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Subject Librarian, Germanic Languages and Literature and Comparative Literature Studies, Washington University in St. Louis



The Germanic Languages and Literature and Comparative Literature Studies Subject Librarian engages in, promotes and provides support for scholarly and curricular activities for faculty, students and the community. This position serves wider discovery needs and research support through the creation and utilization of research tools (including the compilation of the annual Contemporary German Literature Bibliography), research assistance and instruction, collection development and liaison duties in the assigned subject area(s). The incumbent is expected to continue their professional development in their assigned subject area(s) as part of their work serving students, faculty, colleagues and the community at large. The Germanic Languages and Literature and Comparative Literature Studies Subject Librarian will be involved in various library activities managed by other library programs and within the Research and Academic Collaborations Service Division. 


Research & liaison services responsibilities. The incumbent in this position is expected to deliver research services by:

  • Providing and assessing in-person/virtual reference and research consultation services to fulfill user research needs
  • Liaising with faculty, students and others in assigned subject areas to facilitate information about library resources/activities through regular meetings and appropriate communication channels
  • Liaising with faculty, students and others in assigned subject areas to solicit material collection or service related needs
  • Promoting the role of research libraries to the university and community at large by participation in, but not limited to, campus, regional and national committees and projects
  • Appreciating and understanding the evolving nature of scholarship, scholarly output and the research data cycle and appropriately sharing that knowledge with faculty and students
  • Connecting researchers, when applicable, with others within the libraries in a collaborative manner addressing scholarly communication needs including, but not limited to, publishing, data management and repository services
  • Collaborating with Special Collections, Data Services and other areas within the Libraries providing cross-divisional partnerships and subject expertise to ensure the success of projects, collections, etc.

Collection development. In collaboration with the Collection Services Librarian and with colleagues within the Libraries, the incumbent develops, maintains, and assesses subject specific collections for the libraries. Responsibilities include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Development of subject-specific collection policies
  • Consultations with subject faculty, students and staff in selecting materials
  • Manage, assess and maintain collection budgets, collection materials and collection approval plans
  • Professional awareness in subject area and collection criteria
  • Collaboration with other areas in the libraries ensuring successful ordering and cataloging of assigned collections

Instruction. Incumbent collaborates with colleagues within and beyond the libraries to deliver, plan and assess strategic and effective instruction and learning materials to meet the curricular needs of faculty and students. Responsibilities include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Design, deliver and assess effective instructional sessions and activities through the solicitation of user and instructor feedback
  • Design, implement and assess effective online learning and digital tools
  • Develop and enhance teaching skills, as appropriate

Professional development. Incumbent will further their professional knowledge not only in their subject specialty, but also in the field of librarianship and areas relevant to their position by:

  • Participation in professional library or subject related organizations and committees 
  • Attending or participating in professional webinars/instruction sessions
  • Stay current in their subject areas through various methods

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Quelle der Beschreibung: Information des Anbieters


Literatur aus Deutschland/Österreich/Schweiz
Comparative Literature ; Bibliothekswesen



Washington University in St. Louis (WashU)
University Libraries


St. Louis
Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika
Datum der Veröffentlichung: 17.06.2019
Letzte Änderung: 17.06.2019