Science and Engineering Librarian OFFICIAL DESCRIPTION
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
OFFICIAL TITLE: This is the official title of the position.
Librarian I or II
FUNCTIONAL TITLE: This is the in-house title by which the position may be known. A functional title is usually a more descriptive title than the official title and may be required to identify very specific kinds of work. This title may be used in signing all correspondence.
Science and Engineering Librarian
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Please provide a brief overview of the general functions of this position. Specific details of duties should be reserved for the Examples of Duties section.)
Develop strong relationships with faculty and students to determine and address service needs. Serve as one of the Libraries’ subject specialists in science, engineering, public health and/or nursing. Engage in continual examination of evolving user needs. Provide instructional support and general and advanced reference and research assistance for undergraduates, graduates and faculty in assigned subject areas. Participate in the Libraries e-Science and digital scholarship services programs. Select materials in all formats for assigned subject areas. Participate in outreach events sponsored by the Libraries
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Please indicate the title, but not the name, of the administrative employee or employees responsible for supervision or direction of work; describe the divergent extents of authority of each, indicating the degree, priorities, and relationships of the supervision or direction, which could range from close supervision to supervision with considerable freedom.
Work under the general supervision of the Head of the Science and Engineering Library.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Using descriptive non-numerical terms, identify the scope of supervision, training or direction exercised (i.e., whether the supervision is over a few employees, a small number of employees, a large number of employees, etc.); also, describe the degree of supervision, indicating whether close supervision or general direction is involved, and categorize the physical conditions under which the supervision is given, such as in a laboratory or an office. Supervision of student employees should not be included in this section, but may be listed under Examples of Duties, if applicable.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Please list and briefly describe several of the duties and responsibilities typically performed and assumed in this position. This list should not be restrictive but should be descriptive in such a manner as to provide concrete information representing examples of the actual work as well as the level of responsibility for the work being performed
1. Build strong client-centered relationships by actively cultivating and promoting interactions with faculty and students to learn about the needs, activities, and trends in their departments, programs, units, and professions. Identify curricular and research support opportunities and inform the development and assessment of library services and resources.
2. Serve as one of the Libraries subject specialists in science, engineering, public health and/or nursing.
3. Participate actively in the academic liaison program by fostering two-way communication with assigned academic departments.
4. Participate in designing and teaching science-specific library instruction sessions for various audiences, including course-related information literacy sessions, workshops for undergraduate and graduate students, and/or credit classes in a classroom or web-based environment.
6. Provide general and advanced reference and research assistance to library users through in-person consultations, by phone, by email, and through emerging technologies. Assist users in researching topics and teach users to perform research on their own.
7. Participate in the Libraries e-Science and digital scholarship services programs.
8. Promote new modes of scholarly communication, and recruit institutional scholarly output for inclusion in ScholarWorks.
9. Assist in the development of Web sites, tutorials and/or other online tools in support of instructional and research support efforts.
10. Maintain awareness of trends in the creation, dissemination, and use of information resources in assigned subject areas.
11. Monitor, select, and assess information resources in all formats that enhance curriculum and research needs for assigned academic departments and programs. Evaluate materials for digitization projects or offsite shelving.
12. Collaborate with other subject specialists to provide coverage of interdisciplinary areas outside traditional subject boundaries.
13. Serve on Library committees and task forces.
14. Represent the Library at appropriate campus committees, selected professional meetings and conferences as required.
15. Work a flexible schedule, which includes some evening, weekend, and holiday hours. Schedule varies with the academic semester and intersession.
16. Perform other related duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS: Please indicate in a general way the knowledge, abilities, skills, education and experience necessary for any individual to assume this position. It is not the objective of this section to list any one person's specific personal traits and training. It is important to indicate, also, what degree of competence would be required (i.e., considerable education, extensive experience, working knowledge, etc.) to perform the duties and assume the responsibilities typical of this position.
1. Master’s degree in library science – or equivalent degree - from a program accredited by the American Library Association, or its equivalent in librarianship from another country, or have appropriate equivalent experience.
2. Educational background in science, engineering or mathematics, public health or nursing, or recent experience providing reference, instruction and/or liaison support and services for one or more of these disciplines in an academic library, research library, or corporate research environment.
3. Knowledge of reference and information sources in all formats, particularly those relating to science and engineering.
4. Significant understanding of the methods used in performing library research.
5. Knowledge of the information skills associated with information literacy.
6. Ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
7. Facility with technology and its application in academic contexts.
8. Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills. Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and library users in a service-oriented, research-intensive environment.
9. Demonstrated creatively, initiative, and self-direction.
10. Ability to work a schedule which includes some evening, weekend, and holiday hours, as required.
-Relevant discipline-specific experience in an academic or research library in a research-intensive environment.
-Experience with research data management and knowledge of scientific research workflows.
-Knowledge of bioinformatics or research methods in molecular biology.
-Familiarity with software applications and systems used in academic libraries, preferred.
Last Edited: 3 September 2013