The UNH Library seeks a knowledgeable and innovative subject specialist librarian to support instruction and research for the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA).
For a full job description and application process please visit https://jobs.usnh.edu/.
With a focus on public service, the Life Sciences and Agriculture Librarian serves as liaison to Biological Sciences; Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences; and Natural Resources & the Environment. The incumbent has primary responsibility for the proactive development and delivery of responsive reference, research, and instructional support, and the development and management of library collections, working with COLSA faculty, Collections Management Librarian, and other liaison librarians.
UNH is a public land-, sea-, and space-grant institution with emphases on undergraduate and graduate research.
Working independently as well as collaboratively, the Life Sciences and Agriculture Librarian will advocate for and lead library efforts supporting the assigned liaison areas through the library’s newly-created Natural Sciences Resource Center. The incumbent will collaborate on scholarly communication initiatives with special focus on liaison areas and will participate in evolving library data services efforts.
Reporting to the Dean of the University Library through the Library Department Chair, the position is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty position; the successful candidate will be expected to meet University reappointment, promotion, and tenure requirements
Duties and responsibilities
- Supports all levels of research and education in COLSA; actively engages faculty, students, and staff, developing strong working relationships and partnerships as well as knowledge of COLSA’s teaching and research needs.
- Has primary responsibility for information literacy in COLSA subject areas including classes, research groups, and individual instruction; collaborates with COLSA faculty to provide and assess library instruction for their classes in appropriate formats and platforms.
- Directs and provides reference service in all COLSA subjects to students, faculty, staff, other researchers, and the general public; seeks and develops effective and innovative content and communication strategies for reference service.
- Promotes awareness and knowledge of relevant information resources and services; creates online and digital content with existing and emerging tools and technologies.
- Collaborates with the Collections Management Librarian in the development and management of the library’s collections in life sciences, agriculture, and natural resources in all formats, serving as liaison to the Departments of Biological Sciences; Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences; and Natural Resources & the Environment; collaborates on service to interdisciplinary fields such as sustainability and marine sciences.
- In collaboration with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Librarian and other science liaison librarians, advocates for and contributes to library and university support of scientific research and instruction; communicates with UNH Library faculty and staff concerning developments in scientific scholarly communication.
- Works with library colleagues to support scholarly communication initiatives and newly emerging modes of research, such as e-science; educates and informs those in COLSA liaison areas about relevant developments in scholarly communication and library initiatives; works with COLSA researchers to support the development of data management and curation plans as appropriate.
- Maintains strong awareness of academic missions and programs that are intrinsically linked to life sciences, agriculture and natural resources, such as the University’s land-grant and sea-grant missions, UNH Cooperative Extension, the Water Resources Research Center, the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, and the Thompson School of Applied Science.
- Stays current with developments in science librarianship; takes an active national leadership and advocacy role; stays abreast of developments in the fields of life sciences, agriculture, and natural resources; seeks opportunities for professional service at the library, campus, state, regional, and/or national level.
- ALA-accredited Masters degree in library and information science.
- Second advanced degree in a relevant subject area.
- Minimum 2 years of experience; may include combination of library experience, teaching, and scientific research.
- Excellent analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills, resourceful and able to integrate details with broad perspective.
- Knowledge of scientific communication and the research process.
- Commitment to excellent library service for all levels of research and education.
- Flexibility and ability to enjoy working with learners of varying backgrounds, including the general public.
- Demonstrated oral and written communication skills; strong interest in scholarship and professional service.
- Proven ability to lead, collaborate and work independently.
Additional desirable qualifications:
- Science library experience highly desirable.
- Strong academic or experiential background in scientific information sources and scholarly communication in the life sciences, agriculture, and/or allied areas.
- Demonstrated teaching ability.
- Experience in professional presentations and/or writing for publication.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The University seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.