Ann Arbor, MI: Librarian for History Department – University of Michigan

We seek a creative individual to serve as the liaison to the Department of History and as the subject specialist librarian for U.S., British and Irish, and Canadian History. We invite applications from candidates with a passion for supporting and enhancing the instructional and research activities of our faculty and students. Responsibilities focus on alignment, engagement, and collaboration with the academic community to develop collections, programs, and services with impact.

This position reports to the Head of Arts & Humanities, in the Research unit of the Library. Our team includes other subject liaisons working in libraries across campus, including the Art, Architecture, and Engineering, Fine Arts, Harlan Hatcher Graduate, and Music Libraries. We curate collections such as Artists’ Books, Music Special Collections, and the Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers archive, manage service points including Imageworks and the Donald Hall Collection, and lead services and programming, such as the Digital Scholarship Workshop Series. Our team is dedicated to building collections of distinction, supporting creative practice and the research lifecycle, and offering enriching engaged learning experiences for students.

The Library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work.


Through active outreach and relationship building, the Librarian for History advances the Library’s mission to add value to the research enterprise and to archive and preserve the record of human knowledge. In fulfillment of this mission, the successful candidate will assume these primary responsibilities:

Serve as the liaison to the Department of History, with possible other subject liaison opportunities depending upon interest and qualification.

Provide subject reference, research consultation, and instruction services in assigned subject areas.

Curate print and electronic collections by stewarding financial resources and building relationships with publishers and vendors

Serve as a knowledgeable resource for the research data needs of constituent faculty and students.

Partner with faculty and colleagues to support, enhance, and innovate research, teaching, and learning by leveraging our expertise, services, and resources.

Immerse oneself in the academic and cultural activities of the university community.

Grow and develop professionally by collaborating on committees and initiatives as well as engaging in professional and academic activities.
Required Qualifications*

ALA-accredited master’s degree or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience.

Bachelor’s or greater degree in history, or equivalent degree in a related discipline combined with a deep understanding of the issues and practices associated with historical research.

Strong commitment to library public services work, including subject reference and research consultation, course-integrated instruction, liaison and outreach, and engaged learning.

Ability to develop innovative and impactful collections, programs, and services to meet the ever-changing needs of faculty and students.

Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. We anticipate a start date of July 1, 2017.