Social Sciences Research & Data Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2016-10-05

Employer: Florida State University

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Florida State University Libraries seeks a collaborative, creative, and service-oriented Social Sciences Research & Data Librarian to participate in a wide range of services and professional responsibilities in a dynamic academic environment. The Social Sciences Research & Data Librarian will be responsible for advancing research and scholarship at FSU by providing consultative, instructional, and outreach services to faculty and students in the social sciences; evaluating, selecting, and reviewing information resources to support curricula and research needs; supporting faculty scholarship and publication; and providing leadership in the discovery and use of research data in the social sciences. This position is based in the Scholars Commons, a department that works closely with faculty and graduate students, and is a part of the Libraries’ Research and Learning Services Division.


  • Serve as a liaison to the Economics and Geography Departments and to selected interdisciplinary programs in the social sciences.
  • Provide specialized consultations, instruction, and outreach in liaison areas and in partnership with other subject librarians.
  • Develop, manage, and revise collection development policy statements and approval plan profiles for assigned subjects.
  • Develop collection of social sciences resources, including datasets, to support the University’s research and teaching missions.
  • Create LibGuides, web pages, or other materials to provide information about research resources and data sources.
  • Serve as a functional specialist working, advising, and consulting on the identification and use of data in the social sciences.
  • Provide data management plan consultations and contribute to the development of research data management services in the social sciences.
  • Work collaboratively with the STEM Data & Research Librarian, and Technology and Digital Scholarship staff to develop a complementary suite of data services, a data information literacy program, and an internal professional development program on data for subject librarians.
  • Represent FSU as the designated representative for ICPSR.
  • Actively support and participate in the Libraries’ scholarly communication activities.
  • Participate in the Libraries’ virtual reference service.
  • Serve on University Libraries and/or University-wide committees.
  • Contribute to state, regional, and national professional organizations and participate in research, publication, and other professional and scholarly activities.
  • This position will require some weekend and evening hours


  • Master’s degree in library and information science from a program accredited by the American Library Association or other relevant master’s degree.
  • Ability to assess curricular and research needs in assigned subjects sufficient to select materials and build library services to meet those needs.
  • Demonstrated subject knowledge and experience in social sciences, including understanding of issues related to social sciences research, scholarly publishing, and research data.
  • Familiarity with social sciences data sources, such as ICPSR, Social Explorer, and open government data sources.
  • Strong grasp of current issues, trends, and technologies impacting higher education and academic libraries.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, and implement effective programs, complex projects, and services.
  • Creative and analytical thinking skills and good problem solving ability.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to collaborate effectively with staff at all levels and with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Flexibility in adapting to changing organizational priorities and technological environments.
  • Ability to meet the library’s requirement for scholarship, service, and leadership.
  • High level of professionalism and commitment to the organization and its mission


  • Minimum of two years professional experience in an academic or research library.
  • A degree in geography, economics, or another data-related social sciences field. 
  • Basic working knowledge of statistical software, such as SPSS, Stata, or SAS. 
  • Familiarity with GIS tools and services. 
  • Experience with data management plans to support public access mandates Demonstrated experience in supervising staff and coordinating workflows . 
  • Experience writing, obtaining, and managing grants

Archived on: 2016-10-14