Social Sciences Teaching and Faculty Outreach Librarian

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Created: December 5, 2012


Social Sciences Teaching and Faculty Outreach Librarian
Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville

The University of Louisville (UofL) Libraries invites applications from creative and energetic
entry-level candidates for the full-time, tenure track position of Social Sciences Teaching and
Faculty Outreach Librarian. This position reports to the Head of the Reference & Information
Literacy Department, a collegial, service-oriented, and progressive department of 8 librarians, 3
professional staff, and 11 student assistants. This department coordinates Ekstrom Library
support for learning, teaching, and research within the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business,
Education, Social Work, and the School of Engineering.

The Social Sciences Teaching and Faculty Outreach Librarian will develop and maintain high
quality outreach to the faculty and students in the Social Sciences, primarily the departments of
Anthropology, Political Science, Justice Administration, Sociology, and Psychological and Brain
Sciences by

• building productive relationships with faculty and students in the assigned departments;
• creating and delivering innovative and effective instructional resources (workshops, class
sessions, course pages, research guides) that enhance learning and research skills;
• participating in general and specialized research consultation services (in-person, phone,
email, chat) including some weekend work;
• serving as the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
liaison and supporting the data needs of researchers with expertise in SPSS, EndNote,
and other similar softwares;
• serving a rotation on the Libraries Assessment and Resource Planning Team.

This position will also collaborate with departmental colleagues on initiatives related to the
Learning Commons (a partnership of library and university services housed in the library which
support student learning), assist with first-year information literacy instruction efforts and
citation tools workshops, and participate in library and university-wide committees.

Required Qualifications

• Masters degree from an ALA-accredited program or international equivalent in library or
information science
• Degree or experience in a social sciences discipline
• Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication
• Proven ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues
• Strong commitment to information literacy and public service
• Proven ability to work successfully with a diverse population of faculty, staff, students,
and community members
• Potential for satisfying the University Libraries faculty promotion and tenure

Desirable Qualifications

• Experience in providing reference service
• Academic library experience
• Graduate degree in a social sciences discipline
• Teaching experience in a classroom setting
• Experience working with data sets and related software
• Demonstrated ability to work with and think creatively about emerging as well as
established technologies

The anticipated initial rank is Instructor; entry rank and salary of the successful candidate depend
upon experience and professional achievements. The University Libraries offer a comprehensive
benefits package and annual vacation of 22 working days.  Library faculty appointments are
twelve month, tenure-track positions. Promotion and tenure require demonstration of scholarship
and successfully satisfying other criteria. The University Libraries, a member of the Association
of Research Libraries, values its collaborative efforts both within the university and among other

The University of Louisville ( is a Carnegie Research/High university and
recipient of the Carnegie Community Engagement classification for Curricular Engagement &
Outreach and Partnerships. The University has a national reputation for its high-quality
undergraduate program; over twenty nationally recognized research, graduate, and professional
programs; 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students; and a strong commitment to the
community in which it resides. UofL is located in the state’s largest urban area.

The city of Louisville ( offers hospitality, warmth and smaller city
advantages like shorter commutes and lower cost of living alongside major city amenities like
world-class performing arts, great sports, incredible dining and a nationally-acclaimed parks

Applications received by January 2, 2013 are given full consideration in the initial screening.

The position will remain open until filled. Applicants must apply at and attach a CV, letter of interest
detailing your familiarity, aptitude, and/or experience with the required and desired
qualifications, and the name, address, phone number and e-mail address of three references. 

Please direct questions to:
Anna Marie Johnson
Head, Reference and Information Literacy Dept.
117B Ekstrom Library
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
502.852.1491 or

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