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Social Sciences Librarian

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

All applications for this position (FA016z) MUST be submitted online at George Mason’s employment page ( Applicants must submit letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three current references. Questions should be directed to Renee Prokop (, Human Resources Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Libraries. Review of applications will begin January 8, 2018.

Position Information

Position Information

Department University Libraries
Alternate Department Description
Criminal Background Check Standard Background Check
Motor Vehicle Background Check No
Restricted Position?
Job Category Admin or Professional Faculty
Role (State) Job Title Social Sciences Librarian
Working Title Social Sciences Librarian
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number FA016z
Recruit Number Faculty - 7222
Working Hours
Location Arlington, VA
Other Location Based in Arlington with presence in Fairfax
Pay Band
Salary Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications, experience and rank
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Social Sciences Librarian

The George Mason University Libraries seek to fill the position of the Social Sciences Librarian. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


This position is responsible for providing library services in the areas of reference, research, and instruction in support of faculty and students in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and to the Criminology department; and developing corresponding library collections and outreach initiatives. The position, part of the Social Sciences Team, reports to the Social Sciences Team Lead and works in an ever-changing public service environment.


  • Provides liaison services to several programs, notably the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and the department of Criminology;
  • Provides library instruction and support for face-to-face and online/distance education classes in assigned departments and programs;
  • Develops academic department-based relationships and serves on academic department task forces, committees, work groups, etc. as requested or assigned;
  • Provides general and specialized reference and research assistance, as well as email and virtual reference. Assists patrons in use of the research resources. Participates with service desk coordination, including: maintaining ready reference materials, coordinating the reference collection, providing reference training for classified staff, and providing input regarding workflow or projects;
  • Provides instructional services (including curriculum-based instruction, walk-in instructional sessions, web-based tutorials, library orientations, and individual student appointments). Prepares and maintains web-based instructional materials, online research guides, etc. as necessary;
  • Works closely with the faculty contacts from each assigned department in the identification, monitoring, and selection of research materials and purchases to develop collections in support of programs, and provides assistance in identifying resources for the members of these departments. Monitors, and is responsible for, the spending of fund lines of all assigned departments;
  • Works closely with the Digital Scholarship Center to support the data-related needs of designated departments: finding and using relevant datasets as well as instruction and assistance with relevant computational technologies;
  • Follows trends in scholarship in assigned departments and programs in order to respond to student and faculty needs;
  • Participates in the selection and training of Social Science Team GPAs. Participates in the training and supervision of GPAs, wage assistants, and ACL classified staff members for reference transactions and on assigned projects;
  • In the absence of the Team Lead for the Social Sciences, may be asked to fulfill senior librarian supervisor role and mediates and resolves issues as necessary;
  • Provides back up to other subject librarian positions as appropriate or as needed;
  • Participates on committees, task forces, projects, etc. within the Mason University Libraries, the Arlington Campus, the University, and, as appropriate, the community;
  • Participates in the work of the Social Sciences Team. Team responsibilities including attending group meetings, participating in team-based projects, and collaborating and communicating with other team members; and
  • Performs other duties as requested, which fall within the scope of a member of the University Libraries’ Professional faculty.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLS or ALA-recognized foreign equivalent;
  • Graduate degree in a subject field relevant to the position, such as: Peace Studies, Conflict Studies, International Relations, Terrorism, and Human Rights;
  • Experience in providing responsive and quality reference, instruction, digital and collaborative library research services; as well as practical understanding of the changing research needs of students and faculty (at least two to three years of professional-level experience is preferred);
  • Experience in developing, building and sustaining working partnerships and relationships with teaching faculty, researchers and students;
  • Experience with social sciences data and understanding of social sciences research methodologies, including computational tools;
  • Ability to advocate and promote library resources and services to a variety of constituents;
  • Demonstrated ability to use current technologies for delivering and developing library services, including course management systems, online research guides, and digital learning objects;
  • Ability to build collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationships with people of varying backgrounds;
  • Ability to thrive in a team-based environment and work collaboratively;
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and growth; and
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

Appointment/Benefits/To Apply:

12-month professional faculty appointment with rank; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; tuition waiver for self.

The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and four other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. One of Virginia’s leading academic research libraries, the Mason Libraries continues to gain steadily in national stature as it undergoes extensive transformation in all areas that are key to a 21st century research library—innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. Visit us at for more information.

Special Instructions to Applicants

All applications for this position (FA016z) MUST be submitted online at George Mason’s employment page ( Applicants must submit letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three current references. Questions should be directed to Renee Prokop (, Human Resources Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Libraries. Review of applications will begin January 8, 2018.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: January 5, 2018
Posting Date 11/17/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
Telework Friendly? Yes
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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have the required ALA-accredited MLS degree or ALA-recognized foreign equivalent degree?
    • Yes
    • No

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of Professional References
Optional Documents