Literatures and Cultures Librarian

The Literatures and Cultures Librarian provides research and academic technology assistance to students, faculty and staff. This support includes serving as the academic librarian for departments and programs in literature, culture, and/or language studies. Based in the Research & Instruction Work-group, the person in this position promotes a wide range of services offered by the library and develops strong relationships with students, faculty and staff across the College. The Literatures and Cultures Librarian teaches information skills, provides one-on-one consultations, and creates research guides and other instructional materials. The person in this position is responsible for the development of subject-specific and cross-disciplinary areas of the library’s collection.


Essential Functions

Offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Serve as the academic librarian for assigned departments and programs in literature, culture, and/or language studies. Affiliations and opportunities for outreach might include the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative, the Language Schools, and the Gender Sexuality and Feminist Studies Program, to name only a few possible opportunities to engage in College life.

Develop strong working relationships with faculty and students through regular communication and outreach.

Promote and seek feedback on library services and resources.

Educate students and other researchers in library and information skills, for example through course-related workshops that incorporate learning outcomes, active learning exercises, and assessment.

Create and maintain research guides, library web pages and other online instruction materials; make content and design decisions based on user needs.

Conduct research consultations and provide research assistance at public service points. Regularly consider how these services could be improved.

Align library collections with College curriculum through collaborative collection development in specific subject areas and for general research use.

Assist faculty with the use of course web sites and related academic technology tools.

Work collaboratively to provide expert advice to faculty and students using digital methods in their teaching and research.

Maintain expertise in a rapidly evolving field through ongoing education, professional development, and scholarly activity.

Provide positive representation of the library across Middlebury by attending relevant workshops, meetings and events.

Work cooperatively with others in the library and beyond, and accept direction from supervisors.

Contribute expertise, enthusiasm and creative thinking to the Research & Instruction Workgroup, the library and Middlebury.

Evening and weekend hours may be required.

General Responsibilities

Perform other duties as assigned



Graduate degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA -accredited institution or equivalent required.

Undergraduate or graduate degree in literatures, languages or cultures, or an interdisciplinary program, or significant relevant experience in an academic library, required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Excellent instruction and research skills, oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills required.

Knowledge of issues and trends in scholarly communications required.

Technical aptitude and an awareness of digital humanities and digital scholarship methods and tools required.

Creativity, flexibility and a willingness to develop new competencies required.

Ability to work in a team oriented environment required.

Working proficiency in one or more of the 11 foreign languages taught at Middlebury (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish) is strongly preferred.


Experience in promoting diversity and providing outreach services to underrepresented students is strongly preferred.

At least 2 years of post-degree experience in an academic library, including instruction, is preferred but not required. Early career librarians are encouraged to apply.

Physical Demands

Posting Information

Close Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

At Middlebury, we strive to make our campus a respectful, engaged community that embraces difference, with all the complexity and individuality each person brings. In your application materials we encourage you to address how your education, experience, scholarship, mentorship and/or community service might support our commitment to diversity and inclusion.


Some postings require contact information for reference providers for confidential letters of recommendation.

Recommendation Letter Requirements

Please note that confidential letters of recommendation are not required for this posting.

Company: Middlebury College

Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016

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