Black Studies Librarian, Black Bibliography Project, Rutgers University Libraries

at Rutgers University Libraries, New Brunswick (view profile)
Published October 7, 2022
Location 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  Temporary/Term-Limited  
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Education Requirements Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library school and/or advanced degree in relevant academic disciplines
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $79,580 minimum, plus benefits
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Twitter Handle @RULibraries


The Rutgers University Libraries seek an innovative, collaborative and service-oriented librarian to serve as Black Studies Librarian. This new grant-funded position will support the work of the Black Bibliography Project (, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supported project based at Yale University and Rutgers ( Working with a team of faculty, librarians, technicians, and students across both institutions, the position will carry out data curation activities surfacing the publication histories of Black print of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as relationships among Black writers, publishers, and readers. It is expected that the Librarian will develop and contribute expertise in descriptive bibliography and linked data in order to test and implement the BBP’s data model. The position will also work with the Scarlet and Black Research Center (, whose digital archive documents Black history in New Jersey, starting with the connections between slavery and the university and leading up to the present day. In addition to contributing to these projects, the Black Studies Librarian will be the subject liaison to the Department of Africana Studies and the Center for African Studies with responsibilities in reference, instruction, and collection development.

The Black Studies Librarian will:

  • engage with students and faculty who study Black history and culture to provide instruction, research, consultation, and outreach
  • develop and manage inclusive and accessible collections in support of Black and Africana Studies
  • participate in a dynamic and proactive information literacy program
  • contribute to digital and public humanities initiatives
  • foster close intellectual partnerships between the Libraries and the academic community
  • support new modes of scholarly communication
  • build partnerships and co-curricular collaborations that advance teaching and learning; participate in university-wide initiatives, committees, and task forces as appropriate to the role

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Rutgers-New Brunswick, the Librarian will serve as a member of the New Brunswick Libraries Faculty. This is a grant funded, non-tenure-track faculty position, with a three-year term of appointment.