Humanities Librarian

Position Description

Humanities Librarian
Evans Subject Librarians
Dean of Libraries

General Description:

Reporting to the Dean of Libraries through the Director of Evans Subject Specialists, the Humanities Librarian advances teaching, learning, and access to information resources to students and faculty within the Department of English and its affiliated Centers and Initiatives may include responsibility for additional subject areas serving the Liberal Arts community as needed.

In addition to providing targeted services to the English department through instruction and specialized research consultations in support of the entire research lifecycle, the Humanities Librarian will participate in Libraries-wide outreach, information literacy and scholarly communication initiatives, as well as general reference to the A&M user-community. Duties also include collection assessment, creation and maintenance of subject focused LibGuides, and development of services in support of departmental research and curricular programs.

General Duties:

  • Instruction: Design, deliver, assess, and promote library instruction programs to support a comprehensive Libraries-wide Information Literacy Program. Build on current skills and knowledge of information literacy theory and practice in order to share with colleagues and enhance the overall quality of the TAMU Libraries’ instruction program.
  • Reference: Effectively deliver reference service in support of the Evans AskUs service model which includes broad-based, on- call reference support to the AskUs staff, specialized subject consultation services to library users, participation in virtual reference service, the development of research guides, and strengthening the knowledge-base of all staff providing reference service by sharing expertise and conducting in - house training.
  • Collection Development: Effectively build and manage information resources in assigned subject areas thorough a balanced, broad-based approach that includes integrating analysis and assessment into collection development activities to facilitate and enhance data-driven collection decisions.  Formulate and regularly update formal written collection policy statements, and work collaboratively with others having collection responsibilities in related subject areas as well as with staff in acquisitions and collection management.
  • Liaison: Develop and maintain regular communication with library representatives, department heads, relevant faculty, staff, researchers and students in assigned subjects and departments.  Understand the constituents’ teaching and research interests and needs to explain and interpret library programs and resources.  Assess and share knowledge of the constituents’ needs within discipline groups, functional areas, and through administrative channels in order to develop useful collections and services.
  • Scholarly Communication: Educate assigned departments on scholarly communication issues including economic issues, authors’ rights, and author and publisher perspectives.  Support and promote the scholarly services (repository, electronic journals, online conferences, wikis, blogs, etc.) of the University Libraries, the Texas Digital Library, and the HathiTrust digital library.
  • Participate in scholarly activities and professional service commensurate with TAMU Libraries faculty status requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.