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Social Sciences Librarian

Responsibilities:  The University of Houston Libraries seeks a social sciences liaison librarian to act as liaison to the School of Communication, and the departments of Political Science, Economics, and Sociology within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. In addition to responsibilities for collection development, instruction, outreach, and research support for these departments, the position offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to the UH Libraries effort to advance digital research services. The successful candidate will have opportunities to collaborate with the Data Librarian and the Coordinator of Research Support to contribute to research services that facilitate faculty and student digital research projects. These opportunities will further the success of a new Digital Research Commons in the library. The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop expertise with digital research tools and services. The successful candidate will also work proactively to enhance information literacy education to upper-level undergraduate and graduate programs.

Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians’ Bylaws Document.  They are expected to develop a record of service, scholarship, and professional involvement.  The UH Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning. 



  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills and strong service orientation
  • Ability to work strategically in a complex, changing environment
  • Proven capacity to work effectively and collegially in teams with staff at all levels as well as faculty and students. 
  • Degree or significant coursework in the social sciences with an emphasis on either communication, political science, economics, or sociology; or professional experience working with relevant social sciences departments and/or students and faculty in a research library setting
  • Demonstrated awareness of faculty and graduate student needs at a research institution


  • Experience in library instruction and assessment
  • Project management skills
  • Demonstrated initiative and creativity
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital research trends and tools

Applications from recent graduates will be considered.

Salary:  $58,000 to 60,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications.  Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs including TIAA-CREF; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income tax.

Library Information:  The UH Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, HathiTrust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library.  The campus libraries provide access to over 3.1 million volumes.  The University Libraries’ total staff is 160, including 62 professionals.  Additional information about the University Libraries is available at:

The UH Libraries’ Strategic Plan 2017-21 focuses on quality collections, research productivity, student success, and transforming library spaces.  The complete document is available at:  http:/ .  The Libraries’ Strategic Plan supports an ambitious set of goals adopted by the University and furthers the drive for flagship status: .  We seek to recruit librarians who can relate their work to these strategies and understand their role in advancing these strategic imperatives.

The University of Houston Libraries respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity.  Our organization serves one of the most diverse campuses in the nation and seeks to recruit and retain a similar community of library professionals.  We welcome candidates whose experience in libraries, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to excellence in diversity and inclusion.

General Information:  The University of Houston campus comprises 14 colleges offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment of over 40,000 students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies. 

The University of Houston is a nationally prominent research university. Researchers are making new demands on available resources, seeking new funding sources, exploring new modes of scholarship, and generating and managing a vast array of research data. By aligning UH Libraries’ expertise and resources with these evolving research agendas, the Libraries can significantly impact the success of campus research, preserve and expand access to scholarship at UH, and document research excellence.

Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, offers all the cultural and recreational opportunities of a great city and is within easy reach of the Gulf of Mexico.  It enjoys a reasonable cost of living and was selected by Forbes as topping the list of America’s coolest cities:

For additional information, including information about Houston’s flourishing arts scene and entertainment offerings, please see:  For information about housing and living in Houston see:

Application Deadline:  The position is available after September 1, 2017.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Applications should be submitted at:

Please also visit the University of Houston Libraries Employment page for more information:

Potential applicants seeking further information should contact Christina Gola, Director of Recruitment and Organizational Learning, at 713-743-9761 or

Appointment to this position is contingent on the results of a completed criminal history records investigation.


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