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Social & Behavioral Sciences Librarian

Weber State University

Ogden, UT.

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled


$70,000.00 per Year   Calculate


Ogden, UT


Not Specified



Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience

Not Required

Type of Library


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Job Description

Job Description

The Social and Behavioral Sciences Librarian serves as the liaison to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. They work closely with students and faculty to promote student learning and faculty research. All subject liaisons also contribute to teaching information literacy through course integrated instruction and other activities.


The Social and Behavioral Sciences Librarian is a member of the Teaching and Information Services Department and reports to the chair of the department. The core responsibilities of this position include five main areas of focus: information literacy instruction, collection management, reference and research assistance, scholarship, and service.


This is a tenure-track faculty position (11-month contract), with expectations for scholarship and service in addition to teaching and liaison responsibilities.


We are seeking candidates who have a commitment to supporting students at an open enrollment institution. Stewart Library supports Weber State’s three core themes of Learning, Access, and Community in our Strategic Plan. We are committed to ensuring that all students can fulfill the promise of access that an open enrollment institution provides.


This is a growth position which will benefit from a range of experience both inside and outside of libraries and other educational contexts. We are looking for a constellation of education, experience, and skills that will help us learn and grow as an organization. The library is currently in the process of evaluating its information literacy instruction model and this position provides an opportunity to co-create a new model. Student success is central to our strategic framework, and we are actively participating in the university’s Strategic Plan. The library’s leadership holds itself accountable for doing the work that is necessary to address success in the library profession, higher education, and in our communities.

We provide support for professional and personal growth, including:

  • Financial support and release time for travel and other professional development opportunities.
  • Leadership opportunities across a range of library and university initiatives, as well as personal autonomy and support to shape your own career path.
  • A commitment to shared governance, transparency, and cultural humility by the library administration.
  • Support for engaging in service and advocacy work on behalf of students, faculty, staff, and the local community.
  • Flexibility to address care responsibilities and other commitments outside of work.
Job Duties

Information Literacy Instruction includes the following activities:

  • collaborating with library faculty and library staff to create and maintain a student-centered information literacy curriculum.
  • developing and teaching course-integrated library instruction sessions for classes within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • other opportunities for information literacy instruction, such as embedding in specific courses or teaching credit-bearing information literacy courses.

Collection Management includes:

  • developing and maintaining a collection of print and electronic resources that support the teaching and research needs of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Weber State University community.
  • evaluating and selecting materials as well as weeding materials.
  • promoting the use of these collections through communication with liaison departments and through subject-specific instruction.

Research Help Services include:

  • providing reference and research consultations to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as the Weber State and Ogden communities.


Scholarship includes:

  • publishing peer-reviewed papers in appropriate journals.
  • publishing non-refereed articles in relevant library literature.
  • developing workshops, giving presentations and presenting papers at appropriate library conferences given by professional organizations.
  • developing workshops, giving presentations and presenting papers at Weber State University.

Service includes:

  • leadership on library committees, university committees, or committees in professional organizations.
  • membership on library committees, university committees, or committees in professional organizations.
Required QualificationsMaster’s degree in Library & Information Sciences from an American Library Association accredited program or equivalent. Recent graduates or soon to be graduates are encouraged to apply.
Preferred Qualifications

Exceptional candidates for this position may also possess a combination of the following qualifications. Candidates are not expected to possess all of the following qualifications. Relevant work experience (internships, practica, and/or non-library employment) counts towards related work experience.


  • Experience providing information literacy instruction either formally or informally or through training or coursework.
  • Experience using key social and behavioral sciences resources.
  • Experience providing reference service or one-on-one assistance to students or other patrons.
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree, or coursework, or work experience, in a discipline taught in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Knowledge of the ACRL Information Literacy Framework.
  • Demonstrated awareness of research and scholarly communication issues in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Commitment to scholarship, service, and ongoing professional growth and development.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan and carry out projects, both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Knowledge of current technologies such as LibGuides, Adobe Creative Suite, reference chat, social media, etc.
  • Knowledge of Open Educational Resources (OERs) and their benefits, challenges, and applications in academic environments.
A successful candidate will have the following:Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to student success at an open enrollment institution that serves as both a regional comprehensive university and community college.
Background Check?Yes
Benefits SummaryWSU offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, long-term disability, life insurance, retirement, a wellness program with release time and paid incentives, tuition benefits, free tickets to athletic and performing arts events, and paid holidays.
Full/Part TimeFull Time

Posting Detail Information

Open Date05/09/2024
Close Date 
Open Until FilledYes
Notes to ApplicantIf you are passionate about what you could offer and accomplish here at WSU, we would love to hear from you.

Salary & Benefits: A full-time, tenure track, faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level, with a starting salary of $70,000. Excellent benefits, including a substantial employer contribution to TIAA.

Application Process: To be considered for this position, please complete the online application and attach a current cv/resume, a letter of application addressing the strengths you would bring to the position, and contact information for three professional references.

Screening for the position begins June 8, 2024. The position will remain open until filled.

A criminal background check is required as a condition of employment. Individual selected must provide proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

Weber State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator.

For more information on the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, please visit https://www.weber.edu/socialscience/

To learn more about the Stewart Library and Weber State University, please visit our websites: https://library.weber.edu and https://www.weber.edu/

For additional information, contact Miranda Kispert, Incoming Chair, Teaching and Information Services Department, at mirandakispert@weber.edu

Benefits & Additional Compensation Info

Salary & Benefits: A full-time, tenure track, faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level, with a starting salary of $70,000. Excellent benefits, including a substantial employer contribution to TIAA.

The Community

At Weber State University, we’ve been making dreams happen since 1889 with outstanding faculty and staff. 

As Ogden’s third-largest employer with more than 2,500 faculty and staff, WSU provides top-notch jobs. We’re on the Great College to Work For Honor Roll, according to the ModernThink Higher Education Insight Survey for 2017. Moreover, 94% of those who are “part of the dream” are satisfied or extremely satisfied with our benefits, and 88% are proud to be a part of this institution. 

Weber State University is a comprehensive university founded in 1889. The university provides lifelong learning opportunities for a diverse spectrum of learners on two campuses, one in Ogden and another campus in neighboring Davis County, through WSU Online and outreach efforts throughout the Intermountain West. 

More than 29,000 students are enrolled in associate, baccalaureate and master's degrees in business, education, health professions, technology and the liberal arts and sciences. The university is located 35 miles north of Salt Lake City on the western slopes of the Wasatch Mountains. The area offers extensive cultural, educational and outdoor recreation experiences.

Through wonderfully diverse programs, Weber State University enriches lives in the community.


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