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


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.


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.


  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.



  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


  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.


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 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


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.


“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)

New Position: Digital Scholarship Associate – Library Associate 2

POSITION: Digital Scholarship Associate – (Library Associate 2)
REPORTS TO: Associate Chair, Humanities and Social Science Library (Library West)
SALARY: $39,529 annual salary; Actual rate will reflect experience and credentials
DEADLINE DATE: September 12, 2017

The Digital Scholarship Associate (DS Associate) ensures coordinated and consistent activities for instruction and outreach in Library West, especially in regards to the new and expanded needs for support with digital humanities and digital scholarship. The DS Associate is responsible for coordinating and supporting Library West’s web and social media presence, the Scott Nygren Scholars Studio, trainings and activities related to digital humanities and digital scholarship as centered in Library West and across the Libraries, and in providing support to academic faculty collaborating with the Libraries on digital humanities efforts. Each week, the DS Associate will spend 10 hours in the Scott Nygren Scholars Studio, a dynamic new digital humanities and scholarship lab, to assist and/or advise faculty, staff, and students of the UF community on digital projects in collaboration with the Libraries and to hold open hours for the Studio for drop-in visitors. The DS Associate will become an expert on using the technology and software in the Studio, and is responsible for planning, coordinating, and providing training on software and technology located in and accessible from the Studio.
The DS Associate will also serve as a member of the instruction and outreach team to provide reference and instructional services. The person in this position will perform research assistance duties such as staffing the Research Assistance desk and Ask-A-Librarian. The DS Associate also participates in state and/or national conferences on an annual basis.

Digital scholarship support
– Manages the Scott Nygren Scholars Studio (Library West 212), maintaining the space and technology.
– Schedules and holds lab hours in the Studio for 10 hours each week.
– Collaborates with librarians interested in digital humanities and closely with the Instruction & Outreach Coordinator.
– Demonstrates understanding and works toward proficiency in core digital humanities software installed in the Studio.
– Assists members of the UF community and instructs on use of the equipment and software available in the studio. Offers regular trainings on digital humanities software and citation management software (e.g. RefWorks).
– Engages and participates in digital humanities and scholarship projects with librarians and library staff. Stays current in best practices for digital scholarship and is familiar with a wide variety of academic digital projects across the nation and world.
– Plans, recruits trainers from within the Libraries and across UF as appropriate, assists trainers in obtaining access to software, equipment and other resources needed for training.
– Provides and coordinates support for non-credit and for-credit trainings and courses in digital humanities and digital scholarship.
– Coordinates and supports planning and implementing events and activities in support of the digital humanities at UF, including supporting such groups as the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, the Digital Humanities Working Group, and the Center for Media Innovation and Research.

Library West Web coordinator and social media manager
– Updates the Library West website ( and all pages under Library West, in collaboration with the Information Commons Librarian.
– Collaborates with the Libraries’ webmasters.
– Maintains an active, positive social media presence representing Library West on a variety of social media sites including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other media outlets.
– Coordinates social media activities with the Social Media Coordinator
– Acts as a liaison between Library West and UF Social Media.
– Maintains compliance with UF social media policies, and Libraries and UF web standards, policies, and practices.

Reference and instructional services
– Assists users at the Library West Research Assistance Desk in locating library materials and instructs them in the use of: online information sources, the online catalog, the course reserves system, interlibrary loan, and basic reference materials and methods.
– Provides knowledgeable and excellent assistance to patrons of the UF Libraries.
– Holds regular shifts for the Ask a Librarian chat, email, and texting reference service and other non-traditional reference services, in addition to traditional desk services.
– Makes appropriate referrals for research assistance, instruction, and materials request to subject specialists and other branch libraries and departments.
– Assists with the Library Instruction Program, mentoring Graduate Student Teaching Assistants, teaching classes ENC 1101-1102.
– Assists and supports librarians with subject specific classes in the humanities and social sciences.
– Serves as resident expert on bibliographic citation software, such as RefWorks.

