Job: Anthropology Librarian

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Anthropology Librarian

Number position available:

Minimum salary at the Assistant University Librarian rank is $54,035

Job Category:
Reference & Public Services

Position DOES NOT require a Master's degree from an ALA accredited program.


POSITION: Anthropology Librarian

RANK: Assistant University Librarian or Associate University Librarian

REPORTS TO: Associate Chair, Humanities & Social Sciences Library (Library West)

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: March 29, 2019 - applications will be reviewed as received



The Anthropology 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 archaeology, and biological, cultural and linguistic anthropology. The position supports the University’s academic programs including the Department of Anthropology as well as interdisciplinary programs supported by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Responsibilities include analyzing the University’s programs in anthropology, 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. Collaborates with other employees to provide support in the broader area of the social sciences, especially interdisciplinary areas. This position manages specialized subject area reference services, library instruction, and online database services.

The Smathers Libraries encourage staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the Anthropology Librarian will serve on various committees and teams. To support all students and faculty, and foster excellence in a diverse and collaborative society, the Libraries are actively seeking candidates who bring culturally-rich lived experiences to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives. The Smathers Libraries recently created a new strategic direction focused on ensuring that the Libraries are a safe, supportive and welcoming learning environment for all users and on focusing engagement efforts to diverse populations within the University and local community. The Anthropology Librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion. The Foundation for The Gator Nation An Equal Opportunity Institution


  • Develops relationships with appropriate academic faculty, including those in the Department of Anthropology and interdisciplinary programs supported by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 
  • Keeps informed of the development of academic programs and faculty interests to ensure that the Libraries’ collections and services support curriculum and research needs, and informs clientele about relevant Libraries’ issues. 
  • Responsible for advanced reference and research consultation in support of anthropological studies, including the development of LibGuides and other online resources. 
  • 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 anthropological studies, and related collections. 
  • Analyzes the anthropology collection development program and activities and provides reports, strategies, assessments, and studies or surveys as required. Participates in the Humanities and Social Sciences general reference program. 
  • Participates in outreach and instruction programs using traditional classroom and active learning methods and innovative educational technologies. 
  • Supports diversity, equity and inclusion efforts as part of the Libraries Strategic Directions. 
  • Participates in appropriate professional development and continuing education endeavors and engages in scholarly service and research resulting in publication. 
  • Liaises and collaborates with faculty, students, researchers and other departments to further library scholarship initiatives and partnerships. 
  • Performs scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with tenure and promotion criteria 
  • Participates in Library fundraising efforts and grant projects.



Required: 

  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, or other relevant advanced degree in subject specialty with a minimum of two years of library work experience. 
  • For appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank, eight years of relevant experience 
  • Familiarity with scholarly literature of anthropology. 
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills. 
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty, students, administrators, and the general public. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as effective presentation skills. 
  • Commitment to including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work. 
  • Initiative, flexibility and the ability to adapt to a complex, rapidly changing academic environment. 
  • Competence with information technologies and demonstrated effectiveness in integrating technology with traditional services and resources. 
  • Competence with office technology and willingness to learn new technology. 
  • Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion.

Preferred: 

  • Advanced degree in anthropology or related field. 
  • Undergraduate degree in anthropology or other relevant discipline, or extensive work experience in a relevant subject area. 
  • Experience providing reference and/or instructional services related to anthropology and social sciences in an academic or research library environment. 
  • Sound knowledge of collection management, reference, and instructional practices and standards. 
  • Experience in evaluating print and online resources.
  • Experience managing collections in an academic or research library.
  • Proficient in the creation of web pages and web based materials 
  • Experience in digital scholarship and data curation.


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Additional information
Library Type:
  • Academic Libraries

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Job Location

Physical address where the job position is located.

Job Place:
Humanities and Social Sciences Library

Job Location:
Central Florida

1545 W University Ave




Institution Information
Institution Name :
University of Florida

1545 W University Ave




Contact Information / How to apply
Contact Name:
Bonnie Smith

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How to apply


To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) a written essay on this topic (in 250 words or less) “As the Anthropology Librarian, how would you reach out to students and faculty to promote library programs and services?”; 3) your current resume or CV; and 4) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email). Apply by March 29, 2019 (applications will be reviewed as received). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at Requisition 43739 ( 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

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