Social Sciences Data Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2018-10-30

Employer: University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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The University of Tennessee Libraries seeks an enthusiastic, collaborative and highly motivated individual to join our Liaison Programs team. This position advances the teaching and research missions of the University by proactively building partnerships and delivering responsive library expertise.

This position provides in-depth consultation, engagement and instruction to the Department of Psychology and develops specialized expertise in data support to serve interdisciplinary research needs in the social sciences and promotes new forms of scholarship. The Department of Psychology is one of the largest departments on campus, with almost 40 faculty, over 1,000 students, and a variety of interdisciplinary partnerships. The librarian develops instruction and engagement opportunities to reflect inclusive experiences, perspectives, and learning styles. The librarian maintains awareness of research needs and collaborates to deliver services and expertise to support the UT community throughout the research cycle. The successful candidate will be committed to cultivating close working relationships that serve the diverse needs of faculty, students, staff, and connecting them to library resources and services.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to develop expertise in data sources and tools relevant to the social sciences. This position will work collaboratively with other data-related positions to provide specialized support in locating and manipulating data and serve as a resource to other social science subject librarians at UT Libraries.

This liaison will actively participate in team-based and library-wide liaison activities to develop a shared vision for library resources and services which align with theUTK Libraries’ Strategic Plan.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Proactively develop relationships with faculty, staff and students to understand and support their teaching, learning, and research needs
  • Collaborate throughout the library to foster responses to meet identified needs
  • Create effective ongoing channels of communication with departments
  • Ensure awareness of library services and collections through active outreach and engagement
  • Deliver customized and expert research consultations for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in relevant areas
  • Collaborate with other librarians to identify and support interdisciplinary research needs in psychology and build related partnerships
  • Develop and deliver instruction to support the information literacy needs of psychology and other students in the social sciences
  • Work cooperatively with UT Data Services Librarian, ORNL Liaison, and others to deliver data sources to social science researchers
  • Provide specialized support in locating and manipulating data to help researchers in the social sciences
  • Maintain ongoing awareness of curricular and research needs of faculty and students
  • Foster relevant collections by selecting, evaluating, and managing print, electronic, and media resources in assigned subject areas
  • Develop and promote scholar’s services and resources and advocate for new scholarly communication models
  • Serve the institution and the profession through involvement in professional organizations and through cooperative efforts with other professionals and institutions
  • Produce and disseminate scholarly work through publications, presentations, and other creative outlets

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate must exhibit the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others to achieve common goals and demonstrate enthusiasm to meet dynamically changing needs within a culture of continuous learning.** **

  • Master’s Degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Demonstrated understanding of the research process and impact in the social sciences
  • Ability to engage and serve diverse user populations and information environments
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills include the ability to build relationships across professional and disciplinary areas
  • Proven commitment to customer service and user experience
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member
  • Willingness to gain experience in supporting data services through professional development opportunities and experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Background in a research library, and/or education in psychology or a related field of study
  • Experience providing research consultation and instructional services
  • Demonstrated experience with scholarly communication trends and issues
  • Familiarity with LibGuides software or other web development tools
  • Understanding of a variety of data types

Archived on: 2018-11-05