Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Science Liasion/Librarian

Georgia State University Library is part of a dynamic urban university in the heart of Atlanta. With approximately one million visitors this past year, the Library is an important partner in teaching and research at the University with over 1.3 million volumes and an environment which encourages active learning and study. The Library employs a self-motivated staff of over 100 FTE who have the opportunity to work with a diverse faculty and student population, as well as participate in Library and University governance. The Library collections reflect the needs of the University, and the Library is engaged in several digital initiatives designed to provide access to an array of scholarly information.

The University Library seeks a second committed and energetic science librarian to provide innovative teaching and research support to the following departments: Biology, Physics & Astronomy, and GeoSciences/Maps. For these departments of responsibility, the librarian will develop collections in all formats. This position reports to the Head of Liaison & Outreach Services.

The Department of Biology offers undergraduate and graduate training programs (M.S. and Ph.D.) and runs research programs coordinated around four main disciplines: Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Cellular Molecular Biology and Physiology, Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, and Neurobiology and Behavior. The Biology Department has distinguished itself for its innovative outreach in the community including the Bio-bus, a mobile teaching laboratory which tours Georgia Public Schools. The department of Physics & Astronomy offers undergraduate and graduate programs and operates the CHARA Array Telescope on Mt Wilson, California which can be remotely controlled from Atlanta. The department of Geosciences offers a B.A. and M.A. in Geography, a B.S. and M.S. in Geology, an Advanced Certificate in Hydrogeology, a Professional Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and a Ph.D. in Chemistry with Geology Specialization. Georgia State University has just broken ground on a new Science Park which will house a science teaching laboratory.

This position works collaboratively with the science liaison for Chemistry. The successful candidate will provide research assistance and instruction to students and faculty in the assigned departments; deliver quality, in-depth reference and consultation services and collection development in the assigned subject areas; promote the library and information literacy; and foster communication between the science departments and the library. Liaison librarians assist with the general reference service that includes desk and virtual reference hours and are responsible for occasional weekend and evening hours. As faculty members, liaison librarians serve on library committees and engage in scholarly activities.

ALA-accredited master’s degree in information/library science. Subject background and/or relevant experience in one of the advertised subject areas. Familiarity with resources in a variety of formats, skill in use of technology and web based applications, excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills. PREFERRED: Second Master’s Degree in appropriate subject area. Experience in collection development in one of the subject areas. Demonstrated interest in research and professional activities.

Library and University Environment
The University Library houses over 1,440,000 volumes, subscribes to more than 7,600 serials, and is a Federal Document Depository with more than 770,000 government documents. Its growing Media Center has holdings of approximately 21,000 audio, video, and multimedia materials. The carefully selected collections are designed to serve varied research and instructional needs at the undergraduate and graduate levels of the university community. Library services are supported by the Endeavor Voyager integrated library system. The University System of Georgia has a statewide system known as GALILEO, providing equal access to electronic resources and other materials for libraries throughout the state. The University Library is a member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries; the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET), and the Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education, consisting of fourteen academic and research libraries serving nineteen institutions in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area.

Georgia State University (GSU) is a dynamic urban institution located in downtown Atlanta with an enrollment of approximately 27,000 students. The close relationship that exists between the university and its surrounding business, government and cultural communities makes GSU unique in the University System of Georgia and distinctive among universities in the South.

Condition of Work and Benefits
Forty-hour workweek Retirement plans include: State Teachers
Twenty-one days vacation Retirement Plan, TIAA–CREF and VALIC
Twelve paid holidays Group health and life insurance
Twelve days sick leave Social Security
Faculty rank and status Optional pre-tax benefits
Non-Tenure track Support for research and professional activities

Salary and Rank
$42,000-$52,000 for 12 months commensurate with the candidate’s education and experience. Appointment at a faculty rank, on a contract renewal basis.

Submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications; resume; name, address and phone number of three references, including immediate supervisor. Review of materials will begin June 9, 2008 and continue until the position is filled. Send materials to:

Human Resources Coordinator
University Library
Georgia State University
100 Decatur Street, SE, Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
(404) 413-2700

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Georgia State University is an equal opportunity educational institution/affirmative action employer strongly committed to cultural diversity.

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