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Government Documents and Social Sciences Librarian

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Position Details

Proposed Start Date 10/16/2017
Rank C - Assistant Professor
Working Title Government Documents and Social Sciences Librarian
Position Number D91507
Representation AU - AAUP
Faculty Type Tenure Track
Fixed Term End Date:
Position FTE 1.0
Term of Service 12 month

Position Summary

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept

Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation’s most livable cities, Portland State has an innovative approach to education that combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University’s 49-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State’s commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 124 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU’s motto, “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe.

PSU seeks talented individuals who understand our values and strategic goals and enjoy sharing ideas and collaborating in an environment of mutual respect to achieve those values and goals. We are committed to leading through engagement and seek individuals who support this strategy. Engagement describes Portland State’s collaborative approach to the exchange of knowledge and resources with local, regional, national, and global partners for mutual benefit of students, faculty, and the community.

To find out more about the Millar Library, please visit our website.

Position Summary

The Government Documents and Social Sciences Librarian consults and collaborates with scholars; participates in a dynamic instructional program, including classroom and online instruction; provides reference and information services for the University’s students and faculty as well as members of the community; and selects information resources to support the instructional and research needs of a diverse institution. This position has primary responsibility for representing PSU Library in the shared Oregon regional federal repository; professional engagement with other government documents librarians and the Government Printing Office on issues of mutual concern; the development and maintenance of the FDLP and Oregon Documents collections; the creation and maintenance of research guides and web pages related to local, state, federal, and international government documents in all formats; and relevant reference and instruction. This position serves as the Library’s lead on data management services, working with other campus units, and providing support to faculty, staff, students, and fellow librarians on activities such as data management planning, data documentation, preservation and sharing. This position also serves as the liaison to academic units depending on the needs of the Library. Some evening and weekend instruction and/or reference duty is required. Portland State University faculty members contribute to faculty governance activities within the Library and the University, engage in community and professional service, and pursue an active scholarly agenda including publication, and research, and seeking grants as appropriate. This full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position reports to the Research & Instruction Services Manager.


  • Maintains government document depository arrangements as mandated by state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Contributes to regional and national cooperative efforts in the promotion and use of government information.
  • Supports the instructional and research needs of assigned units. Collaborates with these units in assessing information needs and the availability of information resources; cultivates bridges for service and teaching; works with teaching faculty to develop discipline-appropriate instruction; and provides research consultations for faculty and students.
  • Works with faculty, students, academic units, research centers, relevant campus units and library teams on managing, describing, preserving, and making accessible research data.
  • Works collaboratively with subject librarians to develop liaison activities relating to data management and government information.
  • Participates in the Library’s information literacy and general instruction program, face-to-face and online. Shares in the development and delivery of course-related instruction in the general education program.
  • Provides reference and information services for the University’s students and faculty as well as members of the community at the reference desk and through various information and communications technologies. May include some evening and weekend hours.
  • Develops physical and online learning objects and research guides.
  • Participates in continual library planning and assessment activities, including the collection of relevant data on inputs, outputs, and outcomes.
  • Maintains awareness of scholarly communication and copyright issues in general and within assigned disciplines and contributes to advocacy efforts. Keeps colleagues informed of current issues and developments in liaison areas.
  • Occasionally directs the work of part-time student employees or interns.
  • Pursues an active publication and research agenda.
  • Meets expectations for faculty scholarship in accordance with the Library and University’s promotion, tenure, and post-tenure review guidelines.
  • Supports the mission, goals, and objectives of the Library and the University.
  • Establishes short and long-range goals, objectives, and priorities; aligned with those of the Library and the University.
  • Contributes to the work of relevant Library and University committees and workgroups.
    Supports Library and University development efforts.
  • Contributes to the work of professional associations: local, regional, national, or international.
  • Maintains current professional expertise through participation in workshops, classes, professional associations and networks, and through continued awareness of the scholarly literature.
  • Engages in community endeavors that may benefit from one’s professional expertise, and be a good ambassador for the University.
  • Contributes to a positive and collaborative environment based on mutual respect, service, open communication, and cooperation.
  • Maintains effective and productive communications with colleagues, administrators, and community users and organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Primary Activity I - Instructional
Minimum Qualifications
  • ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent.
  • Two years of full-time, post-MLS experience as a librarian.
  • Experience in at least two of these areas: serving as a liaison to academic departments; teaching or training; delivering reference services; and collection development.
  • Professional experience working with government information resources.
  • Ability to successfully complete a background check and provide transcripts.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Academic or research library experience.
  • Experience with information literacy concepts.
  • Degree in social sciences or prior experience as a liaison working with social science departments.
  • Understanding of data management practices and outreach responsibilities associated with data management.
  • Evidence of professional service and scholarship.
  • Demonstrated commitment to practices facilitating diversity and inclusion.
  • Effective communications and collaboration skills.
  • Flexibility and the ability to work positively in a fast-paced, changing environment while collaborating with diverse colleagues, faculty, students, and the community.
Key Cultural Competencies

• Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
• Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
• Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement
• Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.

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Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement

The salary is $70,236 with an excellent benefits package including 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon Public Universities. View our <a href=“”=Total Compensation Calculator for more information.

Annual Salary 70236

Application Instructions

Additional Information
Additional Application Instructions (deadlines, etc.)

Please provide 4 professional references.

Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle? No
Background Check Required Yes
Position End Date (if applicable)
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Search Details

Posting Close Date
Projected Close Date for Posting Open Until Finalists Identified
Application screening begins 08/25/2017
Will you consider an ABD applicant for this position? No
If yes, when must the degree be earned?
If necessary, would you be willing to sponsor the succcessful applicant for permanent US residence, now or in the future? No

Reference Requests

Reference Requests

Accept References No
Minimum Number of References 0
Maximum Number of References
Cutoff Date
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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have an ALA-accredited MLS degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Have you completed at least two years full-time post-MLS as a librarian?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * How did you first find out about this position?
    • PSU website
    • Indeed
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • HERCJobs
    • Referral
    • Professional Listserv- please specify in comment box in the next question
    • Professional Journal- please specify in comment box in the next question
    • Other- please specify in comment box in the next question
  4. If you selected Other, please describe.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Professional References
Optional Documents