’s overall presence in composition sequence. Will collaborate with other librarians and faculty in planning for the new UW Bothell Masters in Cultural Studies program, scheduled to begin offering classes in fall 2008 and a new UW Bothell Interdisciplinary Arts curriculum at the undergraduate level, both of which stress links between diverse methods of inquiry and value community-based scholarship and learning.

Collection Development: Will work closely with faculty and librarians within their liaison areas to develop print and electronic curriculum-focused collections, whose development is informed by the larger research collections across the UW Libraries and regional consortia.

Reference: Responsibilities include providing reference services in the Library’s Information Commons and online through the UW Libraries’ Q&A Live digital reference service. Some evening and weekend reference and instruction work will be required.

Learning Technologies:  The library is committed to exploring the use of Web 2.0+ technologies and educational software in support of the mission of the institution.  The successful candidate will participate in ongoing discussions and initiatives dedicated to the creative and intentional implementation of learning technologies in the curriculum.

Professional Development and Service: The successful candidate will be expected to play an active role in planning for the continued expansion of UW Bothell and Cascadia, and to take responsibility for his/her professional development in pursuit of promotion and continuing appointment in a supportive environment.


We are one of three campuses served by the University of Washington Libraries.  Cascadia Community College and the University of Washington Bothell share a campus in Bothell, 18 miles north of downtown Seattle.  The combined student body is approximately 3,000 FTE. Growth at both institutions is expected to be steady for the next 10 years.  Cascadian’s degrees include an Associate in Integrated Studies (AIS), an Associate in Science (AS) and an Associate in Applied Science (AAS).  More information on the college and its programs can be found at UW Bothell currently offers programs in Business, Computing and Software Systems, Education, Nursing, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and Policy Studies. More information on UW Bothell and its programs can be found at

The successful candidate will join a team of librarians, faculty and academic support staff committed to innovation in teaching and learning. Librarians enjoy a great deal of faculty, staff, and administrative support at UW Bothell and Cascadia, and participate in a wide variety of initiatives that foster a culture of learning.  As part of UW Bothell’s Academic Services division, the candidate will work closely with staff in the Media Center, Visual Resources, Writing Center, Quantitative Skills Center, Teaching and Learning Center, Learning Technologies, and Information Systems.

More information about the Campus Library can be found at



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

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


1. Experience or demonstrated interest in the provision of instruction services in a community college or university setting is highly desirable. Familiarity with information literacy concepts, trends, pedagogies, and assessment.
2. Experience or demonstrated interest in the provision of reference services to community college or university students.  Strong user centered public service philosophy.
3. Applicants with knowledge of or experience with interdisciplinary studies are encouraged to apply; however, education or experience in position-related subject areas is also desirable.  Preference will be given to candidates who have an interest in gaining experience and developing knowledge in a variety of disciplines.
4. Experience or demonstrated interest in working with students from diverse backgrounds, interests, and abilities who possess a wide range of educational goals.
5. Ability to work in a team environment where consultation, flexibility, creativity, collaboration and cooperation are essential. Commitment to continually seeking improvement in services, collections, and facilities.
6. Experience or demonstrated interest in the use of learning technologies.
7. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Able to play an active role in participating in UW Libraries and unit activities and meetings, and to communicate effectively with coworkers and supervisors.

Anticipated Start Date:  July 1, 2008.

SALARY:  $41,000 minimum.  Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.

BENEFITS:  Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan (TIAA-CREF, The Vanguard Group, and/or Fidelity Investments) on a matching basis.  Vacation is accrued at the rate of 24 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year.  No state or local income tax.

Charles E. Chamberlin
Senior Associate Dean
University of Washington Libraries
482 Allen Library
Box 352900
Seattle, Washington  98195-2900

Applicants should submit a letter of application, full resume including a work telephone number, e-mail address, salary requirements, and the names, mailing addresses and telephone numbers of at least three references who are knowledgeable of the applicant’s qualifications for this position.

TEACHING STATEMENT:  Applicants are also to provide a separate statement of no more than one page addressing their general teaching philosophy and commitment to teaching information literacy.


To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 11, 2008.

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The University of Washington, an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, is building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the University is required to verify and document the citizenship or employment authorization of each new employee.

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