Social Sciences Librarian

Job Locations US-MN-St. Paul
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(8/1/2022 10:17 AM)
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Macalester College’s DeWitt Wallace Library seeks to hire a Research and Instruction Librarian for the Social Sciences. This position provides research and instruction support to faculty, students, and staff, teaches in our first-year course information literacy instruction program, and collaborates with faculty on assignment creation in relation to course-integrated information literacy instruction goals. The person in this position will assist with supporting Social Sciences research methodology and data analysis.

General duties include consulting with faculty, students, staff and others with their research needs, providing in-depth research and consultative services, delivering library instruction in formal and virtual classroom settings in collaboration with faculty and through other instruction and programming modalities, evaluating technological advances and innovations in the field and assessing implications for research methods, information literacy, and digital liberal arts.

In addition, the person in this position will  work closely with our academic community to ensure that library research and instruction most effectively and efficiently support college curricular needs and scholarly endeavors. The ideal candidate will be service-oriented and enthusiastic about teaching, collaborating, and fostering student success in a liberal arts environment. 

It is critical that the person in this role brings and advocates for an inclusive, anti-racist, and anti-bias lens to the their work. This position is a member of the Access, Instruction, and Research Services team and reports to the AIRS Associate Library Director.


Access, Instruction, & Research Services:

  • Consults with and assists faculty, students, staff and others with their research needs; provides in-depth research and consultative services at public service points and by appointment.  
  • Collaborates with faculty to plan and deliver information literacy instruction in formal classroom settings.
  • Develops multiple literacies instruction programming to support the student learning experience through a variety of modalities. 
  • Evaluates technological advances and innovations and assesses implications for research methods and library instruction.
  •  Provides leadership, guidance, and expertise in research and assessment that utilizes data.


Departmental and campus liaison and outreach responsibilities:

  • Engagement: Takes initiative to identify, meet, and facilitate ongoing communications about information needs and service expectations.
  • Teaching & Learning: Designs and implements strategic and pedagogically appropriate instruction for library users through a variety of methods.
  • Scholarly Communication: Educates and informs faculty and students on issues of scholarly communication and integrates into information fluency curriculum.
  • Collection Development: Develops and manages collections to support research and instruction in subject areas by assisting faculty representatives and their departments in selecting materials that support our curriculum.
  • Reference and Research Services: Provides in-depth, specialized research consultation and reference for library users.


  • Outreach and Professional Development: Participates in programs that provide learning opportunities and personal professional development.  Seeks ways to improve library services and collections to support the mission of the library and/or promote library activities through local and national conferences.


 Key responsibilities, leadership and professional development:

  • Willing to be a strong collaborator, relationship builder, and partner.
  • Participates in cross-functional work groups according to interests, skills, and library needs.
  • Helps foster teamwork throughout the organization on campus, and beyond.
  • Helps maintain efficient workflow, procedures, and process improvements. 
  • Contributes to assessment activities throughout the organization including report writing and data compilation and analysis.
  • Consistently performs work with attention to detail and in a timely and accurate manner meeting the needs of the library as well as community demands.
  • Provides service to the college through participation on campus groups or projects.
  • Serves on local or national professional committees to share our expertise and experience with others, and to serve as a representative of the college.


Annual goals:

  • Contributes to completion of annual library goals.
  • Sets and attains annual personal performance goals.


  • Masters in Library and Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) or from a program in a country with a formal accreditation process as identified by ALA.
  • Knowledge of best practices and trends in the profession and in areas of research and instruction.
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to deepen knowledge and practice of all aspects of this position over time. 
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment.
  • A desire to work in an undergraduate student-centered environment. 
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Preferred qualifications:


  • Academic library experience.
  • Understanding of principles and best practices of information literacy instruction, such as designing learning activities, curricular mapping, integrating the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, or measuring student learning outcomes.
  • Experience in creating online tutorials or modules and other modalities related to online teaching and learning
  • Knowledge of data analysis and visualization strategies.
  • Degree in a social sciences discipline in conjunction with Masters in Library Science. 



Compensation & Benefits: 

This is a full time position offering Macalester’s Benefits Package and annual salary of $54,000-$62,000.


Application Guidelines: 


To be considered please submit your resume and cover letter in one document via Macalester’s Employment Opportunities page by 11:59pm cst on August 21, 2022

Applications will not be received after this date. 


All inquiries regarding this position can be directed to: 


Jaclyn Howard 



Macalester College - Institutional Overview

Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students with the inspiration, insight, and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Macalester enrolls nearly 2,100 students who come from virtually every state and 91 countries. Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college known for its high standards of scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.

Macalester is proud of its longstanding commitment to social justice and creating a safe environment for all people regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, gender, religion, age, or ability. Macalester is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from everyone who would add richness to our community, including people of color, individuals with disabilities and women.

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