Social Science Research and Instruction Librarian @ Indiana University Libraries

Indiana University Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, and creative Social Science Research and Instruction Librarian to connect and support faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students with services, resources, and assistance across several social science disciplines. We envision the librarian in this tenure-track position having knowledge and expertise in research methodologies through interest, experience, or degrees, preferably some combination thereof, and collaborating with faculty members, researchers, and students across the entire lifecycle of research and scholarship.
We are looking for a librarian who is excited about the possibility of supporting or collaborating with faculty projects such as text mining of newspaper corpuses, other types of qualitative and quantitative research methods, data visualization requests, and systematic reviews or other types of evidence synthesis.

Possible subject areas that may be a part of this librarian’s portfolio may include (but are not limited to)

Political Science
Criminal Justice

The Social Science Research and Instruction Librarian will be part of a team of librarians in the Research & Learning Division of IU Libraries. Librarians and professional staff in the Research & Learning Division collaborate with faculty and students on research skills and techniques, information and data literacies, and emerging technologies to support and enable scholarship. The Social Sciences Research and Instruction Librarian will build programs and partnerships that enhance teaching and learning, facilitate research productivity, and support interdisciplinary collaboration and scholarship.
The Research & Learning Division members embrace experimentation with new programs and services, leverage opportunities for partnerships with campus support centers and research institutes, foster an inclusive and respectful learning environment, and engage meaningfully with library and campus colleagues to advance shared goals. We strongly encourage those who will further advance the IU Libraries’ commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community, including those from historically underrepresented groups, to apply for this position.

Promote the Libraries’ culture of diversity and inclusion, and support the values outlined in the IUB Libraries Diversity Strategic Plan (
Actively engage with faculty, instructors, students, and colleagues to establish partnerships, build strong working relationships, and support various teaching and research needs.
Develop research guides and provide general reference and specialized research consultations in-person and online.
Maintain awareness of a wide variety of research tools, methodologies, and resources appropriate for student and faculty scholarship, including but not limited to citation management, evidence synthesis, and data analysis.
Identify opportunities to collaborate with faculty and instructors to scaffold and integrate information literacy concepts into assignments, courses, and curricula.
Actively engage in opportunities to integrate library tools, expertise, and resources into courses, instructor development sessions, and co-curricular programming.
Design and maintain instructional materials, online learning objects, and research tools such as online modules, guides, and tutorials for self-directed learning, and present instructional workshops supporting student and faculty research needs.
Engage in and facilitate consistent communication with campus constituencies.
Conduct regular assessments of research support and instructional activities to identify new and emerging needs and opportunities for improvement and expansion.
Contribute to and participate in campus, department, and library events, programs, and outreach initiatives.
Provide consultation and guidance on scholarly communication issues such as open access, open educational resources, and data management and collaborate with library colleagues to address related researcher needs.
Serves as a collection manager providing collection development, management, review, and assessment support to at least one social science subject area.

Applicants are encouraged to think broadly and communicate how their skills and experiences transfer to the qualifications in ways that may not be obvious.

ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science; candidates with an advanced degree in a relevant subject and appropriate experience in an academic setting will also be considered
Educational background, professional, or pre-professional experience in a social science discipline
Experience in providing research support to students and researchers
Demonstrated experience or interest in delivering instruction at the college level and ability to plan and deliver instructional programming
Demonstrated interest or experience with outreach to students, researchers, and instructors
Demonstrated familiarity with and interest in applying new tools and skills to support both established and emerging research methods
Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and knowledgeably in multiple modalities
Demonstrated ability to work creatively, independently, flexibly, and collaboratively in a team environment
Demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment supportive of equity, diversity, and inclusion
Evidence of ability for ongoing professional development and contribution

Preferred Qualifications
It is not required that candidates meet all the preferred qualifications to be considered for this position.

Advanced degree in a social science
Experience supporting citation management
Experience with common social science research tools
At least two years of professional library work experience
Experience in collection development
Knowledge of or experience in applying the ACRL Information Literacy Framework
Experience and aptitude with instructional technologies
Understanding and valuing diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization
Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position at the IU Libraries (

The salary range is $62,000 – $72,000 per year; benefits include a university healthcare plan, a university-funded base retirement plan, a 100% university-paid group life insurance plan, and a generous paid time off plan. This tenure-track academic appointment includes eligibility for sabbatical leaves. For a complete list of benefit programs, please refer to the following resources:


Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications received by August 18, 2023, will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until filled. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to: Jennifer Chaffin, Director of Human Resources, Libraries Human Resources, Herman B Wells Library 201, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 – Phone: 812-855-8196 – Fax: 812-855- 2576 – Email:  Expected start date: December 1, 2023. Please note that this date is flexible.