Job Details

  • Contact: Joseph Piazza.
  • Apply By: 01/24/2023

Job Description

The African American Studies Librarian is a year-round (12 month) tenure-track library faculty position, which is responsible for the overall development and management in all formats of the African American Studies collections in Library West, with a focus on the humanities and social sciences disciplines. This position also serves as a key partner, collaborating with and advising Special and Area Studies Collections (SASC) on related African American collections and programming.

The position supports the African American Studies Program, as well as related interdisciplinary programs offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in areas such as the Departments of English and History. Responsibilities include analyzing the University’s programs in and related to African American studies, collaborating with librarians and academic faculty to establish collection profiles and selection guidelines, and evaluating existing collection strengths and current collecting intensities.  The position collaborates with other employees, providing support in the broader areas of the humanities and social sciences, especially overlapping, interdisciplinary areas; provides general and specialized subject area reference services, research assistance, and library instruction; and participates in branch and libraries-wide outreach programming.

The Smathers Libraries are committed to creating a thoughtful, equitable, and inclusive culture that provides space for innovation and creativity. We support that commitment by offering a fulfilling work experience that allows for collaboration, growth, and development as well as shared perspectives.

To support all colleagues, students, faculty, and staff and foster excellence in a diverse and collaborative society, the Libraries are actively seeking candidates who bring culturally rich lived experiences to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and perspectives.

The Libraries encourage broad participation in reaching decisions and consequently the African American Studies Librarian will contribute to discussions and provide input and serve on various committees and teams. The African American Studies Librarian will also pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.



  • Develops relationships and collaborates with appropriate academic faculty and students including those in the African American Studies Program and interdisciplinary programs supported by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as student affinity groups such Office of Black Student Engagement and the Institute of Black Culture.
  • Stays abreast of the development of academic programs and faculty interests to ensure that the Libraries’ collections and services support curriculum and research needs and informs clientele about relevant Libraries’ resources and services.
  • Analyzes the Library West African American Studies collection and provides reports, strategies, assessments, and studies or surveys as required. Defines goals aligned with the Libraries’ Strategic Directions, establishes objectives, plans and manages budgets. Coordinates collection development activities with other subject specialists and librarians, with respect to resources for the Library West African American Studies collections.
  • Provides advanced reference and research consultation and instruction in support of African American Studies and related areas, including the development of online library guides and other online resources.
  • Participates in Library West general instruction initiatives using active learning methods in both traditional classroom and online settings and employing a variety of educational technologies.
  • Participates in the Library West general reference program and the Smathers Libraries’ online, chat reference program, and staffs the Library West Research Assistance Desk.
  • Contributes to Library West and Libraries’-wide outreach and student engagement programming.
  • Participates in community engagement and outreach activities as appropriate.
  • Collaborates with Special and Area Studies Collections to devise strategies for making African American special collections resources available in classrooms on campus and online and develops programming to highlight the collections.
  • Engages in professional development opportunities including research, publication, grants, and professional service activities to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion
  • Actively engages in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, supports diverse communities, and creates a welcoming environment for all.


Research indicates that applicants from underrepresented groups are hesitant to apply for positions if they do not meet all the required and preferred qualifications.[1] We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop the preferred skills. Additionally, applicants are encouraged to communicate how their work and other experiences satisfy the required qualifications in ways that may not be obvious.


  • Masters or Ph.D. in African American Studies, or MLS or advanced degree in a related discipline.
  • Knowledge of the history and culture of African Americans in particular and the United States in general and related subject areas.
  • Familiarity with major research resources and academic research processes used in academic libraries.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively, independently, and collaboratively in a collegial environment with faculty, students, administrators, and the general public.
  • Initiative, flexibility, and the ability to adapt and work creatively in a complex, rapidly changing academic environment.
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills, including oral and written communication, presentation and/or teaching and/or training skills.
  • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service, and other work.
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills and oral and written communication including presentation and/or teaching and/or training skills.
  • Strong potential to meet the requirements for tenure and promotion outlined in the departmental by-laws.



  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Minimum two years of library work experience.
  • Experience in collection management.
  • Experience with, or coursework in, classroom instruction.
  • Experience with, or coursework in, digital humanities.


[1] Schmaling, K. B., Blume, A. W., & Baker, D. L. (2017). Characteristics of Faculty Position Advertisements Associated with Applicant Diversity. Journal of Higher Education Theory & Practice, 17(8), 10–17.  Collier, D., & Zhang, C. (2016). Can We Reduce Bias in the Recruiting Process and Diversify Pools of Candidates by Using Different Types of Words in Job Descriptions? Mohr, T. S. (2014). Why Women Don’t Apply for Jobs Unless They’re 100% Qualified. Harvard Business Review, 25.


To apply, submit

  • a cover letter detailing your interest in, and qualifications for this position
  • your current resume or CV
  • a list of three references including their contact information (telephone number and email address)
  • a written statement of 300 words on the following topic: How would you approach outreach to the faculty and students of the African American Studies Program, which this position supports? This statement should focus on actions and experiences as they relate to this specific position, rather than your personal values.

Apply by 11:55 pm (EST) on January 24, 2023 (applications will be reviewed as received). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at Requisition 524985. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact Joe Piazza, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at

Additional Information

Job Information:
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information, and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. We are dedicated to the goal of building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff within a culturally diverse and pluralistic environment; we invite all qualified applicants including women, members of underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under the Florida Sunshine and Public Records laws.
Compensation Information:
$59,332 minimum salary at the Assistant University Librarian rank $68,625 minimum salary at the Associate University Librarian rank The Smathers Libraries offer a salary commensurate with experience and credentials

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