Job: UF Libraries, European Studies Librarian – come join our amazing team!

Please see the full position vacancy announcement below. Please note that the UF Libraries are very open and inclusive, and the required qualification line “Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or advanced degree in relevant subject specialty” really does mean OR. I became a librarian at UF based on an OR line like this. I have a PhD in English/Digital Humanities (so, an “advanced degree in relevant subject speciality” for my area); I do not have a Library/Information Science degree. I’m not an exception or a rarity in the UF Libraries, with so many great colleagues with rich and varied backgrounds. I strongly encourage people to apply, and hope we see many candidates with diverse backgrounds.

POSITION:  European Studies Librarian
RANK:   Assistant University Librarian or Associate University Librarian
REPORTS TO:     Chair, Humanities & Social Sciences Library (Library West)
SALARY:  Minimum Salary as Assistant University Librarian $51,100
Minimum Salary as Associate University Librarian $61,860
Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials
REQUISITION #:  0906841
DEADLINE DATE:  December 1, 2014 – review of applications will begin November 17, 2014
Please note that this posting has specific instructions for the submission of application materials – see the posting at: or the APPLICATION PROCESS section below for further details.  Failure to submit required documents may result in the application not being considered.
The European Studies Librarian is a tenure track library faculty position in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library (Library West). The European Studies Librarian assesses needs and establishes outreach to the students and faculty of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, as well as providing in-depth consultations and engaging in user evaluation and analysis to stay abreast of needs and departmental focus. Responsible for the overall development, management and coordination of the George A. Smathers Libraries resources in all formats for the European languages, literatures and cultures collections (Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese). This position supports the University’s academic program in these subject areas as well as in interdisciplinary humanities programs supported by the University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Responsible for analyzing the University’s program in Languages, Literatures and Cultures and collaborating with librarians and the academic faculty to establish collection profiles, selection guidelines, and preservation, location and cataloging priorities. Evaluates existing collection strengths and current collecting intensities. Provides specialized reference services and library instruction for the study of European languages and cultures.  In collaboration with the Arabic, Germanic, Slavic Studies Librarian and others, acts as Libraries’ liaison to the various Centers on campus. Provides general reference and instruction services to students, faculty, staff, and visitors at the Library West Research Assistance Desk, as well as online through the Ask-A-Librarian chat and texting service, email and via telephone queries.
The library encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the European 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 European Studies Librarian will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in work activities. The European Studies Librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.
1.      Through ongoing engagement with appropriate academic faculty keeps informed of the development of academic programs and faculty interest to ensure the Libraries’ collections and services support curriculum and research needs, and informs clientele about relevant Libraries’ issues
2.      Defines goals, establishes objectives, plans and manages budgets, and coordinates collection development activities with other subject specialists, and librarians, with respect to resources for the European languages, literatures and cultures collections
3.      Analyzes the European languages, literatures and cultures collection development program activities and provides reports, strategies, assessments, and studies or surveys as required
4.      Participates in the Humanities and Social Sciences general reference program
5.      Responsible for advanced reference and research consultation in support of European languages, literatures and cultures, including the development of library guides (LibGuides) and other online resources
6.      Designs and delivers library instruction and library related courses as appropriate
7.      Participates in Libraries’ fundraising efforts
8.      Participates in appropriate professional development and continuing education endeavors, and engages in scholarly research resulting in publication
9.      Liaises and collaborates with faculty, students, researchers and other departments to further library digital scholarship initiatives & partnerships
10.     Represents the Libraries in appropriate university, local, state, regional, and national bodies.
•       Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or advanced degree in relevant subject specialty
•       Eight years of relevant post graduate degree experience for appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank
•       Fluency in one or more European languages
•       Sound knowledge of the academic research process.
•       Excellent analytical and organizational skills
•       Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, students, and colleagues
•       Strong outreach and assessment commitment
•       Teaching experience
•       Flexible and forward-thinking approach to challenges and opportunities in a complex, rapidly changing academic environment.
•       Knowledge of current trends in academic and scholarly resource management
•       Excellent verbal and written communication skills
