Librarian I/IIPosition Summary
Reporting to the Head of Area Studies Collections, this librarian has responsibility for collection development (in cooperation with others) for materials from and about the continent of Africa, emphasizing Africa south of the Sahara. Duties include selection of materials, specialized reference and library instruction, faculty liaison, collection management, promoting the collection, working on grant proposals, some travel to Africa, and participation in cooperative collection development agreements.
Michigan State University has 170 faculty with Africanist experience, with special strengths in the social sciences, including the top ranked African History program in the country, and applied sciences, particularly as relates to development. The African Studies library collection reflects these strengths and is one of the world’s largest.
The successful candidate must be creative, broadly focused, and adventurous enough to expand or shift their range of responsibilities to meet evolving campus needs. The candidate will also participate approximately quarter-time in a secondary assignment based on interests and qualifications; assignments in cataloging or digital initiatives are likely possibilities. Some evening and weekend hours may be required. Other relevant duties as assigned.
Librarians are appointed as regular faculty in the continuing appointment system and are engaged in professional development and scholarly activities related to their position in addition to serving on library and university committees as elected or assigned.
Michigan State University Libraries serve more than 4,900 faculty, 36,000 undergraduates, and 11,000 graduate and professional students on a park-like campus of over 5,000 acres.Required Degree
Masters -Library or Information ScienceMinimum Requirements
Master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or from a master’s level program in library and information studies accredited or recognized by the appropriate national body of another country. Knowledge of the history, politics, economics, literatures and cultures of sub-Saharan Africa. Good knowledge of French or of a major African language. Excellent oral and written communication skills; outstanding interpersonal communication skills including the ability tobe flexible in a dynamic and changing environment; exceptional commitment to customer service; ability to work enthusiastically and effectively with diversefaculty, students, and staff; ability to work collaboratively and independently; ability to prioritize and balance various unit needs; attention to detail; preparation and commitment to conducting independent scholarship consistent with a library faculty appointment; capacity and commitment to engage independently in continuing professional development.Desired Qualifications
Graduate degree in African Studies; professional experience or travel in Africa; familiarity with digitization projects; experience with grant proposals or fund raising; willingness to do original cataloging in area of expertise.Required Application Materials
CV, Cover LetterSpecial Instructions
Interested applicants should provide a letter of application, resume, and a list of names, addresses and email addresses for three references.