Media Librarian

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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.

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


Based in the Learning and Teaching division of the University Library in Ann Arbor, the Media Librarian provides leadership for long-term vision and planning for the Library's media collections and services. As the Media Librarian you will report to the Director of Learning Programs.

You will manage the Askwith media collections and services and recommend priorities for the library regarding future directions for media in higher education. As part of the Library's information literacy program, you will have a central role in developing educational materials, programming, and partnerships that focus on media literacies, including digital media creation and new technologies. You will collaborate with library instructors, campus partners, library information technology, and coordinating efforts among library departments. You will provide high-level film and media related reference services to the university community and the general public.

The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the library's mission and values.


  • Select physical and streaming media content for Library collections and services and understand video markets and distribution networks,
  • Maintain expertise regarding the infrastructure that allows faculty and students to view streamed video from any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.
  • Oversee the digitization of legacy media collections for both access and preservation.
  • Develop a framework for strategic engagement, moving beyond product by product, that guides the development and assessment service offerings and learning outcomes.
  • Lead the planning, provision and development of digital media resource projects and services.
  • Maintain knowledge of the legal landscape for digital file conversion and online usage of media materials.
  • Partner with faculty and campus collaborators to design new approaches for integrating media into the curriculum and the learning management system.
  • Participate in the university-wide development of policies related to digital rights management, copyright and intellectual property standards.
  • Participate in professional organizations that support these activities.

Required Qualifications*

  • ALA-accredited master's degree or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience
  • Demonstrated experience with the theory and application of integrating media into research and teaching in higher education
  • 1+ years of experience building media collections
  • Working knowledge of audio and video file formats, resolutions and digital media technology
  • Understanding of streaming standards and technology (sampling, bit depth, Analog to Digital Converters (A/D)
  • Knowledge of licensing and copyright trends for media, including streaming and performance rights
  • Understanding of diverse perspectives and acknowledgment of the significance of differences and complexities in background, cultures, values and viewpoints as the foundation for an inclusive environment

Desired Qualifications*

  • 1+ years of experience in licensing of digital media
  • 1+ years of experience digitizing materials in audio or visual formats
  • Relevant teaching experience
  • Knowledge of visual media delivery trends in non-Anglophone regions (such as East Asia)

Application Deadline

Appointment is anticipated at the Associate or Senior Associate Librarian ranks.  Salary is dependent on the candidate's qualifications and experience. The target salary range for this position is $64,000 to $70,000 for the Associate Librarian rank and $70,000 to $75,000 for the Senior Associate Librarian rank.

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.

We expect that you will be at least partially campus-based, but note that the library supports hybrid and flexible work environments (i.e., a combination of in-person and remote work, depending on specific job responsibilities).

The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and vision insurance, generous time off (24 vacation days per year, and 15 sick leave a year), matched retirement contributions with immediate vesting, professional development opportunities, and more. TIAA and Fidelity Investments' retirement benefits are available.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

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