Arts and Humanities Reference Librarian
University of Denver

Denver, Colorado

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The University of Denver Libraries, comprised of the Main Library at the Anderson Academic Commons, the Bonfils Stanton Music Library in the Newman Center, and the off-site Hampden Center storage facility, is a highly collaborative organization that serves a diverse population, ranging from our students, staff, and faculty to public and other academic patrons from around the country and the surrounding region. The Anderson Academic Commons is the campus centerpiece for collaborative, technology-infused teaching, learning, and engagement. Currently ranked as Princeton Review's #1 college library, the University of Denver Libraries are central to discovery and creative interaction among students and faculty, and provide collections, services, personnel, and systems that support the teaching and research programs of the University. The institution is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and inclusive faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. To learn more, visit:

At 5,280 feet, Denver is located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains. Known as the Mile High City, you can expect to enjoy 300 days of sunshine, greenspace and parks, a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods, beautiful architecture, and spectacular views of the mountain panorama near the city. To learn more, visit:

Position Summary

As a non-tenure track faculty member, reporting to the Associate Dean for Student and Scholar Services of University of Denver Libraries, the Arts & Humanities Librarian, serves as the liaison for many of the faculties across the arts and humanities, with responsibility for provision of research, instruction, and collection development in those areas.

Participating fully as part of the Reference Department, the Arts & Humanities Librarian provides general and specialized consultations for students, faculty, and staff in the Research Center, teaches information literacy workshops in assigned disciplines, and participates in instructional programming for first-year foundational courses. This position is also responsible for building diverse collections to meet the research and curricular needs of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in the arts and humanities, and for managing the collections budgets in the areas assigned. The librarian actively engages in scholarly activities through research and publication and participates in professional organizations, as well as library and campus committees. Appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, non-tenure track.

All members of the Professorial Series in University Libraries are required to go through contract renewal and promotion according to the Library Faculty Guidelines. All faculty are evaluated based on their librarianship/curatorship, scholarship, and service. Further information and guidelines will be provided during the hiring process.

Essential Functions

  • Participate as a member of the Reference Department in a collaborative organization and attend regular meetings.
  • Participate in reference and instructional services delivery, with special emphasis on arts and humanities disciplines, but across all content areas when needed, instructing users on a variety of electronic and print sources including occasional evening and weekend classes.
  • Provide research consultations with students, faculty, and staff at the Research Center and remotely.
  • Serve as a liaison to arts and humanities departments in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (which may include: Art and Art History; Asian Studies; Emergent Digital Practices; English and Literary Arts; History; Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Philosophy; Religious Studies; and Spanish Language, Literary and Cultural Studies).
  • Build diverse collections to meet the research and curricular needs of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in assigned areas.
  • Create and maintain online tools to support the research, teaching, and learning of arts and humanities students and faculty.
  • Intentionally integrate equity and inclusiveness into all aspects of their work.
  • Provide support and mentoring of graduate student workers at the Research Center Desk.
  • Ability to actively engage in the library organization, including leadership and participation in teams, task forces, and committees, working professionally in support of colleagues, willingly stepping into other roles when needed, and sharing responsibility as a faculty member in the library's mission, goals, programs, and plans.
  • Serve on library and campus committees.
  • Engage in scholarly activities including research, publications, and presentations.
  • Participate in national and regional professional organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Capacity to build strong connections with liaison departments to provide effective information literacy instruction.
  • Ability to build and maintain relevant collections that support the research and teaching needs for specified departments.
  • Strong teaching and presentation skills, with knowledge of information literacy best practices and standards for arts and humanities instruction.
  • Flexibility and ability to answer general reference questions and lead research consultations at a busy Research Center.
  • Ability to use knowledge, experience, awareness, and skills to advance DU's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and to engage effectively with a broad spectrum of culturally diverse groups.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills and ability to communicate effectively with diverse communities.
  • Ability to work independently, effectively, and confidentially, using tact and excellent judgment.
  • Analytical skills for decision making.
  • Ability to commit to the standards of professional behavior and responsibility as stated in the university's Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion, & Tenure.
Required Qualifications
  • ALA accredited Master's degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent international Master's degree in Library Science/Information Studies.
  • Experience providing research services including library instruction, research consultations, and/or reference services.
  • Experience using arts and humanities library resources and/or other tools that support arts and humanities research.
  • Commitment to fostering an inclusive and equitable work environment.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Academic degree with a concentration in the arts and humanities.
  • Experience working in an academic library.
  • Understanding of current information literacy standards and practices.
  • Experience with or knowledge of best practices for developing arts and humanities library collections.
  • Experience with or knowledge of current and emerging trends in arts and humanities librarianship (ex. digital humanities, open educational resources, etc.).
  • Experience with or knowledge of best practices for finding and integrating digital and/or archival primary sources into research and teaching.
  • Experience with or knowledge of how to create and maintain online tools to support teaching, learning, and research (ex. LibGuides, video creation software, etc.).
  • Evidence of scholarly engagement through publications or presentations.
  • Demonstrated experience on interest in contributing to the profession through service on national and/or regional professional organizations.
Working Environment

The work environment is an academic library with cyclical periods of increased workloads. The Libraries are highly automated with attention paid to ergonomics and safety. The division functions collaboratively and cooperatively in a team-based organization.
  • Standard office environment.
  • Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
  • Noise level is quiet to moderate.

  • Physical Activities

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period.
  • Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

  • Work Schedule

    While the University's administrative offices are open Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, faculty schedules vary from term to term and are based on courses taught, service commitments, and research agendas. The University's academic calendars are posted on the registrar's website: the law school is on a semester system and has a different academic calendar here:

    Application Deadline

    For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) October 18, 2023.

    Special Instructions

    Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

    Salary Grade Number:

    The salary grade for the position is UC.

    Salary Range:

    The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $63,000.

    The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate's sex or any other protected status.


    The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

    Please include the following documents with your application:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Diversity Statement

  • The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non-Discrimination-Statement.

    The University of Denver recognizes that its success in being a great university dedicated to the public good depends greatly on how well it engages, supports, and champions the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. As part of our intentionality in recruiting and retaining faculty from a wide variety of historically excluded intersecting identities, including those from communities of color, with diverse gender and sexual identities, first-generation college graduates, or with disabilities, new faculty will have the opportunity to choose to participate in a University-wide initiative. This initiative will connect new colleagues in a cohort, building community across units with supportive programming led by the Office of the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs in collaboration with the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and each faculty participant's academic unit. To learn more about the University of Denver's commitments and work in support of DEI and J, please visit: For more information about this program or if you have any questions, please email and/or visit

    All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

    Advertised: September 20, 2023
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