Social Sciences Librarian -- University of Oklahoma

Post date: Apr 30, 2019

OU Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative and highly motivated individual to serve as Social Sciences Librarian for multiple departments. Successful candidates will have a strong understanding of scholarly information and research methods across several social sciences disciplines, connecting faculty and students with relevant information resources and knowledge creation services. These positions develop and maintain strong relationships with educational partners, enhancing the strategic investment of OU in libraries as part of the research and learning infrastructure of the institution. The Social Sciences Librarian position joins a diverse team of librarians and specialists serving the Humanities and Social Sciences fields and collaborating to promote scholarly communication, open educational resources, emerging technologies, research data management and digital scholarship supporting the learning and research needs of social sciences departments. The Social Sciences Librarian assists in managing collections, provides library instruction and consultations for faculty and students, and participates in library-related public programming, including events and exhibits.

Responsibilities based on candidate skills and organizational need:

§ research/scholarship: Cultivate and communicate an understanding of the professional literature, research and data life cycles, research trends/methodologies/processes within specific disciplines, using this understanding to serve faculty and students in a research library setting; understand the library’s role in research and scholarship.

§ outreach/engagement: Build and sustain effective working relationships and work collaboratively in a diverse and fast-paced environment; understand and communicate current and emerging trends/issues related to scholarly communication, open access, open educational resources, emerging technologies, information and data literacy, research data management, impact metrics, and digital scholarship; promote library services to engage new models of research and teaching in the sciences.

§ teaching/learning: Engage faculty and instructors to integrate information, digital and data literacy concepts and skills into the curriculum; coordinate with colleagues to create teaching/learning opportunities to meet new and emerging educational needs.

Successful candidates will…

§ Solve problems flexibly, creatively, and with a strong commitment to service excellence.

§ Take initiative, be self-directed, and innovate.

§ Collaborate across organizational boundaries.

§ Utilize strong organizational, project, and time management skills to lead or coordinate multiple projects, working with minimal supervision.

§ Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills.

Required Qualifications

§ Graduate degree in a social sciences discipline or masters degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited degree program; degree(s) must be completed by August 2019.

§ Two years work experience in a library, academic, or customer service setting.

Preferred Qualifications

§ Advanced degree in any of the following disciplines: African & African American studies, anthropology, communication, economics, education, human relations, international & area studies, journalism & mass communication, library & information studies, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, women’s & gender studies.

§ Record of accomplishment working in a team-based environment to achieve goals.

§ Experience teaching or presenting to students and faculty one-on-one or in classroom settings.

§ Experience developing online subject guides, tutorials and/or web content for users.

§ Familiarity with tools and techniques utilized in qualitative and quantitative data/statistical analysis, visual analytics, and emerging technologies.

§ Familiarity with research data management and best practices.

§ Evidence of and/or interest in participating in professional development and continuing education activities, professional and scholarly associations, and contributing to the professional body of knowledge in work-related areas.


Starting salary range $50,000-$60,000. Full-time position; benefits and professional development support included. Applications may be addressed to the Social Sciences Librarian Screening Committee, and require: 1) a cover letter; 2) a current resume/vita detailing education and relevant experience; and 3) names and contact information for at least three professional references, including current or most-recent supervisor. Applicant screening to begin immediately; search will remain open until filled. To apply, go to jobs.ou.edu and search for job number 190974.