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Employment Opportunity: Social Sciences Librarian for Education University of New Mexico

University of New Mexico College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences
Social Sciences Librarian for Education

The University of New Mexico College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences (CUL&LS) seeks a Social Sciences Librarian for Education to support a library system with a strong outreach and instruction program. This is a full-time, 12-month tenure-track faculty position. The desired start date is Spring 2020. The annual salary is negotiable based on qualifications and includes full benefits.

Position Description

The Social Sciences Librarian for Education serves as subject specialist for education, focusing on outreach, instruction, research assistance, and collection management for the College of Education, the interdisciplinary Organization, Information and Learning Sciences (OILS) program and the library’s Children’s Literature collection. The individual in this position is part of the Learning & Outreach Services group and also collaborates with colleagues across the CUL&LS. We seek an engaged, innovative, and service-oriented individual who contributes to a dynamic team environment. UNM values the diversity of our campus and the larger community; the successful candidate is expected to engage in their primary duties in support of these diverse stakeholders.

Some evening and weekend work is required.

CUL&LS integrates UNM values of Academic Freedom, Diversity Within the Academic Community, Creativity and Initiative, Excellence, Integrity and Professionalism, and Access and Student Success into all we do. As identified in the CUL&LS strategic plan, we strive to be “a leader in imagining, creating, and realizing the 21st century academic research library and university.”

Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:

  • An earned master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library/information sciences program OR PhD in a related field by the position start date;
  • Two or more years of experience supporting research or learning in a library, research, and/or teaching environment.

Preferred (Desired) Qualifications:

Undergraduate or graduate degree in a social science;

Experience in library instruction in face-to-face and online environments;

Experience or demonstrated knowledge with research methods and materials used by social science and education researchers;

Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with information literacy concepts and trends (e.g., the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy);

  • Experience or demonstrated interest in conducting outreach and engagement efforts with students, faculty, and campus collaborators to support research and instructional endeavors;
  • Experience or demonstrated knowledge of best practices in managing and evaluating subject-specific collections;
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish or an Indigenous language of the Southwestern U.S.;
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills as well as strong service orientation;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

Primary Duties

  • Serve as primary liaison to, and proactively develop professional relationships with faculty, staff and students in the various College of Education departments and OILS;
  • Provide instruction in research and information literacy collaboratively and independently in a variety of settings including face-to-face, hybrid and online;
  • Work collaboratively with CUL&LS colleagues to provide support for students and researchers in Education and Social Sciences fields in areas of data management, scholarly communication, etc.;
  • Creatively engage in library outreach activities using multiple methods to connect with the diverse campus community, focusing on assigned liaison areas;
  • Contributes to library-wide collection development activities related to education including developing and managing electronic, multimedia, and print collections in partnership with social sciences librarian team and other groups;
  • Participate in CUL&LS faculty governance and in library management as required;
  • Work to meet librarianship & teaching, scholarship and service requirements for promotion and tenure and participate in faculty governance as detailed in the UNM Faculty Handbook ( and College Guidelines.
  • Contribute to CUL&LS initiatives that further UNM’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.


The University of New Mexico is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries, and it leads the LIBROS Consortium of seventeen academic libraries in New Mexico. CUL&LS contains over 3 million volumes and includes four branch libraries: Centennial Science & Engineering Library, Fine Arts & Design Library, Parish Memorial Library (business and economics), and Zimmerman Library (humanities, social sciences, and education). Zimmerman Library also houses the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections and the Indigenous Nations Library Program. CUL&LS grants bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees in its OILS program, which prepares professionals to help individuals, groups, and organizations to learn in more effective ways. CUL&LS is home to the UNM Press, a respected publisher of scholarly monographs and the largest book publisher in the state of New Mexico. UNM is a Tier I Research Institution and a Hispanic-Serving Institution. For more information about UNM and the community, please see

To apply: Applicants must apply online. Visit the UNMJobs website at

Instructions: Please prepare the following documents: CV, Cover Letter addressing each Minimum and Preferred Qualification, and a list of three professional references including email and phone contact information. Questions may be directed to Leah Boetger, search coordinator, at

Deadline: The search will remain open until the position is filled. For best consideration, complete applications must be received through the UNMJobs website no later than October 24, 2019.

The University of New Mexico is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator.


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