Social Sciences Librarian

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education, experience and professional rank; see ad text for details.
Feb 15, 2022
Aug 05, 2022
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Social Sciences LibrarianGeorge Mason University Libraries seeks a creative, dynamic, teaching-oriented individual with a background in Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology or a related field to support the university's faculty, students, and staff with their social science research needs. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About the Position:The Social Sciences Librarian position supports teaching and research by providing library instruction, research assistance, collection development, and academic outreach, including research data support. This position will liaise with undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs including the Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, African American Studies, and Cultural Studies departments, among others. This position is an integral part of the Social Sciences Team, and will report to the Lead, Social Sciences Team and Arlington Campus Library. The Social Sciences team is part of the Learning, Research and Engagement (LRE) division of University Libraries and works with numerous social science disciplines across the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Education and Human Development, the Schar School of Policy and Government and the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. This position will also collaborate with the Libraries' Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC) as well as with other library departments more broadly and across the university to support research and data efforts, methods, and tools. Responsibilities:Provide liaison services to several social sciences programs, including the Anthropology, Sociology, African American Studies, Cultural Studies, and Psychology departments, among others;Provide library instruction and support for face-to-face and online/distance education classes in assigned departments and programs;Provide general and specialized reference and research assistance, as well as email and virtual reference;Provide instructional services (including curriculum-based instruction, walk-in instructional sessions, web-based tutorials, library orientations, and individual student appointments);Prepare and maintain web-based instructional materials, online research Libguides, etc.;Develop and maintain physical and electronic collections in support of designated programs, working closely with faculty contacts in the identification, monitoring, and selection of research materials and purchases, and provide assistance in identifying resources for the members of these departments;Develop academic department-based relationships through outreach and serve on academic department task forces, committees, work groups, etc.;Work closely with the Digital Scholarship Center to support the data-related needs of designated departments: finding and using relevant datasets as well as instruction and assistance with relevant computational technologies;Follow trends in scholarship in assigned departments and programs in order to respond to student and faculty needs;Participate in the work of the Social Sciences Team including attending group meetings, participating in team-based projects, and collaborating and communicating with other team members; andPerform other duties as requested, which fall within the scope of a member of the University Libraries' Professional faculty.Required Qualifications:ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library or Information Science OR an equivalent certified foreign degree;Graduate degree in a subject field relevant to the position, such as: sociology, anthropology, psychology, or a related discipline;Experience in providing responsive and quality reference, instruction, digital and collaborative library research services; as well as practical understanding of the changing research needs of students and faculty (at least two to three years of professional-level experience is preferred);Experience in developing, building and sustaining working partnerships and relationships with teaching faculty, researchers and students;Experience with social sciences data and understanding of social sciences research methodologies, including computational tools;Demonstrated ability to use current technologies for delivering and developing library services, including course management systems, online research guides, and digital learning objects;Ability to build collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationships with people of varying backgrounds;Ability to thrive in a team-based environment and work collaboratively;Demonstrated commitment to professional development and growth; andExcellent communication skills, both oral and written.Appointment/Benefits/Salary:12-month professional faculty appointment with rank; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; tuition waiver for self. Salary is commensurate with academic qualifications and professional experience, with appointment ranges as follows…Librarian I: $62,500 - $65,000; Librarian II: $65,000 - $70,000; Librarian III: $70,000-$75,000; Librarian IV: >75,000.The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and three other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. One of Virginia's leading academic research libraries, the Mason Libraries continues to gain steadily in national stature as it transforms in all areas that are key to a 21st century research library-innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. Visit us at for more information.

All applications for this position (FA722z) MUST be submitted online at George Mason's employment page ( Applicants must submit letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three current references.Questions should be directed to Debra Hogan (, Office of the Dean of Libraries.Review of applications will begin March 15, 2022.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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