Information Literacy Librarian for Social Sciences

Position Title Information Literacy Librarian for Social Sciences Tenure Status Tenure Track Position Number 026221 Department Library-Instruction - 275009 Minimum Qualifications
  • ALA -accredited master’s degree or equivalent LIS degree.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of trends and best practices in academic libraries, including information literacy instruction, liaison, user services, and research services.
  • Subject knowledge and experience in one or more social sciences disciplines.
  • Experience with student-centered teaching.
Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)
  • A second advanced degree in a discipline of the social sciences.
  • Experience with information literacy instruction in the social sciences.
  • Experience supporting graduate students.
  • Experience with instructional design and assessment.
  • Experience with educational technology in library instruction and user services.
  • Experience in teaching or providing instructional support online.
  • Experience in liaison work and outreach.
License/Certification Required


Description of the Department or Unit

University Libraries of Appalachian State University consist of the Belk Library and Information Commons and the Erneston Music Library and employ 85 library faculty and staff. Belk Library is a beautifully designed and popular facility with over 1 million visits per year. We are a member of the Western North Carolina Library Network ( WNCLN ). Additional information about the Library, the University, and the surrounding area may be found at Appalachian State University , Library , and Human Resources .

University Libraries seeks to recruit and retain a talented and diverse faculty. Our employees work in a collegial and collaborative environment, and the Libraries offer strong support for professional development. We value diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and are actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. Library employees are committed to collaborating to create a welcoming multicultural environment and therefore seek candidates who can contribute to this goal. More information on the University Libraries Diversity & Inclusion Plan can be found at here .

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Participate in a robust library instruction program, providing in-person and online library instruction for the general education program (including first- and second-year writing courses, Rhetoric & Composition 1000 and 2001) and courses in the social sciences, including: Anthropology, Communication, Government and Justice Studies, Human Development & Psychological Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology.
  • The position involves strong outreach efforts across undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Work collaboratively with University social sciences and library faculty to develop innovative and effective approaches to strengthening student information literacy skills.
  • Develop relationships with faculty and in-depth knowledge of the curriculum and research of the assigned departments.
  • Assist users in person and online with finding information, conducting research, and using the Library’s resources.
  • Engage with a dynamic university community using both traditional research methods and emerging modes of scholarship and teaching.
  • Opportunity to develop and manage collections in relevant disciplines in close collaboration Collection Management Services team.
  • Meet library faculty guidelines for promotion and tenure, including requirements for scholarship and service to the library, the university, and the profession.
  • This position is part of the Learning and Research Services Team and reports to the Coordinator of Information Literacy & Instruction.

As a part of the COVID -19 response, Appalachian State University is employing flexible teaching formats to address academic needs and to comply with local, state, and federal public health regulations or orders. Your deans retain the discretion to assign or reassign you to teach in either online or in-person formats during or after the COVID -19 pandemic, as necessary.

Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of a professional position at a university.

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Suggested Salary Range $54,000-$62,000, salary may vary based on the faculty ranking. Special Instructions to Applicants

A complete application consists of:
(1) a cover letter addressing the minimum qualifications and additional areas of interest,
(2) a full C.V. including education and relevant experience,
(3) a statement addressing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and
(4) the name, address, email, and telephone number of three to five references who are knowledgeable about their qualifications for this position.

Information about tenure, promotion, and other faculty responsibilities is found in the University Faculty Handbook .

Information specific to library faculty is found in Library Faculty Guidelines .

Please note this position is based on enrollment and subject to available funding.

AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

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