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Job Req ID:  16711

Librarian III,Social Science Librarian for Anthropology, Sociology and Area Studies


General Summary/Purpose:

The Social Sciences Librarian supports the research and teaching needs of faculty and students in Anthropology, Sociology, and area studies (i.e., Latin America, Islamic and/or Jewish Studies.)  The Social Sciences Librarian develops and maintains high quality outreach to the faculty and students in assigned departments; creates and delivers innovative and effective instructional resources (workshops, class sessions, course pages, research guides) to enhance learning and research skills; provides support for global research and information in assigned subject areas;  participates in general and specialized reference services (in-person consultations, phone, email, chat) including some weekend work; and collaborates with other librarians to support identification and use of secondary data sets.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Analyze trends in assigned departments’ teaching and research programs to stay abreast of scholarship and scholarly communications in the disciplines themselves, and use this knowledge to create and implement services to support these trends.
  • Apply pedagogical best practices, including the ACRL Framework, to provide research and information literacy support to students and faculty.
  • Collaborate and build partnerships with other liaisons to develop interdisciplinary solutions and create shared practices for integrating distinctive intellectual content and services into the academic environment.
  • Be knowledgeable about, and be able to speak to, a wide range of library issues, including scholarly communication, copyright issues, collection space allocation, digital scholarship, the development of new online tools, and the integration of information literacy skills into the curriculum. 
  • Support quantitative research methods across the social sciences using statistical sources such as the American Community Survey (ACS), Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS), Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), and the Current Population Survey (CPS).


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • MLIS or equivalent and significant undergraduate or graduate coursework in one or more of the covered fields.
  • Minimum of three years related experience.
  • Solid command of the major trends in research and scholarly publishing in assigned areas, including digital scholarship and dissemination.
  • Experience in an academic or research library.
  • Experience in developing and delivering innovative instruction and research support services.
  • Exemplary goal-orientation and self-management abilities.
  • An attitude of energy, initiative, innovation, drive, and team-orientation.
  • Advanced cultural competency that demonstrates an interest in participating in and leading discussions, initiatives, and collection development activities that reflect diversity and inclusion issues relevant to students, faculty, staff, and the community.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a technologically sophisticated and rapidly changing environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
  • Outward-facing, user-centered service orientation.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in a social science discipline. 
  • Working knowledge of analytical software for analysis of social science data, i.e., R, NVivo.


*The Sheridan Libraries and University Museums are strongly committed to diversity. A strategic goal of the Libraries and Museums is to work toward achieving diversity when recruiting new staff and promoting existing staff. The Libraries and Museums prize initiative, creativity, professionalism, and teamwork. For information on the Sheridan Libraries, visit For information on Evergreen Museum and Library and Homewood Museum, visit


Classified Title: Librarian III 
Working Title: Librarian III,Social Science Librarian for Anthropology, Sociology and Area Studies  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD 
Starting Salary Range: $59,282-$81,431 annually
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 10000071-Academic Liaison 
Personnel area: Libraries


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