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Social Sciences and Government Information, Clemson University Libraries, Clemson, SC


Clemson University Libraries seek a service-oriented, innovative, and collaborative librarian to support education and research in the social sciences and government information. The successful candidate will provide exceptional liaison services to students and faculty in the social sciences and develop new service models to support the Libraries selective Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).  Library faculty are members of the academic community, with responsibilities in the areas of librarianship, scholarship, and service. This is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty position and works under the direction of the Head of Information & Research Services.

Clemson Libraries provides a unique opportunity to the right individual. As a relatively young R1 library, we are in the process of redefining ourselves, engaged in discussions with students and faculty to determine what programs and services should be created or expanded.  Currently we are focusing on expanding digital literacy efforts and developing new and innovative programs to support graduate students and faculty, all in the context of equity, diversity and inclusion.  We have completed a master plan to renovate the building to provide welcoming, technology enhanced spaces.  Lastly, we are engaged in a reorganization to better align ourselves to meet these goals, allowing us to add expertise in areas of need. We aspire to be one of the best research libraries in the country.

Responsibilities of the Social Sciences and Government Information Librarian include:

Research Services:

  • Serves as primary liaison to selected departments in the College of Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences, including the Department of Psychology and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice.  Connects faculty and students with information and resources to support all aspects of the research lifecycle and builds professional relationships that facilitate research and student success.
  • Provides reference and instruction services to patrons in the use of U.S. government information and resources. Maintains knowledge of current FDLP legal and program regulations. Works with staff in Technical Services and Collection Management to direct specialized collection management projects for government materials.
  • Serves as the FDLP Coordinator and is the Libraries primary point of contact with the Government Publishing Office and the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries Collaborative Federal Depository Program for Center of Excellence collections of the Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Provides general reference service (on-call and virtual) as well as in-depth research assistance in the liaison areas.  May include night and weekend virtual reference.
  • Works collaboratively across the Libraries to support innovative initiatives including open access, research impact analysis, open educational resources, data management services, and data visualization.
  • Engages in professional development such as attending conferences, workshops, and webinars related to job functions

Instruction & Outreach:

  • Teaches course-related library instruction sessions both in person and online; designs and develops student learning outcomes, instructional materials, and assessments for classes
  • Creates and maintains library research guides (LibGuides) and other online instructional tools to help students, faculty, and staff effectively identify and use library and government information resources
  • Develops outreach program to increase public awareness and visibility of FDLP resources
  • Participates in instructional, outreach, and information literacy initiatives

Collection Development:

  • Builds and manages library collections to support curriculum and research for liaison departments and makes decisions regarding federal government publications, including updating collection policies, selecting print and electronic materials, and weeding.
  • Works with a team of social sciences librarians to determine shared collection purchases and priorities.

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities:

  • Develops a focused program of high-quality research and creative accomplishments consistent with professional responsibilities and the Libraries’ mission and goals.


  • Actively participates and demonstrates leadership in professional responsibilities that serve the Libraries, University, profession, and community.

Salary and Benefits:

Faculty rank and a minimum salary of $61,000 based on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience. Various medical plans, dental plans, and retirement plans are available. 18 days annual leave, 15 days sick leave, 13 paid holidays, and liberal professional development leave are provided. Library faculty receive an individual stipend for travel or other professional development activity.


Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science and engineering-oriented Carnegie Research One university in a college-town setting along a dynamic Southeastern corridor. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel. Centrally located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson is in one of the fastest-growing areas of South Carolina, and a two-hour drive from Charlotte and Atlanta.


Required Qualifications:

  •  ALA-accredited graduate degree in librarianship
  • Ability to consult with and advise researchers about social science and federal government information resources, such as PsycInfo, Web of Science, SocIndex, or locating tests and measures
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect in the workplace

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least one year of experience providing information and research services in a library
  • Degree or coursework in the social sciences
  • Familiarity with Federal Depository Library Program including program regulations, requirements, and service models
  • Teaching experience, which may include designing online resources, consulting with individual researchers or project teams, and planning in-person or virtual workshops or class sessions
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out a liaison program through outreach, building relationships, and providing library services and support to diverse stakeholders

Libraries Diversity Statement:

Clemson University Libraries seeks to best serve our community through creating a welcoming environment in which diverse ideas and perspectives come together to achieve common goals. We are committed to the practice of inclusion as it is essential to the continued success not only of Clemson University but of the library and information science profession. We embrace Clemson’s core values of integrity, honesty, and respect, and add to those the ideals of compassion, dignity, and historical awareness so that Clemson Libraries’ staff, collections, spaces, and services inform the interest, information, and enlightenment of all who we serve.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit all applications and related materials via Interfolio here.  Required materials include a cover letter, professional curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three (3) professional references. Review of materials will begin immediately. Applications received by March 15, 2021 will be guaranteed first consideration