English and Drama Librarian Liaison / Information Scientist

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Created: February 21, 2020


Join us in building a 21st-century library at the heart of research and teaching. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) stands among the world’s most renowned educational institutions with  faculty leading the way in their fields with state of the art, interdisciplinary research and an emphasis on training the next generation of innovators. The University Libraries are highlighted in the university’s strategic plan. We seek creative and engaged professionals to work with the libraries’ dedicated team toward meeting the needs of our university.

We invite applications from collaborative, people-centered, technically skilled applicants who thrive in a creative, agile work environment to serve as Librarian Liaison / Information Scientist for English and Drama.

The Department of English, in the Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences offers undergraduate and advanced degrees including areas such as writing, literature, rhetoric, and communication. The department boasts a commitment to excellence in traditional and innovative humanist pursuits, including interdisciplinary research and advancing digital humanities. 

The School of Drama, in the College of Fine Arts, is among the world's preeminent theater arts conservatory programs, uniquely situated in the context of a major research university. It is also the first degree-granting drama institution in the United States of America. The school’s conservatory program within the university is one that prepares students intellectually, artistically and practically to be leaders in their chosen professions.

Candidates should have a strong background and/or interest in these subjects, an understanding of the research lifecycle within these fields, and should be highly motivated to develop close collaborative teaching and research relationships with faculty, staff, and students in both departments and across disciplines. They should also be comfortable with new and emerging technologies and media applications for learning, teaching, and scholarly pursuits.

We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and/or service, and have a proven  record in working with international and underrepresented minority students.

Under the leadership of the Associate Dean for Research and Academic Services, you will:

  • Develop and manage relationships between the University Libraries and the departments in your portfolio
  • Acquire and maintain expertise in information trends in the humanities, drama and the performing arts
  • Develop and assess innovative services and resources for the research, teaching and learning communities within your portfolio and cross-disciplinary programs across the university, including services related to digital scholarship, publishing, and scholarly communications
  • Collaborate with a team of library faculty to develop and deliver information literacy curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Help to build and maintain the libraries’ print and electronic resource collections in response to the changing research, teaching and learning needs of faculty and students
  • Work with library faculty and staff to provide innovative and responsive reference consultation services to the broader CMU community
  • Work with vendors to identify, develop, advertise and train on new platforms or services

In addition to providing responsive library services to faculty, students and staff, you will be encouraged and supported in developing or continuing your own program of research and scholarship related to information science and librarianship or to aspects of your disciplinary expertise. You will also participate in governance and projects through various committees and working groups as assigned or elected.

As a Librarian/IS, you will be a member of the library faculty. Initial appointment rank and salary are commensurate with experience.

To be considered for reappointment or promotion, you will be expected to demonstrate excellence in librarianship and in research or scholarship. For more information, please visit:





  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution or international equivalent; or an advanced degree in English, Drama, or related disciplines
  • Work experience or formal education in these or related disciplines
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively interact with diverse groups including colleagues, faculty, students, and administrators
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Dedication to professional growth


  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a relevant field
  • Record of scholarly achievement
  • Experience providing research services in an academic library setting
  • Experience with curriculum development, teaching, and training
  • Knowledge of current issues in scholarly and artistic publishing and communication
  • Experience with new technologies, tools, methods, and trends in digital scholarship in the humanities and arts

Application Instructions

Anticipated start date summer 2020.       

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications submitted by February 29, 2020, will receive priority consideration.                              

Carnegie Mellon University is committed to growing  the diversity of its community on a range of intellectual and cultural dimensions. Carnegie Mellon encourages  faculty applicants who will contribute to this diversity through their research, teaching, and service, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others who would contribute in different ways.


Published: Friday, February 21, 2020 19:04 UTC

Last updated: Friday, February 21, 2020 19:04 UTC