SUMMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Information Services Librarian for Science and Engineering delivers general and in-depth specialized reference and instruction services (virtually and face-to-face) in conjunction with a team of Information Services librarians. A member of a long-standing liaison program, the Science and Engineering librarian develops professional relationships with faculty and students in the appropriate departments in order to assess and respond to research, teaching, and learning needs. This position serves as library liaison to the following departments and subject areas: Marine Science, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Bioengineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer and Information Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics. Additional subject areas may be assigned as appropriate. This librarian provides proactive and responsive service to faculty and students in the liaison departments, assisting them with research projects, curricular support, and course-integrated instruction in class and individually, in person and electronically. The librarian has responsibility for collection development and management within the assigned departments and subject areas and is a member of the collection development committee. Librarians participate in other division, library, university, and professional activities, projects, and organizations, as appropriate. The librarian in this position is responsible for the maintenance of the reference collection in all formats in the assigned liaison areas.
General responsibilities include participation in assessment of services, collection development, instruction and related activities. Librarians provide general references services, including some evening, weekend, and holiday hours.
Librarians, like all library staff, have leadership responsibilities regardless of their position within Library Services. Leadership for librarians includes activities such as contributing to goals and strategic library directions through active participation on committees, teams, and task forces and sharing expertise throughout the library in order to further library and university missions.
Follow the University’s best practices to build and/or support student academic success and retention, and assist in meeting strategic objectives for persistence and timely graduation of all the student population.
EXAMPLES OF PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Works with assigned departments to ensure patron access to quality information resources, instruction information management and research and reference assistance
- Establishes dynamic, collaborative networks and relationships with liaison departments (faculty, staff, and students) and advocates for liaison departments within the library and for the library within the liaison departments
- Provides research and curricular support for faculty in assigned departments
- Closely works with faculty and researchers to develop data/information management plans as required for their research
- Develops appropriate subject and interdisciplinary collections, selecting library materials and tools in a variety of formats that meet the needs of a diverse academic community
- Creates and maintains online subject portals to library resources
- Provides research assistance and support to all members of the UMass Dartmouth community via a variety of methods, including in person and online
- Provides reference service as scheduled, including evening hours as well as the potential for weekend and holiday service
- Participates in planning, assessing, and implementing reference services for quality assurance and improvement
- Instructs students in research skills and use of library and other resources at the undergraduate and graduate levels
- Participates in the library’s information literacy instruction program, instructing students in a robust first year English curriculum
- Keeps current on trends, practices, and products in librarianship, and incorporates emerging and current technologies into library practice, instruction and research support
- Continuously pursues professional development opportunities to increase personal knowledge and skills to improve service models and reflect best practices
- Participates in professional activities at the local, regional and national level, and library’s outreach, grant and funding efforts
- Performs other duties as assigned
EDUCATION: Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution of higher education or equivalent to be completed no later than September 1, 2018.
EXPERIENCE: Previous experience in instruction and reference (one year minimum) in an academic library.
AND EDUCATION OR EXPERIENCE: Either an academic degree in science or engineering OR a minimum of five years’ experience as a science or engineering librarian in an academic library.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of physical and biological sciences
- Demonstrated ability to teach course related research processes and library resources in one or more of the assigned areas
- Demonstrated experience in identifying, selecting, using, teaching and evaluating information resources in one or more of the assigned areas
- Demonstrated ability to learn and adapt to rapidly changing technologies and methods
- Demonstrated strong interpersonal communication and collaboration skills
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and in concert with others
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with users of diverse cultures and levels of academic preparation
- Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills
- Demonstrated strong organizational skills
- Academic degree(s) or significant course work in science or engineering
- Knowledge or experience of Marine Science
- Professional experience as a Science and/or Engineering Librarian
- Experience creating and developing content for library web pages and/or subject guides
- Facility with technology and its application to academic contexts
- Demonstrated enthusiasm for working in a changing library environment
OFFICIAL JOB TITLE: Assistant/Associate Librarian
DIVISION: Academic Affairs
DEPARTMENT: Library Services/Information Services
BARGAINING UNIT STATUS: AFT
EEO STATUS: 3.4 JOB CODE: 243
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
REPORTS TO: Works with a team of Information Services librarians under the direct supervision of the Chair of Library Information Services division.
SUPERVISES: May supervise professional, classified, and student personnel as assigned.
MINIMUM STARTING SALARY:
Assistant Librarian $55,330
Associate Librarian $64,796
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS:
To apply please submit online a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for professional references.
The review of applications will begin July 30, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.