DATE LISTED: 7/2/15
TITLE: Librarian for Public Policy and Political Science
LIBRARY: Duke University Libraries
ENVIRONMENT: Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university’s intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the William R. Perkins Library and its branches: Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections, Lilly, and Music and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke’s library holdings of 6.1 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.
Duke’s hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.
Duke offers a comprehensive benefit packages which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at: http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits/index.php.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.
OCCUPATIONAL SUMMARY: The Librarian for Public Policy and Political Science actively engages with faculty, students, visiting scholars, and staff in the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Political Science Department. S/he collaborates with colleagues in the Duke University Libraries, the Goodson Law Library, and the other professional school libraries as appropriate to provide and promote library resources and services in public policy, political science, international relations, and government information to meet Duke University teaching and research needs. S/he manages the Libraries’ collections in these areas, including collections issuing from and dealing with international governmental and non-governmental organizations.
QUALIFICATIONS: It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.
Education Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or an advanced degree in a relevant subject area.
Preferred: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program and an advanced degree in a relevant subject field.
Experience Required: At least three years of experience as a subject librarian in an academic library for a related discipline. Proficiency with information resources in a variety of formats and subject areas, and teaching or library instruction experience. Experience with social science research methods including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods.
Must be flexible and a self-starter; have the ability to work successfully in a highly collaborative environment; possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills as well as a strong commitment to public service; interest in and aptitude for learning emerging technologies and web applications; commitment to data-informed decision-making.
Preferred: Advanced degree in public policy, political science, international relations, or closely related discipline. Experience developing collections in public policy, political science, international relations, and/or government information. Experience providing research support, preferably in an academic setting; experience with data management and knowledge of issues related to open access.
WORKING CONDITIONS: • Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
• Occasional bending, crouching, stooping
• Normal office environment
• Occasional weekend and/or evening shifts required.
These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
• Serves as primary liaison to and actively develops professional relationships with faculty, students and staff in assigned areas
• Provides in-depth, specialized research consultation for students, faculty, and visiting scholars in assigned areas
• Teaches research tools and skills relevant to the discipline
• Connects faculty and students with and promotes library services related to scholarly communication, open access, institutional repositories, digital collections, and information literacy
• Collaborates with Data & Visualization Services to develop, promote, and teach discipline-based best practices for data literacy and effective data management practices
• Proactively and systematically develops and manages collections in relevant formats and languages in assigned areas to support the research and teaching needs of the Duke University community
• Promotes resources using current tools and technologies
• Collaborates with colleagues in related fields to acquire materials
• Participates in assignment to service desks, instant messaging and first-year instruction
• Contributes to the development of and access to library websites, research tools and other applications of technology
• Participates in or contributes to the ongoing evolution of the Libraries’ services
• Maintains awareness of national standards, best practices, and trends of data management within the discipline
• Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and takes an active interest in the profession. Growth and interest should be demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity
• Participates in development and fund raising efforts as appropriate
• Performs other tasks as designated by the department head or library administration
AVAILABLE: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
APPLY BY: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
APPLY TO: Send cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references to: Teresa Tillman, Library Human Resources, at email@example.com. Please include PUBLIC POLICY in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit our website at: http://library.duke.edu/about/jobs.
Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.