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Librarian for African-American and African Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

The University of Virginia Library seeks a dynamic, collegial, and highly-skilled professional to serve as the Librarian for African-American and African Studies.  As a member of the Arts and Humanities team, the successful candidate will serve as the liaison to other departments or programs that align with the responsibilities of the role.


The Librarian for African-American and African Studies will provide communication and outreach to faculty, students, and fellows, cultivating strong partnerships and seeking opportunities for enhanced collaboration. They will provide research assistance to scholars at all levels and participate in digital scholarship projects in collaboration with faculty, students, and library colleagues. The Librarian will engage with faculty to integrate information, digital, and data literacy concepts and skills into the curriculum and will provide instruction in a variety of forms (orientations, course-related instruction, workshops).


They will be responsible for working with the collections management team and the other liaisons to establish collection priorities for African-American and African Studies, manage approval plans, recommend specific purchases, maintain digital desiderata lists, and promote newly acquired resources. They will collaborate with colleagues in Archives and Special Collections on collecting strategies that will support research and teaching in African-American and African Studies. The Librarian will be expected to participate in regional and/or national professional organizations related to academic librarianship and librarianship in support of African-American Studies in particular.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program or an advanced degree in a relevant subject area along with library experience.

  • Strong academic grounding in African-American or African Studies or a closely related field.

  • Demonstrable knowledge of the tools and techniques of library research.

  • Commitment to ongoing professional development and enthusiasm for the possibilities offered by academic librarianship as a profession.

  • Commitment to fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous professional experience in a liaison or subject specialist role at a research library.

  • Teaching experience in a college or university setting.

The selected applicant will be required to complete a background check prior to their first day of employment.


Expected Salary: 60,000-70,000


Review of applications will begin January 6, 2020


To Apply:

Process for Internal UVA Applicants: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search "Find Jobs", and search for "R0010845".   Complete an application online and see below for documents to attach.

Process for External Applications: Please visit UVA job board, ( R0010845) complete the application and see below for documents to attach.  Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box or you can combine them into one PDF.


Complete an application online and attach:

  • CV

  • Cover Letter

  • Contact information for 3 references

***Please note that you can upload multiple documents into the CV/Resume box. Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration.***


For questions about the application process please contact Rhiannon O'Coin, Senior Academic Recruiter,


This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require walking some distance to attend meetings, and programs.


About the University of Virginia

In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation's leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

Each of the University's eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings--including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger's, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


About Charlottesville, VA

Living in Charlottesville you'll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the "happiest city in America" in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 


The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician's Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


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