Associate Librarian

Michigan, United States
07 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

The University Library has a strong commitment to Judaic Studies, maintaining outstanding general and special collections that support a large number of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates from a wide range of disciplines. This position is part of the International Studies Team comprised of advanced subject specialists and technical service professionals, highly committed to public service and the values of scholarly knowledge exchange. In addition, the incumbent serves as the Curator of Judaica held in the Special Collections Research Center.

We are seeking an energetic, creative and service-oriented individual to serve as the Irving M. Hermelin Curator of Judaica and liaison to the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, one of the world’s leading centers of teaching and research in Judaica. The role will provide subject specific service and collection support for scholars and students with information needs related to the interdisciplinary field of Judaic Studies. This includes responsibility for reference and research services, a comprehensive program of instruction, and the development and management of the relevant collections in all formats. Responsibilities focus on engagement and collaboration with the academic community to develop high impact collections, programs, and services. The role will work closely with the Librarian for Middle Eastern Studies, Librarian for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Asian Studies, the Director of Special Collections Research Center and other librarians across the humanities and social sciences to support interdisciplinary collections and services, including participation in digital projects and initiatives.

The University of Michigan Library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work.


  • The successful candidate will advance the library’s mission through these primary responsibilities:
  • Instruction:  Design and teach library instruction classes in Judaic Studies to students as requested by faculty; teach training sessions and workshops to the university community regarding diverse library resources.

Liaison Activities:

  • Serve as the liaison to the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, and provide outreach to other related academic departments and the local community. Seek opportunities for partnerships with faculty and librarian colleagues.
  • Research Services:  Provide specialized reference service and research consultations for faculty and students in the area of Judaic Studies.
  • Collection Development: Provide leadership and coordination for acquiring, managing, and assessing Judaic Studies collections in all formats and languages that support research and instruction in those fields.
  • Professional Development and Service: Engage in research, digital scholarship, scholarly publication, and professional service activities appropriate to academic librarianship and the disciplines served.

Required Qualifications*

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science, or equivalent; OR Master’s degree, or equivalent, in Jewish Language or Literature, or closely related field.
  • Written and spoken proficiency in modern Hebrew.
  • Reading knowledge of Yiddish or Ladino.
  • Relevant teaching experience at university level.
  • Experience working in an academic library.
  • Knowledge of cataloging and access issues for non-English language materials.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development.
  • Demonstrated commitment to outstanding public service and user education for a diverse academic community.
  • Experience performing effectively in and successfully contributing to a diverse and inclusive workplace environment.

Additional Information

  • Benefits, rank, salary
  • Appointment is anticipated at the Assistant or Associate Librarian rank. Salary and rank dependent on the candidate's qualifications and experience. Librarian appointments carry with them increased expectations regarding professional development, professional engagement, research, and service, in keeping with the library's process for librarian promotion and advancement.
  • The target salary ranges for this position are $55,000 - $60,000 per year for the Assistant Librarian rank, and $63,000 - $70,000 for the Associate Librarian rank. The actual salary offered may vary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.
  • The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities.
  • This position receives 24 days of vacation a year, paid sick leave with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended. Applications will be reviewed as received and will continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.