[Libs-Or] Job Opening - Social Sciences Librarian at Portland State University

Anne Keech keecha at pdx.edu
Thu Jun 17 15:05:40 PDT 2010

*Portland State University Library**
Social Sciences Librarian*
(Unclassified, Tenure-Track)*
Position Announcement *
May 2010

*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.

/ *Specific Responsibilities*

· 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 

· 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 

· 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 

· Other duties as assigned.

*Required Qualifications*

· 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.

*Preferred Qualifications*

· 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 

· Experience serving Latino populations

*The Environment:*

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 20, 2010, and will 
remain open until finalists are identified.

*To Apply:*

Send cover letter; resume; and names, address, phone numbers, and e-mail 
addresses of four references to: Anne Keech, Search Coordinator, 
keecha at pdx.edu. 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.

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