Science and Engineering Librarian
Van Houten Library
Director of Reference, Davida Scharf
The position reports to the Director of Reference and assists, advises, and instructs users in accessing and using information in all formats including direct and indirect service to library patrons.
The incumbent provides high quality services, responsive to patron needs by carefully analyzing information sources and services. Serves as a liaison to designated academic departments and other administrative units supporting resource discovery, evaluation and access, research, instruction and assessment. The incumbent has the primary responsibility to provide education and training in support of open access, copyright, and digital scholarship processes (research support, data/digital stewardship, and open publishing.) This position requires independence and collaboration within and beyond the library to achieve excellent user satisfaction.
This is a full-time, non-tenure-track professional staff position. A typical work week includes one evening (until 7:00 pm) per week during fall and spring semesters. The schedule may be adjusted, and may include several weekends per year. Selected candidate must become a New Jersey resident within 365 days of appointment.
1. Liaison Services: serve as liaison to students, faculty, and staff for education, outreach, instruction, research, and collection services for assigned disciplines. ● Cultivate relationships through campus engagement, and actively work towards establishing productive relationship with departmental faculty, staff, and students to integrate the library resources in curricula and research projects. ● Seek opportunities for partnerships with faculty in research support, instruction and assessment, resource and service development. ● Perform cited reference searches for promotion and tenure of faculty candidates.
2. Outreach and Engagement: in collaboration with other library units/teams, plan and implement strategies for integrating the library’s expertise, resource, and services into education and research. ● Promote, plan, prepare, deliver and assess course-integrated instruction to students, faculty, and staff in one-on-one, small group, and large class environments in person and online. ● Provide outreach, engagement, and education services related to open access, copyright, data management, open access publishing to faculty, students and staff. ● Coordinate workshops and promotional events to train faculty, academic departments, and program staff on depositing publications in the institutional repository. ● Work with technical librarians and IT staff to ensure proper operation and provide feedback and report problems related to management of the institutional repository.
3. Reference, Research and Learning: provide high quality reference and research support for teaching and research faculty in response to their information needs to support education, teaching, and research. ● Connect users with appropriate information resources; provide quick answers as well as perform more extended literature searches as needed to provide research assistance to users in person and electronically. ● Collaborate with faculty, design instructional materials, and assess learning outcomes according to the ACRL standards. ● Design, develop, and maintain webpages and LibGuides for specific discipline and subjects.
4. General Responsibilities: ● Service Development: Serve as the primary public interface between patrons and library services. Collaborate with library colleagues to evaluate current services. Take initiative to identify, assess, plan, and promote user services by working closely with internal staff and external users. Recommend, design and implement new services. ● Resource Development: Monitor relevant information sources in our own and assigned disciplines. Continuously evaluate, select, recommend, and purchase information resources according to user and departmental needs. ● University Service & Professional Development: Provide leadership for and contribute to projects as assigned, such as accreditation reviews, promotion & tenure support. Participate as a member of appropriate University and Library committees. Continue professional development and participation in professional organizations.
Other duties as assigned.
1. Professionalism - conducts oneself at all times in an ambassadorial, committed and personable manner demonstrating respect for the position, fellow colleagues, departmental integrity and the university's best interest.
2. Customer Focus/Service Orientation - focuses one's efforts on identifying and meeting internal and external customer's needs in a manner that provides satisfaction for the customer, within the parameters of the position and the available resources, cognizant of departmental and/or university policy and authorized practices.
3. Teamwork/Collaboration - willingly cooperates and works collaboratively toward solutions which generally benefit all involved parties; works cooperatively with others to accomplish departmental and university objectives.
4. Communication - demonstrates the ability to clearly express ideas, thoughts and concepts verbally and/or in writing, as appropriate to the position and task at hand.
5. Accomplishment Aptitude - establishes and follows through on a systematic course of action for self or others to assure accomplishment of a specific objective. Determines priorities and allocates time and resources effectively producing desired results at the level expected for the position.
1. An ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS/MSLS degree and a bachelor’s or second masters in a STEM discipline (or equivalent).
2. At least two years of professional experience with substantial reference and library instruction in an academic or similar library, including considerable knowledge of print and electronic information resources.
3. Demonstrated ability to build partnerships and relationships to enhance learning, research, and student success.
4. Demonstrated excellence in communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
5. Demonstrated knowledge of computer skills and library social media applications; experience with information sources, tools, and software, such as that for creation of guides and tutorials, citation management and course management, including facility with spreadsheets.
6. Demonstrated ability to work creatively and collaboratively to promote teamwork, equality, diversity, respect and inclusiveness.
The formal education and experience prerequisites may be waived at the university’s discretion if the candidate can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the university an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.
1. Knowledge of chemistry or physics.
2. An outgoing and pro-active individual with a strong customer-service orientation.
3. Experience in strategic planning, program evaluation, and emerging technologies, managing, implementing, or leading projects.
4. Expertise in any of the following: instructional media, marketing and promotion, open access and open educational resources, copyright, assessment, bibliographic management, scholarly communication.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
REQUIRED: Copy of an article, paper, or report written solely by the candidate.
OPTIONAL: A brief vision statement (one page or less) about the future of reference.