Science and Engineering Librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst MA

Science and Engineering Librarian

Librarian I or II

The University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks an enthusiastic Science and Engineering Librarian who will help support new initiatives of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.  The successful candidate will join a team of librarians seeking innovative ways to engage and work with campus researchers.  As the largest public academic research library in Massachusetts, we are a key partner in teaching, learning, and research at UMass Amherst and in the Commonwealth.  By combining the latest information technology with excellent public service, the staff builds and maintains a rich information environment, facilitates access to it, and creates a place that functions as a hub of campus and community scholarly activity.  The Science and Engineering Librarian will develop strong relationships with faculty and students to determine and address service needs.  Serve as one of the Libraries' subject specialists in science, engineering, public health and/or nursing.  Engage in continual examination of evolving user needs.  Provide instructional support and general and advanced reference and research assistance for undergraduates, graduates and faculty in assigned subject areas.  Participate in the Libraries e-Science and digital scholarship services program.  Select materials in all formats for assigned subject areas.  Participate in outreach events sponsored by the Libraries.



1.       Master's degree in library sciences - or equivalent degree - from a program accredited by the American Library Association, or its appropriate equivalent in librarianship from another country, or have appropriate equivalent experience.

2.       Educational background in science, engineering or mathematics, public health or nursing, or recent experience providing reference, instruction and/or liaison support and services for one or more of these disciplines in an academic library, research library, or corporate research environment.

3.       Knowledge of reference and information sources in all formats, particularly those relating to science and engineering.

4.       Significant understanding of the methods used in performing library research.

5.       Knowledge of the information skills associated with information literacy.

6.       Ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.

7.       Facility with technology and its application in academic contexts.

8.       Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.  Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and library users in a service-oriented, research-intensive environment.

9.       Demonstrated creativity, initiative and self-direction.

10.   Ability to work a schedule which includes some evening, weekend, and holiday hours, as required.



-Relevant discipline-specific experience in an academic or research library in a research-intensive environment.

-Experience with research data management and knowledge of scientific research workflows.

-Knowledge of bioinformatics or research methods in molecular biology.

-Familiarity with software applications and systems used in academic libraries, preferred.

The University of Massachusetts is strongly committed to excellence and actively supports cultural diversity.  As part of a commitment to its own multicultural community, the Library seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace University initiatives and aspirations.




APPLICATIONS:   Preference will be given to applications received by Friday, September 20, 2013.   Send letter of interest, résumé, and the names of three professional references, to: Science and Engineering Librarian Search, Library Administrative Office, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, 154 Hicks Way, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA  01003-9275 or email us at


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