George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida

Position ID:UF-George A. Smathers Libraries-PL [#2901]
Position Title: Physics Librarian (Assistant University Librarian)
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Gainesville, Florida 32611, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Statistics
Appl Deadline:2013/09/01 finished (posted 2013/08/02, finished 2014/01/03, listed until 2013/09/01)
Position Description:    

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POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT POSITION: Physics Librarian RANK: Assistant University Librarian REPORTS TO: Chair, Marston Science Library SALARY: Minimum Salary $46,417; Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials REQUISITION #: 0903534 DEADLINE DATE: September 1, 2013 - applications reviewed as submitted Please note that this posting has specific instructions for the submission of application materials - see our website at: or the APPLICATION PROCESS section below for further details. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. JOB SUMMARY The University of Florida Libraries seeks a creative and service-oriented librarian for the physical sciences (including physics, astronomy, mathematics and statistics) in the Marston Science Library. This position is a tenure track library faculty position which provides reference assistance, instruction, outreach, and collection management for physics and related physical science fields. A key element of the assignment is the use of new technology to access and deliver information to library patrons. This librarian works constructively in group efforts and maintains close working relationships with faculty, students and colleagues. This position is responsible for coordinating instruction programs using traditional classroom methods and educational technologies. The library encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and, consequently, the Physics Librarian will be asked to serve on various committees and teams. To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the Physics Librarian will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in work activities. The incumbent will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional association activities, to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion. RESPONSIBILITIES • Provides reference services for faculty, students and staff of the University of Florida, including traditional reference desk service, online reference, and email reference services. • Participates in the Marston Science Library collection management program, specifically in the assigned fields. Works with faculty in selecting and evaluating materials to support their academic and research programs. • Coordinates instruction programs for the Marston Science Library faculty using traditional classroom methods and educational technologies. • Actively participates in the development, selection and evaluation of web resources for subject guides and other patron services. Develops and maintains web-based tutorials. • Participates in planning, policy formation and departmental decision making related to science services, collections and new technologies. • Serves as a resource on issues related to data management, data visualization and related digital initiatives. • Contributes to the Libraries, the University, and the profession through substantive involvement in scholarship and service activities. QUALIFICATIONS Required: • Masters degree in library science from an ALA accredited library school or an advanced degree in a relevant academic field. • Experience serving physical sciences academic populations/fields. • Knowledge of scientific and database resources. • Strong commitment to user-focused service. • Demonstrated knowledge of and enthusiasm for the integration of new technologies into the delivery of information services. • Experience or familiarity with web-based instructional tools. • Ability to work effectively as part of a team within a culturally diverse patron community. • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. • Initiative, flexibility, and the ability to adapt and work creatively in a complex, rapidly changing academic environment. • Strong potential for meeting the requirements for tenure and promotion (outlined at Preferred: • Experience working in an academic library that serves scientists. • Advanced degree in a relevant academic field. • Experience with or demonstrated enthusiasm for working with the public. • Experience with or demonstrated enthusiasm for instruction. • Interest in or knowledge of data management initiatives. • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work. THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, Research University. The state's oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation's most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities. UF traces its beginnings to a small seminary in 1853 and is now one of the largest universities in the nation, with more than 50,000 students. For more information, please consult the UF homepage at GEORGE A. SMATHERS LIBRARIES The George A. Smathers Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), and LYRASIS. The library staff consists of more than 400 FTE librarians, technical/clerical staff and student assistants. The George A. Smathers Libraries organizational chart is available at: For more information about the Libraries, please visit MARSTON SCIENCE LIBRARY The Marston Science Library (MSL), named for Robert Q. Marston, the seventh president of the University of Florida, houses collections in agriculture, life sciences, engineering, physical sciences, mathematics and earth sciences. The Government Documents Department which includes the Map and Imagery Library is also located in MSL. For more information please consult the MSL homepage at . COMMUNITY Gainesville, Florida and the surrounding community are home to approximately 240,000 people and both the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. Situated just over an hour from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, the city is surrounded by over 40 nature parks, including many spring-fed lakes and rivers. In 2007, Gainesville was ranked as the “Best Place to Live and Work” by Frommer’s Cities Ranked and Rated and as one of the “Best Places to Live and Play” by National Geographic Adventure. Gainesville is known as an innovative municipal government and an innovative city. Gainesville continues to receive national recognition as a top-rated city. Some of Gainesville's accolades are listed at the Gainesville Awards and Recognition link. A recent article in Florida Trend Magazine offers an in depth Community Portrait of Gainesville and the University of Florida. The area has numerous cultural institutions and is a haven for sports fans. Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, and St. Augustine are all within a two hour drive. BENEFITS Vacation days, paid holidays, and sick leave days; retirement plan options; insurance benefits; tuition fee waiver program; no state or local income tax. Prospective employees should review the information about employment and benefits at UF available at APPLICATION PROCESS The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply. As part of the application process, applicants are invited to complete an on-line confidential and voluntary demographic self-disclosure form which can be found at: This information is collected by the University of Florida's Office of Human Resources to track applicant trends and is in no way considered by the Smathers Libraries in the selection process. Please submit application materials via e-mail. Send, as attachments (MS-Word and PDF format preferred), a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; a written statement addressing the following topic: “Since there are many types of technological applications used for instruction, describe the ones you consider the most effective in teaching library instruction classes in physics (the physical sciences).” (250 words); your current resume, and a list of three references including their address, telephone and email information. Apply by September 1, 2013. Send all required application materials to Bonnie Smith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at: 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

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