General Description: The Social Sciences Librarian provides reference and information services for the University’s students and faculty as well as members of the general public, participates in a dynamic instructional program, consults and collaborates with scholars in specific academic units, including classroom and online instruction, and possibly for-credit courses, and selects information resources to support the instructional and research needs of a diverse institution. Some evening and weekend reference duty and/or instruction is required. Portland State expects its tenured faculty to contribute to faculty governance activities within the Library and the University, engage in community and professional service, and pursue an active publication and research agenda, seeking grants as appropriate. This full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position reports to the Assistant University Librarian for Public Services. All faculty members must adhere to University and Library policies and procedures, including Portland State University’s Professional Standards of Conduct. The Library expects all librarians to adhere to the current Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Guidelines for Behavioral Performance of Reference and Information Service Providers.
• Provide reference and information services for the University’s students and faculty as well as members of the general public through work at the reference desk and through various information and communications technologies. Includes work during some evening and weekend hours.
• Participate in the Library’s information literacy and general instruction program
• Select books, serials, databases, and other information resources to support the instructional and research needs of students and scholars of the University in assigned disciplines, including Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, and Child & Family Studies. These assigned areas may change according to the needs of the University.
• Develop physical and online learning objects and guides, including tutorials.
• Consult and collaborate with assigned academic departments, assessing information needs and cultivating bridges for service and teaching.
• Maintain awareness of scholarly communications and copyright issues in general and within the assigned disciplines and contribute to advocacy efforts.
• Maintain current expertise through participation in workshops, classes, professional associations and networks, and through continued awareness of the scholarly literature.
• Keep colleagues informed of current issues and developments in the field related to the subject areas of responsibility.
• Establish short and long-range goals, objectives, and priorities, aligned with those of the Library and the University. Participate in continual program planning and assessment activities, including the collection of relevant data on inputs, outputs, and outcomes.
• Establish effective and productive communications with colleagues, administrators, and constituents.
• Contribute to the work of relevant committees and workgroups in the Library and the University, as well as to the work of professional associations, locally, regionally, nationally, or internationally.
• Pursue active publication and research agenda and meet expectations for faculty service and scholarship in accordance with the Library and University’s promotion, tenure, and post-tenure review guidelines.
• Occasionally direct the work of part-time student employees, volunteers, or interns.
• Support the mission, goals, and objectives of the University and the Library.
• Other duties as assigned.
• ALA-accredited MLS.
• Two years of full-time professional post-MLS experience in an academic library setting.
• Evidence of professional service and scholarship.
• Effective communications and collaborative skills.
• Experience with library systems and Internet applications.
• Collection development experience.
• Experience using digital and Web technologies in the delivery of library services.
• Experience integrating information literacy concepts into teaching.
• Experience developing reference and instruction services.
• Ability to successfully complete a background check.
• A graduate degree in a Social Sciences field
• Experience working as a librarian with responsibility for one or more Social Sciences fields.
• Flexibility and ability to work positively in a fast-paced, changing environment while collaborating with diverse colleagues, faculty, students, and the general public.
• Successful experience working with online learning applications.
• Experience with social sciences statistics and statistical analysis programs
• Experience serving Latino populations
Located in one of the most livable cities in the United States, Portland State University is a nationally recognized leader in community-based learning, and is located on the tree-lined blocks of downtown Portland. The University offers its 28,000 students more than 100 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees.
Salary and Benefits:
Compensation and rank are commensurate with experience The salary range begins at a minimum of $61,320, and includes an excellent benefits package including fully paid health care, reduced tuition rates, and a generous retirement and vacation package.
Review of applicants will begin approximately July 25, 2010, and will remain open until finalists are identified.
Send cover letter; resume; and names, address, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of four references to: Anne Keech, Search Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org. Transcripts and background checks will be required for finalists. In cover letter, address how your knowledge and experiences meet qualifications. Electronic application materials are strongly preferred (Word or .pdf documents). However, materials may be mailed to:
Portland State University Library – LIBW
Post Office Box 1151
c/o Anne Keech, Search Coordinator
Portland, OR 97207-1151
Portland State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Institution and welcomes applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity.