U Penn Humanities Librarian Job

I received a notice from a Humanities listserv I get about a position at U Penn this week, even though it says applications were due June 30. It is not uncommon for schools to take applications for a bit after the due date, and/or, to leave a job open until filled, so it is worth checking out.

It’s not exactly a dress/fashion job, but there is a lot of overlap and it might appeal to a Worn Through reader, especially since it’s such a good school.

This is the info:

“The University of Pennsylvania Libraries offer an exciting leadership opportunity to shape the future development of scholarly resources and collections in support of the humanities. The Libraries seek an experienced and innovative individual skilled at conceptualizing and implementing collection development and management activities across a large, complex, and rapidly changing information landscape.

The Penn Libraries include fifteen libraries and an off-site Heritage Collection Center. System-wide scholarly resources number over 5.9 million books, 44,000 current serials (of which 16,000 are e-journals) and 700 databases. The library is a leader in the development of digital library services and collections and is aggressively experimenting with and adopting new technology in research and teaching, including courseware.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Director of Collection Development & Management, the Coordinator of Humanities Collections & Humanities Librarian leads the collection development and management activities for the academic departments and interdisciplinary programs designated as “Humanities” at Penn. The Coordinator convenes a standing group of Humanities liaisons across the Penn library system to discuss issues and recommend policies pertaining to scholarly resources. In collaboration with other academic liaisons and curators in Research & Instructional Services, the Music Library, the Fine Arts Library, the University Museum Library and the Annenberg Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Coordinator also serves as the subject specialist to selected humanities departments, ranging from European History, Cinema Studies, Classics, Comparative Literature, to French, Italian and Germanic Studies. Specific subject responsibilities will be determined based on the qualifications and interests of the successful candidate.

Overall responsibilities include: optimizing resource allocation (staff, budget, space) for humanities collections; developing and implementing best practices, priorities, and policies for humanities collections in the framework of university- and library-wide strategic plans; managing the Libraries’ major European approval plans; recruiting and training new subject specialists in the humanities; serving as the primary bibliographer and liaison for constituents of selected humanities departments; serving as an adviser and advocate for digital humanities and scholarly communication initiatives; and facilitating and strengthening ties with University-level humanities programs.


Graduate degree in the humanities and Master’s in Library Science or the equivalent combination in experience, training, and practice is required. Proficiency in at least two European languages, including French, German, Greek, Italian, or Latin. The successful candidate should have at least 5 years of experience in an academic or research institution; demonstrated knowledge of scholarly research resources, disciplinary issues and publishing trends in the humanities; evidence of innovative approaches to collection development, management and assessment; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively within a collegial framework across departments ranging from technical services and information processing to public services and resource-sharing; excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills; strong analytical and decision-making skills.

To Apply:

Potential candidates are invited to submit a letter of application that addresses the needs and qualifications of the position, along with their resume and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references who can address the suitability of the candidate for the position described, as well as complete an on-line employment application (Job Reference #080524709). Click here for the direct link to the job.

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