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Job Opening - Chemical Sciences Librarian

  • 1.  Job Opening - Chemical Sciences Librarian

    Posted 07-05-2018 15:07
    POSITION:                Chemical Sciences Librarian

    RANK:                       Assistant or Associate University Librarian

    REPORTS TO:          Associate Chair, Marston Science Library

    SALARY:                  Minimum salary $54,000 at the Assistant University Librarian rank

                                      Minimum salary $62,500 at the Associate University Librarian rank

                                      Actual salary will reflect selected professional's experience and credentials

    Requisition #:          507883


    DEADLINE DATE:   August 15, 2018 – Review of applications will begin July 23, 2018


    The Marston Science Library at the University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries is seeking a creative and service-oriented liaison librarian for the chemical sciences. We offer a dynamic, innovative and collaborative environment in which to serve and contribute to the work of a top ten public University. The Chemical Sciences Librarian is a year-round (12 month) tenure track faculty position which provides reference assistance, instruction, outreach, and collection management to support programs dependent upon the chemical sciences. The primary liaison assignments are to the departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. The librarian works collaboratively and maintains close professional relationships with faculty, students and colleagues.


    The qualified candidate will enjoy multiple opportunities to develop innovative services as The George A. Smathers Libraries encourage participation in decision making and projects, offering a unique grants management program and an adaptive learning environment. The Marston Science Library faculty and staff work in a team-based environment, together promoting, curating, and providing public access to a broad array of distinctive collections. The Chemical Sciences Librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional association activities, to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion. To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the Chemical Sciences Librarian will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities and perspectives in work activities.



    • Serves as liaison librarian for the chemical sciences and related engineering departments.
    • Designs and delivers library and subject specific instruction programs for students, faculty, and staff using traditional classroom and active learning methods as well as innovative educational technologies.
    • Provides expert consultation support for chemical science literature databases, such as SciFinder and Reaxys
    • Participates in collaborative collection management in which teams select and evaluate subject-based materials in digital and print formats and works with subject-based faculty to select materials that support their academic and research programs.
    • Provides multimodal reference services including in person at a traditional reference desk, online chat, email, telephone, and one on one consultations.
    • Facilitates the discovery of chemical-related information resources through the creation of subject guides and other user services.
    • Provides data support services for faculty, staff, and students from assigned academic departments as well as for other campus data support service initiatives as assigned.
    • Participates in planning, policy formation and decision making related to Marston Science Library services, collections and new technologies.
    • Contributes to the library's planning efforts through membership on University and Library committees and other consultative bodies as appropriate or requested.
    • Pursues professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion (see




    • Advanced degree in a scientific field involving chemistry
    • Appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank requires eight years of relevant post graduate degree experience
    • Knowledge of information resources including chemistry-related resources such as SciFinder and Reaxys.
    • Demonstrated commitment to user-focused service
    • Strong skills and experience in the design and delivery of instruction/training/teaching sessions to adults
    • Interest in the integration of new technologies into the delivery of information services
    • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team within a culturally diverse user community of faculty, students, administrators and the general public
    • Commitment to promoting equity, inclusion and awareness of diversity by including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Initiative, flexibility, and the ability to adapt and work creatively in a rapidly changing environment
    • Strong potential for meeting the requirements for tenure and promotion, outlined in the Faculty Career Development Handbook



    • Master's degree in library science from an ALA accredited library school
    • Advanced degree in chemistry or a related chemical science field
    • Experience working in a library that serves scientists or engineers
    • Experience designing and delivering engaging instruction to a diverse science population
    • Experience with emerging technology, tools, and trends in scholarship in the sciences
    • Experience providing advanced and innovative customer service that's not only responsive but anticipates the needs of users
    • Experience managing, analyzing or working with data

    Application Process

    To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) a written statement regarding the potential impact of Open Science to the academic environment (250 words); 3) your current resume or CV; and 4) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email). Apply by August 15, 2018 (applications will be reviewed beginning July 23, 2018) Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at Requisition 507883. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Bonnie Smith, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at

    Joseph Piazza
    University of Florida
    Gainesville FL
    (352) 273-2595