Title: Science Librarian

Department: Library

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

excellent service.

• 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

information dissemination.

• 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
pedagogical strategies.

• 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

sciences preferred.

• 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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