Social Sciences Librarian, University Library

POSITION:    Social Sciences Librarian

AVAILABLE:    September 1, 2014

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a creative, collaborative, and service-oriented individual to join the Research and Instructional Services Department as the Subject Librarian for designated departments in the Social Sciences. The Social Sciences Librarian will possess experience in the teaching and use of resources in the social sciences, will be well versed in the use of new and emerging technologies for outreach, will understand and practice liaison librarian techniques and will have sufficient technical expertise to provide support for the discovery and use of datasets.  Reporting to the Head of the Humanities and Social Sciences Section of Research and Instructional Services, the successful candidate will join an energetic and service-oriented department that supports teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences.  The department is actively engaged in collaboration with the Research Hub, a new, major library initiative that brings together partners, technology, expertise and resources that scholars need to support new endeavors in today’s research environment.

The Social Sciences Librarian will serve as the liaison to designated social sciences departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and will provide research consultations to faculty, staff, students, and community members. The librarian will build strong partnerships and deepen engagement with the faculty, will assist and consult with faculty and students in developing research capabilities (e.g., data and appropriate software and tools), and will provide support for course development. The librarian in this position will work closely with faculty, students and other scholars to provide proactive research support and innovative instruction; participate in general and specialized reference services; and create shared practices that connect the Libraries’ learning environment and research knowledge with constituent needs.

The Social Sciences Librarian will lead the Libraries’ engagement and collection building in the designated subject areas and serve on the Social Sciences collection management team, which collaborates in the evaluation and selection of resources for library purchase.  The librarian will increase awareness, within the assigned areas, of scholarly communication, copyright, and authors’ rights issues in collaboration with Scholarly Communications Officer.  The librarian will broaden access to collections through digital project initiatives and actively acquire and promote both licensed and freely available digital resources of value to researchers.

Librarians in the Research and Instructional Services Department possess a strong commitment to applying customer service techniques and practices in delivering instruction and reference services and should be prepared to participate in scholarly research and professional activities. The Social Sciences Librarian will actively develop regional, national and international partnerships and collaborations to advance the strategic directions of the Libraries.


ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science.  Experience teaching, training or providing instruction. Background or experience with the social sciences. Demonstrated strong time management and organizational skills, with an ability to set priorities. Commitment to supporting a diverse user population and an ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with a diverse group of colleagues. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills; evidence of strong written and oral communication skills.

Experience in an academic library.  Experience providing outreach services in a subject specialty.  Background, experience or an advanced degree in the field of sociology, political science, or public policy.  Working knowledge of RefWorks or EndNote.  Working knowledge of statistical software packages such as SPSS, STATA, SAS or similar products.  Experience using data in the Social Sciences. Experience with collection management.

The University and The Libraries

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law. Library collections include over 6.5 million volumes.

The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.

The University Library invests proudly in its employees, strives to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourages vision and innovation.

The Region

The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains and the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.

Salary and Benefits

This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application

Review of applications will begin on July 31, 2014. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply

Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of which must be a current supervisor.  Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

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