New Job at UF: English and American Literature, Folklore and Film Studies Librarian

POSITION: English and American Literature, Folklore and Film Studies Librarian

SALARY: Minimum salary at the Assistant University Librarian rank is $54,035 Minimum salary at the Associate University Librarian rank is $62,500 Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials

REQUISITION #: 505081

DEADLINE DATE: November 30, 2017 – applications will be reviewed as received. Please note that this posting has specific instructions for the submission of application materials. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered.

JOB SUMMARY

The English and American Literature, Folklore and Film Studies Librarian [The English Librarian] is a year-round (12 month) tenure track library faculty position responsible for the overall development, management and coordination of the George A. Smathers Libraries resources in all formats for the these subject areas. The position supports the University’s academic programs including interdisciplinary humanities programs supported by the University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Responsibilities include analyzing the University’s programs in English and American Literature, Folklore and Film Studies, and collaborating with librarians and academic faculty to establish collection profiles, selection guidelines, and preservation, location and cataloging priorities; and evaluating existing collection strengths and current collecting intensities. In collaboration with the Library West Humanities and Social Sciences selectors, this position builds the English and American Literature, Folklore and Film Studies reference collection. This position manages specialized subject area reference services, library instruction, and online database services. This position provides general reference and instruction services to students, faculty, staff, and visitors at the Library West Research Assistance Desk, as well as online through the Ask-A-Librarian chat and texting service, email and via telephone queries.

The library encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the English Librarian will serve on various committees and teams. To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the English Librarian will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in work activities. The English Librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Communicates with appropriate academic faculty. Keeps informed of the development of academic programs and faculty interest to ensure that the Libraries’ collections and services support curriculum and research needs, and informs clientele about relevant Libraries’ issues.
  2. Defines goals, establishes objectives, plans and manages budgets, and coordinates collection development activities with other subject specialists, and librarians, with respect to resources for the English and American Literature, Folklore, Film Studies, and cognate collections.
  3. Analyzes the English and American Literature, Folklore and Film Studies collection development program activities and provides reports, strategies, assessments, and studies or surveys as required.
  4. Participates in the Humanities and Social Sciences general reference program, and acts as the collection management coordinator for the English and American Literature, Folklore and Film Studies Reference Collection.
  5. Responsible for advanced reference and research consultation in support of English and American Literature, Folklore and Film Studies, including the development of LibGuides and other online resources.
  6. Participates in appropriate professional development and continuing education endeavors and engages in scholarly service and research resulting in publication.
  7. Liaises and collaborates with faculty, students, researchers and other departments to further library digital scholarship initiatives & partnerships.
  8. Participates in Library fundraising efforts.
  9. Performs scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with tenure and promotion criteria.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  1. Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, or equivalent professional experience plus advanced degree in subject specialty.
  2. Appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank requires eight years of relevant post graduate degree experience.
  3. Familiarity with scholarly literature of English and American Literature, and either familiarity or interest in folklore and film studies.
  4. Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
  5. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team within a culturally diverse user community of faculty, students, staff, administrators, and the general public.
  6. Competence with information technologies and demonstrated effectiveness in integrating technology with traditional services and resources.
  7. Flexible and forward-thinking approach to challenges and opportunities.
  8. Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as strong presentation skills.
  9. Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion (outlined at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/pers/cdh)

Preferred:

  1. Advanced degree in a related field in the humanities.
  2. Working knowledge of a second language.
  3. Experience in the digital humanities.
  4. Sound knowledge of collection management, reference, and instructional practices and standards.
  5. Experience with and/or demonstrated enthusiasm for in-person and online instruction.
  6. Experience managing collections in an academic or research library.
  7. Experience providing reference and/or instructional services related to humanities, English and American Literature, Folklore and Film Studies in an academic or research library environment.
  8. Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) a written statement discussing the trends in research libraries affecting the study of English and American Literature. (250 words); 3) your current resume or CV; and 4) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email). Apply by November 30, 2017 (applications will be reviewed as received).Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/505081/english-and-american-literature- folklore-and-film-studies-librarian. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Bonnie Smith, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at bonniesmith@ufl.edu.

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Date Changes for Graduate Student Research Series [Note: No Class this Week]

Hello everyone,

As announced during the second GSRS session last week, due to the disruption caused by this Thursday’s controversial speaker we have decided to change the schedule for the final two GSRS sessions. Here is the new schedule:

Session 3: Building Scholarly Knowledge in Your Field                Thursday, October 26, 1:55-2:45 pm (Period 7)  Room 212 Library West

Session 4: Tips for Writing and Effective Scholarly Paper          Wednesday, November 1, 1:55-2:45 pm (Period 7)  Room 212 Library West

Please note the day change (from Thursday to Wednesday) for Session 4.

Hope to see you on the 26th.

 

Article in C&RL News is Out.

Hello everyone. My colleagues and I have an article out in C&RL News. Check it out.

Team up: Collaborating with public relations students to promote library subject specialists

April Hines, Hélène Huet, Stacey Ewing, LeiLani Freund

Abstract

In fall 2015, a group of librarians, who are members of the Library West Creative Team at the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida (UF), sought new methods for effectively reaching undergraduate students. Previous internal studies showed that when students think of the library, they think of study space, technology, materials, and the coffee shop, but rarely do they consider librarians and the services we provide.

 

50th anniversary of Dian Fossey’s Karisoke Research Center: Online and Offsite Exhibit at UF

My colleagues Dan Reboussin and Richard Freeman are currently curating an exhibit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dian Fossey’s Karisoke Research Center, where Fossey studied wild mountain gorillas in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda until her death in 1985. Several of the 30 beautiful photographs on display (by photographer Bob Campbell) were featured in two National Geographic magazine cover stories that propelled Fossey to international recognition in the early 1970s.

