Friday, September 24, 2010

Science Liaison Librarian: Agricultural and Biological Sciences

This tenure-track faculty position is the primary liaison between the Colorado State University Libraries and the selected departments of the College of Agricultural Sciences, and of the College of Natural Sciences.  It is in the College Liaisons unit of the Scholarly Communications Division and reports to the Coordinator, College Liaisons.

The Colorado State University Libraries is a technologically sophisticated environment designed around an Information Commons concept with extensive electronic resources and services.  The Libraries has recently reorganized and is aligned with campus Academic Computing.  The Vice President for Information Technology is also the Dean of Libraries.  CSU is making a strong and strategic investment to ensure a vital role for our academic libraries that meets the needs of the institution now and in the future. This position presents exciting opportunities for a librarian who is innovative, flexible and adaptable in a rapidly changing environment, technologically literate, and interested in exploring new options for providing proactive services.

This tenure-track faculty position is responsible for developing, implementing and assessing effective subject-based instructional programs and research services for students, faculty, researchers, and administrators in the assigned departments.

This assignment includes collection development and faculty liaison responsibilities for academic departments with an emphasis on expanding access to digital resources.

This position serves as the liaison to the academic departments of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Soil and Crop Sciences, the Colorado State University Extension, and the Agricultural Experimentation Station within the College of Agricultural Sciences; and as liaison to the academic departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Biology within the College of Natural Sciences.  Liaison Librarians at Colorado State University work collaboratively as a group to increase visibility of library services at the college level.  Collaborating with academic faculty in the design of innovative library and classroom instruction and creating expanded programs for library services is emphasized. Outreach activities to the campus are a major emphasis for college liaisons, and this position involves working closely with a variety of campus constituencies to promote research services, digital projects, institutional repositories, and grant activities.

Required:  Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited degree program.  Experience working with scientific resources; demonstrated public service or customer service experience; excellent oral and written communication skills; knowledge of and the ability to learn and adapt to new technologies for libraries; experience or interest in exploring innovative options for new services; experience working effectively in a team or collaborative environment as well as managing priorities and projects independently; excellent presentation skills; and ability to meet tenure and promotion requirements.
Preferred: Degree major or minor in a science area; instruction experience; research/reference services experience, experience with databases, collections, and other information resources in the agricultural or biological sciences; experience with the application of technology in libraries; experience working cooperatively and effectively with library constituents.

RANK AND SALARY:  Faculty status and responsibilities. Twelve-month tenure-track appointment with contract reviewed annually until tenure is granted.  Rank is dependent upon qualifications. Insurance benefits are available.  Faculty may select from several options for medical, dental, life, and personal disability insurance, as well as retirement plans.  Full-time faculty earn 24 days of vacation and 15 days of sick leave annually.  Optional deferred compensation.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

UNIVERSITY DESCRIPTION:  Colorado State University was established as the land-grant institution of the State of Colorado in 1870.  Student enrollment is approximately 25,000, and the University employs 1,400 academic faculty, 1,900 administrative professionals, and 2,000 classified staff.  Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, a dynamic community with a population of approximately 135,000, and situated 65 miles north of Denver, at the western edge of the Great Plains and at the base of the Rocky Mountains.  Averaging 300 days of sunshine per year, with low humidity and moderate winters, Fort Collins is ideally located for a variety of recreational, cultural, and family activities.  The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and has a comprehensive online presence at

TO APPLY:  To apply, send a letter of application addressing your qualifications for the position, plus a current resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references, to Sande Slack, Colorado State University Libraries, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1019, or by e-mail to  Application and nominations will be considered until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by November 1, 2010, at 5:00pm.  The search may be extended if a suitable candidate is not identified.

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community.  To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment.  Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and complies with all Federal and State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding affirmative action requirements in all programs.  The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services Building.  In order to assist Colorado State University in meeting its affirmative action responsibilities, ethnic minorities, women, and other protected class members are encouraged to apply and to so identify themselves.

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