Social Sciences/Data Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2009-09-02

Employer: Amherst College Library

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Amherst College Library seeks a Social Sciences/Data Librarian to join its Public Services and serve as the Library’s primary subject specialist for social sciences and law, acting as liaison and selector as well as statistics expert in those disciplines. The Social Sciences/Data Librarian will provide instruction in research and the use of library resources in a variety of settings, with a special emphasis on social sciences, legal studies, government information, and data. S/he will demonstrate a willingness to hone skills as a library teacher, especially incorporating appropriate technology. S/he will maintain currency with emerging information technologies and trends in scholarly communication, anticipating and facilitating new uses of social sciences research and data in response to evolving patterns of publishing and information dissemination. The Social Sciences/Data Librarian also participates in general reference services, guiding and instructing library patrons in identifying, retrieving and evaluating information in all formats. S/he will also play an active role in the development and enhancement of public services in general

Minimum qualifications: must have a strong academic background or experience in social sciences as well as an ability to locate, evaluate, and manipulate relevant data. Master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association required. Must have minimum of two years of experience in an academic or research library or equivalent, in progressively more responsible positions, preferably with involvement in public services and user education. Demonstrated ability to teach and a commitment to participate in undergraduate education required. Strong communication skills required. The successful candidate must be willing to tackle challenges in an academic library with energy and enthusiasm, showing patience, tact, and good humor in the face of stressful demands of public service. S/he is expected to contribute to library initiatives that further the College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Archived on: 2009-10-30