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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.

Note: This position at the University of Michigan reports to the HathiTrust Director of Services and Operations. The HathiTrust Member Engagement and Communications Specialist is an employee of the University of Michigan and operates within the rules and policies of the University of Michigan.  The work location for this position will be Ann Arbor, MI.  This position will be a full-time, three-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal.


Job Summary

HathiTrust Digital Library has an opportunity for a collaborative and service-focused individual to plan and manage the activities that will enhance HathiTrust membership, member engagement with HathiTrust services, and communications that convey the values of membership.

HathiTrust is a growing partnership of research and academic libraries that are working together to ensure permanent access to the record of human knowledge. HathiTrust was founded in 2008 to develop a common good approach to the development of library collections and services at the largest possible scale. Today, HathiTrust’s member libraries number more than 125 worldwide. Together they support a certified trusted digital repository, which holds more than 15 million digitized books, and a number of programs that extend the power of this collection:

  • The HathiTrust Research Center, based at the University of Illinois and Indiana University, develops and offers services supporting advanced computational research using the HathiTrust collections.

  • The HathiTrust Shared Print Program secures retention commitments at member libraries for print holdings that mirror book titles in the HathiTrust digital collection.

  • The HathiTrust U.S. Federal Documents Program expands digital access to all U.S. federal publications by building a comprehensive HathiTrust digital collection of federal documents.

The Member Engagement and Communications Specialist will lead and develop our efforts to engage our members more in HathiTrust’s development and encourage them to take advantage of our services.  The individual who joins our team will have the chance to help build our community and to develop and execute communications strategies to do so. The successful candidate will be service minded, dedicated to our mission, and excited to elucidate the mission, values, and services of HathiTrust for its members, for the library and academic community,  and for the wider world.  



  • Develop HathiTrust’s overall communications strategies, and coordinate all communications according to the strategy.

  • Communicate the value and mission of HathiTrust. Write, create and edit communications including news releases, newsletter articles, social media posts, etc. Manage the HathiTrust web site and social media presence.

  • Serve as liaison to member  communications offices.

  • Oversee review/updating of HathiTrust branding/identity.

  • Develop programs and materials to help member libraries integrate HathiTrust services into their local environments.

  • Plan and/or support initiatives and projects to assess HathiTrust member needs.

  • Support planning and development of annual HathiTrust member meeting.

  • Lead new member development. Create marketing materials and conduct outreach to engage potential new members. Respond to information requests, facilitate the application process, and conduct new member onboarding activities.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in Library Science, Journalism, English, Communications, Public Relations, or a related field. For appointment as a librarian, an ALA-accredited master's degree or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience.

  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing communication strategies with multiple media vehicles including print, web, and social media.

  • Ability to work both collaboratively and autonomously, and to interact effectively with colleagues in HathiTrust, across the University, and with constituents from a wide variety of member institutions.

  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills; demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

  • Strong customer service mindset.

  • Ability to set priorities, handle multiple assignments and deadlines, and display excellent judgment and attention to detail while functioning in a flexible and professional manner.

  • 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.

  • Ability to travel within the United States 3-5 times per year, in addition to conference travel and professional development travel.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master's degree in Library/Information Science, Communications, Journalism, English, Public Administration, Nonprofit Administration, or a related field.

  • Experience working with libraries, non-profit organizations, and/or higher education institutions.

  • Familiarity with digital library and library information technology concepts and requirements, e.g., digitization processes, text and graphic file formats, trusted repository requirements, descriptive and technical metadata.

  • Familiarity with core library information processes and technologies, e.g., ILS systems, MARC cataloging, search strategies, research services support.  

  • Experience developing website content using Drupal or similar content management system, HTML coding, and CSS.

Additional Information

Benefits, rank, salary

Appointment is anticipated as a Communications Specialist, or at the Assistant 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 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 August 7 and continue until the position is filled.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

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