STEM/Agriculture Librarian (Open Rank)

Employer
University of Maryland Libraries
Location
Maryland, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted
Apr 06, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University of Maryland Libraries serve more than 37,500 students and 4,200 faculty of the flagship College Park campus. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. Its role as a key academic resource is evident in its service to the academic community and its actionable strategic plan. Recent membership in the Big Ten Academic Alliance is particularly meaningful to the University Libraries and will further propel the university’s ascendancy in academic excellence.

Reporting to the Head of the STEM Library, the incumbent serves as STEM/Agriculture subject librarian, with responsibilities in: Collections and Content, Reference and Research Consulting, Teaching, Learning and Literacies, Outreach and Engagement, and Scholarly Communications and Research Data Services. Additionally, the STEM/Agriculture librarian will develop programs benefiting STEM disciplines to expand Research Commons @ STEM. The STEM Library serves several colleges and schools, including the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the A. James Clark School of Engineering, and the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences. Along with other STEM and other subject librarians, the incumbent is in a key position to help the University of Maryland Libraries define a role for subject librarians that will allow the Libraries to be more closely integrated into the entire educational and research process at the University of Maryland. The STEM/Agriculture librarian will help envision and shape new approaches to faculty/library relationships.

The STEM/Agriculture Librarian is an active member of the Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) department of the Research and Academic Services (RAS) division, contributing to departmental and divisional initiatives and leading specific projects in collaboration with colleagues and other units in the Libraries. The STEM/Agriculture Librarian participates in developing and maintaining a departmental culture that is inclusive, equitable, diverse, customer-centered, and responsive to changes happening in academic libraries and higher education.

Serves as library liaison to specified academic units/departments (in this case, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources), which involves, but is not limited to, promoting services available through the Libraries, supporting information literacy efforts and faculty research, creating web and digital content, and developing and managing print and electronic collections.

Proactively supports researchers on scholarly communication models, data management, development of new digital tools, and e-Research and data services in assigned fields. Builds internal and external partnerships to support this activity.

Actively engages with faculty, students, and staff in assigned STEM subject areas, developing strong working relationships and partnerships. Develops strong understanding of research and teaching needs of assigned units/departments, develops and enhances services in anticipation of these needs.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Education:

Master’s degree in library science from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association or equivalent professional degree with relevant library experience.

Experience:

Understanding of current and emerging trends in the assigned subject areas and in academic librarianship; knowledge of electronic resources and information technologies, reference, and collection development. Demonstrated experience with reference and collection development in agriculture, life sciences, engineering, science, technology, or related disciplines. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to function independently and in groups, to build and maintain relationships with partners and library staff and the ability to provide exceptional services to a diverse clientele. Demonstrated experience with or demonstrated aptitude for working effectively and creatively with faculty and students.

For the full position description and faculty requirements, please go to http://www.lib.umd.edu/hr/employment-opportunities/staff-faculty-positions.

Position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. Applicant must meet the Libraries' requirements for promotion, which includes a commitment to professional development, service, and self-directed research, scholarship, and/or creative activities. For additional information, consult the following website: http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/2014-ii-100b.html.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

The University of Maryland Libraries are committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We support university and library efforts to create a more just campus environment, understanding the unique, interdisciplinary focus of libraries and archives as collectors and curators of the historical, literary, artistic, and scientific record. We provide collections, services, and programs that reflect the diversity of our community, heighten cultural awareness, and incorporate the histories, experiences, and expressions of those who have been historically marginalized and/or underrepresented. We work to ensure equitable access to our facilities, resources, and services.