Programming Librarian

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University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC
Job Description: 

The Thomas Cooper Library at the University of South Carolina seeks applications for the position of Programming & Engagement Librarian. This tenure-track faculty position reports to the Head of Research & Instruction. This librarian will collaborate with subject librarians, the TCL Outreach Group, campus partners, and student organizations to develop and assess programming which supports the aim of the Thomas Cooper Library to foster discovery, enable collaboration, support the research enterprise, and showcase scholarship.

To succeed in this position, the librarian will need to be creative, outgoing, enthusiastic, and organized. They will plan, develop, organize, implement, and assess programming that promotes library services, spaces, and collections to U of SC students and faculty. A primary focus will be for events which provide opportunities for students and faculty to showcase scholarship and activities which enable academic engagement. The goal of this position is to cultivate a welcoming culture, build connections between TCL and its users, and coordinate engagement efforts.

This librarian will also have liaison responsibilities to assigned subject areas and will participate in general library instruction and research assistance.

The University of South Carolina, founded in 1801, is the flagship campus of an eight-campus, fully accredited, state-system. The University is one of only 40 public universities to earn the Carnegie Foundation’s top-tier designations in research activity and community engagement. The University of South Carolina - Columbia has strong undergraduate and graduate programs and other highly regarded professional schools including: medicine, law, education, engineering, social work, pharmacy, public health, arts and sciences, nursing, and business administration. About 32,000 students are enrolled with more than 8,000 students in graduate and professional programs.

University Libraries serves the graduate and undergraduate programs of all schools and colleges, with the exceptions of the School of Law and the School of Medicine. Holdings include more than 4.9 million volumes, 20 million manuscripts, 475,000 e-books, and four distinct special collections. University Libraries is a member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Center for Research Libraries. The University Libraries also participate in NACO. The City of Columbia is the state capital with a metropolitan area population of nearly 800,000. The city is a state center of financial, transportation, and industrial development, and it has a rich historical and cultural tradition. Columbia is located within easy driving distance of both mountains and coast.

The University of South Carolina Libraries welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we promote diversity in our collections and the services that we provide as well as in our recruiting, hiring and retention practices.

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, protected veteran status or genetics.


Minimum Qualifications: A Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution in the US or Canada. Minimum of 2 years of research and/or instruction experience in an academic or public library.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in library outreach and programming. Three or more years of experience providing instruction & research service in an academic library. Knowledge of developments in higher education, scholarly processes and issues facing academic research libraries.

How to Apply: 

Apply online at (Posting # FAC00212PO19). The cover letter, explaining the reason for your interest and qualifications, may be addressed to Chair of the Programming Librarian Search Committee. Three references submitted must include names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on January 30, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. UofSC is an EOE.