POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
POSITION: Chemistry Librarian
RANK: Assistant University Librarian
REPORTS TO: Chair, Marston Science Library
SALARY: Minimum Salary $42,000; Actual salary will reflect selected
professionalís experience and credentials
REQUISITION #: 0800983
DEADLINE DATE: July 31, 2009
Please note that this posting has specific instructions for the
submission of application materials - see the APPLICATION PROCESS
section below for further details. Failure to submit all of the required
documents as instructed may result in your application not being considered.
The Marston Science Library, University of Florida Libraries, is seeking
a creative and service-oriented reference and collection management
librarian for the chemical sciences. The Chemistry Librarian provides
reference assistance, instruction, outreach, and collection management
to support programs dependent upon the chemical sciences. Primary focus
is on the departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Materials
Science Engineering. A key element of the assignment is the use of new
technology to access and deliver information to library users. The
librarian works collaboratively in group efforts and maintains close
professional relationships with faculty, students and colleagues. The
position is responsible for special projects such as collection reviews,
monitoring UF science publications, and creation of web-based resources.
The library encourages staff participation in reaching management
decisions and consequently the Chemistry Librarian will serve on various
committees and teams. The incumbent will pursue professional development
opportunities, including research, publication, and professional
association activities, to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and
1. Provides traditional and electronic reference services for faculty,
students and staff of the University of Florida, primarily in the
science and technology areas. Participates in the provision of
traditional reference desk, reference chat and email reference services.
Proactively assists library patrons with the use of computer workstations.
2. Participates in instruction programs using traditional classroom
methods and educational technologies.
3. Participates actively in the development, selection and evaluation of
web resources for subject guides and other user services.
4. Develops and maintains web-based tutorials, videos, and multimedia
projects related to chemistry information sources.
5. Participates in science collection management program, specifically
chemical sciences. Selects and evaluates subject-based materials and
works with faculty in selecting materials to support their academic and
6. Participates in planning, policy formation and departmental decision
making related to science services, collections and new technologies.
1. Masters degree in library science from an ALA accredited library
school; equivalent advanced degree in library studies, information
science, or science education; or an advanced degree in a scientific
field involving chemistry.
2. Undergraduate degree in a scientific field involving chemistry, or
experience serving a chemistry-related population.
3. Knowledge of scientific resources including chemistry-related sources
such as SciFinder Scholar and CrossFire Commander.
4. Strong commitment to user-focused service.
5. Demonstrated knowledge of and enthusiasm for the integration of new
technologies into the delivery of information services.
6. Proficient in the design and creation of web pages and web based
7. Ability to work effectively as part of a team within a culturally
diverse user community.
8. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
9. Initiative, flexibility, and the ability to adapt and work creatively
in a rapidly changing environment.
10. Strong potential for meeting the requirements for tenure and promotion.
1. Advanced degree in chemistry or a scientific field involving chemistry.
2. Experience working in a library that serves scientists or engineers.
3. Experience with managing library collections.
4. Experience with/demonstrated enthusiasm for working with the public.
5. Experience with/demonstrated enthusiasm for instruction.
6. Familiarity with web-based instructional tools.
THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
The University of Florida is a large, land grant, public educational
research institution with a faculty of approximately 4,000 and a student
body of approximately 50,000. UF is Florida's largest university, the
nation's fourth-largest, and traces its beginnings to a small seminary
in 1853. Since 1985, UF has been a member of the Association of American
Universities, the prestigious higher-education organization comprised of
the top 62 public and private institutions in North America. UF is home
to 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. The
University offers the Ph.D. in more than 90 fields and the Master's
degree in more than 120 fields. For more information please consult the
UF homepage at http://www.ufl.edu.
The University of Florida Libraries are members of the Association of
Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Research
Libraries Group, and SOLINET. The library staff consists of more than
400 FTE librarians, technical/clerical staff and student assistants. For
more information about the Libraries, please visit http://www.uflib.ufl.edu.
The Marston Science Library, named for Robert Q. Marston, the seventh
president of the University of Florida, houses collections in
agriculture, life sciences, engineering, physical sciences, mathematics
and earth sciences. The Government Documents Department which includes
the Map and Imagery Library is also located in MSL.
Twenty-six vacation days, nine paid holidays, and thirteen days sick
leave annually; retirement plan options; insurance benefits; tuition fee
waiver program; no state or local income tax.
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and is
strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants
from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities
and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply. As part of the
application process, applicants are invited to complete an on-line
confidential and voluntary demographic self-disclosure form which can be
found at: http://www.hr.ufl.edu/job/datacard.htm. This information is
collected by the University of Florida's Faculty Development Office to
track applicant trends and is in no way considered by the Smathers
Libraries in the selection process.
Please note that due to the tenure accruing nature of this faculty
position, only applicants with current permanent eligibility for
employment in the United States will be considered.
Please submit application materials via e-mail. Send, as attachments
(MS-Word format preferred), a cover letter detailing your interest in
and qualifications for this position; a written statement regarding how
technological advances and web based applications used in information
sharing are changing science, particularly chemistry (250 words); your
current resume and a list of three references. Include address,
telephone and email information for references. Apply by July 31, 2009
(applications will be reviewed as received). Send all required
application materials to Bonnie J. Smith, Smathers Libraries Human
Resources Office, at: [log in to unmask]
Please note that candidates selected for onsite interviews will be
required to give a 20 minute public presentation expanding upon their