Thursday, August 19, 2010

Information Services Librarian – Specialist in Natural/Behavioral Science: Brooklyn College



Title: Information Services Librarian – Specialist in Natural/Behavioral Sciences
Rank: Instructor or Assistant Professor
Location/Department: Library
Position Detail: Teaching
FLSA Status: Exempt
Compensation: Commensurate with experience and credentials
Web Site:
Closing Date: Open until filled with review of resumes to begin immediately


Reporting to the Head of Information Services, the Information Services Librarian works as one of a team of ten librarians. In collaboration with colleagues, develops and delivers instructional programs to support classroom instruction and online learning at all levels within the curriculum in assigned areas. Acts as a faculty liaison, proactively engaging the faculty in information literacy initiatives, and providing particular support to the new School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences. Maintains current awareness of the curricular needs, teaching approaches, and research interests of the faculty in assigned departments and makes recommendations to support those activities. In collaboration with colleagues, incorporates use of new technologies to re-conceptualize library instruction to enable students to be self-sufficient in their information seeking. Collects print, electronic and multimedia resources in selected disciplines and provides tailored discipline-related services to faculty and students in those departments of the College and related work as assigned. Maintains knowledge of and engages in the efforts surrounding scholarly publishing, scholarly communication, electronic resources and digital repositories. Provides specialized reference and research assistance including identification of sources and consultation on development of research strategies. Participates in the delivery of information/reference services through both traditional and virtual means. Proactively collaborates with others in identifying, designing, and/or introducing new information products and services, and consults with faculty, staff, and students to provide innovative tools to manage knowledge and communication. Serves on and contributes to College and University committees. Librarians within the City University of New York are expected to take active faculty roles and to engage in scholarly research and publication in their fields. Note that the work schedule during the academic year includes participation in the regular weekend and evening rotations.


Required Qualifications:
  • ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library or Information Science.
  • One or more years of professional experience in an academic, research, or large public library.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience developing collaborative working relationships and working on shared projects.
  • Commitment to innovative and effective user-centered services.

Strongly Preferred Qualifications:
  • Undergraduate and/or graduate degree in natural or behavioral sciences.
  • Second graduate degree required for appointment above the rank of Instructor. (Note: If candidate does not have a second graduate degree at the time of appointment, appointment will be at the level of Instructor, and candidates must complete a second graduate degree within 5 years. Upon earning the second graduate degree, the candidate will be promoted to the tenure-track rank of Assistant Professor.)
  • Experience with and knowledge of current information resources in the natural or behavioral sciences.
  • Experience with and/or academic background in one or more areas of natural or behavioral sciences.
  • Significant discipline-specific experience in an academic, research, or special library.
  • Experience working on department/library/college committees.
  • Experience in developing working partnerships with clientele and/or other communities.
  • Teaching/instructional experience in an academic environment.
  • Commitment to innovative and effective user-centered services.
  • Solid understanding of issues such as emerging trends in scholarly communications, Web 2.0 and beyond, usage of technology to enhance user experiences in libraries, innovative delivery of resources and services, etc.
  • Experience with current web and instructional technologies, and with emerging technologies and instructional design.
  • Reference experience in an academic, research, or special library.
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of e-science/data management issues.
  • Demonstrated success with scholarly research and publication process.
  • Knowledge of and experience with current instructional theories and principles applicable to various types of online instruction or e-learning, preferably in a higher education context.

The successful candidate will show evidence of productive teamwork, creativity, initiative, and flexibility, and the ability to meet the publication requirements for tenure and promotion.


Complete applications will consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Applications must be submitted through the CUNY First online application system. Please go to and click “How to Apply for Jobs Online”. This job is posting #3288.

Alternatively, in case of technical difficulties, applications may be submitted via email to:, Attn: Mr. Michael Hewitt, Assistant Vice-President, Human Resource Services. Please cite posting #3288.

The City University of New York is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Immigration Reform and Control Act/Americans with Disabilities Act Employer