Agricultural Sciences and Digital Initiatives Librarian

Gainesville, Alachua County
Apr 18, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT POSITION: Agricultural Sciences and Digital Initiatives 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 #: 0905467 DEADLINE DATE: June 2, 2014 - review of applications will begin on May 19, 2014 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 Marston Science Library at the University of Florida seeks a creative and service-oriented liaison librarian for the agricultural sciences. The Agricultural Sciences and Digital Initiatives Librarian is a tenure track library faculty position. Responsibilities include providing reference assistance, instruction, outreach, and collection management to support programs dependent upon the agricultural sciences, as well as working closely with the Marston Science Library Chair to identify and manage digital preservation projects. A key element of the assignment is the identification of digitization initiatives related to the preservation of the agricultural record. This position is the departmental liaison for digitization and coordinates digitization projects working closely with the Digital Production Services department. The librarian works collaboratively in group efforts and maintains professional relationships with faculty, students and colleagues. The library encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the Agricultural Sciences and Digital Initiatives Librarian will serve on various committees and teams. To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the Agricultural Sciences and Digital Initiatives Librarian will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in work activities. The Agricultural Sciences and Digital Initiatives Librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion. RESPONSIBILITIES • Serves as liaison to departments within the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), potentially with special emphasis on the plant sciences. • Coordinates digitization projects for the sciences with emphasis on agriculture. Serves as a liaison to the UF Digital Services Unit. Works closely with the Marston Chair to identify and manage digital preservation projects. • Participates in the provision of reference desk, reference chat, and email reference services. • Participates in science collection management program. Selects and evaluates subject-based materials, works with faculty in selecting materials to support their academic and research programs. • Participates in instruction programs using traditional classroom methods and educational technologies. • Participates in campus data support service initiatives, providing services to and representing the needs of, faculty, staff, and students within IFAS. • Participates in planning, policy formation and departmental decision making related to science services, collections and new technologies. • Contributes to the library’s planning effort through membership on University and Library committees and other consultative bodies as appropriate. QUALIFICATIONS Required: • Master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited library school, or advanced degree in agricultural sciences field. • Strong background and/or interest in agriculture and/or the plant sciences. • Strong commitment to user-focused service within a culturally diverse user community of faculty, students, administrators and the general public. • Demonstrated knowledge of and enthusiasm for the integration of new technologies into the delivery of information services. • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team. • 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 of tenure and promotion outlined at Preferred: • Subject area background (coursework, degree, or work experience) in agricultural sciences field • Two years working in a library. • Experience working with digital initiatives (digitization projects) and/or experience working with tools and technologies related to data management • Strong presentation skills. • Experience with managing library collections • Experience with/demonstrated enthusiasm for instruction • Experience with web-based instructional tools • 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 libraries of the University of Florida form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida. The UF Libraries consist of seven libraries; six are in the system known as the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. The libraries hold over 5,800,000 print volumes, 8,100,000 microfilms, 630,000 e-books, 121,016 full-text electronic journals, 889 electronic databases, 1,300,000 documents and 766,000 maps and images. The libraries have built a number of nationally significant research collections, including the Latin American, Judaica, Florida History, Children’s Literature, and Maps and Imagery Collections. The Smathers Libraries are 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 organizational chart is available at MARSTON SCIENCE LIBRARY The Marston Science Library, 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. Marston has 11 library faculty and 11 staff that support a highly collaborative environment that offers an array of services, including 3-D printing and scanning, GIS, and data management support. The library’s first floor is in the process of being renovated and once completed will accommodate over 600 students. 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. Gainesville was featured in the Top 100 Best Places to Love 2014 on Livability, America’s Best Places to Live & Visit. 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 Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minority group members. We are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic environment; we strongly encourage applications from women, members of underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. 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. A complete application consists of your online application; a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; a written statement describing the role digital initiatives will have in transforming agricultural sciences (300-500 words); your current resume and a list of three references including their address, telephone and email information. Apply by June 2, 2014 (applications will be reviewed beginning May 19, 2014). Please initiate your application HERE Submit all other application materials via e-mail as attachments (MS-Word and PDF format preferred) 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