Job Opening: Anthropology Librarian

Reposted from See full information at the University of Florida website (pdf).

University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries in Gainesville, FL
seeks a full-time Anthropology Librarian.

POSITION: Anthropology Librarian
RANK: Assistant University Librarian
REPORTS TO: Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences Department (Library West)
SALARY: Minimum Salary $42,000; Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials.
REQUISITION #: 0804892
DEADLINE DATE: May 26, 2011 – review of applications will begin on April 26, 2011

Please note that this posting has specific instructions for the submission of application materials – see our website at: or the APPLICATION PROCESS section below for further details. Failure to submit all of the required documents may result in the application not being considered.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Department (Library West) at the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries seeks a creative and service-oriented reference and collection management librarian for anthropology. This position will provide reference assistance, instruction, outreach and collection management to support the large faculty and student populations and the academic programs in this subject area. The primary focus will be on the Department of Anthropology ( The Anthropology Librarian will work closely with faculty and students, the Humanities and Social Sciences Collections Coordinator, other librarians to improve library services for users. A key element of the assignment is the use of new technology to access and deliver information to library users. The librarian will work collaboratively on group efforts and maintain close professional relationships with faculty, students and colleagues. The library encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the Anthropology Librarian will serve on various committees and teams. The incumbent will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional association activities, to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.

1. Provides traditional and electronic reference services for faculty, students and staff of the University of Florida, primarily in the areas of academic and applied anthropology and its sub-fields: cultural, archaeological, biological, and linguistics Participates in the provision of general research assistance at the Library West service desks, local and statewide reference chat, and email reference services. Assists Library West patrons with the Information Commons computer workstations, scanners and other media technology. Provides specialized reference services for faculty, graduate students and scholars in the field of anthropology by referral and appointment.
2. Participates in the humanities and social sciences collection management program, specifically for the academic programs in the Department of Anthropology. Selects and evaluates subject-based materials and works with faculty in selecting materials to support their academic and research programs, keeping abreast of new curricular developments and research interests. Coordinates activities with other librarians in Library West, Marston Science Library, the Health Science Center Library, and Special Collections and Area Studies (including the Latin American Collection, African Studies Collection, Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History, and the Asian Studies Collection), to ensure a unified collection development effort for anthropology that includes building a print and electronic based reference collection. The Anthropology Librarian also works with the International Center, the Center for European Studies, the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory, the Museum Studies Program and the Centers for African Studies, Asian Studies, Jewish Studies, and Latin American Studies.
3. Actively participates in the development, selection and evaluation of web resources for subject guides and other user services.
4. Develops and maintains web-based tutorials, videos, and multimedia projects related to anthropology information sources.
5. Participates in instruction programs using traditional classroom methods as well as emerging educational technologies.
6. Participates in planning, policy formation and departmental decision making related to Library West services, collections and new technologies.
7. Participates in appropriate professional library organizations on the state, regional and national levels. Pursues professional development goals, including publication.
8. Participates in fund raising activities and other appropriate library development efforts.

1. Masters degree in library science from an ALA accredited library school or equivalent advanced degree in library studies, anthropology or other relevant discipline.
2. Undergraduate degree in anthropology or other relevant discipline, or extensive work experience in a relevant subject area.
3. Knowledge of anthropology information resources.
4. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
5. Ability to work effectively in a team and individually with faculty, staff and students.
6. Initiative, flexibility, and the ability to adapt and work creatively in a complex, rapidly changing academic environment.
7. Demonstrated knowledge of the integration of new technologies into the delivery of information services.
8. Proficient in the creation of web pages and web based materials.
9. Strong commitment to user-focused service.
10. Excellent presentation and organizational skills.
11. Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion.

1. Advanced degree in anthropology or related field.
2. Work experience in a library with extensive social science materials.
3. Experience in collection management.
4. Experience with or coursework in classroom instruction.
5. Experience in evaluating print and online resources.
6. Experience with user focused service.

Please submit application materials via e-mail. Send, as attachments (MS-Word and PDF format preferred), a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; a written statement regarding ‘the role of a liaison librarian in the field of anthropology working in a large research institution.’ (no more than 500 words); your current resume and a list of three references including their address, telephone and email information. Apply by May 26, 2011 (applications will be reviewed beginning April 26, 2011). Send all required application materials to Joe Piazza, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at: jpiazza[AT]ufl[DOT]edu.

Postal Address:
Joseph Piazza
George A. Smathers Libraries/Human Resources Office
University of Florida – George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117024
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352/273-2595
Fax: 352/392-4538
Online App. Form:
Email Address: jpiazza[AT]ufl[DOT]edu

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