Social Science Librarian

Haverford, Pennsylvania
Jul 12, 2021
Aug 11, 2021
Full Time
Organization Type
Level of Experience

Haverford College invites applications for our available full time (at least 37.5 hours per week), exempt, benefit eligible Social Sciences Librarian.

As a member of a team of librarians, provides full range of instruction, reference, research support, user education, outreach, and collection development services.  Provides expert research, instruction and collection development service for assigned fields in the Social Sciences.  Works with the Digital Scholarship team to provide services to faculty and students in the social sciences.  Leads peer-to-peer student liaison program. Collaborates with colleagues at Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore to maintain and improve cooperative relationships among the three colleges' libraries.  Reports to the Lead Research and Instruction Librarian.

Essential Functions & Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provides a full range of general reference services as well as in depth research assistance in Anthropology, Peace, Justice and Human Rights, Education, and Sociology.  The librarian may also collaborate with other librarians supporting other disciplines when a project includes a social sciences aspect; examples include projects in Environmental Studies and Health Studies.
  • Participates in the Library's instruction program through individual research meetings and by developing class presentations, course guides, workshops, displays, etc.
  • Develops and manages collections in Anthropology, Education, and Sociology.  Maintains close working relationships with faculty and students in assigned areas.  Works to maintain the effectiveness of the Haverford/Bryn Mawr/Swarthmore approval plan. 
  • Is part of and supports a diverse and inclusive community of faculty, students and staff.
  • Leads peer-to-peer student liaison program. Supervises a diversity of student colleagues and actively engages in their training.
  • Engages in assessment and fully participates in the Libraries’ strategic planning processes.
  • Actively participates in a related scholarly discipline.
  • Supports related disciplinary faculty in their Digital Scholarship projects.
  • Keeps abreast of new technologies with a view toward their application to research services. 
  • Special projects as assigned. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Line of Report: Reports to the Lead Research and Instruction Librarian.

Education, Training, & Experience:


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline, broad liberal arts background, advanced degree required. An  A.L.A.-accredited master’s degree required within three years of hire date.
  • Strong and demonstrated commitment to working in and advancing an inclusive environment.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in research services and instruction. 
  •  Demonstrated user-oriented approach to library service.
  • Broad familiarity with the subject matter and techniques of college research and teaching, especially in the pertinent fields. 
  • Understanding of research trends including digital scholarship and the role of technology in pedagogy. 
  • Evidence of continuing professional development, creativity, and resourcefulness.
  • Strong commitment to the goals of a liberal arts education. 
  • Scholarly engagement in relevant discipline highly desirable. 
  • Possesses excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to work energetically and collegially with all constituencies of the academic community required. 
  • Experience that demonstrates an ability to supervise student colleagues.
  • Two years professional-level experience with general reference, research support, instruction, and collection development services desirable.

Special Requirements:

  • All faculty and staff (including contract workers) who are employed or engaged by Haverford College, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and provide proof of vaccination, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted as an accommodation or otherwise.


Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions Required of this Position

  • Lifting (to exert strength to move objects from one place to another):


    • Sedentary Lifting: (0-10 pounds) Six to eight hours
    • Light Lifting (10-20 pounds): Up to three hours
    • Moderate Lifting (20-50 pounds): Never
    • Heavy Lifting (50 to 100 pounds): Never
  • Pulling (to exert force upon an abject to move or change its direction: Up to three hours
  • Pushing (to draw an object toward oneself to move or change its direction): Up to three hours
  • Carrying (to hold objects while moving entire body): Up to three hours
  • Reaching or working above shoulder (to extend arms upward or outward away from body): Up to three hours
  • Walking (to move entire body in erect position): Up to three hours
  • Standing (to maintain body in erect posture in stationary position): Up to three hours
  • Sitting (to rest weight on buttocks and back of thighs with legs bent at knees): Six to eight hours
  • Crouching/Stooping (to bend upper body forward while fully flexing knees): Never
  • Kneeling (to maintain upper body in erect position while resting knees on ground): Up to three hours
  • Climbing (to ascend or descent heights using ladders, scaffolding, stairs, poles, inclined surfaces): Never
  • Twisting (to rotate upper body while feet remain stationary): Never
  • Driving (operating a motor vehicle, crane, tractor, forklift, etc.): Never
  • Exposure Limitation (i.e., cold water, dust, gas, fumes, extreme temperatures): Up to three hours


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 

To Apply: Interested candidates should complete an application, to include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three (3) references by visiting The application deadline is August 31, 2021. Failure to provide the required documents may result in lack of consideration. Haverford College does not sponsor work visas.