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Humanities Liaison Librarian, Performing Arts, UTL, Austin, TX

Humanities Liaison Librarian for Performing Arts (Librarian III)

The University of Texas Libraries (UTL) seeks a collaborative, energetic librarian to support Dance, Music, and Theatre through strategic approaches to selection, discovery, and delivery of digital and print information resources, including instruction and research lifecycle support


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Essential functions

Serve as the point of contact for in-depth research support to assigned departments, research centers and others conducting research related to assigned subjects. Provide reference using appropriate media in all venues and channels, including individual and small group research consultation. Manage and curate collections in support of relevant curricula and research, with materials in any and all formats including streaming media. Collaborate with others to develop and promote collections, and support the open agenda. Develop content for subject-based web pages and guides. Engage faculty and administration to exchange information about research consultation, collections and research lifecycle support services. Maintain an awareness of evolving research methods in the performing arts and more broadly in the humanities, and offer guidance concerning relevant technology and tools. Collaborate with faculty to achieve information literacy learning outcomes in course-specific ways, including providing instruction sessions and assignments, research guides, and/or tutorials. Serve as a collections coordinator for Fine Arts and Humanities liaisons, communicating about and advocating for collections, and working to facilitate cooperative collection development across subjects. Collaborate to provide marketing and assessment of library resources and services. Engage in fundraising, development and outreach programs, such as exhibits, events, and donor relations. Work closely with UTL staff on departmental initiatives, take on additional subject areas as needed, actively participate in UT Libraries and other local committee and project team efforts, as well as pertinent professional organizations and staff development opportunities. Remain flexible and adaptable to new and emerging staffing models, schedules, and technologies.


Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.


Required qualifications

MLS from an ALA-accredited graduate program. Demonstrated subject knowledge of dance, music and theatre. Demonstrated ability to collaborate, communicate and interact effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a culturally diverse and rapidly changing environment. Experience providing research consultation services in an academic environment. Knowledge of scholarly communication issues and trends within the arts and humanities. Evidence of a strong commitment to user-centered services. Experience using and teaching a range of academic electronic information resources and tools. Demonstrated excellent analytical, organizational, and communication skills. Proven ability to work collaboratively and efficiently in a changing environment. Demonstrated willingness to respond to new opportunities with initiative, creative energy, and leadership.

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