Head of Humanities and Social Sciences – SUNY Stony Brook West Campus – Stony Brook, NY

Required Qualifications: MLS/MLIS or equivalent degree from an ALA accredited program. Minimum of two years of full time experience as a librarian in an academic or research library. Experience in collection development in the humanities or social sciences. Excellent communication and writing skills. Record of accomplishment working with teams to achieve library goals. Evidence of contributions to the profession in the form of refereed publications, presentations or active participation in professional organizations. Experience using a wide range of library technology related to collection development, digitization, and web development.

Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree in the humanities or social sciences. Experience working with the Aleph acquisitions system. Experience using GOBI for selection. Experience working with vendors of library resources. Experience developing online subject guides to library resources. Teaching experience. Reading fluency in European, Slavic, or Asian language. Experience using Microsoft Office or analogous software, especially spreadsheets.

Responsibilities & Requirements: The Head of Humanities and Social Sciences will act as the lead librarian in collection development and related activities in the Humanities and Social Sciences, with the goal of developing collections closely aligned with the goals and needs of research and teaching in these areas. The Head will report to and work closely with the Associate Director for Collection Strategy and Management. The selected candidate:

  • Reports to the Associate Director for Collection Strategy and Management.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of plans and projects to enhance collection development goals.
  • Works with vendors and selectors to set up trials and evaluate new resources for potential purchase.
  • Selects material for and liaisons with academic departments in Humanities and/or Social Sciences based on experience and education.
  • Develops and maintains online subject guides to library resources.
  • Works closely with other selectors in Humanities and Social Sciences and assists in the completion of special projects in these areas, and in collection assessment activities.
  • Provides reference assistance at the reference desk and/or through virtual reference.
  • Participates in the Library Instruction Program, especially in subject areas related to expertise.
  • Works to satisfy University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements for promotion and continuing appointment.

Special Notes: This is a tenure track position. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Internal and external search to occur simultaneously. **Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, to guarantee consideration, please apply by May 20th, 2014. Anticipated start date: as soon as possible.

The selected candidate must successfully clear a background investigation.

Application Procedure: Those interested in this position should submit a State employment application, cover letter and resume/CV to:

Pamela DiPasquale Senior Staff Assistant Library Director’s Office
Melville Library, Room W-1511
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3300
Fax# 631-632-7116

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About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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