English and Drama Librarian

at Carnegie Mellon University (view profile)
Location Carnegie Mellon University, Hunt Library, 4909 Frew Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, Pittsburgh, PA
Date Posted May 3, 2021
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
Apply Here https://apply.interfolio.com/87095
Education Requirements ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS or advanced degree in relevant field
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 60,000 USD
Hourly or Salary? Salary


English and Drama Librarian Position Available at CMU Libraries


Dear colleagues,

Carnegie Mellon University Libraries is inviting applications for an English and Drama Librarian. We are seeking collaborative, people-centered, technically skilled applicants who thrive in a creative, agile work environment.

The English and Drama Librarian will serve as liaison to the Department of English, in the Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences and the School of Drama, in the College of Fine Arts. The Department of English offers undergraduate programs in creative, professional, and technical writing, as well as film & visual media, humanities analytics, and gender studies, with graduate programs in global communication & applied translation, rhetoric, and literary & cultural studies. Humanities Analytics provides opportunities for students to engage in data and text analysis, corpus creation and rhetorical analysis, text encoding, and the exploration of other digital humanities tools, methods, and platforms. The School of Drama is among the world's preeminent theater arts conservatory programs and was the first degree-granting drama institution in the United States. The school offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs with expertise in performance, writing, and multiple aspects of design and production management. Drama is also part of interdisciplinary programs in the Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network (IDeATe) and BXA Intercollege degree programs where students blend expertise in digital tools and platforms with their chosen subject concentration. Experience with humanities or social science data, digital collections and exhibits, digital humanities tools, emerging media, or interactive performance or publishing will be particularly valued in this liaison post.

The position is open until filled but applications received by June 1, 2021, will be given first consideration.  To apply and for more information, please visit https://apply.interfolio.com/87095.

Please note: that this is one of multiple liaison librarian positions we are currently seeking to fill. You will be prompted to indicate your interest in the English and Drama Librarian position during the application process.


  • We are currently seeking to hire a diverse cohort of creative and engaged professionals to help us develop new models and frameworks for liaison librarianship. We are especially interested in people who can contribute to the academic community's diversity and excellence through their research, instruction, and/or service and have a proven record of accomplishment in working with historically underrepresented and international students.
  • This position reside within the Libraries' Research and Academic Services and will be based at the Pittsburgh campus.
  • You should have a strong background and/or interest in the relevant subject areas and understand the research life cycle.
  • As a Liaison Librarian, you will be a member of the library faculty. Initial appointment rank and salary are commensurate with experience. To be considered for reappointment or promotion, you are encouraged to demonstrate excellence in librarianship and research or scholarship. Please visit: https://www.cmu.edu/policies/faculty/appointments-librarian-and-archivist.html

As a Liaison Librarian, under the leadership of the Associate Dean for Research and Academic Services, you will:

  • Develop strong partnerships between the departments, centers, and institutes in your portfolio
  • Acquire and maintain expertise in information trends and related subject areas
  • Develop and assess innovative services and resources for the research, instruction, and learning communities within your portfolio and cross-disciplinary programs across the University
  • Collaborate with a team of library faculty to develop and deliver information literacy curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Assist in building and maintaining the libraries' print and electronic resource collections in response to the changing needs of faculty and students
  • Work with library faculty and staff to provide innovative and responsive user-centered reference consultation services to the broader CMU community
  • Work with vendors to identify, develop, train on, and educate the CMU community on new platforms or services
  • Support data management services in collaboration with the Libraries' data curation specialist
  • Be encouraged and supported in developing your research and scholarship program related to information science and librarianship or aspects of your disciplinary expertise
  • Participate in governance and projects through various committees and working groups as assigned or elected at the library and University level


Required Qualifications:

  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution OR advanced degree in a relevant field
  • Subject area background or academic coursework in related fields
  • Ability to provide excellent reference, research, and instructional services to faculty, staff, and students
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively interact with diverse groups, including colleagues, faculty, staff, students, and administrators
  • Proven track record of working independently and as part of a team
  • A track record of professional growth
  • Proven record of success and dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including the ability to work well with a globally diverse student population

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A PhD or graduate degree in these fields or related subject areas
  • Experience or familiarity with providing research services in an academic library setting
  • Record of scholarly achievement or understanding of current issues in scholarly publishing and communication
  • Experience with new technologies, tools, and trends in digital research and scholarship in related subject areas
  • Knowledge of research life cycle in related research; experience using related research information resources
  • Familiarity with research data management and data sharing, open science tools, and standard methodologies related to your portfolio subject areas