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Sociology, Family Sciences, and Social Work Librarian

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Position: Sociology, Family Sciences, and Social Work Librarian

Available:  February 2, 2015



Brigham Young University (BYU), a privately owned and operated university of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located in Provo, Utah, invites application for the position of Sociology, Family Sciences, and Social Work Librarian.  This is a continuing faculty status track (BYU equivalent of tenure) position.  BYU, an equal opportunity employer, requires all faculty to observe the university’s honor code and dress and grooming standards.  Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 


The Harold B. Lee Library, an ARL Library, serves nearly 33,000 students as well as 2,000 full- and part-time faculty.  The library employs 67 faculty, 94 FTE staff and professionals, and approximately 200 FTE students.  An average of 10,000 patrons per day use the library’s services and collections of over nine million items.



The mission of this position is 1) to provide specialized reference, advanced research assistance, and library instruction in sociology, family sciences, social work and other assigned areas as needed; 2) to work as the library liaison to faculty teaching and researching in the assigned areas; 3) to develop and manage collections for the library in the assigned areas; and 4) to participate in scholarship, creative works, and other professional development activities.



·         Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline with 3 or more years’ experience with sociology, family sciences, or social work (preferably in an academic environment) OR a master’s or doctoral degree in a relevant discipline required

·         Applicants also possessing an MLS from an ALA-accredited institution will be given preference. A hire without the MLS degree but with a required degree (and experience if a bachelor’s degree) will be required to obtain the MLS not later than May 1st of the year the faculty member is being reviewed for candidacy for continuing faculty status (i.e., the third-year review) in order to retain their position. If applicable, this requirement will be spelled out in the offer letter

·         Ability to provide advanced research assistance and to participate in outreach programs such as course-integrated instruction, exhibits, and presentations in assigned subject areas

·         Subject expertise in assigned areas at sufficient levels to assess the curricular and research needs of the university, and to build collections to meet those needs

·         Excellent communication skills, both oral and written

·         Ability and desire to interact with students and faculty and excellent interpersonal skills enabling one to do so including the ability to work collaboratively with these populations and with library colleagues

·         Excellent analytical and problem solving skills

·         Flexibility including adaptability to changing organizational priorities and technological environments

·         Demonstrated potential for leadership and for supervising other employees

·         Technical skills including demonstrated familiarity with tools commonly used to conduct research in assigned areas




University Citizenship:

·         Exemplifies honor and integrity; adheres to the standards of personal behavior outlined in the BYU Code of Honor

·         Supports the Library and University mission, goals, and objectives

·         Observes Library and University policies

·         Promotes collegiality and harmony

·         Mentors, encourages, advises, and collaborates with colleagues

·         Serves on Library, University, and consortial committees that go beyond assigned responsibilities

·         Attends department, Library, and University meetings, including devotionals, forums, and convocations

·         Serves the scholarly/professional community through activities such as holding office or performing committee service in relevant associations; organizing professional meetings and/or panels; serving as a referee of scholarship; editing newsletters or journals; serving on editorial boards; consulting; or teaching in academic departments


Librarianship:  Professional Assignment

  • Demonstrates effectiveness in serving as a liaison to faculty in the department of  Sociology, the School of Family Life, and  the School of Social Work through:
    • Reaching out to faculty,

o    Developing collections and managing content in the assigned areas,

o    Promoting and providing instruction in information literacy,

o    Providing reference/research support,

o    Promoting and coordinating projects to digitize collections,

o    Promoting faculty and student understanding of contemporary scholarly communication issues and practices,

o    Marketing library resources and services in the areas of sociology, family sciences, and social work, and

o    Employing emerging technologies as appropriate in the accomplishment of the foregoing

·         Sets and accomplishes relevant goals within specified professional assignments

·         Participates in committees that are a direct outgrowth of assigned professional responsibilities

·         Achieves appropriate quantity and quality of work in assigned professional responsibilities

·         Uses sound judgment in decision-making

·         Manages personnel and resources effectively including documenting transactions using statistical software, submitting reports, keeping statistics, and managing appropriate budgets


Librarianship:  Professional Development

·         Stays abreast of issues and trends in academic librarianship, higher education, and scholarly communication

·         Stays abreast of issues and trends in sociology, family sciences, and social work

·         Stays abreast of scholarship in sociology, family sciences, and social work, and other appropriate subject areas of expertise

·         Takes courses to enhance professional assignment and/or career opportunities

·         Studies professional literature

·         Attends conferences and workshops

·         Participates in appropriate professional associations


Librarianship:  Scholarship/Creative Work

·         Collaborates with other faculty in appropriate research endeavors

·         Presents research or innovative/unique information in the assigned fields of  sociology, family sciences, social work, and/or in the field of librarianship at conferences, workshops, seminars, and/or other professional meetings

·         Publishes significant and original contributions relevant to librarianship and/or to sociology, family sciences, and social work

·         Curates exhibits that highlight unique library materials with a unified theme and context, providing significant educational opportunities for the campus community

·         Performs other approved scholarship/creative works



Apply online athttp://yjobs.byu.edu/postings/3298 

Review of applications will begin August 15, 2014

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