Sunday, May 25, 2008

Science and Technology Librarian

POSITION: Science and Technology

RANK: Assistant University Librarian

REPORTS TO: Chair, Marston Science Library

SALARY: Minimum Salary $42,000; Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials

Requisition #: 0705547

DEADLINE DATE: June 30, 2008

Please note that this posting has specific instructions for the submission of application materials (see below: APPLICATION PROCESS). Failure to submit all of the required documents as instructed, may result in your application not being considered.

The University of Florida Libraries seeks a creative and service-oriented reference and collection management librarian for the sciences. The Science and Technology Librarian provides reference assistance, instruction, outreach, and collection management for disciplines served by the Marston Science Library. A key element of the assignment is the use of new technology to access and deliver information to library users. The librarian works constructively in group efforts and maintains close working relationships with faculty, students and colleagues. The position is responsible for special projects such as collection reviews, monitoring UF science publications, or preparation of web-based resources. The incumbent will be assigned liaison responsibilities to specific departments in science or engineering related to the candidate’s educational background, previous experience and availability. The library encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and, consequently, the Science and Technology Librarian will be asked to serve on various committees and teams. The incumbent will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional association activities, to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.

1. Provides traditional and electronic reference services for faculty, students and staff of the University of Florida. Participates in the provision of traditional reference desk, reference chat and email reference services. Proactively assists library patrons with the use of computer workstations.
2. Participates in instruction programs using traditional classroom methods and educational technologies.
3. Participates actively in the development, selection and evaluation of web resources for subject guides and other user services.
4. Develops and maintains web-based tutorials.
5. Participates in science collection management program. Selects and evaluates subject-based materials and works with faculty in selecting materials to support their academic and research programs.
6. Provides outreach services to interdisciplinary programs.
7. Participates in planning, policy formation and departmental decision making relating to science services, collections and new technologies.

1. Masters degree in library science from an ALA accredited library school, or equivalent advanced degree in library or information science.
2. Strong commitment to user-focused service.
3. Demonstrated knowledge of and enthusiasm for the integration of new technologies into the delivery of information services.
4. Proficient in the design and creation of web pages.
5. Ability to work effectively as part of a team within a culturally diverse user community.
6. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
7. Initiative, flexibility, and the ability to adapt and work creatively in a rapidly changing environment.
8. Strong potential for meeting the requirements for tenure and promotion.
1. Undergraduate or advanced degree in science or technology, or experience serving a similar user population.
2. Leadership experience that might include: coordinating the activities of others, leading committees, or supervising individuals or units.
3. Experience working in a library that serves scientists.
4. Experience with managing library collections.
5. Experience with/demonstrated enthusiasm for working with the public.
6. Experience with/demonstrated enthusiasm for instruction.
7. Familiarity with web-based instructional tools.

The Marston Science Library, named for Robert Q. Marston, the seventh president of the University of Florida, houses collections in agriculture, life sciences, engineering, physical sciences, mathematics and earth sciences. The Government Documents Department which includes the Map and Imagery Library is also located in MSL.

The University of Florida
The University of Florida is a large, land grant, public educational research institution with a faculty of approximately 4,000 and a student body of approximately 50,000. UF is Florida's largest university, the nation's fourth-largest, and traces its beginnings to a small seminary in 1853. Since 1985, UF has been a member of the Association of American Universities, the prestigious higher-education organization comprised of the top 62 public and private institutions in North America. UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. The University offers the Ph.D. in more than 90 fields and the Master's degree in more than 120 fields. For more information please consult the UF homepage at
The University of Florida Libraries are members of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Research Libraries Group, and SOLINET. The library staff consists of more than 400 FTE librarians, technical/clerical staff and student assistants. For more information about the Libraries, please visit

Twenty-six vacation days, nine paid holidays, and thirteen days sick leave annually; retirement plan options; insurance benefits; tuition fee waiver program; no state or local income tax.

Application Process:
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply. As part of the application process, applicants are invited to complete an on-line confidential and voluntary demographic self-disclosure form which can be found at: This information is collected by the University of Florida's Faculty Development Office to track applicant trends and is in no way considered by the Smathers Libraries in the selection process.

Please note that due to the tenure accruing nature of this faculty position, only applicants with current permanent eligibility for employment in the United States will be considered.

Please submit application materials via e-mail. Send, as attachments (MS-Word format preferred), a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; a written statement regarding your teaching philosophy (250 words minimum); your current resume and a list of three references. Include address, telephone and email information for references. Apply by June 30, 2008 (applications will be reviewed as received). Send all required application materials to Brian W. Keith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Officer, at:

Please note that candidates selected for onsite interviews will be required to give a public presentation reflective of current research interests.

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