Scholars Lab Librarian (Assistant Librarian)

at University of Texas at Austin (view profile)
Published January 20, 2023
Location 101 East 21st Street, Austin, Texas
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 50,000.00
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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.


The Scholars Lab will be a PCL-based campus-wide resource that provides infrastructure, UT Libraries subject librarian and domain-situated expertise, and opportunities for learning, consultation, collaboration, and research presentation to enhance multidisciplinary research and digital scholarship. It is scheduled to open on the entry level of the Perry-Castaneda Library in Fall 2023.

This newly created position will be instrumental in designing, launching, and offering services in the Scholars Lab. The Scholars Lab space will be under construction when this position begins, and the Scholars Lab Librarian will take an active role in shaping the service plan. After the opening, the Scholars Lab Librarian will support the goals of the Scholars Lab initiative by offering consultation and instruction, promoting and advertising Scholars Lab services, and providing a venue for other UT Libraries departments and experts to teach. The Scholars Lab Librarian will serve as the public point of contact for Scholars Lab spaces, developing and supporting campus partnerships, as well as maintaining room calendars and assessing space use.

This position is a member of the Digital Scholarship Team in the Research Support and Digital Initiatives Department. The Research Support and Digital Initiatives department is comprised of subject liaison librarians and functional experts who work individually and collaboratively to support the research lifecycle, promote sustainable, scalable digital scholarship and digital collections, and advance new modes and emerging models of scholarship.


  • Provide consultations. Develop curriculum and teach workshops for UT Libraries public workshop series and for course-integrated instruction sessions. Provide consultations.

  • Maintain and develop expertise in digital scholarship.

  • Promote and advertise Scholars Lab services, events, and expertise to campus constituents.

  • Maintain relationships and build partnerships within UT Libraries and across UT's community of digital scholars and researchers. Plan and host events in the Scholars Lab and collaborate with other UT Libraries staff hosting events.

  • Serve as public point of contact for Scholars Lab spaces. Maintain room calendars and approve reservations, assess space use. Serve as point of contact for maintaining and assessing the Data Lab and the Technology Studio (name TBD).

  • Supervise graduate research assistants.

  • Serve on UT Libraries committees and cross-functional teams, such as the Service Management Cross Functional Team.

Required Qualifications

  • MLS/MLIS (or equivalent)

  • Fluency with the digital humanities or digital scholarship methodologies, such as text analysis, mapping, data cleaning and manipulation, metadata, scripting languages, and/or digital publishing, digital collections, and exhibits.

  • Initiative and self-direction.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with a focus on networking, relationship-building, and partnerships.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple competing tasks and maintain deadlines.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in person and in multiple media.

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and equality.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with the digital humanities or with digital scholarship methodologies, such as such as text analysis, mapping, data cleaning and manipulation, metadata, scripting languages, and/or digital publishing, digital collections, and exhibits.

  • Experience supervising students or staff.

  • Strong commitment to mentorship.

  • Promotion and marketing skills.

  • Experience organizing and executing events.

  • Instruction experience in an academic library or research-based organization.

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