Friday, July 6, 2012

Science Librarian

SUNY Geneseo seeks a service-oriented, and enthusiastic individual to provide reference, library instruction, scholarly communications and outreach in an active liberal arts environment.  This librarian will primarily serve as liaison to six departments in the Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics, and Computer Science).  Major responsibilities will include:

  • General and subject-specific reference assistance in the sciences, including in-person, virtual and by-appointment consultations
  • Liaison to science departments, providing outreach, support and collection-based advice
  • Participation in and development of curriculum-integrated information literacy instruction for the Sciences, with online and face-to-face formats
  • Participation in the library's general instruction program for undergraduates
  • Engagement in collection development and information resources management (e.g. Mendeley, Diigo, Endnote, etc.) in the Sciences
  • Participation (in collaboration with other library and academic departments) in digital and scholarly communication projects, including project management, data curation, assessment and grant writing
  • Advising on the acquisition of scientific data sets for campus use and supporting digital library initiatives
  • Conducts ongoing assessment of library services to the science departments, which includes gathering and analysis of assessment data (surveys, needs, etc.) and use statistics

This is a 12-month, full-time tenure-track faculty position at the Senior Assistant Librarian level with attendant expectations for professional competence, service and scholarship.  Initial appointment is for two years.  Some evening and weekend work is required.

  • Master's degree in information and/or library science from an ALA-accredited school or an ALA-approved foreign equivalent; 
  • Demonstrated commitment to enhancing service through teamwork and responsiveness to faculty, students, and colleagues; 
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication and project management skills;
  • Commitment to providing high-quality public service within a flexible and continually evolving academic library environment

  • Degree in the sciences or experience in a science library;
  • Proven experience using scientific data sources;
  • Commitment to the instructional mission of the academic library;
  • Demonstrated ability teaching and assessing information literacy;
  • Academic reference desk experience;
  • Knowledge of and comfort with many forms of technology;
  • Well-versed in scholarly communication issues, especially as they apply to the sciences.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications/experience. Comprehensive benefits package included.

SUNY Geneseo is a highly selective public liberal arts college with approximately 5000 students.  The campus is located in the historic village of Geneseo in the Finger Lakes region of Western New York, just south of Rochester.  The college is consistently ranked by several rating services as being among the best public undergraduate institutions in the country.  Geneseo is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.

Apply online at and submit a letter of application, resume, and name/title/contact information of 3 professional references. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Review begins July 16, 2012.

All applicants are subject to drug and criminal background checks.

Questions may be directed to:
Sue Ann Brainard
Reference/Instruction Librarian
Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

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