Sunday, October 28, 2007

Research & Instruction Librarian/Information Technology Specialist for the Social Sciences

The Research Librarian/Information Technology Specialist for the Social Sciences serves as liaison librarian and information technology specialist for faculty and students in the social sciences and selected interdisciplinary programs. The successful candidate will collaborate with librarian and faculty technology liaisons, as well as archives professionals, in cross-functional teams to educate, inspire and support academic users of technology and information resources of all types to enhance learning and scholarship in the social sciences. This position offers a superb opportunity for a highly motivated, enthusiastic, collaborative and creative individual to develop exemplary research, instruction and information technology services and programs in partnership with the social sciences faculty.

This position serves in the Research and Instruction (R&I) Department, which is responsible for the direct support of teaching, learning, and research, particularly as they are enhanced by technology and the use of library and other information resources, within a larger Library and Information Services division of the College. Wheaton College is an active community of learners noted for a creative curriculum that highlights interdisciplinary “connections.”

Individual and classroom instruction for classes in the social sciences, as well as for first-year seminars (FYS) in an active first-year seminar program; selection of social science reference resources and research databases; information desk shifts weekdays, including occasional weekends and one weekday evening/week; specialized academic software support; web page design and development; data set access and management, in project teams; service on relevant Higher Education Library Information Network (HELIN) committees and subgroups.

QUALIFICATIONS: American Library Association-accredited MLS/MLIS or comparable combination of education and work experience is required. Degree in a social sciences discipline or strong background in one of the social sciences is required. Two or three years of professional employment in an academic library and teaching experience are strongly preferred.

Creativity, initiative, enthusiasm and ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a complex and changing public service environment. Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, ability to work effectively with diverse groups and a clear commitment to service.

Strong teaching skills or aptitude. Experience using and searching a wide range of online databases, especially in the social sciences. Knowledge of the scholarly communication issues facing libraries. Critical appreciation of and enthusiasm for information technologies as applied to social science research and curriculum enrichment. Experience with web editing tools and web page design. Mastery of standard desktop applications and a high level of familiarity with common information and instructional technology tools such as course management systems and bibliographic management software.

APPOINTMENT: full-time, 12 months

TO APPLY: Send a letter of application, resume, and a list of at least three professional references to: Human Resources, Wheaton College, Norton, MA 02766 or via email to: A review of applications will begin in October 2007 and will continue until the position is filled.

Wheaton College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational, liberal arts college that is located 35 miles south of Boston and 20 miles north of Providence, RI. The college enrolls approximately 1,500 students from across the country and around the world. For more information visit Library and Information Services or Wheaton on the web.

Wheaton College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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