English Librarian

The Ohio State University in Ohio

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted August 29, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The English Librarian has primary responsibility for providing user-centered services in support of teaching, research, and scholarship related to English Language and Literature, American Literature, and Linguistics. The librarian approaches delivery of services with creativity and innovation to align with the Libraries Strategic Plan and to operate within the Engaged Librarian Framework.  Hallmarks of success will include building strong partnerships, deepening engagement, contributing to collection strategies and management, and leveraging technology to collaborate with the world class and renowned faculties of the English and Linguistics Departments. 


As a member of the Research Services team, the librarian will work with faculty and students within the traditional framework of research to create opportunities for deeper library engagement while supporting and developing capabilities required of future scholars to engage with the practical and intellectual tools of digital scholarship. In collaboration with the Teaching & Learning department, the librarian will initiate innovation within an established instructional program to generate excitement for information literacy instruction in undergraduate writing courses and beyond. The librarian will establish relationships with a variety of constituent groups including the Libraries newly hired librarian cohort to explore emerging trends, engage with new technology, and create shared practices.



  • Serve as an expert consultant to students, faculty, and colleagues on literature-related topics and on emerging digital tools and methodologies for supporting English scholars.
  • Work closely with Subject and Areas Studies Librarians, as well as with colleagues in Special Collections to further the libraries strategic priorities for research and engagement and create shared practices that connect the Libraries learning environment and research knowledge with constituent needs.
  • Broaden access to collections through digital project initiatives and actively acquire and promote both licensed and freely available digital resources of value to researchers.
  • Determine constituent needs to contribute to and to expand the suite of consulting services associated with the Research Commons.
  • Act as the Libraries partner for the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing.
  • Increase awareness among constituents of scholarly communication, copyright, and authors rights issues, in collaboration with Head of Copyright Resources and with Digital Content Services.
  • Partner with special collections curators in integrating the use of physical and digitized primary source materials into the English curricula faculty research portfolios.
  • Engage with campus colleagues in the Office of Distance Education and eLearning and elsewhere to support distance learning and to explore open education resources which support learning and impact college affordability.
  • Actively develop regional, national and international partnerships and collaborations to advance the strategic directions of the Libraries in support of the Department of English within the College of Arts and Sciences.


Required Qualifications:

  • An ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS degree.
  • Experience in working effectively with English faculty and students about their research and information needs.                                       
  • Experience in delivering innovative instruction, orientation or outreach services.
  • Public service experience in an academic library.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in English.                                                                                  
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
  • Experience with emerging technologies and their application in libraries and higher education.
  • Ability to conduct environmental scans and reviews of faculty and student research needs.



About The Ohio State University:

Founded in 1870, The Ohio State University is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 56,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences, and the professions.


The Ohio State University Libraries contribute to the Universitys eminence as dynamic partners and campus leaders in advancing inquiry and discovery for OSU, the state of Ohio and for an ever expanding community of world scholars. Additional information about The Ohio State University Libraries is available at http://library.osu.edu. Additional information about working at The Ohio State University Libraries and the position description are available at http://library.osu.edu/about/jobs.



The position is a full-time, permanent, 12-month tenure-track faculty appointment and reports to the Head of Research Services. Salary and faculty rank are dependent on qualifications and experience.



The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days vacation, 15 days sick leave, 10 holidays, hospitalization, major medical, surgical-medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times ones annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits, see http://hr.osu.edu/hrpubs/ben/fs-bensummaryreg.pdf.



Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by October 10, 2014. Please send cover letter, current resume and name, address, phone, salary history and requirements, and email address of three references via email using the subject line to identify the position title to rose.900@osu.edu.   


Contact Information:

Kelly Rose, Human Resources

The Ohio State University Libraries

305 Thompson Library

1858 Neil Avenue Mall

Columbus, OH 43210


The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.