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Social Sciences Librarian

Position overview

Position title: Social Sciences Librarian
Salary range: A reasonable salary range estimate for this position is $61,920-$149,167.
The posted UC academic salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See the following table for the salary scale for this position (

Application Window

Open date: October 24, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Nov 27, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Oct 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Social Sciences Librarian
Academic Engagement and Learning Services

The University of California, San Diego Library seeks creative, collaborative, and service-oriented applicants for the position of Social Sciences Librarian for our Academic Engagement and Learning Services (AELS) Program
(Assistant, Associate or Full Librarian).

Responsibilities of the Position
Reporting to the AELS Assistant Program Director for Instruction and Outreach Services, the Social Sciences Librarian investigates and identifies user needs and develops services and collections for faculty, staff and students of the School of Social Sciences.

Subject Librarian Services (70%)
• Deliver consistent communications and outreach to the departments of Sociology, Anthropology, and Linguistics within the School of Social Sciences.
• Collaborate with library colleagues on broader outreach to the School of Social Sciences and related campus programs.
• Build relationships and gather information about assigned departments to discover curricular trends, student and faculty research needs, and other information to guide service development and priorities.

• Develop subject-related learning objectives to advance information and data literacy and deliver instruction in a variety of formats.
• Provide subject-related research assistance and collaborate with Social Sciences and Data Services colleagues to provide research assistance, such as finding and analyzing datasets and helping students with qualitative research methods and data analysis.

• Develop and maintain library collections, including primary and secondary sources, and tools, to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of students and faculty.

Undergraduate and General Services (30%)
• Participate in general library instruction and research assistance via physical and virtual service points.
• Participate in AELS team meetings and contribute to program goals and initiatives.
• Develop and implement strategies for advancing diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility in instruction, research assistance services and collections.

Informational Webinars
Applicants are invited to attend an informational webinar to learn more about the position, the campus, and the University Library. If interested, please register using the links provided:

Information Session @ Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 9-10AM PST: (
Information Session @ Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 3-4PM PST: (

The attendee list will be hidden to ensure confidentiality. Attendance is not required to apply or be considered for this position. Live captioning will be provided via Zoom Live Transcript. Inquiries and nominations may be directed to Sue McGuinness, Director of Academic Engagement and Learning Services (

About The Library – Great Research Starts Here
The UC San Diego Library serves the University’s vision to be a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university. Serving the entire UC San Diego community, we are dedicated to building a Library that reflects and supports our community’s values. Applicants should be committed to building an inclusive, equitable and diverse culture.
The Library’s Academic Engagement and Learning Services (AELS) Program leads academic outreach, learning, and research consultation services that support student and faculty success and advance the Library’s role as a place for community and scholarship.
Librarians at UC San Diego are academic appointees and entitled to appropriate professional leave and all other perquisites granted to non-faculty academic personnel. UC San Diego offers flexible work options such as flextime or compressed workweeks, and worksite flexibility. This position will start with a hybrid schedule with a combination of onsite and remote work. UC San Diego Librarians are expected to participate in library-wide and system-wide planning and governance and to be professionally active.
To foster the best possible working and learning environment, all library staff at UC San Diego strive to cultivate a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities. For more information, please review the UC San Diego Principles of Community, the Library’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, and the Library Diversity and Inclusion Committee. We also encourage the opportunity to build a network of peers that share your similar passions and interests through the UCSD Staff Associations network.

About the University
UC San Diego is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through excellence in education and research. Visit the website to learn more about the campus, faculty and students. The School of Social Sciences
is committed to bringing research into practice to advance positive social change. It includes sixteen academic departments and over twenty interdisciplinary research centers (


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies or equivalent degree or experience. New graduates and students close to graduation will be considered.
• Communication and interpersonal skills including intercultural competence and awareness of customer service methods and practices that support student well-being and belonging. Demonstrated effectiveness in synthesizing a variety of perspectives in order to identify viable approaches and build consensus among stakeholders.
• Stated interest in learning and professional development to acquire skills and tools for continuous improvement of library collections and services for Sociology, Anthropology and Linguistics.
• Demonstrated strong analytical and organizational skills for planning and completing projects.
• Demonstrated experience working both independently and collaboratively with faculty, students, staff and colleagues from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Non-academic team experiences will also be considered.
• Demonstrated knowledge of social sciences disciplines and applicable research methods, tools and software. Transferable skills are acceptable. Experience working in various settings will be considered.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

• Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies or equivalent degree must be obtained by the time the selected candidate starts the job.

Preferred qualifications

• Demonstrated experience in providing library public services
• Education, professional background, or subject matter expertise in Social Sciences

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Job location

La Jolla, CA