Diversity Resident Librarian (Assistant Librarian), University of Texas

By IS Lab April 22, 2021

University of Texas

As a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, UT Libraries is pleased to offer this three-year academic librarian position for an early-career librarian or archivist from a historically underrepresented community. The residency program will provide specialized training, continuing education, and mentorship based on the resident’s professional interests and goals. The wide range of work experience gained through this position will enable the resident to build essential skills and plan career path options. The resident will enrich UT Libraries by bringing in new ideas and perspectives, contribute to projects and strategic initiatives, and support UT Libraries commitment to building a diverse workforce and fostering diversity in the profession.

Job Responsibilities

  • Development of the rotation plan and completion of project work as assigned in each rotation. Rotation areas include: Library instruction and pedagogy, special collections, rare books, and archives, subject liaison librarianship and collection development, digital scholarship, scholarly communications, and data management, assessment and planning, collections acquisitions and licensing, digitization and preservation, and metadata and cataloging.
  • Learning, observation, and inquiry to gain a broad and deep understanding of how academic and research libraries operate.
  • Professional development and personal skill-building.
  • Professional service via participation in professional library and scholarly organizations and UT Libraries committees.
  • Program Structure: A rotation plan for the first year will be collaboratively developed during orientation and will include rotating through at least two Libraries’ units or areas, with opportunities for shorter observations in additional units. In the second year, the resident will focus on one select area, deepening their skills and developing specialized experience. In the third year, the resident will receive mentorship and support in career development and complete a culminating project. The resident may participate in future UT Libraries initiatives in support of digital scholarship.

Job Qualifications


  • MLS received in the last two years.
  • Demonstrated experience establishing priorities, meeting deadlines, and organizing work effectively.
  • Demonstrated willingness to respond to opportunities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently.
  • Flexibility working in a fast-paced and evolving technological, team-oriented, and agile environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, in person and in writing.
  • Interest in developing leadership skills.
  • Commitment to supporting academic and research needs of all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility.
  • Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.


  • Demonstrated willingness to respond to opportunities with leadership and troubleshoot challenges with initiative and creative energy.
  • Experience providing exemplary customer service. Previous library or archives experience including volunteering, working, or internships.
  • Coursework and/or experience in the use and application of tools and methods that support digital scholarship.

Research indicates that applicants with marginalized identities are hesitant to apply for positions if they do not meet all of the qualifications. We want to emphasize that although experience in certain areas is desirable, candidates who meet the required qualifications or equivalencies, demonstrate excellent promise, and a passion for the field are encouraged to apply and will be given serious consideration. Opportunities for training, mentorship, and support from individuals with a variety of skill sets exist locally, regionally, and nationally.

To apply, include a Resume/CV and three work references with their contact information (at least one reference should be from a supervisor), and a letter of interest.

To apply for this job please visit utaustin.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com.