Friday, April 20, 2012

Dickinson: Social Sciences (includes East Asia)

Social Sciences Liaison Librarian

Dickinson College Library seeks an innovative, enthusiastic, and service-driven librarian to join us in shaping services and collections for our social sciences departments, including Anthropology, East Asian Studies, Economics, International Studies, Political Science, Sociology, and others.  Our merged division of Library and Information Services encourages and rewards creative approaches to traditional services, the development of original programs, and the application of technology to enhance the research and learning experiences of our users.  Active engagement in the library and information science profession as a whole is encouraged and supported. 

The Social Sciences Liaison Librarian works collaboratively with faculty to develop and teach effective approaches to strengthening student information literacy skills and to build collections that support teaching, learning and scholarship.  The Liaison also maintains regular contact with the assigned departments, cultivates a strong working relationship with faculty members, and develops an in-depth knowledge of curriculum to inform decision-making in collection enhancement.  Candidates for this position must demonstrate experience or aptitude for identifying, retrieving, and using data sets relevant to social science research, and for teaching our community how best to use them.  Also required is reading knowledge of a foreign language, with preference for Chinese or Japanese.

Library liaisons at Dickinson College work in a team environment to develop responsive and innovative programs and services in both the physical and virtual library. They provide excellent and proactive reference and research assistance, teach information literacy and research skills, create tools to support student learning and effective use of resources, and work on special projects individually and in teams. 

Founded in 1783, Dickinson College is a highly selective, private liberal-arts college known for its innovative curriculum. Its mission is to offer students a useful education in the arts and sciences that will prepare them for lives as engaged citizens and leaders. We serve 2,300 undergraduates at our 180-acre residential campus located in the heart of historic Carlisle, PA.  The college offers more than 40 majors with an emphasis on international studies and language acquisitions, and has more than 40 study-abroad programs in 24 countries on six continents. 

For a list of specific qualifications and to apply on line visit  Please include a cover letter describing how you are a great fit for the position, a resume, and contact information for three professional references. Paper applications will not be accepted.  Review of applications will begin on May 7, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.  Anticipated start is July 1, 2012.

Dickinson College is located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, which offers excellent quality of life, affordable housing, fall color, and easy access to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC and other major east coast cities. The region has been ranked by Sperling’s BestPlaces as one of the least stressful in the nation. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience; and the College offers excellent benefits.  We welcome applications from recent MLS graduates.  


Christine Bombaro '93
Associate Director for Information Literacy & Research Services

Waidner-Spahr Library
Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA 17013

phone:  717-245-1868