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History and Philosophy Librarian


Library Administration

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries invites applications from collaborative and innovative candidates for the position of History and Philosophy Librarian. This tenure track librarian will act as subject specialist and primary library liaison to the Department of History, the Department of Philosophy, and other humanities areas as assigned. The History and Philosophy Librarian will engage with the academic community in order to facilitate collaborations and partnerships that increase the impact of library expertise, services, and resources. Liaison responsibilities include providing research consultation services to users at all levels throughout the research life cycle. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a responsive and adaptive approach to meeting the teaching, learning, and research needs of students, faculty, and staff.

Who We Are

As the flagship University of a multi-campus system in the State of Colorado, CU Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)—and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region—we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies.

CU Boulder is committed to Colorado communities through collaborative research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Our faculty, staff and students work with the broader community to establish unique connections that have lasting outcomes—both across Colorado and around the world.  Today, with our sights set on becoming the standard for the great comprehensive public research universities of the new century, we strive to serve the people of Colorado and to engage with the world through excellence in our teaching, research, creative work, and service. The University Libraries faculty and staff are diverse, talented, and passionate people who share this vision and mission. Librarians participate at all levels of the campus and hold full faculty status and rank. The Libraries, a member of the Association of Research Libraries, holds the largest collection in the Rocky Mountain region with over 12 million books, periodicals, government publications, audiovisual materials, microforms, maps, manuscripts, papers and computer-based resources. The Libraries faculty and staff collaborate internally, with colleagues beyond the campus, and with our clients to advance information literacy, intellectual freedom, lifelong learning, the disciplinary growth of information, and the amplification of knowledge.

Boulder and the surrounding area is known as one of the best places to live because of its spectacular setting, acres of open space, and vibrant atmosphere. At 5,430 feet above sea level, acres of vast open space entwine into Boulder's cityscape nestled into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Home to approximately 90,000 residents, Boulder has a mild, dry climate with more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Boulder offers activities for every interest. Over 80 miles of pedestrian and bike paths, as well as a convenient bus system, provide transportation around town and to the Denver metropolitan area. Photographers, music lovers, rock climbers, Olympians, artists, and others are drawn to this great city because of its scenic beauty, vibrant culture, and fabulous amenities. Boulder is just three hours from 11 ski resorts, 40 minutes from Denver, and moments from 43,000 acres of open space and trails.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The History & Philosophy Librarian reports to the Director of the Arts & Humanities department. The department includes other subject liaisons, including Art, Architecture, Romance Languages, English Literature, Classics, and Music. The librarian will contribute to the programmatic and collaborative work of the Arts & Humanities department, as well as collaborating with other departments in the Libraries, especially the Open & Digital Scholarship Department, and the Special Collections, Archives & Preservation department. Significant parts of the responsibilities of this tenure-track position are research/creative work and service, in keeping with the tenure standards of the University of Colorado Boulder.

What We Can Offer

The successful candidate will be appointed as full-time (12 month) tenure track faculty member. Rank will depend upon professional experience. Salary will be commensurate with experience and consistent with ARL averages for similar positions. Benefits include 22 working days of vacation, ten paid holidays, sick leave, university group health care plans, group life insurance, TIAA administered retirement/annuity, and support for scholarly/professional activities.Tenured librarians are eligible for sabbatical leave.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

Please address each of these qualifications in your application materials:
  • Demonstrated ability to advocate for and cultivate an environment that supports diversity, respect, and inclusion. 
  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent.
  • 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.
  • Commitment to critical, highly responsive practices in teaching and learning. 
  • Commitment to providing outreach to constituent communities.
  • Experience or coursework participating in collection development in an academic or research library.
  • Experience or coursework providing reference and/or instructional services.
  • Familiarity with trends and issues in scholarly communication, digital humanities/scholarship, and data management.
  • Commitment to innovative, inclusive, and user-centered library services.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and creative problem solving skills.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating on projects in a team environment. 
  • Potential for research, scholarly work, and professional service.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Advanced degree in History or another relevant field.
  • Experience providing instructional and research services related to humanities or area studies.
  • Reading knowledge of one or more additional non-English languages. 
  • Experience in an academic or research library.
  • Experience with grant writing or fundraising.
  • Experience developing innovative learning opportunities to enhance research and/or teaching. 

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. It is recommended that applications be submitted by November 19th, 2018, in order to receive full consideration. The application must be made online at CU Boulder Jobs and must include the following: 
  • A letter of application specifically addressing qualifications for the position
  • CV or resume
Questions may be directed to George Karpoff, Search Coordinator, at George.Karpoff@Colorado.EDU. 

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Posting Contact Name: George Karpoff

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer