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The University of Texas Libraries (UTL) seeks a librarian to join its active and evolving liaison program. The Liaison Librarian for Education will coordinate library engagement, research support, and teaching/learning services for the Departments of Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Leadership & Policy, and Special Education. The position reports to the STEM & Social Sciences Engagement Team Lead; as an active member of that team, the Liaison Librarian for Education will collaborate with colleagues to programmatically leverage our expertise, resources, and relationships to advance student success and deepen research partnerships between UTL and our campus community.


Note: This position will be filled at either the Assistant Librarian or Librarian title, depending on the education and experience of the selected candidate.



  • Research Support, Scholarly Communication, & Digital Initiatives: Provide research support to students and scholars at all stages of the research lifecycle. Consult on database searching, systematic reviews, data management/sharing and scholarly publishing. Advance scholarly communication and Open Science awareness among assigned communities.
  • Teaching & Learning: Plan and conduct classes, create learning objects, and initiate or engage in other activities to advance information/digital literacy among students. Support faculty in selecting and gaining access to course materials, including OERs. Develop and maintain subject-specific guides and instructional materials.
  • Engagement & Outreach: Establish and maintain relationships within the assigned community of students and scholars. Attend, participate in, and plan engagement forums/activities/events within UTL, the UT campus, and beyond. Communicate the impact of your work internally and externally.
  • Professional Development & Service: Actively participate in the work of UT Libraries and related professional and scholarly communities, particularly by serving on committees, leading or participating in strategic projects/initiatives, and presenting/publishing. Develop new skills related to evolving job responsibilities.
  • Collection Stewardship: Engage in collection development/management activities related to assigned subjects, in collaboration with the Social Sciences Collections Coordinator. Steward and manage Youth Collection, K-12 Textbook & Curriculum Collection, assigned endowments, gifts, and start-up funds. Promote collections, particularly materials unique to UT, through digital projects, UTL communication venues, and collaborative initiatives.
  • Other related functions as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Assistant Librarian: Master of Library Science, or equivalent library science degree.
  • Librarian: Master of Library Science, or equivalent library science degree, and four or more years of professional work experience.
  • A demonstrated interest in building the skills and expertise needed to
    – support advanced education scholars who are working on thesis/dissertation literature reviews
    – consult on systematic reviews or evidence synthesis work
    – assist researchers in finding current and historic education data and legislation.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills, in-person and virtual.
    A proactive, self-starter approach to work and a willingness to respond to tasks and opportunities with initiative, flexibility, creative energy, and leadership.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in education and/or experience working in a K-12 education setting or in education policy.
  • Experience with education-related research or with education as an academic discipline.
  • Experience supporting students and scholars in an academic library or other research setting.
  • Familiarity with information resources and tools important to education or social science scholars.
  • Experience with systematic reviews and other research methodologies in education and social sciences.
  • Demonstrated awareness of trends in scholarly communication and Open Science, particularly in areas such as: OA publishing, author rights, publication metrics, research data management, and data curation/sharing.
  • Experience working across organizational boundaries and managing complex stakeholder groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to be successful in the design and promotion of innovative programming and services.

We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleagues develop these preferred skills.


Salary Range
Assistant Librarian: $52,000-61,999

Librarian: $62,000 + depending on qualifications


Working Conditions

  • May work around standard office and library conditions.
  • Weekend and evening work may be required.

Work Shift
Monday – Friday, usually between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., with occasional evening/weekend work. Flexible work arrangements available to allow for some remote work, but regular, on-campus work is required.


Required Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

During your application, you will be asked the following questions:

  • Tell us about a time that you provided someone with research assistance. What was the need and how did you help?
  • Liaison work is often independent, time sensitive, and requires on-going learning; success hinges on personal initiative and curiosity. How have you demonstrated these qualities in your previous work?

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