Thursday, June 12, 2008

Two Year Term Appointment)

The Shapiro Science Library of the University of Michigan seeks an enterprising, client-oriented science librarian to focus in the physical and biological sciences, contribute to incorporating technology into current services and creating new services at the Shapiro Science Library ( The librarian will join a dynamic, collegial team and will work in a collaborative and supportive environment. Successful candidates are expected to balance a wide range of service-oriented activities including reference services, teaching information literacy skills, and collection development, while working with a diverse population of faculty and students.

The Shapiro Science Library is organizationally part of a cluster of libraries that includes the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library, the Askwith Media Library, the Museums Libraries, and the Biological Station Library. This organizational structure provides a unique opportunity to investigate opportunities and form partnerships for library services in a very interdisciplinary manner. The University of Michigan libraries are well known for their leadership in library services, including the recently launched Michigan Digitization Program, creating an unparalleled opportunity for the creation of new services to support the teaching, learning, and research mission of the University.

The University of Michigan, a leader in undergraduate and graduate education and one of the world's premier research universities, has prominent faculty, rigorous academic programs, and a diverse cultural and social environment. The university is situated in the heart of Ann Arbor, a unique urban area with a small-town atmosphere and a vibrant, cultural and intellectual sensibility.

Position Responsibilities
Under the direction of the Director of the Art, Architecture, Science and Engineering Libraries, the successful candidate will assume these responsibilities.

Develop strong connections with faculty and students in the Chemistry Department and other assigned subject areas; seek opportunities for partnerships with faculty and librarian colleagues; evaluate, select, and review materials and information resources for inclusion in the collection; manage the collection budget in assigned areas; develop and maintain web pages for assigned user groups.

Provide reference and information services in-person and via electronic means; participate in the organization and planning of information services and the design and implementation of new services; plan, prepare, and deliver instruction to students, faculty, and staff at the University in one-on-one, small group, and large class environments; work with faculty to integrate instruction into classes; prepare reference and instructional materials in all formats.

Work closely with other library colleagues to evaluate current services, recommend, design and implement new services; coordinate and work with faculty, students, and other library staff to identify, assess, develop, and promote Science Library services using new and existing technologies; coordinate the promotion of Science Library services in print and electronic formats; provide leadership for and contribute to projects as assigned; participate as a member of appropriate University Library committees; participate in professional organizations that support these activities.

Further information may be found at

· ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science, or an equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience.
· Significant academic training or BA/S degree in a physical or biological science or equivalent experience.
· Desire to work with chemistry as an assigned subject specialty and desire to work as the librarian liaison to the Chemistry Department.
· Ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
· Knowledge of the scholarly communication and research processes in the Sciences.
· Experience with or demonstrated interest in developing technology-based library services.
· Experience working in an academic or research library, or in a research environment.
· Ability to create and maintain web pages.
· Excellent oral, written, and instructional skills.
· Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team in a consultative environment.
· Demonstrated ability to prioritize and pursue multiple projects concurrently.
· Demonstrated initiative and self-direction.
· Significant academic training or BA/S degree in chemistry.
· Advanced degree in a physical or biological science.
· Teaching or training experience.
· Experience in a Science/Engineering/Medical Library.
· Experience in the design, integration, and assessment of new technologies into the delivery of information services.
· Experience with creating print and electronic promotional materials for library events and services.

Rank, Salary and Leave
This is a two-year term appointment. Rank is anticipated at the Assistant or Associate Librarian level. Final rank and salary are dependent on qualifications and experience. As a professional appointment in the UM Library, this position offers opportunities for professional development and travel.

TIAA-CREF or Fidelity Investments; 24 vacation days a year, a generous benefits package.

To Apply
Send/email cover letter, copy of resume, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references to: Robert Campe; Library Human Resources; 404 Hatcher Graduate Library North; University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1205. Feel free to email directly to (preferred). For further information, call 734-764-2546 between 8:00AM – 5:00PM (EST), Monday-Friday.

Application Deadline
Applications received by July 11, 2008 will be given first consideration

The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory, affirmative action employer.

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