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Social Sciences Librarian for Sociology and Development Studies

Job Description

Social Sciences Librarian for Sociology and Development Studies


Position Summary
Reporting to the Sciences and Social Sciences Team Leader, the subject librarian for Sociology and Development Studies provides the full range of subject specific library services to the academic departments, including collection management, consultation, instruction, assessment, and reference. The Social Sciences Librarian for Sociology and Development Studies maintains and expands research-level collections, acts as an expert guide, provides research help at the time of need, and contributes to the programmatic and collaborative work of Research and Engagement Services and the library in general.

Essential Responsibilities & Duties

  • Plans and delivers research and instruction services; teaches research tools and skills relevant to the discipline.
  • Collaborates with faculty to promote information literacy and proficiency in research techniques as well as to attain course-specific learning outcomes.
  • Provides in-depth, specialized consultation in support of the entire research lifecycle.
  • Provides reference assistance to Emory students and faculty, visiting scholars, and the public as needed and assigned.
  • Assists faculty and students engaged in advanced research and teaching projects; collaborates as needed with Emory?s Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) and Academic Technology Services.
  • Connects faculty and students to data support and resources
  • Connects faculty and students to Scholarly Communications support and resources.
  • Serves as primary liaison to and actively develops professional relationships with faculty, students and staff in Sociology and Development Studies. May include other areas within the Sciences and Social Sciences Team if needed.
  • Partners with other libraries and centers relevant to discipline to provide teaching and research support.
  • Participates in the Sciences and Social Sciences Team, including planning, prioritization and assessment.

  • Serves as the subject liaison librarian for Sociology and Development Studies with primary responsibility for developing and managing research collections that support the teaching and research of Emory University faculty and students.
  • Promotes and markets collections.
  • Collaborates with colleagues in related subject areas and libraries to acquire materials.
  • Collaborates with colleagues on collection maintenance projects, such as journal and database reviews, move of collections to storage, and other projects as needed.
  • Responsibility for additional subject areas may be assigned.

Professional Responsibilities

  • Participates in appropriate professional and scholarly associations and organizations including maintaining membership and/or accreditation; attending meetings, conferences, workshops; and serving in appointed or elected positions.
  • Maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to primary job assignment as well as maintains general knowledge of current trends in higher education, academic libraries, and information and educational technology.
  • Provides reference assistance to Emory students and faculty, visiting scholars, and the public as needed and assigned.
  • Adheres to guidelines outlined in the Handbook Governing the Librarian series for Faculty-Equivalent Librarians to ensure appointment, appointment renewal and promotion-in-rank.
  • Participates in library and campus committees as appropriate for service purposes.

Required Qualifications
  • ALA-accredited master?s degree in Library and Information Science OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with appropriate teaching experience and/or library experience).
  • Degree in Sociology, International Development, or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with instruction, information literacy, and assessment of library services and resources.
  • Commitment to user-centered library resources.
  • Strong interest in technology and tools for research and teaching.
  • Experience with qualitative research methods and tools.
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty and student population.
  • Ability to build and sustain effective interpersonal relationships with library staff, faculty and students, off campus faculty and administrators, etc.
  • Evidence of analytical, organizational, communication, project, and time management skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and complete tasks and projects on time and within budget in accordance with task/project parameters.
  • Capacity to thrive in an ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a major research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and issues in academic libraries, higher education, and relevant subject disciplines.
  • Evidence of active participation, involvement, and leadership in local, state, regional, national, or international professional or scholarly associations.


Applications may be submitted as Word or PDF attachments and must include: 1. Cover letter of application describing qualifications and experience; 2. Current resume/vita detailing education and relevant experience; and 3. On a separate document list the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 professional references including a current or previous supervisor. Candidates applying by February 19th will receive priority consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is successfully filled. Emory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities.-Advanced degree (subject masters or doctoral) in Sociology, International Development, or related discipline. Knowledge of Natural Language Processing research methods and tools. Experience working with international and/or US federal documents. Fluency in French and/or research interest in Francophone Africa.-78889BR


Social Sciences Librarian for Sociology and Development Studies