Monday, October 10, 2011

Reference Librarian for Health Sciences, including Nursing: University of Deleware, Newark, DE

Environment: Serving 21,000 students, the University of Delaware provides a broad range of academic programs at the undergraduate, master, and doctoral levels. The University of Delaware with its beautiful campus is located one hour from Philadelphia and two hours from New York and Washington, DC. The Library makes accessible a broad range of electronic resources, including over 42,000 electronic and print journals, over 320 databases, and over 26,000 videos. Library collections which are broadly based and comprehensive include over 2.8 million volumes. The Library has 275 public access workstations, 200 laptop connections, wireless access and a state of the art Student Multimedia Design Center. The Library is a Member of the Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Council on Library and Information Resources, Digital Library Federation, OCLC Research Partnership, and SPARC. The Library is an Affiliate member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) that promotes health information, education and/or access in the Mid-Atlantic Region which includes Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. More information about the Library is available at

Description: The University of Delaware Library seeks a reference librarian to deliver responsive, innovative information services in the health sciences including nursing. The position reports to the Head, Reference Department, and works in a rapidly changing, technology-rich environment as a team member with thirteen other reference librarians to provide general reference and instructional service to the University community. Reference service is provided at the Morris Library Reference Desk, and via text, chat and email. As liaison to the faculty and students in the College of Health Sciences, develops and delivers information and instructional services supporting curricular and research needs. Responsible for collection development in the health sciences; other areas may be assigned depending on institutional priorities. Utilizes web-based technologies including the Sakai course management system and other new state-of-the-art technologies to create interactive instructional programs. Provides individualized assistance to students, faculty and staff in the health sciences. Designs web pages and instructional guides. Responsibilities include some weekend and evening hours.

Qualifications: ALA accredited graduate library degree. Experience working with print and electronic resources in the health and/or life sciences. Excellent instructional skills. Excellent computer and internet skills including web design experience; excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively. Demonstrated initiative and flexibility in adapting to change. Strong commitment to public service. Ability to develop and to deliver discipline-related instructional sessions for faculty and students. Teaching/instruction experience and reference experience in an academic or health science library highly desirable.

Salary: Appointment will be at the level of Assistant Librarian or Senior Assistant Librarian with rank and salary dependent upon experience and qualifications. Assistant Librarian rank is entry level for academic librarians with less than 3 years of professional experience.

Benefits: Excellent benefits with vacation of 22 working days. TIAA-CREF or Fidelity retirement with 11% of salary contributed by the University. Tuition remission for dependents and course fee waiver for employee. Full information about University of Delaware benefits is available online:

To Apply: Include cover letter and resume, along with the names and contact information of three professional references, in a single document following University of Delaware application instructions at by October 31, 2011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members and Women. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at