Job is Expired Science & Engineering Reference Librarian

University of Denver / Campus

Job deadline Open Until Filled   Job salary Not specified   Job type of library Academic   This job is located in Colorado Colorado

Job Description

Position Summary

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Student and Scholar Services, the Science and Engineering Reference Librarian serves as liaison to the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering programs, with responsibility for provision of research services, instruction, and collection development in those areas. Participating fully as part of the Reference Department, the librarian provides hour-long general and specialized consultations for students, faculty, and staff in the Research Center, teaches information literacy workshops in assigned disciplines, and participates in instructional programming for first-year foundational courses. This position is also responsible for building collections to meet the research and curricular needs of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in the sciences, and for managing the collections budgets in the areas assigned. This position serves a key role in the expansion of the library’s research data management practices and services. The librarian actively engages in scholarly activities through research and publication and participates in professional organizations, as well as library and campus committees. Appointments will be made at level of Assistant or Associate Professor, non-tenure track.  

Essential Functions

  • Participate as a member of the Reference Department in a team-based organization and attend regular meetings.
  • Participate in reference and instructional services delivery, instructing users on a variety of print and electronic sources.
  • Provide hour-long research consultations with students, faculty and staff at the Research Center, including occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Serve as a liaison with Biology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Geography/Geology, Mathematics, and Engineering.
  • Build collections to meet the research and curricular needs of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in assigned areas.
  • Provide support and mentor graduate student workers at the Research Center Desk.
  • Serve on library and campus committees.
  • Work in accord with the promotion guidelines, and engage in scholarly activities through research and publication, as a library faculty member.
  • Participate in national and regional professional organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate clearly and knowledgeably, both verbally and in writing.
  • Capacity to build strong connections with liaison departments in order to provide effective research instructional programs and relevant collections.
  • Strong teaching and presentation skills, with knowledge of information literacy best practices and standards for science and technology.
  • Flexibility to handle a variety of general reference activities and hour-long research consultations at a busy Research Center.
  • Ability to use knowledge, experience, awareness, and skills to advance DU’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and to engage effectively with a broad spectrum of culturally diverse groups.
  • Ability to work independently, effectively, and confidentially, using tact and excellent judgment.
  • Analytical skills for decision making.
  • Ability to organize work and set priorities.
  • Ability to actively engage in the library organization, including leadership and participation in teams, task forces, and committees, working professionally in support of colleagues, willingly stepping into other roles when needed, and sharing responsibility as a faculty member in the library’s mission, goals, programs, and plans.
  • Evidence of commitment to professional development and scholarly activities through research, publication, and service to national and regional professional organizations. 

Description of Community

The University of Denver Libraries, comprised of the Main Library at the Anderson Academic Commons and the Bonfils Stanton Music Library in the Newman Center, is a highly collaborative, team-based organization that serves a diverse population, ranging from our students, staff, and faculty to public and other academic patrons from the surrounding region. Opened on March 25, 2013, the Anderson Academic Commons is the campus centerpiece for collaborative, technology-infused teaching, learning and engagement. The University of Denver Libraries are central to discovery and creative interaction among students and faculty, and provide collections, services, personnel, and systems that support the teaching and research programs of the University. The institution is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and inclusive faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. 


Other Required/Preferred Skills & Experience

Required Qualifications

  • ALA accredited Master's degree in Library and Information Science.
  • Experience providing information/reference services.
  • Experience with electronic information technology and database searching.
  • The successful candidate will demonstrate a knowledge, ability, or potential to engage effectively with diverse communities.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Academic degree or degree with concentration in science or engineering.
  • Experience in an academic library.
  • Knowledge of research data management best practices or tools.
  • Collections experience/knowledge.
  • Commitment to professional development and scholarly activities through research, publication, and service to national and regional professional organizations.

Application Requirements

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click New Resume/CV at the bottom of the page to begin application. Applications received by March 15, 2017 will receive first consideration.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. 3-5 references
  4. The University of Denver and University Libraries are committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment. Please provide a statement about how you will advance this commitment through your work.

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 5 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.


The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. 

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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Date Posted

January 30th, 2017

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