The Ohio State University — Ethnic Studies Librarian

Ethnic Studies Librarian

The Ethnic Studies Librarian serves as liaison to the Center for Ethnic Studies (CES) in the College of Arts and Sciences and its academic program areas of Asian American Studies, Latina/o Studies, and American Indian Studies. This position establishes programmatic approaches to building partnerships and delivering the Libraries’ resources and services to a wide variety of students, faculty, and staff in the Ohio State academic community and beyond. The Librarian provides research and instruction support for students and faculty in the Center for Ethnic Studies, in collaboration with other Libraries faculty or staff where appropriate. The Librarian builds and maintains relationships with units, programs, and initiatives across campus focused on race and ethnicity, and seeks opportunities to leverage Libraries’ resources and services in support students of color and/or marginalized ethnic identities at Ohio State. The Librarian understands new technologies and research methodologies to advance and deepen research support, and to strategically advance teaching and learning initiatives aimed at student success.

The Librarian reports to the Head of the Humanities and Social Sciences and, as part of the team, works to identify emerging constituent needs, integrate information literacy into the curriculum, anticipate and respond to users’ research and information needs, and deliver the Libraries’ resources and services. The Librarian champions the library as an intellectual meeting place for programming, content, and inquiry. The Librarian has the capacity to thrive in a changing work environment and fulfills position expectations as outlined below. The Librarian consistently demonstrates an active commitment to the Libraries’ values and promotes an organizational culture of discovery, connection, equity, integrity, and stewardship ( as well as dedication to advance the work of the Division of Research and Education. Other duties as assigned.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Engage actively and communicate effectively with faculty, students, and staff in assigned academic programs to develop strong collaborative relationships and deep partnerships.
  • Establish partnerships within University Libraries, with other campus constituencies, and with external groups to support the advancement of strategic activities related to research, teaching, and student success.
  • Anticipate and respond to users’ research and information needs throughout the research lifecycle.
  • Work with the Collections Strategist to monitor collections in their subject areas and oversee individual title funds and facilitate collections work.
  • Communicate the value of scholarly communication, digital initiatives, copyright, affordability, and the integration of information literacy skills into the curriculum and the impact to the campus community.
  • Consistently demonstrate a commitment to our values and promotes an organizational culture of Discovery, Connection, Equity, Integrity and Stewardship as well as dedication to advance the work of Research and Education.
  • Seek appropriate professional development opportunities for continued growth in a fluid environment.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce and work environment.

Required Qualifications:

  • An ALA-accredited master’s degree or a comparable graduate degree from a non-U.S. university reviewed on a case-by case basis, or a terminal degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated ability to support students, faculty and staff in Asian American Studies, Latina/o Studies, and American Indian Studies; understanding of how these areas connect to Black Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Disability Studies, and other intersectional approaches.
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to create and thrive in a collaborative work environment.
  • Demonstrated interest in fostering interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Commitment to librarianship, scholarship, and service, which are required criteria to meet University and University Libraries requirements for promotion and tenure (

Desired Qualifications:

  • Degree or significant experience in Asian American Studies, Latina/o Studies, American Indian Studies, or a related discipline.
  • Experience in an academic library environment or comparable setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge or experience in one of the following areas:
    • Scholarly communication
    • Digital initiatives
    • Affordability

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This is a full-time, regular, 12-month appointment as a tenure-track faculty member. The candidate will be required to meet university and Libraries requirements for promotion and tenure. Faculty rank at either Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor are dependent on qualifications and experience.

The Ohio State University believes in diversity in people and ideas. What Ohio State does matters. And how we do it matters. When we are at our best, we make a real difference to people. We believe that the university should be a place where people can work and learn together in a safe environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, and intimidation. As such, finalists for any faculty position that carries tenure must sign an authorization and disclosure form, which will allow current or prior employer(s) to share information to the University regarding any findings of employment-related misconduct or disciplinary proceedings against a candidate and/or any pending investigations related to alleged misconduct. Such information shall include findings and pending investigations with respect to sexual harassment, violence, or harassment; research misconduct; financial fraud or misconduct; foreign influence violations, grant misuse or misconduct; and/or any other type of finding or pending investigation relating to a candidate’s employer’s policies and rules governing faculty conduct that may reasonably be expected to affect a candidate’s appointment. If the University becomes aware of any past finding of misconduct or pending investigations that were not disclosed, Ohio State will treat that as a serious omission and reserves the right to rescind an offer or terminate employment.

$68,000 to $75,000 annual salary negotiable.

The university offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days’ vacation, 15 days’ sick leave, 11 holidays, hospitalization, major medical, surgical-medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times one’s annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits, see:

Please submit cover letter, CV, references, and application at by January 8, 2023.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Ohio State University is a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance.