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Professional Employment Opportunities


Title: Sciences Librarian
Job Opening ID: 2015118

Area: Research & Access Services
Rank: University Librarian I or II (UCP 5 or 7)
Location: Storrs Campus

The University of Connecticut (UConn), one of the nation’s leading public research universities, seeks applications for the position of Sciences Librarian.

The Sciences Librarian is the primary liaison for the STEM fields of: Chemistry, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering, Molecular & Cell Biology, and Physiology & Neurobiology. The Sciences Librarian proactively engages with faculty, staff, and students to identify opportunities for collaboration. He/she is resourceful and creative in developing library services to support their educational, research, and grant-funding needs. Such services will include, but are not limited to, library instruction, assistance in conducting literature reviews, assistance in finding data and other information resources, guidance on research data curation, and support in identifying grant opportunities and journals for publication.

Reporting to the Head of Science Research Services, within the Research & Access Services Program Area, the Sciences Librarian will have the opportunity to work independently and in collaboration with a core of dedicated, user-oriented colleagues to develop innovative services and collections. The incumbent will participate in the annual planning and goal setting processes to determine those services and strategic initiatives that will best help Research & Access Services programs meet the needs of its constituents at the University of Connecticut.

The Science Librarian’s duties and responsibilities include:

1. Cultivates relationships with faculty, students, and staff through ongoing outreach efforts.
2. Acquires and maintains a thorough knowledge of the research and instructional needs of designated University constituents, as well as information resources available in the STEM fields.
3. Acquires and maintains a thorough knowledge of the scholarly communications process.
4. Participates in library and campus research data management education, curation initiatives, and related services.
5. Provides in-person and online instruction to groups and individuals in the use of information resources.
6. Provides support in identifying grant opportunities and journals for publication.
7. Serves as bibliographer for assigned academic departments, collaborating with academic departments and library colleagues, on collection development decision-making.
8. Actively participates in individual, team, area, and library-wide operational and strategic goal setting and implementation.
9. Represents the Library effectively at the University and in the local community in the course of outreach services, teaching, committee service, and collaborations.
10. Maintains professional competencies; participates in professional organizations at the regional and national level.
11. Maintains an awareness of current trends in publishing, librarianship and higher education by active participation in professional organizations, including meeting and conference attendance; reading of professional literature and ongoing informal communication with professional colleagues.
12. Follows developments and trends in science instruction and scholarship.
13. Participates in appropriate Library, University, and professional programs and training workshops to enhance and develop work-related skills.
14. Participates actively in the general programs of the library, contributes to the life of the university, and participates in appropriate professional activities.
15. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Graduate degree in Library or Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association.
2. Work experience in an academic, research, or corporate library setting.
3. Demonstrated ability with instruction and presentation skills.
4. Demonstrated knowledge and experience using chemistry, engineering, or biology information resources, including journals, databases and citation management software.
5. Evidence of excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
6. Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
7. Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills with ability to think strategically, be innovative, and embrace change.
8. Willingness to travel and work a flexible schedule.

Additional Minimum Qualifications for Appointment as Librarian II:

1. Minimum of three (3) years of related experience in an academic, research, or corporate library setting.
2. Experience managing a budget for a department, project, team or committee.
3. Evidence of increasing involvement in professional development activities outside the University.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Work experience in an academic library or educational setting relevant to the position.
2. Demonstrated ability to provide outreach to academic departments.
3. Advanced degree in an area relevant to the position.
4. Demonstrated subject knowledge of chemistry.
5. Demonstrated knowledge of eScience (large networked data sets) and/or research data management.

This is a full time position with an anticipated start date of January 9, 2015. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn and a highly desirable work environment. Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Applications should be submitted online using Husky Hire at and include a cover letter, detailed resume providing evidence of a distinguished record of librarianship and scholarly achievement, and contact information for three references.

Nominations and inquiries should be sent in confidence to To ensure consideration applications should be submitted by November 28, 2014. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

The University of Connecticut system includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, where this position is located, five regional campuses throughout the state, a Law School, and Medical and Dental Schools at its Health Center. UConn’s 14 schools and colleges offer 8 undergraduate degrees in 102 majors, 17 graduate degrees in 88 fields of study, and 5 professional graduate programs. In 2011-2012, 5, 149 bachelor’s, 1,573 master’s, 341 Ph.D., 234 J.D. /LL.M., 94 Pharm.D., 87 M.D., and 47 D.D.S. degrees were awarded. The University is achieving new heights of academic success – doubling research grants, attracting top students, and offering programs that continue to grow in prestige. UConn’s faculty members comprise leaders in their field on the national and international levels. UConn Libraries participates in consortia collection development with the NorthEast Research Libraries (NERL) and the Boston Library Consortium (BLC).

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

University of Connecticut Libraries
Homer D. Babbidge Library
369 Fairfield Way, U-1005A
Storrs, CT 06269-1005


For information on employment opportunities at the University of Connecticut Libraries please contact:

University of Connecticut Libraries
Khara Leon, Head of Administrative Services
369 Fairfield Road, Unit 1005A
Storrs, CT 06269-1005
(860) 486-2219