Scholarly Engagement Librarian for Social Sciences and Data

at Tulane University Libraries (view profile)
Location New Orleans, LA
Date Posted November 30, 2021
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Education Requirements ALA-accredited MLS with an academic background in social sciences at the time of hire OR a graduate degree in the social sciences and 2 or more years of relevant academic library experience.
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $53,500/year
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $61,000/year
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Tulane University Libraries at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA invites applications for the position of Scholarly Engagement Librarian for Social Sciences and Data.

Position Summary:  The Scholarly Engagement Librarian for Social Sciences supports faculty and students in Tulane University’s social sciences departments, centers, and institutes in the discovery, evaluation, and use of information resources.  Reporting to the Director of User Services and Library IT, the Social Sciences Librarian teaches in the course-integrated library instruction and workshop program, provides research consultations, and prepares online guides, tutorials, or other instructional aids as appropriate. This position also provides instruction, workshops, and consultations on the discovery, analysis, and visualization of data in various formats and performs materials selection and collection management for assigned social sciences subject areas.  The incumbent participates in the library instruction team and collaborates with colleagues in the humanities and sciences to ensure a consistent approach to instruction, research support, and outreach.  The incumbent collaborates with other Scholarly Engagement colleagues to provide and promote social science-related resources and workshops. Incorporating equity and inclusion into all services is a fundamental requirement.

 REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:   ALA-accredited MLS with an academic background in social sciences at the time of hire OR a graduate degree in the social sciences and 2 or more years of relevant academic library experience.


  • Knowledge of library research tools and resources relevant to the social sciences.
  • Demonstrated reference and research consultation experience.
  • Knowledge of data support services (e.g., development of research data plans; research data repositories; data curation, publishing, and visualization; open data; and data literacy).
  • Familiarity with software used in data visualization.
  • Understanding of the academic research process and the ways that new technologies are affecting the production of scholarship in the social sciences.
  • A strong commitment to user service and creative, engaging outreach.
  • Understanding of academic library collection development, including financial management.
  • Strong interpersonal, communications, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, technology professionals, and library colleagues.
  • Ability to function fully and competently at technology competency Levels I, and II outlined in HTML Core Technology Competencies for Employees. (See


  • One year of teaching using instructional design, lesson planning, and assessment.
  • One year of collection development in an academic library.
  • Familiarity with U.S. Census Data.
  • Knowledge of one or more quantitative research/statistical software tools, such as STATA, SPSS, SAS, R, or ArcGIS.
  • Familiarity with one or more visualization tools such as InstantAtlas, Dygraphs, or Tableau.


  • With librarian colleagues, designs, delivers, and assesses instruction in the discovery, use, interpretation, and evaluation of information resources.
  • Prepares and provides social science data-focused workshops.
  • Conducts individual or small-group consultations with students and faculty.
  • Serves as the library liaison to various social science departments, institutes, or centers. Regularly meets with faculty to discuss needs for research and teaching and shares information with library colleagues.
  • Identifies and selects for purchase or licensing appropriate scholarly resources in the social sciences in a variety of formats, managing assigned funds, and working collaboratively with fellow Scholarly Engagement librarians as well as Technical Services colleagues.
  • Works collaboratively with all library units to improve information discovery and delivery.
  • Actively seeks out and participates in relevant professional organizations and professional development opportunities.
  • Incorporates inclusive and equitable policies and processes to ensure diversity and accessibility in all outreach and instruction efforts.


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Anticipated Salary Range: $53,500 - $61,000.  Benefits include relocation assistance, tuition assistance, support for professional development and travel, and competitive health insurance and retirement contributions.  For more details visit

Flexible Work Arrangements

To Apply. To apply for this position please go to Tulane University Jobs.  To ensure full consideration, applicants must submit a letter of application, resume, and the names with full contact information and relationship of at least three professional references, preferably current or past supervisors. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

Please join us to learn more about the position and ask questions.  We are offering an information session over Zoom where we will share more information about the university, our library, and the Scholarly Engagement Librarian for the Social Sciences and Data position. No registration is needed - just click the link at the listed date and time.  This is in Central Standard Time. Participation is anonymous, attendee names only seen by panelists. Thursday December 9, 2021 at 3:30 PM Central Time Click to join the session:


Tulane University Libraries Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Tulane University Libraries (TUL) is committed to integrating diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) into all aspects of our work and environment. We acknowledge that reaching these DEIA goals will strengthen our institution and allow for new directions in growth. We also acknowledge that we currently have barriers to embedding DEIA in our organization. Work is being done across TUL to investigate and address these barriers, create actionable objectives, and implement programming and structural change. You can learn more about some of those efforts on the TUL Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee page and the Tulane Strategy for Tomorrow website. Tulane University Libraries is committed to building a diverse workplace that welcomes and values all people, and we encourage you to apply if you have transferable skills and experience.

 Tulane University is an AA/EO Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

 Tulane is an EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled employer.