Social Science Librarian, Research Engagement

at Yale University (view profile)
Published May 22, 2024
Location New Haven, Connecticut
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Social Science Librarian, Research Engagement


University Job Title: Librarian, Research Engagement, Marx Library


Bargaining Unit: None - Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)


Time Type: Full time


Duration Type: Regular


Compensation Grade: library


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Work Location: Central Campus


Worksite Address: 219 Prospect Street

New Haven, CT 06511


Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)


Searchable Job Family: Library


Total # of Hours to be Works: 37.5


Position Focus:


Yale University Library seeks a user-centered and creative librarian to join a newly formed group looking to reenvision research and learning support for the sciences and social sciences. Under the direction of the Associate Director, Research Engagement, the Social Science Librarian is part of a two-person team with primary responsibility for needfinding and relationship building with students, researchers, and practitioners in social science, environmental studies, global affairs, and related interdisciplinary programs.


The Research Engagement group consists of three teams: Social Science, Science and Engineering, and Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship. Using a shared, user-focused workflow emphasizing efficiency, responsiveness, and adaptability, the group delivers programs that support the full research lifecycle and accelerate research and practice. Each team is responsible for understanding needs and trends in their areas of focus and each team member will lend their expertise to programs and services offered by the department. Key areas of support include research consultations, scholarly profiles and research impact, research data support, and building community through common research methods and tools. Each librarian will serve as a knowledgeable resource, connecting students, staff, researchers, and community members with relevant collections, services and experts.


The Research Engagement Librarian will also work collaboratively with Instruction Librarians and Outreach Librarians in the Learning Engagement group to contribute specialized instruction, workshops, orientations, and other outreach activities as part of the program coordinated by the Associate Director, Learning Engagement.


The Social Science Librarian partners with appropriate staff in other YUL units to complete high-impact projects and deliver services, collections, and events. Key partners may be found in Computational Methods and Data, Scholarly Resources, Areas Studies and Humanities, and the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. The incumbent will also develop relationships and partnerships with relevant academic departments, labs, institutes, and centers, as well as university units providing research and learning services.


The Social Science Librarian participates in Yale Library planning, committees, and task forces; and engages in campus, regional, and national organizations and collaborative activities. The incumbent is expected to participate in professional activities outside of Yale and to monitor developments and best practices elsewhere to help ensure the excellence of Yale's research and learning program.


Yale University Library serves a diverse staff, campus, local, and global community and is deeply committed to advancing its goals for equity, inclusion, and accessibility. This commitment is reflected in our mission, strategic directions, staff values, initiatives, and scholarly activity. To support our goals for staff recruitment, retention, and development, Yale Library invites applications from candidates whose philosophies align with these commitments and who have demonstrated success with supporting diversity and inclusion through their work, service, research, and/or teaching.


The position will be assigned a rank of Librarian 1 or 2 based on a combination of professional experience and qualifications. Librarian ranking information can be found here:


Application deadline for first consideration is June 19,2024 and will continue until position is filled.


Essential Duties:


  1. Provides research support to students and faculty in academic departments, schools, and research centers through consultations, instruction sessions, and in-person and virtual reference services. 2. Creates and maintains information resources and research support tools. Supports research and raises awareness of information resources through outreach efforts. 3. Supports collection development through robust user engagement efforts, communicating student, faculty, and practitioner needs to relevant library departments. 4. Participates in departmental library research and learning support and collections program planning. Collaborates broadly across the library and university to support research and learning.5. Participates in library system-wide planning, committees, and work groups, and engages in campus, regional and national professional organizations, and collaborative activities. Monitors developments and best practices elsewhere to help ensure the excellence of Yale’s collections and research support services.6. May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts.7. May be assigned to work at any Yale University location. 8. May perform other duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience:


  1. Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent degree or other relevant advanced academic degree.2. Background in science, social science, or other relevant field.3. Experience designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion.4. Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing team environment.


Required Skill/Ability 1:


Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.


Required Skill/Ability 2:


Demonstrated ability to provide high quality, user-centered services, preferably in an academic library setting.


Required Skill/Ability 3:


Demonstrated ability to identify, search, and instruct researchers in the use of social science information resources.


Required Skill/Ability 4:


Demonstrated ability to find and use social science data to support interdisciplinary research.


Required Skill/Ability 5:


Demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.


Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:


Undergraduate and/or advanced degree in global affairs, policy, political science, or a related discipline. Experience with qualitative data analysis, quantitative data analysis, or data visualization resources and tools.


Drug Screen: No


Health Screening: No


Background Check Requirements:


All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. For additional information on the background check requirements and process visit "Learn about background checks" under the Applicant Support Resources section of Careers on the It's Your Yale website.


COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement:


The University maintains policies pertaining to COVID-19. All faculty, staff, students, and trainees are required to comply with these policies, which may be found here:


Posting Disclaimer:


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.


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