Other Duties as Assigned
– Serves on various committees and task forces at the Library and University level.
– Encouraged to attend and/or present at state and national conferences.

– Bachelor’s degree and four years of related library experience; or a Master’s degree and two years of related library experience; or any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.
– Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work effectively independently as well as collaboratively in a team-based environment.
– Excellent organizational skills and a demonstrable ability to manage multiple priorities.
– Ability to effectively serve a large and diverse user population.
– Experience working with social media tools (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, blogs, YouTube, Wikis) as part of managing web presence.
– Experience managing web presence using web authoring and editing technologies (e.g., content management systems, blogging, HTML and CSS).
– Experience with text encoding and markup (e.g., HTML, CSS, markdown, TEI, etc.).
– Experience with graphics programs (e.g., Adobe Creative Suite).
– Experience with video recording and editing technology.
– Experience with digital scholarship and digital humanities technologies in use with digital libraries (e.g., SobekCM, Omeka).
– Familiarity with technologies used to support text mining, text analysis, and topic modeling (e.g., Python, R, Mallet).
– Familiarity with UFapps (e.g., and UF resources for processes involved in digital scholarship (e.g., file sharing with GatorCloud, OneDrive, and File-Express
– Familiarity with Research Computing technologies and processes (e.g., .
– Strong analytical skills and experience in planning and setting priorities.
– Experience in project management and project portfolio management for simultaneously managing multiple projects.
– Knowledge and experience working in an academic library setting, including basic reference skills and familiarity with major information sources in print and electronic.
– Demonstrated ability to remain conversant with newly evolving technologies.

THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state’s oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation’s most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. In 2013 the Florida Legislature designated UF as the state’s preeminent institution which grew into an opportunity to achieve national and international recognition for the University’s work in serving students and the world. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities. UF traces its beginnings to a small seminary in 1853 and is now one of the largest universities in the nation, with more than 50,000 students. For more information, please consult the UF homepage at

The libraries of the University of Florida form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida. The UF Libraries consist of seven libraries on the Gainesville campus and three off-campus facilities; six of the campus libraries, and all of the off-site facilities, are in the system known as the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. The remaining library is the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center. Collectively, the UF Libraries (the Smathers Libraries and the Legal Information Center) hold or provide access to over 5.45 million print volumes, 8,100,000 microfilms, 1.25 million e-books, over 152,000 full-text electronic journals, over 1100 electronic databases, 1.26 million documents and 1.35 million maps and images.

The UF Libraries have built a number of nationally significant research collections, including the Latin American, Judaica, Florida History, Children’s Literature, and Maps and Imagery collections. The UF Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), and the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL). The library staff consists of more than 300 FTE librarians, technical/clerical staff and student assistants. The organizational chart is available at

The George A. Smathers Libraries are strong advocates for inclusion and intellectual freedom. The Libraries’ commitment to both is articulated in the Inclusion Statement and Intellectual Freedom Statement, both of which are posted at

The Humanities and Social Sciences Library (Library West) is the largest branch library on the UF campus, with 14 faculty and 16 staff members, seating for 1,400 patrons, and 217 public computers, including iPads and Netbook laptops. Last year, Library West received over 1.4 million visitors. Renovated in 2006, the branch offers 16 group study rooms, 3 media rooms, including video conferencing facilities, faculty and graduate carrels as well as a limited-access floor for graduate students. Two classrooms are available, one with auditorium-style seating and the other with 19 computers for hands-on instruction. Within the branch, there are four functional units: Research Assistance, Instruction and Outreach, Collections, and Circulation; these units are managed by coordinators who oversee the daily functions. Programs and lectures are scheduled throughout the year in the Information Commons area. The branch is also home to the Libraries Administration, Human Resources and Fiscal Services, Library Facilities Planning, and the Access Support unit providing ILL and Reserves services for all branches. A Starbucks is located in the building. Organizational chart available at:

