Invites Applications for the Position of
Research Librarian for the Sciences
Vassar College Libraries invites candidates with energy, imagination, and initiative to apply for
the position of Research Librarian for the Sciences within the Research Services Department.
The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the rest of the Research Services team to
promote library resources and provide well-rounded instruction and reference services through
the development of instructional material, course-related teaching, and collection development
in the sciences. This position brings science expertise to the department and is a liaison with
faculty in the following subject areas: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science and
Geography, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, and Psychology.
Regular night and weekend hours at the Research Desk are also expected.
Required: ALA-accredited MLS, or equivalent experience. Undergraduate degree in the sciences;
experience teaching in an academic setting and demonstrated knowledge of traditional and
electronic reference (general and specific) sources. The successful candidate will have knowledge
of current research trends in the sciences and a vision of what research support will entail in the
future; and a customer service orientation with strong presentation and interpersonal skills (both
oral and written), including an ability to interact and work well with colleagues, students, faculty,
and staff with diverse backgrounds, cultures and learning styles. The successful candidate must
demonstrate an ability to provide, develop and assess reference, instruction, collection development
and liaison services.
Preferred: one to two years of professional experience in an academic library; master’s degree
In one of the sciences; experience providing liaison, instruction and research services to faculty and
students within the sciences; a strong understanding of collection development practices,
resources, and trends; and experience applying current knowledge and technology to group and
Please visit us at https://employment.vassar.edu/. To complete the on-line application process, you
will be required to attach your resume, cover letter and contact information for 3 professional
references (Word or PDF format required). Applicants should submit materials by October 4, 2010
for first round consideration though the position will remain open until filled.
Vassar is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.