Social Sciences Librarian/ Assistant Librarian

Oxford, Ohio
Feb 23, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Miami University Libraries seeks a creative and user-oriented colleague for a position of Social Sciences Librarian.  The position will have primary responsibility for library services to several social sciences departments in the College of Education, Health, and Society, and/or the Farmer School of Business, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences.  The librarian engages with colleagues and the academic community to plan and provide high quality services in information consultation, student learning and literacies, and collection management.  The position reports to the Head of the Advise & Instruct department.

Serve as library subject specialist and liaison to 4-6 academic departments in the College of Education, Health, and Society; Farmer School of Business; and/or College of Arts & Sciences.  Specific subject area duties will be assigned depending on the appointee's experience, interests, and library needs; establish and maintain positive relationships with faculty and students in assigned liaison areas, and monitor changing needs and trends; provide specialized information consultation in assigned subject areas and support the Libraries’ public service points; provide engaged library instruction in multiple modes as warranted to support curricula and research in assigned areas; provide collection development and management in assigned areas; exhibit professional flexibility; cooperate with colleagues to support and assist in library services across the system and university.

Require: Graduate library degree from an ALA-accredited institution by date of appointment; undergraduate degree in a social sciences, applied social sciences, education, or business discipline; teaching skills leading to proficient instruction in information literacy; strong commitment to high quality public service; analytical skills to aid in use of information sources and in technology problem solving; strong written and oral communication skills; ability to work both in teams and independently with all levels of staff and diverse library customers; proactive attitude, initiative, and ability to independently conceive and carry out projects; enthusiasm and capability to independently identify and develop skills in professional competencies; ability to meet the Libraries’ promotion and continuing contract requirements (see  The position requires a self-motivated, creative, client-centered librarian who is committed to providing excellent customer service and who remains knowledgeable of emerging trends in libraries, information technology, and needs of the subject areas served.

Desire: Advanced degree in a social sciences, applied social sciences, education, or business discipline; or comparable professional experience; prior work experience in an academic or special library; prior work experience in public-facing or client service-oriented work environments; experience teaching at the collegiate level; experience in statistical analysis and facility with statistics software; experience working with digital scholarship, emerging technologies, data management, or scholarly communications issues.

Submit cover, resume and list of three references to

Inquiries about the posting can be directed to Donna Richardson at  Review of applications will begin on March 2, 2018 and continues until position is filled. 

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