UF Job: Engineering & Creative Technologies Librarian

It’s always exciting  to announce new position openings in the UF Libraries!  The UF Libraries are a great place to work and we’re looking for great colleagues! Please see the job announcement posted below for ease and the official announcement on the UF Library Website:  http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/pers/careers.htm

POSITION:  Engineering & Creative Technologies Librarian
RANK:  Assistant or Associate University Librarian
REPORTS TO: Chair, Marston Science Library
SALARY:  Minimum Salary as Assistant University Librarian $46,880
Minimum Salary as Associate University Librarian $56,750 Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credential
REQUISITION #: 0907417
DEADLINE DATE: February 26, 2015 – review of applications will begin on February 13, 2015
Please note that this posting has specific instructions for the submission of application materials – see our website at: http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/pers/careers.htm  or the APPLICATION PROCESS section below for further details.  Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered.
The Marston Science Library at the University of Florida seeks a creative and service-oriented liaison librarian for the engineering sciences. The Engineering and Creative Technologies Librarian is a tenure track library faculty position. Responsibilities include providing reference assistance, instruction, outreach, and collection management to support programs dependent upon the engineering sciences, and coordinating efforts of the Engineering team. Provides data support services for faculty, staff, and students in assigned departments. A key element of the assignment is integration of creative technologies, such as 3D services, into the engineering disciplines. The librarian works collaboratively in group efforts and maintains professional relationships with faculty, students and colleagues.
The library encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the Engineering and Creative Technologies Librarian will serve on various committees and teams. To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the Engineering and Creative Technologies Librarian will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in work activities. The Engineering and Creative Technologies Librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.

  • Serves as coordinator of the Engineering services team. Serves as liaison to assigned departments in the College of Engineering
  • Coordinates with Visualization Librarian to integrate creative technologies, such as 3D printing or other emerging technologies, including staff training aspects, for the engineering sciences
  • Participates in science collection management program. Selects and evaluates subject-based materials, works with faculty in selecting materials to support their academic and research programs
  • Participates in the provision of reference services including: reference desk, reference chat, and email reference services
  • Provides expertise related to patents and industry standards
  • Participates in instruction programs using traditional classroom and active learning methods as well as innovative educational technologies
  • Provides data support services for faculty, staff, and students in assigned departments as well as for campus data support service initiatives
  • Participates in planning, policy formation and departmental decision making related to science services, collections and new technologies
  • Contributes to the library’s planning effort through membership on University and Library committees and other consultative bodies as appropriate


  • Master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited library school, or equivalent advanced degree in library studies, information science, or engineering
  • Eight years of relevant post graduate degree experience for appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank
  • Strong commitment to user-focused service
  • Strong background and/or interest in engineering sciences
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and enthusiasm for the integration of new technologies into the delivery of information services
  • Knowledge of trends and issues related to 3D printing, including production, scanning, or modeling
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team within a culturally diverse user community of faculty, students, administrators and the general public
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Strong presentation skills
  • Initiative, flexibility, and the ability to adapt and work creatively in a complex, rapidly changing academic environment
  • Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion outlined at http://library.ufl.edu/cdh


  • Subject area background (coursework, degree, or work experience) in engineering sciences field
  • Experience providing 3D printing services
  • Experience with and/or demonstrated enthusiasm for working with patents or industry standards
  • Experience with managing library collections
  • Experience with and/or demonstrated enthusiasm for instruction
  • Experience with web-based instructional tools
  • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work

The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state’s oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation’s most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities. UF traces its beginnings to a small seminary in 1853 and is now one of the largest universities in the nation, with more than 50,000 students. For more information, please consult the UF homepage at http://www.ufl.edu.
The libraries of the University of Florida form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida. The UF Libraries consist of seven libraries; six are in the system known as the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. The libraries hold over 5,800,000 print volumes, 8,100,000 microfilms, 630,000 e-books, 121,016 full-text electronic journals, 889 electronic databases, 1,300,000 documents and 766,000 maps and images. The libraries have built a number of nationally significant research collections, including the Latin American, Judaica, Florida History, Children’s Literature, and Maps and Imagery Collections. The Smathers Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), and LYRASIS. The library staff consists of more than 400 FTE librarians, technical/clerical staff and student assistants. The organizational chart is available at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/orgchart.pdf.
The Marston Science Library, named for Robert Q. Marston, the seventh president of the University of Florida, houses collections in agriculture, life sciences, engineering, physical sciences, mathematics and earth sciences. Marston has 11 library faculty and 11 staff that support a highly collaborative environment that offers an array of services, including 3-D printing and scanning, GIS, and data management support. The library’s Collaboration Commons can accommodate over 700 students and includes a Mobile App Development Environment (MADE@UF) designed to facilitate the development of mobile apps, games, and offer mentorship and a visualization room that supports visualization of large research data and collaborative projects.
Gainesville, Florida and the surrounding community are home to approximately 240,000 people and both the University of Florida and Santa Fe College.  Situated just over an hour from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, the city is surrounded by over 40 nature parks, including many spring-fed lakes and rivers. In 2007, Gainesville was ranked as the “Best Place to Live and Work” by Frommer’s Cities Ranked and Rated and as one of the “Best Places to Live and Play” by National Geographic Adventure. Gainesville is known as an innovative municipal government and an innovative city. Gainesville continues to receive national recognition as a top-rated city. Some of Gainesville’s accolades are listed at the Gainesville Awards and Recognition link. A recent article in Florida Trend Magazine offers an in depth Community Portrait of Gainesville and the University of Florida. Gainesville was featured in the Top 100 Best Places to Love 2014 on Livability, America’s Best Places to Live & Visit. The area has numerous cultural institutions and is a haven for sports fans. Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, and St. Augustine are all within a two hour drive.
Vacation days, paid holidays, and sick leave days; retirement plan options; insurance benefits; tuition fee waiver program; no state or local income tax. Prospective employees should review the information about employment and benefits at UF available at http://hr.ufl.edu/benefits/.
The University of Florida is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minority group members. We are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic environment; we strongly encourage applications from women, members of underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. As part of the application process, applicants are invited to complete an on-line confidential and voluntary demographic self-disclosure form which can be found at: http://www.hr.ufl.edu/job/datacard.htm. This information is collected by the University of Florida’s Office of Human Resources to track applicant trends and is in no way considered by the Smathers Libraries in the selection process.
To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) a written statement regarding ‘incorporating and managing emerging technologies in a STEM oriented academic library’ (250 words); 3) your current resume or CV; and 4) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email). Apply by February 26, 2015 (applications will be reviewed beginning February 13, 2015). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at http://jobs.ufl.edu/postings/60767. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Bonnie Smith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at bonniesmith@ufl.edu.
Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/