Science Resources Librarian

New York City
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Created: July 25, 2018


The CUNY Graduate Center Library seeks a Science Resources Librarian. We invite applications from inquisitive and critical librarians with backgrounds in the sciences who are eager to innovate.

This job consists of two main components: The first is to act as a library liaison for the Graduate Center’s Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a university-wide facility used by student and faculty scientists from all CUNY campuses. Support for the ASRC requires a multidimensional understanding of the CUNY mission and initiatives, Graduate Center Library resources, and the evolving landscape of scholarly communication in the sciences. The second component involves management of science resources involving acquisitions, licensing, administration and promotion of electronic resources at the Graduate Center. It requires collaboration with CUNY librarians, ASRC science faculty, and CUNY Office of Library Services representatives.

The Science Resources Librarian will lead collaboration with ASRC scientists to build an innovative collection to support the study of science. The Science Resources Librarian will be a faculty member engaged in the field of librarianship and pursuing research interests for tenure and promotion. This position reports to the Associate Librarian for Collections in the Library’s technical services division, with faculty review and academic oversight managed by the Chief Librarian.


·         Collaborates closely with colleagues working on acquisitions, electronic resources, and serials

·         Serves as a liaison between the Graduate Center Library and the ASRC and other science-focused subjects, performing outreach, providing group and one-on-one instruction, analyzing and building collections, and assisting researchers

·         Leads or contributes to projects related to the life cycle of electronic resources, especially in the sciences

·         Promotes the discoverability of the Graduate Center Library resources both by managing details of library e-resource management systems and by teaching users how to effectively search and retrieve materials

·         Provides leadership in making science acquisition decisions for the Graduate Center Library in collaboration with appropriate entities

·         Provides general reference services at the Graduate Center for Master’s and Doctoral programs in person, by chat, by email, and phone


This position requires a Master's in Library Science (MLS), Master's in Library Information Studies (MLIS), or closely related discipline from an ALA-accredited institution. If appointed as Instructor, the incumbent must complete a second graduate degree within 5 years. For appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, a second graduate degree is required. Candidates must have experience as a science liaison in an academic library; or experience in a science, medical, or health sciences library, lab, or related entity; or an educational background in the sciences.


·         3-5 years of academic library experience, including experience working closely with graduate students

·         Previous library liaison experience in the sciences, particularly in fields of environmental sciences, nanoscience, neuroscience, photonics, and/or structural biology

·         Excellent communication skills including writing and presentation skills

·         Ability to thrive in collaboration with colleagues and to manage complex projects independently

·         Experience in managing electronic resources or work in library acquisitions

·         Familiarity with library metadata schema

·         Prior project management success in areas that require acute attention to detail

·         Prior liaison work with affiliated or satellite libraries

·         Excellent demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills

·         A clear philosophy of teaching and commitment to work with students from diverse populations

·         Experience in conducting one-shot instruction sessions and with drop-in workshop instruction

The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni - who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.


CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. CUNY library faculty receive 40 days of annual leave, 13 paid holidays, and varied opportunities to apply additional leave to scholarly activity.


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Closing Date

September 7, 2018


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