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The University's best practices is to build and/or support student academic success and retention, and assist in meeting strategic objectives for persistence and timely graduation of all the student population.

Assistant/Associate Librarian: Social Sciences and Data Services

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Categories: Other Staff Positions

GENERAL SUMMARY OF POSITION: The Information Services Librarian for the Social Sciences and Data Services delivers general and in-depth specialized reference and instruction services in conjunction with a team of Information Services librarians. Consult with and inform researchers in all departments of the university on practices and opportunities for data management. Support researchers, the library and the university in plans for preserving data in an appropriate repository as required by funding agencies and others. A member of a long-standing liaison program, the Social Sciences and Data Services librarian develops professional relationships with faculty and students in multiple College of Arts and Sciences departments as appropriate in order to assess and respond to research, teaching, and learning needs.  Provides outreach and responsive service to faculty and students in the liaison departments, assisting them with research projects, curricular support, and course-integrated instruction in class and individually, in person and electronically. The librarian has responsibility for collection development and management within the assigned departments and subject areas and is a member of the collection development committee.

Information Services librarians participate in information literacy instruction for first-year English classes. Librarians participate in other division, library, university, and professional activities, projects, and organizations, as appropriate. This position is responsible for the maintenance of the reference collection in all formats in the assigned liaison areas.

General responsibilities include participation in assessment of services, collection development, instruction and related activities.  Librarians provide general references services, including some evening, weekend, and holiday hours. 

Librarians, like all library staff, have leadership responsibilities regardless of their position within Library Services. Leadership for librarians includes activities such as contributing to goals and strategic library directions through active participation on committees, teams, and task forces and sharing expertise throughout the library in order to further library and university missions.

Follow the University’s best practices to build and/or support student academic success and retention, and assist in meeting strategic objectives for persistence and timely graduation of all the student population.


  • Works with faculty, staff and students in assigned liaison departments (including Black Studies, Crime and Justice Studies, Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology/Anthropology, Women’s and Gender Studies) to ensure access to quality information resources, information management and research assistance.
  • Establishes dynamic, collaborative networks and relationships with liaison departments; advocates for departments within the library and for the library within the departments.
  • Provides curricular support and customized instructional services for faculty in assigned departments.
  • Closely works with faculty, researchers and other library liaisons to develop data/information management plans as required for their research.
  • Develops appropriate subject and interdisciplinary collections, selecting library materials and tools in a variety of formats that meet the needs of a diverse academic community.
  • Creates and maintains online subject portals to library resources.
  • Provides research assistance and support to all members of the UMass Dartmouth community via a variety of methods, including in person and online.
  • Provides reference service as scheduled, including evening hours as well as the potential for weekend and holiday service.
  • Participates in planning, assessing, and implementing reference services for quality assurance and improvement.
  • Instructs students in research skills and use of library and other resources at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Participates in the library’s information literacy instruction program, instructing students in a robust first year English curriculum.
  • Incorporates emerging and current technologies into library practice, instruction and research support.
  • Continuously pursues professional development opportunities to increase personal knowledge and skills to improve service models and reflect best practices.
  • Keeps current on trends, practices, and products in librarianship.
  • Participates in professional activities at the local, regional and national level.
  • Participates in collaborative library and University committees, working groups and task forces.
  • Participate in the library’s outreach, grant and funding efforts.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



    Education:  Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution of higher education or equivalent to be completed no later than September 1, 2018  

    Experience: Previous experience in instruction and reference (one year minimum) in an academic library.



  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the social sciences
  • Demonstrated understanding of Data Management Planning
  • Demonstrated ability to teach course related research processes and library resources in one or more of the assigned areas
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying, selecting, using, teaching and evaluating information resources in one or more of the assigned areas
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and adapt to rapidly changing technologies and methods
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal communication and collaboration skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in concert with others
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with users of diverse cultures and levels of academic preparation
  • Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills



  • Academic degree(s) or significant course work in one of the social sciences
  • Knowledge or experience of Data Management Planning
  • Knowledge of DMPTool
  • Knowledge of SPSS, R, or other statistical software
  • Knowledge of data sets and government documents
  • Knowledge of trends in institutional repositories
  • Professional experience as a Social Sciences and/or Data Services Librarian
  • Experience creating and developing content for library web pages and/or subject guides
  • Facility with technology and its application to academic contexts
  • Experience with online education
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for working in a changing library environment



DIVISION: Academic Affairs

WORKING JOB TITLE: Information Services, Social Sciences and Data Services Librarian                                             

DEPARTMENT:  Library Services/ Information Services


EEO STATUS:  3.4   



REPORTS TO:  Works with a team of Information Services librarians under the direct supervision of the Chair of Library Information Services division. 

SUPERVISES: May supervise professional, classified, and student personnel as assigned.


Assistant Librarian $55,330

Associate Librarian $64,796



To apply please submit online a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for professional references.

The review of applications will begin June 11, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.    



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