Research & Instruction Librarian for Business and Social Science Research, Z. Smith Reynolds Li...

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Job location: Winston Salem, NC

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-04-05
Req: R0003260
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Job Description Summary

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library seeks a creative, proactive, and collaborative library professional with the ability to provide innovative services as the Research & Instruction Librarian for Business and Social Science Research. The successful candidate will serve as one of two embedded subject liaisons in the School of Business providing instruction, research, and reference assistance to students and faculty in both undergraduate and graduate programs. They will also provide, in collaboration with our other subject liaisons, support across the social sciences and beyond for students and faculty doing quantitative research. As part of our robust instruction program, the librarian will both provide instruction for courses (traditional one-shot library instruction), and teach for-credit, subject-specific information literacy courses. We are looking to continue to build an organization with diverse experience, varying talents, and creative approaches to problem-solving. To that end, we strongly encourage those who are passionate about fostering diverse, inclusive, and equitable libraries to apply.

Job Description:

This is a full-time, twelve-month position, with Library Faculty status, and reports to the Director of Research and Instruction Services, one of six teams in the library. ZSR Library faculty are governed by the policies established in our Librarian’s Assembly and are evaluated annually on Librarianship (70%), Scholarship and Professional Achievement (20%), and Service (10%).

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library is dedicated to the practices of social justice, diversity, equality, and respect among our staff, students, collections, and services. We strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society and embrace diverse points of view as assets to the fabric of our community. All positions will be called on to contribute to building this environment.

Selection preference will be given to candidates with the ability to work independently and on a team in a collegial and proactive manner; ability to plan and carry out instruction; strong commitment to public service; flexibility to adapt and respond to the ever-changing landscape of information services in an academic library; and excellent communication, research, and writing skills.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must possess a Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program or a master’s degree in a related field with experience in an academic, special, or research library setting.

  • Understanding and knowledge of best practices in Business librarianship.

  • Experience providing Business reference assistance and instruction in-person and/or virtually.

  • Knowledge of and experience with traditional Business and Social Science resources including data resources.

  • Experience with data discovery and access for research including providing data services support such as data reference and instruction.

  • Demonstrated understanding of research processes in a range of social sciences and an interest in following new developments in social science data gathering techniques.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices and trends in information literacy.

Preferred Qualifications:

We want to emphasize that these preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop these preferred skills if needed.

  • Experience with quantitative analysis and its tools, particularly Stata and the R programming language.

  • Experience working with large data sets and repositories, including relevant tools and methodologies.

  • Interest or experience with supporting finance, accounting, and/or data analytics programs at the university level.

  • Understanding of current issues surrounding data management, data science, and/or data visualization.

  • Previous experience in instruction, with online and/or classroom teaching preferred.

  • Understanding of inclusive instruction, universal design for learning, and critical information literacy.

  • Engagement in professional and/or subject discipline organizations, research, or publications.

Salary and Rank: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is appointed to a Library Faculty rank as established by Wake Forest University. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. We anticipate hiring at the Assistant or Associate Librarian rank. Minimum starting salary for an Assistant Librarian is $50,000 annually plus a generous benefits package.

Review of applications begins on April 30th and continues until the position is filled. Interested applicants should go to and electronically submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and references within the online system.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library, with a collection of over 1.9 million volumes, materials expenditures of over $5 million, and an operating budget of over $13 million, serves over 5,500 undergraduates and over 2,800 graduate and professional students within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine, Law School, School of Business, Divinity School and the School of Professional Studies. Wake Forest is a private university where academic excellence is consistently recognized through rankings in the top tier of the country’s finest liberal arts institutions. Wake Forest offers a rare combination – the academic and technological resources, facilities and Division I athletic programs associated with a large university with the compact campus, small classes and individual attention only a smaller school can provide. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “Pro Humanitate.” The university is beautifully located between the western mountains and east coast beaches of North Carolina.

In order to provide a safe learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background screens for all final candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

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Time Type Requirement

Full time

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for all final faculty candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.




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Job No:
Posted: 4/6/2021
Application Due: 6/5/2021
Work Type: Full Time