Head of Humanities and Social Sciences, Stony Brook University

Descriptive Title: Head of Humanities and Social Sciences Senior Assistant Librarian/Associate Librarian
Budget Title: same as above
Department: Library
Type: Faculty Position

REF#: F-8601-15-04-F
Campus: Stony Brook West Campus/HSC
Salary: Commensurate with Experience

Responsibilities & Requirements

The Head of Humanities and Social Sciences will act as the lead librarian in collection development and related activities in the Humanities and Social Sciences, with the goal of developing collections closely aligned with the goals and needs of research and teaching in these areas. The Head will report to and work closely with the Associate Director for Collection Strategy and Management. The selected candidate will be responsible for the following:

  • Reports to the Associate Director for Collection Strategy and Management.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of plans and projects to enhance collection development goals.
  • Works with vendors and selectors to set up trials and evaluate new resources for potential purchase.
  • Selects material for and liaisons with academic departments in Humanities and/or Social Sciences based on experience and education.
  • Develops and maintains online subject guides to library resources.
  • Works closely with other selectors in Humanities and Social Sciences and assists in the completion of special projects in these areas, and in collection assessment activities.
  • Provides reference assistance at the reference desk and/or through virtual reference.
  • Participates in the Library Instruction Program, especially in subject areas related to expertise.
  • Works to satisfy University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements for promotion and continuing appointment.

Required Qualifications

  • MLS/MLIS or equivalent degree from an ALA accredited program.
  • Relevant experience in an academic or research library.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Record of accomplishment working with teams to achieve library goals.
  • Evidence of contributions to the profession in the form of refereed publications, presentations or active participation in professional organizations.
  • Experience using a wide range of library technology related to collection development, digitization, and web development.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in the humanities or social sciences.
  • Experience working with the Aleph acquisitions system.
  • Experience using GOBI for selection.
  • Experience working with vendors of library resources.
  • Experience developing online subject guides to library resources.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Reading fluency in European, Slavic, or Asian language.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office or analogous software, especially spreadsheets.

About Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University has established itself as one of America’s most dynamic public universities, a center of academic excellence and a leader in health education, patient care and research. Listed among the top 1 percent of all universities in the world by Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Stony Brook is home to more than 24,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff, including those employed at Stony Brook Medicine, Long Island’s premier academic medical center and teaching hospital. With 603 beds, Stony Brook Hospital is the region’s only tertiary care center and Regional Trauma Center. The University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and co-manager of nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory.

About the Libraries

Stony Brook Libraries are known for a wide-range of print and digital resources and world-renowned special collections. The Stony Brook Libraries belong to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), with a Health Sciences Center Library that is a member of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries. The Libraries’ collection exceed 2 million volumes, including e-books, print and electronic holdings of scholarly journal subscriptions, microforms, music recordings, and a sizable map collection. The SBU Libraries include 6 distinct facilities, including Melville Library, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry, Math/Physics, Southampton and Health Sciences Libraries. The University’s Libraries stand as the largest academic research library on Long Island, serving as a resource in the local community, state-wide, and nationally through the National Network of the National Libraries of Medicine.

To Apply

Those interested in this position should submit a State employment application, cover letter and resume/CV to:

Pamela DiPasquale, Senior Staff Assistant
Library Director’s Office
Melville Library, Room W-1511
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3300
Fax#: (631) 632-7116

Special Notes: This is a tenure track position. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Internal and external search to occur simultaneously.

**Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, to guarantee consideration, please apply by 05/02/2015. Anticipated start date: as soon as possible.

The selected candidate must successfully clear a background investigation.

Online posting link: Head of Humanities and Social Sciences

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