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September 2012

Social Sciences Librarian

Position: Social Sciences Librarian
Available: January 1, 2013

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a creative, enthusiastic, and collaborative Social Sciences Librarian to join the Davis Library Research and Instructional Services Department as the Subject Librarian for the departments of Sociology and Political Science. The Social Sciences Librarian will apply state of the art technology to reference and research work, innovative outreach, evolving collection development, and dynamic data services.

The Social Sciences Librarian will develop and maintain high quality outreach to the faculty and students in departments in the Social Sciences, primarily the departments of Sociology and Political Science; create and deliver innovative and effective instructional resources (workshops, class sessions, course pages, research guides) to enhance learning and research skills; participate in general and specialized reference services (in-person consultations, phone, email, chat) including some weekend work; and collaborate with other librarians to provide data services, concentrating on social science resources including economic and international data sets.

The individual in this position will also select materials relevant to Sociology and Political Science for library purchase, ensuring collections in these areas that meet the University's research and curricular needs; and serve on the Social Sciences collection development team, which collaborates in the evaluation and selection of resources for library purchase.

Librarians at UNC are expected to serve on committees and task forces as needed; be actively involved with local library consortia; participate in regional, national, or international professional and scholarly organizations; and maintain an awareness of emerging research tools, methodologies, and trends in scholarly communication.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant and service-oriented department that supports teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences. The person will report to the Head of the Subject Specialists Section of Davis Research and Instructional Services. The department comprises 14 librarians, 4 support staff, and several student assistants and includes GIS, Data Services, and Government Documents.


ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information science. Background or experience in the social sciences. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience teaching, training or providing instruction. Strong time management and organizational skills, with an ability to set priorities. Commitment to supporting a diverse user population and an ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with a diverse group of colleagues.

Advanced degree in a social science discipline. Background or experience in the fields of sociology and/or political science. Experience in an academic library. Experience providing outreach services in a subject specialty. Working knowledge of RefWorks and EndNote. Working knowledge of statistical software packages such as SPSS, STATA, SAS or similar products. Experience using data in the social sciences.

The University and The Libraries
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country's oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law. Library collections include over 6.5 million volumes. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.

The University Library invests proudly in its employees, strives to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourages vision and innovation.

The Region
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day's drive from Chapel Hill.

The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.

Salary and Benefits
This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2012. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply:
Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of which must be a current supervisor. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

Data-related blog posts coming out of Open Repositories 2012 conference

I 'd been meaning to write an IASSIST blog post about OR 2012, hosted by the University of Edinburgh's Host Organising Committee led by Co-Chair and IASSISTer Stuart Macdonald in July, because it had such good DATA content.

Fortunately Simon Hodson, the UK's JISC Managing Research Data Programme Manager, has provided this introduction and has allowed me to post it here, with further links to his analytic blog posts, and even those contain further links to OTHER blog posts talking about OR2012 and data!

There are also more relevant pointers from the OR 2012 home page here:

I think there's enough here to easily keep people going until next year's conference in Prince Edward Island next July. Oh, and Peter Burnhill, Past President IASSIST, made a good plug for IASSIST in his closing keynote, pointing it out to repository professionals as a source of expertise and community for would-be data professionals.

Enjoy! - Robin Rice, University of Edinburgh


It has been widely remarked that OR 2012 saw the arrival of research data in the repository world.  Using a wordle of #or2012 tweets in his closing summary, Peter Burnhill noted that ‘Data is the big arrival. There is a sense in which data is now mainstream.’  (See Peter’s summary on the OR2012 You Tube Channel:

I have written a series of blog posts reflecting on the contributions made by *some* those working on research data repositories, and particularly the development of research data services

These posts may be of interest to subscribers to this list and are listed below.

Institutional Data Repositories and the Curation Hierarchy: reflections on the DCC-ICPSR workshop at OR2012 and the Royal Society’s Science as an Open Enterprise report

‘Data is now Mainstream’: Research Data Projects at OR2012 (Part 1…)

Pulling it all Together: Research Data Projects at OR2012 (Part 2…)

Making the most of institutional data assets: Research Data Projects at OR2012 (Part 3…)

Manage locally, discover (inter-)nationally: research data management lessons from Australia at OR2012

Simon Hodson [reposted with permission]

- Friday posting -

One of the highlights of the after hours hanging out during IASSIST conferences is getting to play some pool and make geeky data jokes you don't have to explain to anyone.  

For you pool-playing enthusiasts, I share this YouTube of a potential future IASSIST conference goer .. (note, none of us can play anywhere near the level of this 5 yr old.) 

Happy Weekend everyone! 

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