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Libraries Job Description
The Science Librarian ensures that faculty, students and staff in
the sciences and engineering have access to a suite of robust,
effective and innovative library services and collections that
serve their scholarship, teaching & learning needs. Evaluates
current services, following pertinent national academic trends in
library services for the sciences and engineering, identifying new
services for implementation and improvements as necessary.
Within Learning, Research and Technology (LRT), a blended
department of librarians, academic technologists, and spatial
analysis specialists shared between the Libraries and ITS, the
Science Librarian will work collaboratively as part of the
Teaching, Learning and Research (TLR) unit in the Libraries. All
members of TLR participate in the Libraries’ full range of
in-person and virtual reference and research services.
Additionally, they engage in developing services and learning
spaces for the Libraries. TLR team members work collaboratively
with LRT, Libraries and ITS colleagues and are involved fully in
the activities of the Libraries.
Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and
participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful,
inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Liaison to the Sciences
- Provides expert guidance to faculty and students in
undergraduate sciences and engineering academic departments on
research methods and resources across multiple interfaces of
licensed databases and relevant internet resources.
- Leads course-based library instruction for assigned departments
and partners with faculty to integrate information literacy into
- Develops online learning content for the Libraries’ website,
including digital learning objects, subject and course resource
pages and other web-based tools and digital information services
for assigned liaison departments and as part of a team of teaching
- Participates in the Libraries’ general reference service and
contributes to Zotero citation management software support
including individual assistance and group instruction.
- Collaborates with faculty in the sciences and engineering to
select and evaluate materials in a variety of formats that reflect
current and developing curricular and research needs.
- Develops and maintains knowledge of existing and developing
modes of scholarly communication and responds to the changing
information needs of students and faculty.
- Partners with TLR and the Head of Collection Development to
conduct collection analysis and collections use studies.
- Engages in continuous professional self-development and keeps
current with emerging library, educational technology, and digital
scholarship practices, methodologies, and technologies.
- Participates in the work of the Libraries through service on
library-wide and Five College committees.
- Participates in library wide teams, committees and working
groups and professional activities.
- Represents Smith College Libraries at conferences and
collaborates with national organizations in pedagogy,
librarianship, and emerging library practices.
All employees are expected to participate in the College's
efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work
Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education,
experience, certifications, licenses)
- Will include occasional nights and weekends.
- Other duties as assigned.
Master’s in Library Science, Information Studies, Education or
equivalent degree. Knowledge of current issues and trends in
pedagogy on the undergraduate and graduate level.
Experience working with individuals from diverse
- Strong academic background in and/or knowledge of the sciences
and / or engineering.
- At least 3-5 years teaching experience in a library
- Experience in program development, assessment and piloting new
service models in libraries.
- A strong commitment to public service.
- Knowledge of current issues and methods of teaching research
- Experience with providing library reference and research
assistance to users.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, and
demonstrated ability to work flexibly, independently and
collaboratively with colleagues and library users in a rapidly
changing service-oriented environment.
- Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
including customer service orientation with ability to interact
with diverse constituencies.
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Review of applications will begin
May 9, 2022
About Smith College
Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest
women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in
teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of
outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as
advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The
College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst,
Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of
Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty
cross-teach across the Five Colleges.
Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and
Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 151B, it is the policy of Smith
College to provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a
qualified applicant or employee with a disability, unless such
accommodation would cause an undue hardship. The policy regarding
requests for reasonable accommodation applies to all aspects of
employment, including the application process. If reasonable
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Diversity and a culture of inclusion among students, staff,
faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values
of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age,
color, religions, national origin, disability, sexual orientation,
gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment
and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of
its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws
and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with
disabilities are encouraged to apply.