Education and Social Science Research Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2018-06-21

Employer: The University of Virginia Library

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The University of Virginia Library seeks a dynamic, collegial, and highly skilled professional to serve as the Education and Social Science Research Librarian. As a member of the Research Data Services and Social, Natural and Engineering Science (RDS+SNE) team, the successful candidate will serve as the subject librarian to the Curry School of Education, and possibly to other departments or programs that align with the candidate’s qualifications, and will be responsible for outreach, research support, and library instruction for those departments. The Education and Social Science Research Librarian will also take an active role in online learning as the Curry School of Education has recently made significant investments and efforts to enhance online learning in all programs and courses. The University of Virginia Library embraces innovation and collaboration, encourages diversity and deliberation, and looks for staff who engage in a forward-looking perspective.


  • Outreach and Engagement: Provide communication and outreach to researchers, instructors, students and staff in Education and other assigned subject areas; cultivate strong partnerships and seek opportunities for enhanced collaboration; propose and promote library services that engage new methods of research and scholarship.
  • Research and Scholarship: Provide research assistance to scholars at all levels within assigned subject areas; collaborate with Research Data Services members to provide consultations on data discovery, data management planning, documentation and data sharing. 
  • Teaching and Learning: Provide instruction in multiple formats (e.g., orientations and workshops, online and in-person); engage and collaborate with instructors, other subject librarians, and Teaching and Learning Librarians to integrate information, digital, and data literacy concepts and skills into the curriculum; create learning objects in support of these efforts (both digital and analog).
  • Collections and Content: Assess collections needs in assigned areas; work with the collections management team and other subject librarians to establish priorities, support interdisciplinary research, promote newly acquired resources and evaluate existing resources.
  • Professional Development: Pursue opportunities to develop library-specific, discipline-specific, or technology-specific skills and expertise.  

Qualifications, Required:

  • An ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science with a background in education or other social science field, or an advanced degree in education or other social science discipline.
  • Teaching experience with a variety of constituents (undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and/or staff) or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the tools and techniques of library research
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the methods and practices of educational or social sciences research
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Commitment to fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace, and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population

Qualifications, Preferred:

  • Two or more years of relevant experience in an academic/research library
  • Previous professional experience in a liaison or subject librarian role at a research library
  • Experience in education or social sciences research
  • Understanding of different pedagogies (online, hybrid, in-person) and their application to library services
  • Experience with creating digital learning objects (such as videos, tutorials, games, visualizations) and the relevant software/tools for creating such objects.
  • Knowledge of social science data sources and data curation practices.
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development
  • Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently

Archived on: 2018-08-24