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Kansas State University Libraries: Science Librarian

Kansas State University Libraries

Position: Science Librarian

Deadline: Review of applications begins May 18, 2007 and continues until the position is filled.

K-State Libraries ( is accepting applications for a Science Librarian, welcoming entry level and experienced librarians to apply. Candidates may include academic coursework or science/technology related experiences to demonstrate their qualifications for the following requirements. Appointment will be made to Assistant or Associate Professor according to qualifications and level of experience.

Position Context

This position assists in the development, delivery, and promotion of digital content and services in science and technology. The position strengthens digital initiatives through partnerships in collaborative projects, research teams, and grant activities related to bioscience and technology initiatives that are increasingly interdisciplinary. This position also serves as the reference, collection and instruction liaison to selected bioscience or engineering academic departments and provides leadership in the planning, development and coordination of library services to these departments.

Core Position Duties


  • Assists in the research and education process by interpreting and assessing science, agriculture, and engineering information resources.
  • Provides general and specialized research assistance, collection management, and library instruction to bioscience and/or engineering academic departments.
  • Participates in collaborative projects, research teams, and grant activities related to bioscience and technology initiatives.
  • Develops, manages, and promotes Sciences Department digital content and services and provides support for Sciences Department digital content creators.
  • Investigates, tests, and recommends cutting-edge solutions for Web-delivered science, agriculture, and engineering content.
  • Contributes digital imaging, metadata, and database creation and management expertise to Sciences Department projects and initiatives.
  • Serves as liaison between the Sciences Department and the Digital Initiatives Department.
  • Meets tenure and promotion criteria by serving actively on library and university committees, pursuing involvement in professional associations, and developing professionally through research, publishing, presentations, or grant-writing .
  • Works as a team member with K-State Libraries' faculty and staff, contributing to a positive environment that promotes library use and information literacy to the university and community.

Educational Requirements

MLS from ALA accredited institution or foreign equivalent

Required Qualifications


  • Knowledge of science, agriculture or engineering disciplines and research processes
  • Experience in user services and a strong service orientation
  • Knowledge of Web authoring, database tools, and/or scripting languages, such as: HTML, XML, Cascading Style Sheets, MySQL, and PHP
  • Ability to work independently, in a team, and in a project-oriented environment
  • Evidence of problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to pursue activities and meet responsibilities necessary for achieving tenure at K-State Libraries

Preferred Qualifications


  • Degree in a science, agriculture or engineering field or relevant work experience in a scientific or technological environment
  • Experience with digital image editing and manipulation and metadata management
  • Knowledge of scholarly communications trends, particularly in regard to the biosciences and engineering
  • Knowledge of the development, management, and promotion of digital content and services
  • Experience providing instruction and training; documented presentation skills
  • Demonstrated liaison experience in an academic library setting

Personal Attributes Necessary to Succeed


  • Flexible
  • Self motivated
  • Organized
  • Approachable
  • Creative
  • Team player
  • Inclusive
  • Consensus builder - diplomatic
  • Communicative
  • Adept at solving problems
  • Proactive

Application Procedure

Salary and academic rank for this position will be commensurate with experience. Minimum starting salary is $43,000 yr. Review of applications begins May 18, 2007 and continues until the position is filled. A curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications should be e-mailed to attention Peggy Goe. Indicate JOB SL407 in the subject line. Please identify relationship with references. Faculty, co-workers or others familiar with your work are acceptable, but current or former supervisors preferred.

About Kansas State

Kansas State University was founded February 16, 1863, as the first land grant university in the nation created under the Morrill Act of 1862. The university holds a proud tradition based on Agriculture, Engineering, and the Sciences. K-State offers more than 250 undergraduate majors, 113 graduate majors (including masters and doctoral programs), and 16 certificates (3 undergraduate and 13 graduate). Over 23,000 students are enrolled at K-State, with approximately 1,200 faculty members and 4,700 staff.

Kansas State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer strongly committed to diversity. We value qualified candidates who can bring to our community a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

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