Library seeks Life Sciences and Agriculture Librarian

Posted November 12, 2014

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

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.


Open Access Week

Posted October 21, 2014

International Open Access Week is this week, from October 20th-26th.

Open Access is about changing the way scholars share their work with the world.

Open Access means making research available on-line to the public to read and use free of charge and with as few restrictions as possible.
Learn more:

We're listening, send us your feedback!

Posted October 17, 2014

As always, we want to know what you think about our services, collections, and instruction.

Due to a large volume of spam recently however, we have disabled our site-wide contact form. In the meantime, please contact our Assistant Dean, Tracey Lauder, directly using her contact form.

Thanks for your feedback!



Posted October 16, 2014

IEEE Day will be on Thursday, October 30th, at Kingsbury Hall.

Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Presenter: Ruth Wolfish, IEEE Client Services Manager

IEEE Info Table
9:00am - 10:30am, by Albert’s

Tips & Tricks: IEEE Xplore & more
11:10am - 12:30pm, Kingsbury N233
(FREE Pizza and prizes!)

Online Scavenger Hunt
Begins Friday, October 24th
Win a t-shirt! More details at the library (Kingsbury S236)

Have fun and connect with your resources!
Information about IEEE, networking, job searching, library resources, and more!

Contact Emily Poworoznek if you have questions about this event.

Presented by the IEEE in partnership with the UNH Library

Ebola Resources for the Public

Posted October 14, 2014

Government Information is currently featuring: Ebola Resources for the Public.

The UNH Library is a Federal Repository for government information, and faculty librarians are available to help gain access to resources to help educate and inform citizenry.

For more information, please visit, email or call the reference desk on Level Three in Dimond Library (862-1544 or

You can visit Government Information to learn more about the featured resource, and to explore other services and resources.

Participants Needed for Usability Testing

Posted October 14, 2014

The Library is doing a usability test of a web site and we need a few participants on the morning of Thursday, October 30. It will take about an hour of your time in Dimond Library.

For your participation, you will receive a $15 Dining Services card, good at any Dining location on campus, or a USB flash drive.

If you’re interested and available, please contact Kristin Parker.

October Multimedia Display - Scary Movies!

Posted October 8, 2014

In celebration of Halloween, there is now a very scary film display in the Multimedia Room (Dimond, level 2)!

The display includes:

...and many more creepy films!

The display will be up for the month of October. Come check them out!

New login process for ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan)

Posted October 8, 2014

Logging in to your Interlibrary Loan account (ILLiad) is about to become easier!

Starting Friday, October 10, when you log into ILLiad, you will be asked for your UNH IT ID username and password (the same username and password as Blackboard). Once verified, you will be forwarded to your Interlibrary Loan account. This provides a more secure login system, and one less set of credentials for you to remember! You will no longer use your self-created username.

System will be down from 7:00am until 12:00pm on Friday, October 10th.

If you have questions or comments about this change, please contact our ILS Coordinator, Cliff Poulin.


Chinese Bamboo Script Exhibition

Posted September 24, 2014

Chinese Bamboo Scripts from Hunan: A Recording of Early Chinese Civilization

September 24th-26th in Dimond Library, near Circulation Desk on level 3
Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at UNH

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

For over 2,000 years, bamboo and wood scripts played an important role in Chinese history. The culture of bamboo script writing has had a far-reaching impact on Chinese civilization. The exhibition will display 60 pieces of bamboo and wood script replicas (excavated from Hunan Province of China) dating back to Qin, Han Dynasty, and the State of Wu during the Three Kingdoms Period.

The exhibition is organized in partnership with the Confucius Institute at Bryant University in Rhode Island, Hunan Antique Archaeology Institute, and Changsha Museum of Bamboo Scripts in Hunan, China.

To learn more about the exhibit, please visit the Chinese Bamboo Script Exhibition page, or find out more about the Confucius Institute at UNH.