Social Sciences Librarian

By mhayslett | September 25, 2012

Position: Social Sciences Librarian Available: January 1, 2013

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a creative, enthusiastic, and collaborative Social Sciences Librarian to join the Davis Library Research and Instructional Services Department as the Subject Librarian for the departments of Sociology and Political Science. The Social Sciences Librarian will apply state of the art technology to reference and research work, innovative outreach, evolving collection development, and dynamic data services.

The Social Sciences Librarian will develop and maintain high quality outreach to the faculty and students in departments in the Social Sciences, primarily the departments of Sociology and Political Science; create and deliver innovative and effective instructional resources (workshops, class sessions, course pages, research guides) to enhance learning and research skills; participate in general and specialized reference services (in-person consultations, phone, email, chat) including some weekend work; and collaborate with other librarians to provide data services, concentrating on social science resources including economic and international data sets.

The individual in this position will also select materials relevant to Sociology and Political Science for library purchase, ensuring collections in these areas that meet the University’s research and curricular needs; and serve on the Social Sciences collection development team, which collaborates in the evaluation and selection of resources for library purchase.

Librarians at UNC are expected to serve on committees and task forces as needed; be actively involved with local library consortia; participate in regional, national, or international professional and scholarly organizations; and maintain an awareness of emerging research tools, methodologies, and trends in scholarly communication.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant and service-oriented department that supports teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences. The person will report to the Head of the Subject Specialists Section of Davis Research and Instructional Services. The department comprises 14 librarians, 4 support staff, and several student assistants and includes GIS, Data Services, and Government Documents.


Required: ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science. Background or experience in the social sciences. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience teaching, training or providing instruction. 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.

Preferred: Advanced degree in a social science discipline. Background or experience in the fields of sociology and/or political science. Experience in an academic library. Experience providing outreach services in a subject specialty. Working knowledge of RefWorks and EndNote. Working knowledge of statistical software packages such as SPSS, STATA, SAS or similar products. Experience using data in the social sciences.

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 or 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 October 1, 2012. 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.