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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 Classical Studies and as the subject specialist librarian for Classical Studies and Modern Greek. Embedded within the Classics Department, the Librarian for Classical Studies will build deep relationships and actively engage with the faculty, students, and staff in this area. The Department of Classical Studies is internationally renowned for its scholarly excellence and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Archaeology, Classical Civilization, and Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, and Latin Language and Literature. Faculty and students work closely with the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the University Library’s Papyrology Collection, and the department co-sponsors programs in Classical Art & Archaeology and Greek & Roman History, along with participating in the Program in Ancient Philosophy.

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 engagement and collaboration with the academic community to develop high impact collections, programs, and services. This position may also include liaison and collection responsibilities for the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, if the successful candidate possesses the requisite German-language knowledge.

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 Classical Studies and Modern Greek 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 Classical Studies and the Program in Modern Greek, with possible other subject liaison opportunities depending upon interest and qualification.

  • Provide subject reference, research consultation, and instruction services in assigned subject areas to support all aspects of the research lifecycle.

  • Curate collections in all formats by stewarding financial resources and building relationships with publishers and vendors.

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

  • 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 advanced degree in Classical Studies, or equivalent degree in a related discipline combined with a deep understanding of the issues and practices associated with research in this field.

  • Working knowledge of Ancient Greek and Classical Latin.

  • Bibliographic knowledge of Modern Greek or the willingness to develop skills in this area.

  • Demonstrated commitment to providing responsive public service, such as subject reference and research consultation, course-integrated instruction, liaison and outreach, and engaged learning.

  • 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*

  • Working knowledge of other Western European languages.

  • Working knowledge of German; familiarity with German cultural history, politics, and/or literature.

  • Familiarity with and experience responding to the trends and issues related to research in Classical studies and Modern Greek and the evolving scholarly communication landscape.

Additional Information

Benefits, rank, salary

Appointment is anticipated 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 target salary ranges for this position are $50,000 - $55,000 per year for the Assistant Librarian rank, and $56,000 - $64,000 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.

Applications will be reviewed as received and will continue until the position is filled.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

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