Duke University Libraries, Duke University

Position Title: Science Librarian
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Library
Appl Deadline:2017/04/06** finished (posted 2017/02/23, finished 2017/07/07)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Science Librarian engages with the faculty, researchers, staff, and students in assigned academic and research programs to identify current and emerging user needs and to deliver responsive and innovative research and instructional services. The position collaborates with other science and engineering librarians to provide library services to programs across the sciences, as well as with librarians in other disciplines to identify user needs and provide support for interdisciplinary research and teaching. S/he will have opportunities to collaborate with library colleagues on the development and promotion of services in support of research data management, repositories, scholarly communications initiatives, and digital projects. This position will evaluate and select materials for inclusion in the library’s collection.


  • Serves as primary liaison to and actively develops professional relationships with faculty, students and staff in assigned areas

  • Provides in-depth, specialized research consultation for students, faculty, and visiting scholars in assigned areas

  • Develops lesson plans and teaches information literacy workshops and class sessions in areas of liaison responsibility

  • Identifies current and emerging user needs to help inform the development of library programs, services, and partnerships

  • Monitors trends in scholarly publishing in areas of liaison responsibility to inform outreach, programming, and the development of library collections and services

  • Develops and manages collections in assigned areas; collaborates with other science and engineering librarians to develop and manage collections in support of research and teaching needs of faculty and students

  • Promotes issues and services related to research data management, repositories, data and visualization, publishing, and scholarly communication

  • Provides information services and instruction to faculty, students, and the general public Contributes to the Libraries’ support of First Year Writing

  • Contributes to other departmental and library goals and initiatives as needed

  • Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and takes an active interest in the profession. Growth and interest should be demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None


It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity. 


Required:  Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience.

Preferred: BA/BS degree in science or engineering or equivalent combination of significant academic training.



  • Demonstrated ability to respond flexibly to changing needs and priorities
  • Demonstrated initiative and the ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated analytical, organizational, time and project management skills
  • Evidence of knowledge or interest in scholarly communication and research practices in the sciences
  • Experience in planning and/or providing information literacy instruction or other teaching experience
  • Commitment to high-quality user experience and customer service
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity and the ability to understand diverse perspectives


  • Experience supporting science researchers and students in an academic, research, or special library  
  • Minimum of one to two years of experience working in public services in an academic library
  • Academic coursework and/or work experience in the sciences, particularly in chemistry and/or environmental sciences
  • Experience with collection development

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible

  • Occasional bending, crouching, stooping

  • Normal office environment

  • Occasional weekend and/or evening shifts required.

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Salary and Benefits

Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.


Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the William R. Perkins Library and its branches: Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly, Music, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort.  Duke’s library holdings of 6.1 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit packages which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:  http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits/duke_benefits.html.


Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/ . Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.



Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
365 Rubenstein Library
Box 90194
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708

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