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Social Sciences Librarian

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Colby College Libraries
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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.


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
Application Procedure: 

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

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