Social Sciences and Research Engagement Librarian


The University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a team-oriented and engaged Social Sciences and Research Engagement Librarian to join our staff.

Reporting to the Head of the Humanities and Social Sciences Unit, the Social Sciences and Research Engagement Librarian serves as subject liaison librarian for departments and programs as assigned, supporting the teaching, learning, research practices of scholars by providing specialized research and instructional services, and developing core research collections. This position will join the Research and Instructional Services department made up of subject liaison librarians, branch managers, and acquisitions specialists who work together within a dynamic and flexible interdisciplinary team structure to support research, teaching, and learning in the humanities, fine arts, sciences, and social sciences and to partner across the Libraries in support of discovery, data management, and scholarly communication. The position will also collaborate with the Systematic Reviews and Impact Measurement and Visualization teams at the Health Sciences Library and the Library’s Scholarly Communications Office.

The person in this position also provides services for evidence synthesis and systematic review projects in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, including consultations and co-authorship level contributions, collaborates on the promotion and development of research support services, and promotes and develops services related to research impact measurement and bibliometrics in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.



  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or other appropriate degree(s)
  • Familiarity with research methods in the social sciences
  • Experience conducting literature reviews, evidence-based synthesis, and systematic reviews
  • Ability to work independently as well as excel in a dynamic, collaborative, team-based environment
  • Experience with library instruction, training, or classroom teaching
  • Experience in an academic library
  • Interest in exploring trends in academic research support


  • Advanced degree in a relevant or related field
  • Co-authorship of published evidence-based synthesis or systematic reviews
  • Experience with research impact measurement tools and methods
  • Experience with scholarly communications or academic publishing
  • Experience creating learning objects, modules, or tutorials
  • Bibliographic knowledge of a non-English language
  • Experience using citation management software

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 medicine, social work, information science, and law.

The University Libraries aspires to set the standard for public university research libraries in the digital age. One of the largest research libraries in the U.S. South, The University Libraries is an essential part of the University’s educational and research efforts. It includes 9 libraries on campus, including the Health Sciences Library, Walter Royal Davis Library, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, and the R.B. House Undergraduate Library. The University Libraries hold approximately 9.2 million volumes and extensive collections of manuscripts, audiovisual, microforms, graphics, government documents and rare books. The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke UniversityNorth 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, healing, and service missions of the universities.

The University Libraries serves campus and broader communities that reflect the socioeconomic, ethnic, and religious diversity of the state of North Carolina, and we maintain a welcoming, inclusive, and open educational and workplace climate for all. We strive to create an environment of respect and collaboration where vision and innovation can flourish. Learn more about our Strategic Framework — including our pillars, values, and priorities — by visiting

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 or the seashore are less than a half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

Salary and Benefits
This is a twelve-month, non-faculty academic librarian appointment. Standard state benefits include annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement. The salary range for the Social Sciences and Research Engagement Librarian position begins at $50,000. The University Libraries intend to hire at a minimum of $68,796, with a salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin upon receipt. The position will close on November 27, 2023. 

To Apply
Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a resume of relevant experience, a cover letter highlighting your interest in this position and Carolina’s libraries, and the names, titles, and contact information for three professional references. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.



The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.