[Libs-Or] Job Posting: Government Documents and Social Sciences Librarian (PSU Library)

Stephanie Doig smdoig at pdx.edu
Wed Jul 26 15:28:38 PDT 2017

*POSITION:*    Government Documents and Social Sciences Librarian/
Assistant Professor /


*LOCATION:*  Portland State University Library, Portland, OR

*POSTED:*        July 26, 2017, open until finalists identified

Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation's most livable cities,
Portland State has an innovative approach to education that combines
academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through
internships and classroom projects with community partners. The
University's 49-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State's commitment
to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 124 bachelor's,
master's and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the
curriculum. PSU's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve the City," inspires the
teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students
span the globe.

PSU seeks talented individuals who understand our values and strategic
goals and enjoy sharing ideas and collaborating in an environment of mutual
respect to achieve those values and goals. We are committed to leading
through engagement and seek individuals who support this strategy.
Engagement describes Portland State's collaborative approach to the
exchange of knowledge and resources with local, regional, national, and
global partners for mutual benefit of students, faculty, and the community.

As a component of the Diversity Action Plan and the President's Strategic
Mission of achieving global excellence, Portland State University strives
to become an institution that is recognized nationally and internationally
for the accomplishments of its faculty, the reputation of its programs, and
the preparation of it students as world citizens.

Portland State University supports equal opportunity in admissions,
education, employment, housing, and use of facilities by prohibiting
discrimination in those areas based on age, color, disability, marital
status, national origin, race, religion or creed, sex or gender, gender
identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any
other basis in law. This policy implements state and federal laws.
Inquiries about it should be directed to the Office of Equity and
Compliance, 1600 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 830, Portland, OR 97201,
503-725-5919, or via email to: diversity at pdx.edu.

*Position Summary*

*Position Summary*

The Government Documents and  Social Sciences Librarian consults and
collaborates with scholars; participates in a dynamic instructional
program, including classroom and online instruction; provides reference and
information services for the University’s students and faculty as well as
members of the community; and selects information resources to support the
instructional and research needs of a diverse institution. This position
has primary responsibility for representing PSU Library in the shared
Oregon regional federal repository; professional engagement with other
government documents librarians and the Government Printing Office on
issues of mutual concern; the development and maintenance of the FDLP and
Oregon Documents collections; the creation and maintenance of research
guides and web pages related to local, state, federal, and international
government documents in all formats; and relevant reference and
instruction. This position serves as the Library’s lead on data management
services, working with other campus units, and providing support to
faculty, staff, students, and fellow librarians on activities such as data
management planning, data documentation, preservation and sharing. This
position also serves as the liaison to academic units such as International
and Global Studies, Economics, etc.,  depending on the needs of the
Library. Some evening and weekend instruction and/or reference duty is
required. Portland State University faculty members contribute to faculty
governance activities within the Library and the University, engage in
community and professional service, and pursue an active scholarly agenda
including publication, and research, and seeking grants as appropriate.
This full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position reports to the
Research & Instruction Services Manager.

*Key Cultural Competencies*

   - Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates
   - Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the
   context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and
   cultural backgrounds.
   - Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in
   diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change
   for continual improvement.
   - Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited
   Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.


   - Maintains government document depository arrangements as mandated by
   state and federal laws and regulations.
   - Contributes to regional and national cooperative efforts in the
   promotion and use of government information.
   - Supports the instructional and research needs of assigned units.
   Collaborates with these units in assessing information needs and the
   availability of information resources; cultivates bridges for service and
   teaching; works with teaching faculty to develop discipline-appropriate
   instruction; and provides research consultations for faculty and students.
   - Works with faculty, students, academic units, research centers,
   relevant campus units and  library teams on managing, describing,
   preserving, and making accessible research data.
   - Works collaboratively with subject librarians to develop liaison
   activities relating to data management and government information.
   - Participates in the Library's information literacy and general
   instruction program, face-to-face and online. Shares in the development and
   delivery of course-related instruction in the general education program.
   - Provides reference and information services for the University’s
   students and faculty as well as members of the community at the reference
   desk and through various information and communications technologies. May
   include some evening and weekend hours.
   - Develops physical and online learning objects and research guides.
   - Participates in continual library planning and assessment activities,
   including the collection of relevant data on inputs, outputs, and outcomes.
   - Maintains awareness of scholarly communication and copyright issues in
   general and within assigned disciplines and contributes to advocacy
   efforts. Keeps colleagues informed of current issues and developments in
   liaison areas.

   - Occasionally directs the work of part-time student employees or

*Research/Scholarly Activities*

   - Pursues an active publication and research agenda.
   - Meets expectations for faculty scholarship in accordance with the
   Library and University’s promotion, tenure, and post-tenure review

*University Service Activities*

   - Supports the mission, goals, and objectives of the Library and the
   - Establishes short and long-range goals, objectives, and priorities;
   aligned with those of the Library and the University.
   - Contributes to the work of relevant Library and University committees
   and workgroups.
   - Supports Library and University development efforts.

*Professional Service Activities*

   - Contributes to the work of professional associations: local, regional,
   national, or international.
   - Maintains current professional expertise through participation in
   workshops, classes, professional associations and networks, and through
   continued awareness of the scholarly literature.

*Other Responsibilities*

   - Engages in community endeavors that may benefit from one’s
   professional expertise, and be a good ambassador for the University.
   - Contributes to a positive and collaborative environment based on
   mutual respect, service, open communication, and cooperation.
   - Maintains effective and productive communications with colleagues,
   administrators, and community users and organizations.
   - Other duties as assigned.

*Required Qualifications          *

   - ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent.
   - Two years of full-time, post-MLS experience as a librarian.
   - Experience in at least two of these areas: serving as a liaison to
   academic departments; teaching or training; delivering reference services;
   and collection development.
   - Professional experience working with government information resources.
   - Ability to successfully complete a background check and provide

*Preferred Qualifications         *

   - Academic or research library experience.
   - Experience with information literacy concepts.
   - Degree in social sciences or prior experience as a liaison working
   with social science departments.
   - Understanding of data management practices and outreach
   responsibilities associated with data management.
   - Evidence of professional service and scholarship.
   - Demonstrated commitment to practices facilitating diversity and
   - Effective communications and collaboration skills.
   - Flexibility and the ability to work positively in a fast-paced,
   changing environment while collaborating with diverse colleagues, faculty,
   students, and the community.


The salary is $70,236 with an excellent benefits package.

*To Apply*

To apply, please create an account and apply through the Portland State
University career portal:


Review of applicants will begin approximately August 25, 2017, and will
remain open until finalists are identified.

For those requiring a reasonable accommodation to apply: In compliance with
the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a
disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for
a position with Portland State University, please call 503-725-4926 or
email askhrc at pdx.edu

Please email search coordinator Stephanie Doig with any questions regarding
this job posting.

*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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