•       Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with  faculty, students, administrators and the general public
•       Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion outlined at
•       Advanced degree in the humanities
•       Fluency in French
•       Expertise with scholarly literature of that language and other European languages in general
•       Familiarity with the history and culture of France, Spain and Italy
•       Experience managing collections in an academic or research library
•       Competence with information technologies and demonstrated effectiveness in integrating technology with traditional services and resources
•       Library instruction and Reference Desk experience
•       Experience with grants and fund raising
•       Experience in an academic setting that awards tenure
•       Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work
The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state’s oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation’s most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities. UF traces its beginnings to a small seminary in 1853 and is now one of the largest universities in the nation, with more than 50,000 students. For more information, please consult the UF homepage at
The libraries of the University of Florida form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida. The UF Libraries consist of seven libraries; six are in the system known as the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. The libraries hold over 5,800,000 print volumes, 8,100,000 microfilms, 630,000 e-books, 121,016 full-text electronic journals, 889 electronic databases, 1,300,000 documents and 766,000 maps and images. The libraries have built a number of nationally significant research collections, including the Latin American, Judaica, Florida History, Children’s Literature, and Maps and Imagery Collections. The Smathers Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), and LYRASIS. The library staff consists of more than 400 FTE librarians, technical/clerical staff and student assistants. The organizational chart is available at
The Humanities and Social Sciences Library (Library West) is the largest branch library on the UF campus, with 14 faculty and 16 staff members, seating for 1,600 patrons, and 217 public computers, including iPads and Netbook laptops. Last year, Library West received over 1.2 million visitors. Renovated in 2006, the branch offers 16 group study rooms, 3 media rooms, including video conferencing facilities, faculty and graduate carrels as well as a limited-access floor for graduate students. Two classrooms are available, one with auditorium-style seating and the other with 19 computers for hands-on instruction. Within the branch, there are four functional units: Research Assistance, Instruction and Outreach, Collections, and Circulation; these units are managed by coordinators who oversee the daily functions. Programs and lectures are scheduled throughout the year in the Information Commons area. Organizational chart available at:
Gainesville, Florida and the surrounding community are home to approximately 240,000 people and both the University of Florida and Santa Fe College.  Situated just over an hour from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, the city is surrounded by over 40 nature parks, including many spring-fed lakes and rivers. In 2007, Gainesville was ranked as the “Best Place to Live and Work” by Frommer’s Cities Ranked and Rated and as one of the “Best Places to Live and Play” by National Geographic Adventure. Gainesville is known as an innovative municipal government and an innovative city. Gainesville continues to receive national recognition as a top-rated city. Some of Gainesville’s accolades are listed at the Gainesville Awards and Recognition link. A recent article in Florida Trend Magazine offers an in depth Community Portrait of Gainesville and the University of Florida. Gainesville was featured in the Top 100 Best Places to Love 2014 on Livability, America’s Best Places to Live & Visit. The area has numerous cultural institutions and is a haven for sports fans. Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, and St. Augustine are all within a two hour drive.
Vacation days, paid holidays, and sick leave days; retirement plan options; insurance benefits; tuition fee waiver program; no state or local income tax. Prospective employees should review the information about employment and benefits at UF available at
The University of Florida is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minority group members. We are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic environment; we strongly encourage applications from women, members of underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. As part of the application process, applicants are invited to complete an on-line confidential and voluntary demographic self-disclosure form, which can be found at: This information is collected by the University of Florida’s Office of Human Resources to track applicant trends and is in no way considered by the Smathers Libraries in the selection process.
Please submit application materials via e-mail. Send, as attachments (MS-Word and PDF format preferred), a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; a written statement regarding your approach as the European Studies Librarian to outreach in an increasingly diverse and global academic environment; your current resume and a list of three references including their address, telephone and email information. Complete application due by December 1, 2014 (applications will be reviewed beginning November 17, 2014). Please initiate your application at: Submit all other application materials via e-mail as attachments (MS-Word and PDF format preferred) to Bonnie Smith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at
Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

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