The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida invites applications for the position of Environmental Sciences Librarian at the Marston Science Library. We are seeking an innovative and collaborative individual to join our library faculty and serve as liaison librarian to the environmental sciences. The Environmental Sciences Librarian is a year-round (12 month) tenure track faculty position which provides reference and research assistance, instruction, outreach, and collection management to support programs dependent upon the environmental sciences. The primary liaison assignments are to the UF/IFAS School of Natural Resources & Environment; UF/IFAS School of Forest, Fisheries & Geomatics Sciences; UF/IFAS Department of Soil and Water Science; and the Department of Geological Sciences. The librarian works collaboratively and maintains close professional relationships with faculty, students, and colleagues.
The libraries are actively seeking candidates who bring culturally rich lived experiences to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and perspectives, to support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and collaborative society.
The Environmental Sciences Librarian will be expected to pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion. The libraries encourage staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently this position will serve on various Library and University wide committees and teams.
All of the responsibilities listed below are expected to be conducted in a manner that supports and advances the Libraries’ values of diversity, equity and inclusion, supports diverse communities and creates a welcoming environment for all.
- Serves as liaison librarian for the environmental sciences.
- 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 consultation support for environmental science information, including use of literature databases, such as Environmental Science Index, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts, and GeoRef.
- Works with environmental science faculty to select materials that support their academic and research programs and participates in collaborative collection management in which teams select and evaluate subject-based materials in digital and print formats.
- Provides multimodal reference services including in person at a traditional reference desk, online chat, videoconference, email, telephone, and one on one consultations.
- Facilitates the discovery of environment-related information resources through the creation of subject guides and other user services.
- 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 to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.
Research indicates that applicants from underrepresented groups are hesitant to apply for positions if they do not meet all the required and preferred qualifications. We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop the preferred skills. Additionally, applicants are encouraged to communicate how their work and other experiences satisfy the required qualifications in ways that may not be obvious.
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- Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited (or foreign equivalent) program, or other relevant advanced degree in environmental sciences or related field
- Appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank requires eight years of relevant experience
- Familiarity with environmental science information resources such as Environmental Science Index, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts, and GeoRef
- Communicated interest in the integration of new technologies into the delivery of information services
- Experience including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service, and other work
- Experience designing and delivering instruction and/or presentations
- Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills including oral and written communication
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty, students, administrators, and the general public
- Initiative, flexibility, and the ability to adapt and work creatively in a complex, rapidly changing academic environment
- Strong potential to meet the requirements for tenure and promotion outlined in the departmental by-laws
- Degree in environmental sciences or related field
- Experience working with scientists and/or engineers
- Experience working in a library serving STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) patrons
- Experience designing and delivering instruction to diverse populations
- Experience with emerging technology, tools, and trends in science scholarship
To apply, submit
- a cover letter detailing your interest in, and qualifications for this position
- your current resume or CV
- a list of three references including their contact information (telephone number and email address)
- a written statement regarding what you see as the most critical environmental science information literacy needs and how academic libraries can provide support for these needs. (250 words);
Apply by January 5, 2022 (review of applications will begin on December 10, 2021). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system. 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 Tina Marie Litchfield, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.