Librarian for Chemistry and Environmental Sciences

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Created: December 16, 2012


The Librarian for Chemistry and Environmental Sciences actively engages with faculty, students, visiting scholars, and staff in the Chemistry department and in the Nicholas School of the Environment, as well as in chemistry and environmental science related fields, providing and promoting library resources and services that support their work. S/he provides specialized research assistance and instruction to library users and develops and manages the Libraries' collections in chemistry and environmental science.

  • Serves as primary liaison to faculty and students in Chemistry department and to the Nicholas School of the Environment.
  • Provides in-depth, specialized research consultation for students, faculty, and visiting scholars.
  • Participates in the rotational schedule for the Research Services desk and instant messaging, answering questions about the Libraries' resources and assisting patrons.
  • Provides classroom instruction and individual orientation to library resources.
  • Participates in Natural Sciences and Engineering Section of subject librarians and fosters cooperation with other staff at Duke and relevant personnel at other institutions.
  • Works with Natural Sciences and Engineering Collections Coordinator to develop collections to support research and instruction in Chemistry and Environmental Sciences formulating policies and selecting materials in all formats and relevant languages.
  • Provides input to Natural Sciences and Engineering Collections Coordinator for the material budget and approval plan in support of Chemistry and Nicholas School of the Environment including grants and endowment funds.
  • Assists with the public interface and access to electronic resources and other applications of technology.
  • Participates in and contributes to management and curation of scientific research data.
  • Participates in the development of Research Services policies.
  • Promotes use of subject-specific information resources and services in ways that meet user needs and expectations, utilizing current technologies and information tools.
  • Participates in development and fund raising efforts as appropriate and feasible.
  • Participates in other library, university and professional activities, as appropriate.
  • Performs other tasks as designated by the section head or library administration.

Supervisory Responsibilities
• None

It is the expectation that all Duke University Library staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.

Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or an advanced degree in a relevant subject field.

Preferred: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program and an undergraduate or advanced degree in a relevant subject field.

Required: Familiarity with information resources in a variety of formats in the natural sciences and engineering, humanities, social sciences and experience with government publications; teaching or library instruction experience. Must be flexible and a self-starter; have the ability to work successfully in a highly collaborative environment; possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills as well as a strong commitment to public service.

Preferred: Three years of relevant professional experience and strong academic background in a relevant field; experience providing research support, preferably in an academic setting; familiarity with web publishing technologies; experience with user and/or usability study methodologies; experience with assessment tools and methods; experience with data management and knowledge of concepts related to open access.

Working Conditions
Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
Occasional bending, crouching, stooping
Normal office environment
Occasional weekend and/or evening shifts required.
These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Salary and Benefits
Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.
Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit packages which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:

Send cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references to: Teresa Tillman, Library Human Resources, at  Please include CHEMISTRY in the subject line.  Review of applications will begin in early January and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.


Published: Sunday, December 16, 2012 16:55 UTC

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