Title: Science Librarian
Date completed: May 2012
Reports to: Head of Research & Instruction
Position status: Full-time, with some evening and weekend hours
Teaches in the library's program of course-integrated research instruction and
does outreach to faculty, students, and
departments in the sciences. Serves as subject librarian for Astronomy,
Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science,
Geology, Mathematics, Neuroscience, and Physics, acting as research
instructor, liaison, and selector. Administers the
Science Library. Provides reference service and guides library users in
identifying, retrieving, and evaluating
information in all formats.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
• Creates and delivers instruction in disciplinary research and using academic
information in a variety of
settings; works to continually hone skills as a teacher and to incorporate
appropriate technology into all
• Administers the Science Library: provides leadership in planning for
services and policies; works closely with
the Science Library Specialist, who is responsible for day-to-day functioning
of student workers, circulation,
and reserves, and the Head of Access Services; works with other Library
departments as necessary to ensure
• Serves as subject specialist and liaison to academic departments in the
sciences: provides in-depth
consultations about resources; develops and manages relevant collections in
all formats; promotes library
services to faculty; and stays informed about issues and needs in scientific
research and e-science.
• Provides general reference service in the main Robert Frost Library.
• Incorporates emerging information technologies and trends in scholarly
communication; anticipates and
facilitates changes in and new uses of resources in response to evolving
patterns of publishing and
• Actively participates in outreach activities, committees, and work groups of
the Library, the College, Five
Colleges, and at regional and national organizations.
• Demonstrates and facilitates effective communication throughout the Library
and across the College.
• A history of stellar teaching; a commitment to undergraduates and
undergraduate education; and a record of
rapport and collaboration with faculty on assignments, course design, and
• Experience in an academic library or research institution with a focus on
teaching, resource selection, and
other public services.
• Master's degree from a program accredited by the American Library
Association or foreign equivalent.
• Strong academic background or experience; additional master's degree or
undergraduate degree in the
• Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to advocate for the
Library to a variety of constituents.
• Commitment to cooperate closely with colleagues, undergraduates, faculty,
staff, and college administrators.
• Willingness to tackle challenges in an academic library with energy and
enthusiasm, showing patience, tact,
and good humor in providing user-focused public service.
• Commitment to further the College's mission of diversity and inclusion.
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