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Librarians of the Future Diversity Residency Program: Interdisciplinary Librarian

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Boulder, Colorado





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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Libraries encourages applications for two Interdisciplinary Librarians as part of the Librarians of the Future Diversity Residency Program for three-year research faculty appointments. The purpose of this program is to introduce early career professionals, and in particular, members of historically underrepresented groups, to career opportunities in academic librarianship, which will enrich the profession by introducing new perspectives and fostering connections among librarians from diverse backgrounds. As part of a three-month onboarding process, the participants will set goals with the Program Facilitator, and will meet with stakeholders from the Libraries and learn about the different facets involved in academic librarianship. At the end of the 3-month period, the Interdisciplinary Librarians will identify two areas of interest from a pool of opportunities available within the Libraries that they would like to pursue in a collaborative project. During the remainder of years 1 and 2, the residents will work on collaborative projects with faculty mentors in two selected areas of interest within the Libraries to develop librarianship skills and consider how the practice of librarianship informs research. Some of these research outcomes could be presenting at a conference or authoring/co-authoring an article, for example. During the final year, the Interdisciplinary Librarians will propose and lead their own projects. The Interdisciplinary Librarians will gain project management and leadership experience, as well as engage in research activities related to the project.

The two Interdisciplinary Librarian Residents will be hired as full-time research faculty appointments with annual workload distribution of 40% librarianship, 40% scholarly and creative work, and 20% service. Appointments will be for three years.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are


We are a knowledge catalyst. We spark inquiry, discovery, collaboration, creation, and the dissemination of knowledge. We welcome everyone, wherever they are on their educational journey.


An information-empowered world.


Include • Empower • Connect • Learn • Inspire

Our values define our interactions within the Libraries and radiate outwardly. This means that we foster a culture that compassionately and authentically embodies our values in all aspects of our work.

Diversity Statement

We affirm diversity and inclusive excellence to be vitally integral to the Libraries’ mission and vision. We strive to model this in recruitment and retention, building collections, and offering services and spaces to develop a receptive social, intellectual, and physical environment for all. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusivity. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Responsibilities are drawn from the two available areas of interest selected by the Interdisciplinary Librarian with input from the team/chapter leader and include active participation in supporting library services. Emphasis in each area should be reflected in the Interdisciplinary Librarian annual goals.

Librarianship: Once offered the position, primary responsibilities and project work will be decided by the Interdisciplinary Librarian and Program Facilitator (first-level evaluator). The Program Facilitator may also recommend joining a particular group within the Libraries based on the Interdisciplinary Librarian’s interest; for example, the User Experience Community of Practice.

Research: The Interdisciplinary Librarian will propose their own research agenda or ideas.

Service: The Interdisciplinary Librarian is expected to participate in national and internal library service.

What We Can Offer

  • The annual salary range for this position is $67,000-$71,000.
  • Professional Development funds and travel funds will be available.
  • Hybrid work modality with 1-2 days/week available to work from home.


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.

Be Statements

Be inspired. Be resourceful. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or a combination of relevant experience and a terminal degree in a related field completed within the last two years, or with an expected graduation date before August 1, 2023.
  • Experience working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives in a professional environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to fostering a diverse educational environment.

What You Will Need

  • Interest in research, scholarship, and continued professional development.
  • Evidence of leadership potential, including ability to work creatively and effectively in a highly collaborative team environment.
  • Willingness to learn about the educational mission of a research university.
  • Outstanding service orientation and/or commitment to user experience.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Experience in a research-oriented environment (such as an internship or practicum).
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and manage projects.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A cover letter, professional narrative, or statement of interest addressing:
    • The skills/areas you would like to develop and improve through this experience
    • Some description of experience or projects undertaken during degree program or work experience
    • And, how you will apply a diverse perspective to fostering an inclusive educational environment
  2. CV/Resume

We may request references at a later time. 

Please apply by June 18, 2023 for consideration. 

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Below is a list of potential areas for Librarians of the Future projects. Feel free to highlight your interest in one or more opportunities or your own idea for a project in your application materials.

Success and Engagement Strategies Chapter

  • Inclusion & Engagement Librarian
  • Liaison Librarianship
    • Indigenous Knowledge
    • Middle Eastern, South, and Southeast Asian Studies
    • Cinema Studies - Black Cinema Collection Development
    • Business - Entrepreneurship and/or Information Literacy Focus
    • Other Potential Liaison Areas: Engineering, Chemistry, Education, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Women & Gender Studies, Center for African and African American Studies
  • Rare and Distinctive Collections
    • Reparative Archival Description and Processing
    • Born-Digital Archives
  • Collections Diversity Project
  • Original Music Cataloging

Research and Innovation Strategies Chapter

  • Digital Collections
  • Digital Preservation
  • Metadata (including Charles F. Snow Photography Collection)
  • Critical Cataloging
  • Open Technologies
  • Open Access/Collection Development

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Dylan Wiersma

Posting Contact Email: Dylan.Wiersma@Colorado.EDU