Science Librarian

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Durham, NORTH CAROLINA
Deadline: 15 Feb 2023
Position ID:Duke -DUL -SCL [#24014]
Position Title: 
Position Type:Open Rank
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map ]
Subject Areas: Library Science
Library / Reference and Instruction
Appl Deadline:2023/02/15 11:59PM (posted 2022/12/15, listed until 2023/02/15)
Position Description:  Apply    
Position Summary
The Science Librarian engages with the faculty, researchers, staff, and students in assigned academic and research programs to deliver responsive and innovative research and instructional services. The librarian will work with areas in the physical sciences, exact departments dependent on institutional need and the librarian’s experience. The position collaborates with other librarians in the Natural Sciences and Engineering department to provide library services to programs across the sciences, and with librarians in other disciplines to support interdisciplinary research and teaching. They will also collaborate with library colleagues to develop and promote services in support of research data management, repositories, and scholarly communications initiatives, and digital projects. This position also has collection development responsibilities.
  • Serves as primary liaison to and actively develops professional relationships with faculty, students, and staff in assigned areas in the sciences
  • Provides in-depth, specialized research consultation for students, faculty, and visiting scholars in assigned areas
  • Teaches research workshops and class sessions in areas of liaison responsibilities and science-related areas
  • Contributes to the Libraries’ partnership with the Thompson Writing Program (e.g., leads library instruction in first-year writing classes)
  • Identifies current and emerging user needs to inform new or existing library programs, services, and partnerships
  • Monitors trends in scholarly publishing in areas of liaison responsibilities to inform outreach, programming, and library collections and services
  • Develops and manages collections in assigned areas; collaborates with other science and engineering librarians to develop and manage collections in support of research and teaching needs of faculty and students
  • Promotes issues and services related to research data management, repositories, data and visualization, publishing, and scholarly communication
  • Provides information services and instruction to faculty, students, and the general public
  • Contributes to other departmental and library goals and initiatives as needed. Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and takes an active interest in the profession. Participates in professional organizations, and serves the library, University, or community through committee work or other professional capacities.
Supervisory Responsibilities
  • None

It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning, and a commitment to creating a culture of inclusion that values and respects diversity of perspective, background, and experience.
Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience.

Preferred: BA/BS degree in science or engineering or equivalent academic training.
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity and the ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Commitment to high-quality user experience and customer services
  • Demonstrated ability to respond to changing needs and priorities
  • Demonstrated initiative and the ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated analytical, organizational, time and project management skills
  • Evidence of knowledge or interest in scholarly communication and research practices in the sciences
  • Experience in planning and/or providing information literacy instruction or other teaching experience
  • One year of experience supporting science researchers and students in an academic, research, or special library
  • Academic coursework and/or work experience in the sciences
  • Experience with collection development
Working Conditions
  • Occasionally works in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
  • Occasionally positions self to reach high and low shelves
  • Normal office environment
  • Occasional weekend and/or evening shifts required.
These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position. This description is subject to change at any time.

Salary and Benefits
Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience; the anticipated range is $55,000-$65,000. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 14 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.
Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.
Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. We recognize that the workplace only truly flourishes with an active presence of different backgrounds and unique abilities. We value the unseen perspective, the unheard voice, and the unnoticed ideas. We hope to give a platform of growth and connection, where employees can be free to produce new ways of thinking to promote inclusion and respect for all. Duke University Libraries encourages an environment where shared goals are reached by exceptional individuals.
Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.
Duke offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at: .
Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to . Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Priority given to applicants who apply by Monday, January 16, 2023.
Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.
Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.
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