Sociology, Demography & Quantitative Research Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2018-08-21

Employer: University of California, Berkeley

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The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation’s premier public universities. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 30,000 undergraduate students, over 11,000 graduate students, and 1,500 faculty. With a collection of more than 12 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills. The Library’s mission and strategic plan can be viewed at

The Library’s Social Sciences Division consists of four subject libraries – Anthropology, Business, Environmental Design, and Social Research – and the collections and services located in Doe Library/Gardner MAIN Stacks. Collectively, the staff – 12 librarians, 12 library staff, and over 50 student library employees – support the research, teaching, and study needs of students and faculty in twelve social science departments within the College of Letters & Science, six professional schools, three International and Area Studies programs, and an array of Organized Research Units.

Sociology is one of the largest and most diverse undergraduate majors at Berkeley, with a strong focus on research and a deep engagement with critical theory. Demography, one of the quintessential quantitative social sciences, is highly interdisciplinary with particularly strong connections to Sociology, Public Policy, Economics, Public Health and Data Sciences.


Reporting to the Head of the Social Sciences Division, the Sociology, Demography & Quantitative Research Librarian serves as a liaison to two academic departments. Liaisons at Berkeley are expected to establish strong relationships with the faculty and students of their departments, and to actively participate in the Library’s reference, outreach, and instructional services. This includes providing in-person reference, virtual reference, individual research consultations, promotion of library resources and services, in-person classes, and the development of online subject guides and instructional material.

The librarian will be responsible for collection development, management and assessment for Sociology and Demography. This includes collaborating with other librarians on campus and within the UC System on interdisciplinary and/or system-wide collection decisions, and working with librarians nationally and internationally on issues related to improved access for legacy print and digital collections.

The librarian will also play a key role in supporting quantitative research methods across the social sciences, partnering with library staff and campus partners – such as the GIS/Map Librarian, Data Services Librarian, Government Information Librarian, Social Sciences D-Lab and Research Data Management Program – to assist faculty, students, and staff. The librarian will work particularly closely with the Anthropology & Qualitative Research Librarian to support qualitative and mixed methods research in Sociology.

UC Berkeley librarians and academic staff are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.

Minimum Basic Qualification required at the time of application:

● Master’s degree from an ALA accredited institution or equivalent international degree.

Additional Required Qualifications required by start date of position:

● Experience providing reference and/or instructional services in an academic or research library. ● Experience with or coursework in collection development in an academic or research library. ● Experience using statistical sources in the social sciences such as the American Community Survey (ACS), Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS), Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), and the Current Population Survey (CPS).

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

● Demonstrated ability to support quantitative academic research using statistical software such as SPSS, R, SAS or Stata and/or programming languages such as R or Python. ● Demonstrated experience with data visualization and/or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) principles and tools. ● Significant undergraduate or graduate coursework in Sociology, Demography, or similar field. ● Demonstrated oral communication skills. ● Knowledge of the role of the library in supporting social scientists across the research lifecycle. ● Experience working with faculty to provide quality library service. ● Evidence of familiarity with social science research methods with an emphasis on quantitative research methods. ● Demonstrated written communication skills.

Archived on: 2018-08-24