Reference and Instruction Librarian for Social Sciences, LMU

Reference and Instruction Librarian for Social Sciences
January 28, 2014

The William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University seeks an energetic, user-oriented public services librarian to serve as Reference and Instruction Librarian for Social Sciences.  This individual will provide high-quality reference, instruction, collection development, and outreach services to the LMU Community, with a particular emphasis on LMU’s social sciences departments (psychology, sociology, and urban studies).  The successful candidate must have a degree, background, or interest in a social sciences discipline, or a related field and be willing to continue upgrading their knowledge, skills, and abilities. This librarian serves as the lead provider of information literacy instruction and web-based research material in support of undergraduate and graduate students in the social sciences departments.  This librarian will help the Library explore and assess emerging technologies critical to the delivery of high quality reference and informational services, and serve as a lead trainer on these technologies. Additionally, this librarian works on the Information Desk, participates in virtual reference, and assists with Reference Department projects, assessment, and decision-making. The Reference and Instruction Librarian for Social Sciences reports to the Head of Reference and Instructional Services.

Loyola Marymount, founded in 1911, is a comprehensive university in the mainstream of American Catholic higher education.  Located on the west side of Los Angeles overlooking the Pacific Ocean, LMU is one of the nation’s 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and five Marymount institutions.  It serves 5,950 undergraduates and nearly 2,000 graduate students in the Colleges/Schools of Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, Business Administration, Communication and Fine Arts, Film and Television, and Education.   The library seeks professionally outstanding applicants who value its mission and share its commitment to academic excellence, the education of the whole person, and the building of a just society.  LMU is an equal opportunity institution actively working to promote an intercultural learning community.   The library’s staff reflects the diversity of LMU’s student body and the greater Los Angeles area.

Opened in 2009, the William H. Hannon Library offers its users a technologically advanced environment coupled with a commitment to reference, outreach, and innovation. LMU librarians are expected to provide service to the library, the university and the profession.  They are also expected to pursue professional development opportunities.


  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited graduate program or related field
  • One year experience in an academic library, preferably in reference and/or instruction
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree, certificate, background, or demonstrated interest in psychology, sociology, or substantial experience as a social sciences librarian.
  • Exemplary communication skills (both written and oral).  Good attentive listening skills are essential as well as a strong user-service orientation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the areas of basic reference sources and reference practices.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the area of library instruction and information literacy.
  • Proficient in Mac and Windows operating systems and commonly used productivity software such as Microsoft Office and Adobe products.
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment.


  • Two years of experience providing social sciences reference and instruction services in an academic library setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with social science information resources, including tools such as PsycINFO, Sociological Abstracts, and Social Sciences Citation Index.
  • Knowledge in the area of building, managing, and assessing social science collections.
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies critical to the design and delivery of reference and information services.

Applicants should submit the following materials:

Letter of application
Curriculum vitae or resume
List of three professional references (names, titles, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers).


For fullest consideration apply by March 15, 2014. Applications accepted until position is filled. Deliberations on the pool of candidates will begin as applications are received.

Inquiries should be addressed to:

Alexander Justice, Chair, Search Committee
William H. Hannon Library
Loyola Marymount University
One LMU Drive, MS 8200
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659

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