Social Sciences Librarian

Faculty Posting Date: June 25, 2019

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This full-time, non-tenured library faculty librarian reports to the Assistant University Librarian for Teaching, Research, and Engagement (TRE). The Social Sciences Librarian serves as a departmental liaison to collaboratively develop and deliver innovative library services that facilitate the curricular and research needs of students and faculty in social sciences disciplines. Collaborates with colleagues and disciplinary faculty to develop, promote, and participate in information literacy initiatives. Builds partnerships to deepen engagement with faculty, with a focus on research methods. Supports researchers in social sciences and other disciplines through participation in advanced literature reviews.


Works collaboratively with disciplinary and library faculty to integrate the library into social sciences curricular and research programs. Designs, delivers, and assesses instruction sessions, including individual consultations and course-integrated instruction. Develops new workshops/classes to meet the needs of faculty and student researchers. Promotes library resources and services.

Provides specialized library support for researchers in social science fields including collaborating on research projects, providing in-depth consultations, assisting in the discovery and use of data sets, and performing mediated database searching.

Serves as faculty liaison for designated academic departments: provides subject reference, research consultations, instruction, and collections support; participates in the evaluation and selection of print and online collections for the social sciences, including data resources; reviews library holdings, and contributes to accreditation reports as needed.

Teaches multiple sections of undergraduate information literacy courses face-to-face and online. Participates in developing courses, learning activities, workshops, assessments, and online learning tools.

Creates advanced literature searches to support systematic, standards-based, and comprehensive literature reviews, as well as bibliometric analysis of scholarship.

Provides expert research assistance in accordance with the library's mission and user service guidelines.

Monitors scholarly publishing trends and their impact on information and library services to social sciences students and faculty. Participates in relevant continuing education activities in librarianship and social sciences.

Serves on appropriate library and university committees, including leadership of selected committees; serves on professional organization committees related to position responsibilities and in alignment with promotion criteria.

Participates in scholarly and professional activities including publication of journal articles and book reviews, and presentations at regional and national professional conferences that contributes to the practice of academic or social sciences librarianship.

Performs other related job duties as assigned by the Assistant University Librarian for Teaching, Research, and Engagement.


M.L.S. or M.L.I.S. from an American Library Association accredited institution or foreign equivalent;

Demonstrated subject knowledge and familiarity with social sciences resources and research methodologies;

Ability to develop, deliver, and assess instructional content through individual classes and required courses, tutorials, screencasts, and webinars;

Excellent interpersonal, organizational, analytical, written, and oral communication skills;

Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively and collegially with students, faculty, and staff;

Ability to meet the criteria for faculty promotion through job performance, service, and scholarship at or above the level of Associate Librarian.

Preferred Qualifications

Minimum one year of professional experience in an academic library or equivalent experience;

Master's degree in a social science discipline or an equivalent combination of education and experience;

Experience with qualitative/quantitative research methods, data analysis, and data management;

Experience working successfully in an interdisciplinary context;

Experience conducting advanced literature searches, systematic review searches, and/or bibliometric analyses.


Duquesne University uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically. Please submit your cover letter describing your interest and experience, resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references to: While the position will remain open until filled, priority will be given to applications submitted by July 8, 2019.

Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (

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Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.