Reference & Instruction Librarian for Social Sciences – Carleton College

Organizational Unit: Library
Posting Number: 13373
Job Title: Reference & Instruction Librarian for Social Sciences
Benefits Eligible? Yes
Grade: 11

Position Specifics
Classification: Exempt (Paid monthly)
Status: Full Time
If part time, hours to be worked weekly:
Working Schedule: 12 Months
Position Type: Regular
If temporary please provide Start Date:
And End Date:
Position FTE: 1.0

Purpose of this Position
The Reference & Instruction Librarian for Social Sciences serves as liaison to selected social sciences departments and helps carry out the mission of the Reference & Instruction department to support the teaching and learning goals of the college. We emphasize excellent service to students and faculty, a vision for student research knowledge, active participation in campus initiatives, and involvement in the campus intellectual life.

As part of this team, the Reference and Instruction Librarian will provide instruction one-on-one at the Research/IT desk, in appointments, and during information literacy instruction sessions in a manner that supports the curriculum and mission of the college. The Reference and Instruction Librarian Liaison for Social Sciences reports to the Head of Reference and Instruction.

Carleton College Library is a member of Bridge, a collaborative consortium with the St. Olaf College Libraries. As a member of the Bridge Consortium, the Reference & Instruction Librarian works collaboratively with peers at the St. Olaf Libraries to provide strategic direction and services for the research needs at Carleton and St. Olaf.

Essential Job Functions – Responsibilities
• Maintain and continuously develop subject expertise in order to provide faculty, students, and staff with specialized professional support.
• Liaise with assigned departments and programs.
• Assist in the development of the students’ critical thinking and information literacy and data literacy skills.
• Participate in general reference responsibilities in person, on the phone, through email, and via chat.
• Provide individual student research consultations.
• Create and maintain course, subject, and general online research guides.
• Participate in supporting specialized services with other Reference & Instruction librarians, such as: data services, digital scholarship, copyright, media, assessment, etc.
• Work with the other social sciences liaison to provide data literacy and data services instruction and support to students and faculty in the social sciences.
• Partner with faculty and academic staff to plan and deliver course-integrated instruction in information literacy, data literacy, and research practices.
• Participate in campus and other college-related meetings, events, workshops and conferences.
• Work collaboratively with Reference and Instruction department colleagues on:
– Campus curricular initiatives.
– Campus curricular and research support services.
– Analysis of student writing portfolios.
– Development of information literacy on campus.
• As appropriate: participate in national, regional, and/or local associations and professional groups; contribute to the scholarship of the profession; and, share new information and knowledge with academic colleagues.
• Serve on various library, Bridge, and campus committees as needed.
• Assist in developing and maintaining reference and eResources collections that meet the research needs of the students, regardless of publication format.
• Work collaboratively with a Technical Services staff member to support government documents access at Carleton and Gould Library. Provide instruction and reference support for government publications.
• Work collaboratively and in tandem with peers at Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges as a member of the Bridge Consortium
– Serve on inter-collegial teams, task forces, and working groups as projects and initiatives require.
– Participate in Bridge Consortium meetings and functions in order to provide access to joint library resources.
• Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications
• Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program.
• Creativity, initiative, and interest in innovative approaches to reference/research assistance, library instruction, and liaison work.
• Demonstrated understanding of issues and trends in reference and information literacy.
• Demonstrated excellent communication skills, both oral and written, with the ability to foster positive working relationships and build partnerships.
• Effective time, organizational, and project management skills with the ability to work independently and as a member of a collaborative team.
• Demonstrated ability to work proactively and effectively with faculty.
• Familiarity with electronic bibliographic management systems such as EndNote, Zotero, and/or Mendeley.

Preferred Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree or higher in a social science, political science, business, or related discipline.
• Demonstrated expertise in data research support, data services, and data management support.
• Familiarity with government documents.
• Experience working in an academic library with undergraduate students.

Special Instructions to Applicants
As per the Carleton Upward Mobility Program, priority consideration for internal applications will be given to those who apply by the close of business Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Pending the review of those internal applications, external applications will be considered at that time. External applications are welcome at any time.

Carleton College is a AA/EEO employer. We are committed to developing our staff to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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