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Art & Humanities Librarian

University of Puget Sound

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Art & Humanities Librarian
University of Puget Sound
Job ID: 6383
Location: Library
Full/Part Time:  
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Staff Posting Details
Appointment: regular, full-time, (1.0) FTE.

Position Summary:

The Arts & Humanities Librarian serves as a liaison with several departments, including Art and Art History, Classics, Theatre Arts, African American Studies, Communication Studies, Asian Studies and the School of Music. The position supports course integrated teaching, reference and research activities for faculty and students in these departments; participates in library outreach and engagement programs and assists with teaching associated with first-year seminars. In addition, the position is responsible for production of research and course guides to support the curriculum and also provides general reference services. The A&H Librarian is also responsible for the Book Arts Collection; overseeing purchases, outreach and engagement in this area. This position is part of a team of service oriented and collaborative librarians and should lead efforts to support learning, scholarship and creative and artistic activities through building collections and delivering a program of outreach, engagement, teaching and consultation in the arts & humanities.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:
  • Serve as the library's liaison to departments in the arts and humanities disciplines. May serve as liaison to additional departments/programs depending on educational background and/or experience.
  • Contribute to a dynamic information literacy program, teaching effective information seeking and critical thinking skills; continuously working to improve teaching by assessing student learning outcomes and participating in professional development activities focused on pedagogy; conduct targeted and strategic outreach in order to integrate information literacy across arts and humanities curricula and build strong working relationships with faculty in liaison departments.
  • Build and manage library curriculum-driven collections to meet the needs of students and faculty with a commitment to creating an inclusive collection. Spend allocated collection development funds in a timely and responsible manner.
  • Communicate information about library policies and promote library services to faculty and students. Communicate feedback to the Associate Director of Public Services and colleagues.
  • Create teaching and learning support materials such as tutorials, videos and research guides and contribute to the overall web presence of the library.
  • Provide reference and research assistance in traditional and digital environments.
  • Participate in professional activities and departmental planning.
  • Works with librarians, faculty and administrators to promote the integration of information literacy into the curriculum
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to provide innovative user-centered outreach services
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Assist in training and directing students in functions related to responsibilities.

Budget Responsibilities:

Monitors learning materials budget for liaison departments and ensures timely spend out.

  • Education or experience in the arts and humanities.
  • Master of Library Science from an accredited program.
  • Demonstrated team and project leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, belonging, inclusion and equity.
  • Experience or education in teaching or instructional activities.
  • Strong interest in current and emerging information technologies and potential applications and opportunities for the library.
  • Reference experience or education.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively and collegially with library staff, faculty and students.
  • Ability to function effectively in an ambiguous and rapidly changing environment.
  • Knowledge of web development and web technologies.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, time management, and communication skills.
  • Strong commitment to excellence in public service.
  • An understanding of and commitment to the educational objectives of the University and the ability to contribute significantly to the role of the Library in the educational process.
  • Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community.

Preferred Requirements:
  • Undergraduate degree or graduate degree in music, theater or fine/studio arts
  • Education or experience in the Book Arts
  • Experience providing reference and teaching in the fine and performing arts
  • Education or experience with inclusive and culturally responsive pedagogy

Compensation and Benefits: Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

Application Deadline: Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

    Required Documents:
      Resume Letter of Interest

    Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

    All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks. All new hires will be required to submit proof of current COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) or receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the university.

    Diversity Statement:
      We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives. We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community. We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

    Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

    The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

    How to Apply
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    About Puget Sound
    Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

    As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA


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    Working at University of Puget Sound

    The University of Puget Sound is an independent residential undergraduate liberal arts college with selected graduate programs building effectively on a liberal arts foundation. The University, as a community of learning, maintains a strong commitment to teaching excellence, scholarly engagement, and fruitful student-faculty interaction.

    The mission of the University is to develop in its students capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. A Puget Sound education, both academic and co-curricular, encourages a rich knowledge of self and others, an appreciation of commonality and difference, the full, open, and civil discussion of ideas, thoughtful moral discourse, and the integration of learning, preparing the University's graduates to meet the highest tests of democratic citizenship. Such an education seeks to liberate each person's fullest intellectual and human potential to assist in the unfolding of creative and useful lives.

    The University of Puget Sound campus offers a unique blend of ingredients for immersing yourself in learning: the unparalleled scenery of the Pacific Northwest, traditional Tudor-Gothic architecture, leafy enclaves for quiet study, and common areas infused with an indisputable energy. The campus is just minutes away from downtown Tacoma, with its revitalized waterfront, thriving arts and culture scene, and an eclectic mix of retail shops and restaurants.

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