Humanities Librarian

Rochester, NY


General Purpose:

The Humanities Librarian (Visual and Performing Arts) is responsible for leading and implementing programs and services that support the full lifecycle of research, creative expression, and learning for faculty and students in Art & Art History, Music, Dance & Movement, Film & Media Studies, Theater, and the Visual & Cultural Studies Graduate Program.

Responsibilities will include but are not exclusive to: understanding, anticipating, and fulfilling the research and learning needs of assigned departments and communities; communicating key information about the library and its services; planning and delivery of (typically) one-shot instructional sessions; holding individual and group research consultations; monitoring chat and e-mail reference questions; supporting the Humanities Librarians Team in collection development efforts; and collaborating toward academic engagement events and activities like workshops, pop up presentations/performances, and collection highlights or student art exhibits. As a contributing member of the liaison librarian group, the incumbent will attend meetings and contribute to projects that advance the River Campus Libraries’ (RCL) teaching, learning, and research strategies. This librarian will also work closely with the Patron Services Staff who manage services within the physical space of the Art & Music Library.


Plan and develop materials to support research and teaching

  • Work with instructors to create course specific learning and research support materials

  • Plan and develop workshops and events

  • Create multimodal information resources and asynchronous learning activities

  • Maintain LibGuides and contribute to relevant content for RCL’s website

Deliver information, digital, and data literacy skill building through course integration, targeted programming, and events

  • Work with instructors in designated subjects to deliver high-impact instruction

  • Collaborate to offer workshops and programming that support students’ and faculty’s learning and research needs, in alignment with RCL’s learning and research support strategies. Possible topics might include open educational resources, open pedagogy, digital scholarship tools and methodologies, or humanities-based data management

  • Formulate programming for Rush Rhees Library

Leverage research expertise to support scholarship through consultations with researchers (e.g., students, faculty, community members, etc.)

  • Offer regular consultations for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty for research support including resource discovery, citation practices, humanities-based data management, data analysis, open access, and research impact

  • Support specialized research through consultations related to data management, data analysis, open access, and research impact

  • Participate in on-call schedule to support virtual reference

Cultivate high quality collections

  • Manage collection development funds for assigned areas

  • Collaborate with Humanities, Social Sciences librarians, and Scholarly Resources & Curation team to develop high quality and diverse digital and print collections, including books, journals, artists’ books, films, databases, streaming video, video games and video game consoles

  • Participate in collection assessment activities to responsibly allocate funds and respond to evolving needs from students and faculty

  • Work closely with library staff to develop procedures for handling Art & Music Library materials

Establish and maintain relationships and strong communication channels with designated departments

  • Communicate and translate key information about the library and its services with assigned departments

  • Engage in targeted outreach, which could include attending departmental events, holding departmental office hours, and regularly meeting with faculty and students to identify information needs

  • Conduct orientation sessions and tours for students and faculty in designated departments

Miscellaneous Duties

  • Participate and lead in RCL-wide initiatives that advance the library’s mission toward customer service, research, learning, and collections

  • Coordinate with the Director of Service Strategies and Patron Services Staff who manage of the physical space and information desk for Art and Music Library.

  • Maintain professional collaborations with River Campus Libraries colleagues and other campus constituencies

  • Contribute to the profession through active participation in conferences, associations, research, writing, etc.

  • Perform other duties as assigned



  • Post-graduate degree in library and information science from an A.L.A.-accredited institution

  • Degree or coursework in one or more fields related to this position (preferred)

  • Experience or familiarity with research and instruction in an academic library setting

  • Experience developing and cultivating relationships and partnerships

  • Experience collaborating across disciplines/fields (preferred)

  • Experience delivering high-impact initiatives and programs (preferred)

  • Facilitation, training, or teaching experience (preferred)


  • Cultural competency, recognizing users as unique individuals with personalized experiences

  • Ability to remain current in best practices related to student success in higher education

  • Knowledge of scholarly publishing and the library's role within this landscape (preferred)

  • Familiarity with ACRL’s information literacy framework (preferred)

  • Working knowledge of digital tools and methodologies that enhance the researcher/learner experience (preferred)


  • Communication and relationship-building skills, including the ability to negotiate and speak thoughtfully to specific needs/concerns

  • Demonstrated commitment to teamwork/collaboration and ability to work effectively with a diverse campus community

  • Outstanding customer service

  • Emotional intelligence


  • Competencies in information, digital, and data literacies, to support their capabilities (and those of their users) in assigned projects that support library and academic departmental needs

  • Committed to diversity and inclusion

  • Committed to life-long learning - for themselves and for their users

  • Ability to see and leverage the connections between research, collections, and teaching/learning

  • Ability to look past one's own assigned discipline to find connections across disciplines

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, 3 professional references & resume when applying

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $ 53,500 - $ 74,900 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

Location: Central Administration
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Opening: Full Time 40 hours Grade 000 Learning Initiatives

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