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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the University’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the Library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.


We seek a creative individual to serve as the liaison to the Department of History and as the subject specialist librarian for U.S., British and Irish, and Canadian History. We invite applications from candidates with a passion for supporting and enhancing the instructional and research activities of our faculty and students. Responsibilities focus on alignment, engagement, and collaboration with the academic community to develop collections, programs, and services with impact.


This position reports to the Head of Arts & Humanities, in the Research unit of the Library. Our team includes other subject liaisons working in libraries across campus, including the Art, Architecture, and Engineering, Fine Arts, Harlan Hatcher Graduate, and Music Libraries. We curate collections such as Artists’ Books, Music Special Collections, and the Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers archive, manage service points including Imageworks and the Donald Hall Collection, and lead services and programming, such as the Digital Scholarship Workshop Series. Our team is dedicated to building collections of distinction, supporting creative practice and the research lifecycle, and offering enriching engaged learning experiences for students.


The Library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work.


Through active outreach and relationship building, the Librarian for History advances the Library’s mission to add value to the research enterprise and to archive and preserve the record of human knowledge. In fulfillment of this mission, the successful candidate will assume these primary responsibilities:

  • Serve as the liaison to the Department of History, with possible other subject liaison opportunities depending upon interest and qualification.

  • Provide subject reference, research consultation, and instruction services in assigned subject areas.

  • Curate print and electronic collections by stewarding financial resources and building relationships with publishers and vendors

  • Serve as a knowledgeable resource for the research data needs of constituent faculty and students.

  • Partner with faculty and colleagues to support, enhance, and innovate research, teaching, and learning by leveraging our expertise, services, and resources.

  • Immerse oneself in the academic and cultural activities of the university community.

  • Grow and develop professionally by collaborating on committees and initiatives as well as engaging in professional and academic activities.


Required Qualifications*

  • ALA-accredited master's degree or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience.

  • Bachelor’s or greater degree in history, or equivalent degree in a related discipline combined with a deep understanding of the issues and practices associated with historical research.

  • Strong commitment to library public services work, including subject reference and research consultation, course-integrated instruction, liaison and outreach, and engaged learning.

  • Ability to develop innovative and impactful collections, programs, and services to meet the ever-changing needs of faculty and students.

  • Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Knowledge of one or more additional non-English languages.

  • Familiarity with trends and issues in scholarly communication, digital scholarship, and data management.

  • Knowledge of digital scholarship tools, methodologies, and initiatives supporting new scholarship in the humanities.

Additional Information

Benefits, rank, salary


Appointment is anticipated at the Assistant Librarian or Associate Librarian rank. Salary and rank dependent on the candidate's qualifications and experience. Librarian appointments carry with them increased expectations regarding professional development, professional engagement, research, and service, in keeping with the library's process for librarian promotion and advancement.


The target salary ranges for this position are $50,000 - $55,000 per year for the Assistant Librarian rank and $55,000 - $64,000 per year for the Associate Librarian rank. The actual salary offered may vary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.


The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities.


This position receives 24 days of vacation a year, paid sick leave with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. We anticipate a start date of July 1, 2017.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.