Literatures & Digital Humanities Librarian - Arts & Humanities Division - Library

Literatures & Digital Humanities Librarian - Arts & Humanities Division - Library


Position overview Position title: Associate Librarian, Career Status or Potential Career Status
Salary range: The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and salary point at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position: A reasonable estimate for this position is $72,656-$94,837.

Percent time: 100%

Anticipated start: January 1, 2024

Position duration: This is a full-time potential career appointment.

Application Window
Open date: August 9, 2023

Next review date: Wednesday, Aug 23, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Aug 8, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University of California, Berkeley seeks a collaborative and service-oriented librarian to enable world-class research and teaching through the development of the Library's research collections and engagement with faculty and students associated with scholarship and practices in literature in English, comparative literature, and digital humanities.

The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation's premier public universities. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 25,500 undergraduate students, 10,300 graduate students, and 1,500 faculty. With a collection of more than 13 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills.

The Library's Arts & Humanities Division supports core research collections and services located in Doe Library/Gardner MAIN Stacks and four additional library locations in Doe Library -- the Art History/Classics Library, Graduate Services, Morrison Library, and South/Southeast Asia Library - as well as the Hargrove Music Library located across campus. With a staff of 9 librarians, 11 library staff, and over 50 student library employees these libraries are primary service points and provide research-level print and digital collections to support the research and teaching programs related to visual and performing arts, humanities, and international and area studies in a multicultural, global context.


Reporting to the Head of the Arts & Humanities Division, the Literatures & Digital Humanities Librarian promotes research, teaching, and scholarship by liaising with academic departments and programs, managing rich research collections, and supporting the digital humanities.

As liaison, this librarian cultivates and sustains connections with faculty, students and staff of key academic departments, programs, and centers, such as the English and Comparative Literature departments. Liaisons serve as a resource for emerging technologies, scholarly communication, and research methods to meet the evolving needs of their fields. They develop research tools to facilitate user access to resources in various formats; provide specialized orientations, instructional sessions, and research consultations for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students; and participate in general reference services for the humanities and social sciences.

Collection management includes responsibility for selection, acquisition, access, assessment, and disposition of wide-ranging resources in all formats that are appropriate to the research and teaching needs of the UC Berkeley campus. Through management of collections budgets, including endowments and collaborative purchases, this librarian guides the development of the core collections in the disciplines of English and American literature, and comparative literature published in English and supports Anglophone literatures worldwide.

In the digital humanities, this librarian will work within the Arts and Humanities Division as well as with partners across the Library and campus to support digital approaches to humanistic research, teaching, and learning. In collaboration with the division head, they will promote learning and development among subject specialists and other Library staff around digital humanities issues, tools, and projects. In collaboration with the Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives, they will work with a network of other Library units such as the Library Data Services Program, Scholarly Communications Office, and Library IT to develop and support Library services for digital scholarship. Finally, they will serve as a liaison to and participate in campus digital humanities groups and departments that support digital scholarship in the humanities.

In order to effectively enhance access and support interdisciplinary research, this librarian partners with other campus colleagues specializing in social sciences, humanities, area studies, international documents, and digitization, as well as with partners in the UC System and member organizations like the Center for Research Libraries. UC Berkeley librarians and academic staff are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment.

Advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.

The UC Berkeley Library is committed to supporting and encouraging a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, the University Council - American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT).

This position is in the bargaining unit. Librarians are eligible for professional development leave, vacation leave, sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Advanced degree

Preferred qualifications


  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent international degree
  • Advanced knowledge of the fields of literature and/or digital humanities
  • Experience working in an academic or research library
  • Experience providing public or customer service
  • Experience working with faculty, students, and staff in an academic or research setting
  • Experience with or coursework in collection development such as managing collection funds, selecting or deselecting titles, using vendor systems, and/or working with vendor representatives
  • Experience with or coursework in providing reference and instructional services in an academic library
  • Experience with teaching information literacy and/or digital humanities tools and concepts
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting underrepresented voices in literature and fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Experience engaging in collaborative projects and programs at the local, regional, national, and/or international level


Application Requirements

Document requirements


  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley. More Information and guidelines.


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Campus Information

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letter.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location
Berkeley, CA

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