Gainesville, Florida and the surrounding community are home to approximately 257,000 people and both the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. Situated just over an hour from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, the city is surrounded by over 40 nature parks, including many spring-fed lakes and rivers. In 2015, Gainesville was named the “Best Midsize College City in America” by WalletHub and ranked no. 7 on “Top 10 College Towns”. Gainesville is known as an innovative municipal government and an innovative city. Gainesville continues to receive national recognition as a top-rated city. Some of Gainesville’s accolades are listed at the Gainesville Awards and Recognition link. The Guide to Greater Gainesville combines award winning photography and compelling articles that capture all of the reasons for calling Greater Gainesville your next home. The area has numerous cultural institutions and is a haven for sports fans. Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, and St. Augustine are all within a two-hour drive.

Vacation days, paid holidays, and sick leave days; retirement plan options; insurance benefits; tuition fee waiver program; no state or local income tax. Prospective employees should review the information about employment and benefits at UF available at

To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) your current resume or CV; and 3) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email). Apply by September 12, 2017 (applications will be reviewed as received). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at Requisition 503537. If you have questions about the application process please contact Tina Marie Litchfield,

The University of Florida is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minority group members. We are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic environment; we strongly encourage applications from women, members of underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. As part of the application process, applicants are invited to complete an on-line confidential and voluntary demographic self-disclosure form which can be found at: This information is collected by the University of Florida’s Office of Human Resources to track applicant trends and is in no way considered by the Smathers Libraries in the selection process.

Humanities PhDs at Work: Career Paths in Librarianship. September 18, 4pm.

“Humanities PhDs at Work: Career Paths in Librarianship.”
Monday, 18 September 4:00 pm Smathers 100

Hélène Huet, Megan Daly, and Jessica Aberle are assistant librarians at the George A. Smathers Libraries. Though each presenter received a doctorate from their respective fields in the Humanities, Huet, Daly, and Aberle all chose to transition into the field of librarianship. If you are curious about the work that librarians undertake and whether a career in an academic library might be a good fit for you, this presentation will offer guidance. They will speak about their roles in the library and provide a brief overview of their work, followed with a discussion of their different career trajectories and the hurdles they encountered along the way. Then they will explain their decisions to pursue librarianship and why they love their work. Finally, they will provide resources and advice to those interested in libraries, archives, and information science.

Hélène Huet, Ph.D. European Studies Librarian.
Megan Daly, Ph.D. Classics, Philosophy, and Religion Librarian.
Jessica Aberle, Ph.D. Architecture Librarian.


Poster for the “Humanities at Work” Event.

Self-Care in Academia: A Follow-Up

I wrote my post, Living with Alopecia: On Self-Care in Academia, because I felt it was important for me to share my story. Academia can make you feel so lonely and insecure, to the point that you try to hide your mental and physical issues from everyone for fear of appearing weak. But you know what? Sharing openly what you are going through, well that’s being strong and powerful.

I received so many messages of friends, colleagues, people I had never met, who are going through similar issues, sharing with me how stress has affected their lives, and thanking me for writing my post. You are welcome and thanks to everyone for being so open as well. I am not alone, you are not alone, and together we can strive to take better care of ourselves.

I also received a few suggestions on how to deal with stress-related issues. For instance, some make sure to sleep for 8-9 hours a night while others focus on having hard limits to their work day and leaving work out the door once home. Some don’t work on the weekends and instead focus on their families, outside activities, activism, etc… Others practice yoga or meditate every night before going to bed. Personally, I went back to working out a few times a week (I really like the free videos at Popsugar) and to cooking. I have also started this membership at a spa where I can either get a massage or a facial every month. I LOVE this. And my cat is the queen of being relaxed so I try to follow her example! Everyone is different so find something that works for YOU.

Am I cured all of a sudden? No. I have not become the least stressed person in the universe. And my hair has not regrown magically yet either. But I do enjoy my work and my life more. I am less bothered by the little things over which I have no control. I am happier. While I still suffer from the imposter syndrome and I am still a stressed-out person, I do find I am making progress towards a better work-life balance. So thanks “Alopecia on my head” because you helped me realize how important taking care of myself is.