Job Opportunity: Humanities Liaison Librarian for Fine Arts, The University of Texas at Austin

Job Description:Provide strategic approaches to selection, teaching, discovery, and delivery of digital and print information resources and research life cycle support for the Department of Art and Art History, Department of Textiles and Apparel, School for Design and Creative Technologies, College of Fine Arts’ various design centers, and other disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields.


Job Details:

General Notes

The University of Texas Libraries welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we promote diversity in our collections and the services that we provide, as well as in our recruiting, hiring, and retention practices.

Please note, our date of first review is Friday, September 13, 2019.


  • Serve as liaison to assigned fine arts departments and units.
  • Collaborate and form partnerships with faculty and administration to support the research enterprise and create new models of engagement. Provide research and scholarly communication support to individuals and groups via in-person consultation and virtual platforms.
  • Collaborate with faculty and library colleagues to achieve information literacy learning goals, including providing course-specific instruction, consultation on assignments, and creating course guides and/or tutorials.
  • Work with colleagues to build and steward fine arts collections.
  • Engage with The University of Texas Libraries, UT Austin, and the profession by participating in committee work, projects, scholarship, and professional development.

Required Qualifications

  • MLS.
  • Experience providing research support in an academic environment, museum, special library, or art research center.
  • Experience using key scholarly resources and databases in art and design, and familiarity with research processes in these fields.
  • An awareness of trends and developments in the art fields and in art historical scholarship, including scholarly communication issues.
  • Experience creating user guides and other instructional materials.
  • Evidence of excellent communication, public speaking and teaching skills.
  • Demonstrated willingness to respond to new opportunities with initiative, creative energy, and leadership.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member, to manage multiple responsibilities, and to assess and shift priorities in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Evidence of active involvement in professional or scholarly associations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited program.
  • A degree or background in the fine arts or related disciplines.
  • Relevant fine arts liaison librarian experience in an academic setting.
  • Experience collaborating with faculty and researchers.
  • Familiarity with the creative inquiry, practice-based, historical, social, and critical research methodologies used in the fields of art and design.
  • Experience providing library instruction to undergraduate and graduate-level students.
  • Experience building and maintaining collections.
  • Experience with alternative art practices such as zine culture or artist books.
  • Experience providing in-depth research consultation services in an academic environment.
  • Demonstrated success in designing and promoting innovative programming and services.
  • A working knowledge of or familiarity with the languages most commonly used in the literature of these fields
  • Demonstrated potential for scholarly contributions to librarianship and leadership in university, state, national, and international programs and initiatives.

Salary Range

$50,000+ depending on qualifications

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 references with their contact information; we will accept a reference from a community member. At least one reference should be from a supervisor.
  • Letter of interest

During your application, Workday will prompt you to answer the following supplementary questions:

  • Describe your background and subject expertise in the art and design fields (e.g. experience working with the subject matter, degree or coursework, employment, etc.) as it relates to this position.
  • Describe your experience providing course-integrated information literacy.
  • Tell us about your experience providing research support to faculty, researchers, and students. In this position, how might you launch or expand these services?
  • How has your background and experience prepared you to build and maintain collections in art, art history and design?

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