The Sept. 2017 issue of National Geographic and a 3 part NatGeo Channel television series narrated by Sigourney Weaver scheduled for December also feature several of the images currently on display here at UF. On view until December 15th, 2017 the exhibit is located in the first-floor lobby of Smathers Library.

An online exhibit is also available at http://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/BobCampbell. Selected digitized images from the collection of 15,000 original slides are available in UF Digital Collections at http://ufdc.ufl.edu/wildlife.

Hurricane donations for Puerto Rico at UF

Important message from the University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies.

Greetings All,

Thank you so much for all your donations so far. We have received word from the Coalition of Immokalee workers that they have had an overwhelming amount of support and are not in need of the supplies that we have collected. So that is good news on that front.

In light of that we will be redirecting supplies to help with relief efforts in Puerto Rico to help them with recovery from the immense devastation suffered at the hands of Hurricane Maria. Some elements of this you may or may not know but the White House has yet to decide if they will send monetary aid to the island. Also Puerto Rico is not allowed to receive aid or shipments from countries outside of the United States due to the Jones Act which requires that all shipments to Puerto Rico have to go through a United States port and be delivered on a United States ship. The White House has also declined to suspend this rule despite the immense need on the island and offers from other countries to support.

That being said we really need to come together and help the people of Puerto Rico even more because of the precarious situation they find themselves in as a colonized island of the United States.

We will be collecting for the next two weeks optimistically and if needs continue beyond that. Below are some of the things we need as well as different drop-off locations on UF campus.

· Bottled Water · Toothpaste/Toothbrush · Deodorant · Bar Soap · Children’s Clothes · Baby Formula · Baby Food · Cat/Dog Food · Lighters · Diapers · Baby wipes · Bug spray · Underwear · Socks · Tarps · Non-perishable or canned foods · Feminine hygiene products · Hand Sanitizer · Trash Bags · Batteries · Flash Lights · Sunscreen

Drop off locations include are:
UF Graduate Assistants United Office – Yon 224 Tuesday and Thursday 2-4 PM and Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30 PM.

Center for Latin American Studies – 3rd Floor Grinter Hall, 8 AM to NOON and 1 PM to 5 PM

Center for African Studies at the University of Florida (MDP Office) – Grinter 470 from 9 AM to 5 PM

La Salita in the Reitz Union Office from 9 AM to 7 PM

Please share this post and help bring in much needed donations!

12th Annual Symposium of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. January 27, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS

12th Annual Symposium of Spanish and Portuguese Studies

January 27, 2018 at the University of Florida, Reitz Student Union

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Florida cordially invites submissions for our 12th Annual Symposium of Spanish and Portuguese Studies.

We invite proposals for both individual presentations and panels (maximum of three presentations) from graduate students and faculty on topics related to Hispanic and Lusophone literature, linguistics, foreign language pedagogy, and other interdisciplinary studies, including Digital Humanities.

Please send a one-page abstract (approximately 250 words) to pfernand@ufl.edu

In the accompanying email, please provide the following information: your name, the presentation’s title, your position and institutional affiliation, and your preferred email address. Abstracts and presentations may be in Spanish, English, or Portuguese.

The submission deadline is November 1, 2017.

The keynote presentation for this year’s symposium is “The Digital Library of the Caribbean and Digital Humanities: Opportunities and Resources for Research, Teaching, and Collaboration” by:

Dr. Leah Rosenberg is an Associate Professor of English at the University of    Florida. She teaches Caribbean and Postcolonial studies, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary courses. A member of the advisory board of the Digital Library of the Caribbean (www.dloc.com) since 2008, she has worked to build its dLOC’s holdings in Anglophone Caribbean literature and history as well as its pedagogical materials and ability to support collaborative teaching.

Dr. Hélène Huet is the European Studies Librarian at UF and oversees many international collections. As a digital humanist and the Vice-Chair of the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium (FLDH), a collective of institutions in Florida that seeks to promote an understanding of the humanities in light of digital technologies and research, she is particularly interested in studying how digital tools can help facilitate students and faculty’s research.

Dr. Laurie N. Taylor is a Digital Scholarship Librarian at UF, where her work focuses on socio-technical (people, policies, technologies, communities) needs for scholarly cyberinfrastructure. Her work activities are geared towards enabling a culture of radical collaboration that values and supports diversity and inclusivity, including as the Digital Scholarship Director for the Digital Library of the Caribbean                                         (dLOC) and is the Editor-in-Chief for the LibraryPress@UF.

Please direct questions to the Organizing Committee at pfernand@ufl.edu

PhotoKeynote

Poster of the Call for Papers

 

“Francophonie and Françafrique” a talk by Dr Thomas Hale

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
4pm, Pugh Hall 302

Francophonie and Françafrique

For this presentation, Dr. Thomas Hale will discuss the concepts of Francophonie and Françafrique. More particularly, he will show that while Francophonie and Françafrique have offered France different tools for influencing francophone countries in Africa, French support for the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, an exemplar of soft power, is waning. The hard power of La Françafrique, France’s shadowy operations in francophone Africa, has attracted criticism by anti-colonial activists and the last three presidents of France.  The critics cite evidence for overlap of the two phenomena, and the emergence of a new form of French smart power in francophone Africa.

This talk is co-sponsored by The France Florida Research Institute with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

This event is free and open to public

For more information please contact Hélène Huet (hhuet at ufl dot edu) or Alioune Sow (sow at ufl dot edu)