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Librarian for African and Global & International Studies

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The Librarian for African and Global & International Studies is part of a team of six librarians who serve the communities within the University that study world regions in a variety of disciplines.  Reporting to the Head of International & Area Studies in the Distinctive Collections Division, the incumbent will provide user-focused service and subject expertise for the interdisciplinary fields of African Studies (including Africa and the African diaspora), Global & International Studies, and other assigned disciplines in the humanities and / or social sciences.

Special consideration will be given to applicants committed to excellence who can contribute to the University’s innovative, collaborative, and multidisciplinary initiatives to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that will change the world.  See www.provost.ku.edu/planning.

70% Professional Responsibilities
-Build, evaluate, and assess assigned collections through review and selection of materials related to African Studies, Global & International Studies, and otherassigned disciplines, including materials in English and foreign languages.

-Collaborate with faculty and instructors in African Studies, Global & International Studies, and other assigned disciplines to teach research skills through course integrated instruction sessions, assignments, and assessment tools.

-Provide specialized reference and consultation services to faculty in assigned academic units, students, researchers, visiting scholars, and the general public whose research relates to the assigned regions and disciplines.

-Work collaboratively to develop and maintain website information, web-based research guides and finding aids relevant to the areas supported.

-Represent KU Libraries in regional, national, and international professional organizations of relevance to African and Global & International Studies.  Participate in regional, national, and international consortial collaborations.

-Actively communicate issues implicit in scholarly communication and open access in discussions with colleagues and with the KU community. Attends training and events designed and developed to promote understanding of trends and best practices in scholarly communications. Reflects this understanding in his or her work as a librarian at KU.

-Actively participate in, and advocates for, the educational role of the Libraries through dynamic engagement in campus teaching and research, campus collaborations, or staff development and training.  Identifies and makes use of teaching opportunities in any circumstance, promotes the Libraries instructional resources and support, and obtains instructional expertise from colleagues as appropriate.

-Advance the Libraries’ priorities and strategic directions through active participation in pursuits such as cross-functional initiatives, cross-operational teams, project teams and/or task forces.

20% Research - Contributes to the profession's collective knowledge by engaging in scholarly research activity. Research may involve the publication of articles, books, book reviews, grant-supported inquiry, or editorial work.

10% Service - Engages in service to the Libraries, the University and to professional organizations by participating in committee work, projects, and other contributory achievements.

Open Rank: Rank considerations are based on professional performance, research, and service experience sufficient to qualify for appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian, Associate Librarian, or Librarian.

Required Qualifications:

-ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent from a foreign institution by date of appointment.

-Minimum of two years post-secondary coursework in African studies or in a supporting discipline with significant African focus; or equivalent work experience related to Africa or the African diaspora.

-Language competency in English as demonstrated by college coursework, proficiency assessment scores (e.g., TOEFL), native speaker, extended foreign residence in an English-speaking country; or other demonstrated competency measure.

-Effective written communication skills in English as demonstrated in the candidate’s application materials, examples of written work, and/or publications.


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