Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian

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Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian

The University of Arkansas Libraries invites nominations and applications for the position of Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian. The Libraries seek candidates who are receptive to and foster new ideas and who have demonstrated collaboration and open communication skills. Additional key attributes are the ability to establish and promote successful partnerships with other university departments, provide excellent services, and to adapt or develop programs and services that support positive change within the institution. This will be especially important as the main library, Mullins Library, undergoes a major renovation of the first two floors.

As a member of the Research and Instruction Services team, the Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian liaises to select programs & departments within J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and will create and deliver innovative services to support the instruction and research needs of students and faculty. This individual actively engages in relationship building with faculty and students as well as with university departments and research teams and supports interdisciplinary endeavors. Responsibilities include library instruction, research assistance, collection development, and academic outreach. We seek candidates who embrace collaborative relationships with library colleagues and innovative thinking to co-create and evaluate library programs and services as well as campus and community engagement initiatives.

With members of the Research and Instruction department, the Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian contributes to the Libraries’ online chat service. This librarian will work in close cooperation with colleagues across the libraries and is responsible for ongoing development of online learning tools to creatively and actively promote access to and utilization of physical and digital collections, in alignment with curricular and research needs. The person in this position may also support the promotion and utilization of new spaces and services focused on innovative technologies, available following the Mullins Library Renewal Phase 2 project. The work of the Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian may include supervision of a Graduate Assistant.

Along with performance, the responsibilities of this position include research and creative work, and service in keeping with the faculty requirements of the University of Arkansas. This position reports to the Director of Research and Instruction.

Rank and Salary

Tenure-track, twelve-month faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian / Assistant Professor or Associate Librarian / Associate Professor.  Starting salary: $55,000, commensurate with education and experience.


Relocation allowance available. Benefits include TIAA or Fidelity Investments, 22 days of annual leave, tuition reduction, health insurance, and $5,000 start-up research funding support for research, service, and professional development activities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent institution
  • Experience with public service in an academic, public, research, or special library through reference, instruction, and external engagement

Preferred Qualifications

  • Academic background in the humanities, social sciences, or related field
  • Experience providing public service through instruction/tutorials, reference, and/or external engagement in an academic or professional setting
  • Experience with humanities and/or social sciences information resources
  • Experience with collection development, information curation, and/or collection assessment
  • Knowledge of best practices in library pedagogy, such as the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
  • Knowledge of assessment methods and tools

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated service orientation
  • Ability to work effectively in a diverse and changing environment
  • Willingness to engage in faculty liaison activities such as outreach and/or engagement
  • Demonstrated initiative and flexibility
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability in working collaboratively with team members, other colleagues, and/or customers
  • Effective oral and written communication skills

Additional Information

University Libraries:

The University of Arkansas Libraries are in the midst of an exciting period of growth. Multiple facilities are currently undergoing renovations, which will result in the creation of spaces for innovative programming and resources. Under the new campus and University Libraries leadership, our collection is expanding to meet the growing research and instructional needs of our institution. New faculty positions and reimagined ones, combined with our facilities changes and collection growth, are transforming the University Libraries and our role on campus.

The University Libraries share the stewardship of the University’s goals and take responsibility for the health of the research and teaching collections and programs that further support the academic mission. The University Libraries are comprised of Mullins Library and three branch libraries: Chemistry and Biochemistry, Fine Arts, and Physics, as well as two off-site facilities including an architecturally unique climate and humidity controlled 27,000 sq. ft. high density storage facility.  Additionally, the libraries’ Special Collections Division supports the research, teaching, and learning mission of the University of Arkansas by collecting, preserving, and providing access to unique and rare materials ( and the libraries have been a selective depository for United States documents since 1907 ( For more information, visit the Libraries’ home page:

Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences:

In addition to several institutes and centers, the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences houses many Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines (including the departments of History, Music, Political Science, Psychological Science, Public Policy, and Sociology & Criminology and the School of Social Work). For more information, visit their website:

Values of the University Libraries:  

The University of Arkansas Libraries aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Enriching campus diversity and inclusion is a guiding principle at the University of Arkansas. The University of Arkansas Libraries asserts that the responsibility for creating, supporting, and maintaining an inclusive workplace belongs to all of us. We can strengthen our culture and organization by approaching each other and our work with intentional goodwill, honesty, empathy, and trust as we encourage others to hold themselves and each other accountable to do the same.

We are committed to enhancing the diversity of our workforce and we encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. For more information regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion and the University Libraries, please visit our website at

Application Materials:

For the full posting, or to apply, please go to–Open-Rank-_R0045483.  When completing your application, please upload the following: letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a list of three current references (names, addresses, emails, and telephone numbers).  Candidates who received international degrees in library and information science not accredited by ALA will need to submit the foreign credential evaluation determination.

Application Deadline:  October 19, 2023

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. 

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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