Librarian for English – University of Virginia – Charlottesville, VA

The University of Virginia Library seeks a dynamic, collegial, and highly-skilled professional to serve as the Librarian for English.  As a member of the Arts and Humanities team, the successful candidate will serve as the liaison to the Department of English, and possibly to other departments or programs that align with the candidate’s qualifications, and will be responsible for communication and outreach, research support, and instructional services for those departments. The Librarian for English will also take an active role in digital humanities outreach, working closely with the Library’s Scholars’ Lab and with other digital scholarship units to promote and support new and emerging methods for humanities scholarship. The University of Virginia Library embraces innovation and risk-taking, encourages diversity, and looks for staff who are excited by the prospect of working at a forward-looking library during times of great change.


  • Outreach and Engagement: Provide communication and outreach to faculty and students in English and other assigned subject areas, cultivating strong partnerships and seeking opportunities for enhanced collaboration; propose and promote library services that engage new methods of research and scholarship; advocate for sustainable models of scholarly publishing.
  • Research and Scholarship: Provide research assistance to scholars at all levels within assigned subject areas; participate in digital scholarship projects in collaboration with faculty, students, and library colleagues.
  • Teaching and Learning: Provide instruction in a variety of forms (orientations, course-related instruction, workshops); engage with faculty to integrate information, digital, and data literacy concepts and skills into the curriculum.
  • Collections and Content: Assess collections needs in assigned areas; work with the collections management team and the other liaisons to establish priorities, manage approval plans, recommend specific purchases, maintain digital desiderata lists, and promote newly acquired resources.
  • Professional Development: Pursue opportunities to develop library-specific, discipline-specific, or technology-specific skills and expertise.

Qualifications, Required:

  • A graduate degree in English or a closely related field.
  • Experience in arts and humanities research sufficient to demonstrate mastery of methods and practices in those areas.
  • Extensive academic grounding in English or American literature.
  • 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.
  • Strong understanding of digital humanities tools and methods.
  • Commitment to fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.

Qualifications, Preferred:

  • Ph.D. in English or a closely related field
  •  An ALA-accredited master’s degree or an international equivalent.
  • Two or more years of relevant experience in an academic/research library.
  • Previous professional experience in a liaison or subject librarian role at a research library.
  • Teaching experience in a college or university setting.
  • Experience with digital humanities tools and methods, such as text-mining, network analysis, and data visualization applications.
  • Working knowledge of a language other than English.
  • Familiarity with scholarly communication and intellectual property issues.

Applicants must apply through the University of Virginia online employment website at Search by posting number 0623073, complete the application, and attach a cover letter and resume with contact information for three professional references. For assistance with this process contact Charlotte Albright, Human Resources Business Partner, at (434) 243-3509.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.   

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