Integrated Social Sciences Librarian, University of Washington, Seattle WA

TITLE:             Integrated Social Sciences Librarian


LOCATION:    Reference and Research Services



Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 8 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats. Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, extensive assessment efforts and  diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.



The Integrated Social Sciences Librarian reports to the Instructional Design & Outreach Services Librarian and is part of the Libraries' Reference and Research Services Division. The Division provides virtual and on-site information and reference services in the humanities, social sciences, many of the sciences, and international studies. Information Services, Suzzallo Reference, Government Publications, Maps, Media, the Microforms and Newspaper collection, Data Services, and the Research Commons comprise the Division. Librarians provide consultation, reference, and instruction services for their academic departments.



The University of Washington Libraries seeks an enthusiastic librarian committed to providing a range of services to the online Integrated Social Sciences undergraduate degree and Evening Degree Completion Programs administered by UW Professional and Continuing Education. The librarian provides assistance to program-specific students, staff, and faculty using a range of educational techniques and technologies, and ensures that they are provided with quality reference and research assistance, instruction, and other appropriate services and support as described in the UW Libraries' Subject Librarian Position Description Framework. The librarian is an active member of the Libraries Teaching and Learning Group, and works closely with members of the Libraries' Educational Outreach Team to develop services and tools for hybrid and online instructional efforts. 



  • Provides consultation and instruction services to students enrolled in UW's online undergraduate degree in Integrated Social Sciences in collaboration with the Social Sciences subject librarians.
  • Coordinates library service to the Undergraduate Evening Degree Completion Program, including the major in Social Sciences, providing regular orientations and student consultations.
  • Creates and maintains diverse learning objects to support instruction and research, including subject and course guides (using Libguides), video tutorials, and university courseware.
  • Collaborates with the Instructional Design & Outreach Services Librarian in developing and promoting tools and services for in-person, hybrid, and online information literacy instruction.
  • Participates in staffing the Libraries' virtual reference and information service.
  • Participates with colleagues in recruiting, training, and supporting student staff who provide outreach services to students, faculty, and librarians involved in fee-based degree programs.




●        Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.

●        Undergraduate or graduate degree in a social sciences area.

●        Experience or strong interest in planning and providing information literacy instruction.

●        Experience or strong interest in using online learning tools and technologies.

●        Evidence of ability to work independently and with others in a demanding and rapidly changing environment where consultation, collaboration, and cooperation are essential.

●        Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills; evidence of strong written and oral communication skills.

●        Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.

●        Evidence of initiative and resourcefulness in past professional or academic activities.



●        One to three years of experience working in public services in an academic library.

●        Demonstrated experience planning and providing information literacy instruction in a course management system or other online environment.

●        Evidence of engagement with current and emerging educational technology trends, particularly as they contribute to meeting the needs of researchers in the social sciences.

●        Demonstrated experience working creatively, collaboratively, and effectively with colleagues, faculty and students.

●        Experience with Libraries assessment projects and initiatives.



$45,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.



Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 24 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax.



To apply for this position, please submit the following information to

  • Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Assistant Director, Libraries Academic Human Resources)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements)
  • List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses)
  • Please use "Librarian Application" in the subject heading.
  • Please submit all three components in a single, multi-page PDF document. All submissions will be maintained in a secure, password protected online file space until interviews are conducted. Then, some application materials will be circulated.



To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00 pm, June 1, 2014.


For questions about this position, or questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lillard at


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