Social Sciences Librarian — Colby College — Waterville, Maine

Colby Libraries – Social Sciences Librarian (two-year)
Date: 06/05/2017
Colby College Libraries invites applications for a Social Sciences Research and Instruction Librarian. The successful candidate will be an innovative and energetic service-oriented professional, who will serve as primary liaison to the economics and government departments. In this role they will support faculty and students by providing information literacy and research instruction, offering group and individual research consultations, and helping to development associated library collections.

Primary Responsibilities:
The Social Sciences Librarian is a member of the Research and Instruction Group (R&I). This group of librarians provide a range of reference services, information literacy and course-related library instruction for students and faculty, and collection development support to assigned departments.

A critical aspect of this position requires that the librarian be a strong presence in the College’s Social Science community, building and maintaining close relations with faculty and students in order to meet their teaching, learning, research, and publication needs. The librarian will provide direct support for teaching and learning by providing instruction/lab sessions, workshops, web-based guides and tutorials, and targeted reference services, through individual and group consultations and regular office hours. Also in conjunction with the economics and government faculty, the librarian will assess digital and print collections to ensure access to resources that support their research and teaching.

This is a two year full-time faculty position without rank. Colby librarians collaborate with our CBB consortial colleagues at the Bowdoin and Bates College libraries. They are encouraged to serve on college-wide committees, and to participate in professional development activities.

Colby College is located in Waterville, Maine, which offers numerous cultural and outdoor recreational opportunities within the city limits and is undergoing a major downtown revitalization effort. Whether you lean towards world-class hiking, dining or museums, outdoor adventure, country fairs and Grange hall dances, all are easily accessible from Waterville.

Minimum qualifications:

ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS
Strong written, presentation and interpersonal communication skills
Demonstrated teaching ability using a variety of educational pedagogies
Experience in reference and library instruction (internships or past employment)
Ability to work as part of a small, highly collaborative team
Ability to easily network both internally and externally across the organization
Ability to work independently and collaboratively
Preferred qualifications:

Familiarity with economics and government research tools, resources and literature
Undergraduate degree in Social Sciences
One or more years of experience in an academic library (internships or past employment)
Experience providing reference instruction on a variety of economic and social science data sets used in an academic research environment (internships or past employment)
Some exposure and experience with statistical methods and tools
Applicants should send the following electronically in PDF format to

A cover letter
Curriculum vitae
A statement of teaching philosophy
Contact information for three references
Review of applications will begin on June 16, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Preferred start date is September 1, 2017. For more information about the Colby College Libraries, visit

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or veteran’s status in employment or in our educational programs. Colby is an Equal Opportunity employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and encourages applications from qualified persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, military veterans and members of other under-represented groups. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights.

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