Digital Librarian (Assistant Librarian)

at University of Texas Libraries (view profile)
Published April 28, 2022
Location Austin, Texas
Category Academic  
Job Type Temporary/Term-Limited  
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Education Requirements Master's degree in Library, Archives or Information Science, or a bachelor’s degree and 2 years’ experience working in libraries, archives, or open source software that has demonstrably provided the candidate with a broad knowledge of the field.
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 50,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary


As a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, UT Libraries is pleased to offer this three-year position with the Texas Digital Library (TDL) consortium for an early-career digital information professional, librarian, or archivist from a historically underrepresented, minoritized community. The resident will explore opportunities and contribute to digital libraries at a large, predominantly academic consortium with membership from public libraries, community colleges, and health science centers. They will have an opportunity to lead, create, collaborate, grow, belong, and discover varied aspects of creation, maintenance, and innovation in digital libraries and archives regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Date of first review: May 31, 2022


General Notes

The University of Texas Libraries welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we promote diversity in our collections and services, as well as in our recruiting, hiring, and retention practices.


  • With your Residency Coordinator, develop a rotation plan for the first year of the residency.
  • Lead and complete project work as assigned in each rotation.
  • Learn, observe, and inquire to gain a broad and deep understanding of how digital libraries operate.
  • Develop professionally and build digital library skills.
  • Participate in collaborative volunteerism including library, archives and information organizations, TDL service and member groups, and TDL committees.

Program Structure

A rotation plan for the first year will be collaboratively developed during orientation, heavily relying on the resident’s leadership, goals, and interests. In the second year, the resident may wish to focus on one select area, deepening their skills and developing specialized experience. In the third year, the resident should focus on career development and complete a culminating project. Over the course of the residency, TDL mentors and supervisors will play a significant role in supporting the resident’s experience.

The resident will enrich the TDL consortium by bringing in their own ideas and perspectives, leading projects end-to-end, contributing to collaborative and strategic initiatives, and supporting UT Libraries’ and TDL’s commitment to building a diverse workforce and fostering equity and inclusion in the profession. TDL will encourage participation in cohorts of ACRL Diversity Residents nationally and regionally.

The residency program will provide specialized training, continuing education, and mentorship tailored to the resident’s professional interests and goals. The wide range of digital library work experience available through this position will enable the resident to explore various career options, build essential skills, and receive professional mentorship and support for their career goals.

The resident will have the opportunity to guide their working experiences collaboratively with TDL staff and its members. In the first year, TDL’s intention is to deploy a model of a roughly 3-4 month rotation-based residency with longer placements in years 2 and 3; however, the rotation schedule is flexible based on the resident’s preference. An array of activities available to the resident at TDL are listed here.

Further Notes

TDL is a collaborative consortium based in Texas and rooted in higher education, which builds capacity among its membership for ensuring equitable access to and preservation of digital content of value to research, instruction, cultural heritage, and institutional memory. Read more about our mission, vision, and services here.

This residency is yours: your choices, your career direction, and your leadership, in partnership with Texas Digital Library’s unique community of digital library and archives workers offering experiences with an array of digital library activities, both technical and non-technical. While this is an entry-level position, your status from the beginning will be that of a colleague, and TDL will come together to support you as you grow as a digital libraries peer.

TDL is ready for you to join us in our established efforts towards IDEA. Please review our Racial Equity Action Plan (REAP) here to learn more about our ongoing commitment to improve digital libraries and our consortium. You may also wish to visit our Strategic Plan or review some of our annual conference presentations.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Library, Archives or Information Science, or a bachelor’s degree and 2 years’ experience working in libraries, archives, or open source software that has demonstrably provided the candidate with a broad knowledge of the field.
  • Effective and adaptive communication skills, especially in the context of working remotely across multiple institutions where communicating using multiple methods can improve the impact of collaborative digital library work.
  • Demonstrated ability to work flexibly, in ways that balance independent and collaborative work, as well as a mix of meeting immediate and longer-term needs.
  • Evidence of interest in a career in digital libraries.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop these preferred skills.

  • Commitment to values espoused in TDL’s Mission and Vision Statement
  • Willingness to provide feedback and contribute improvements and new strategies to TDL’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility (DEIA) efforts, of which this residency is an essential element towards systemic change leading to more inclusive and equitable digital libraries.

Research indicates that applicants with marginalized identities are hesitant to apply for positions if they do not meet all of the qualifications. We want to emphasize to all applicants that although experience in certain areas is desirable, candidates who meet the required qualifications or equivalencies, demonstrate excellent promise, and a passion for the field are encouraged to apply and will be given serious consideration. Opportunities for training, mentorship, and support from individuals with a variety of skill sets exist locally, regionally, and nationally.