Position Announcement: Information Services Librarian (Periodicals), Dallas, TX Bill Jenkins 28 Dec 1999 21:03 UTC
Information Services Librarian (Periodicals) Rank: Librarian I or II Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries (CUL), Science/Engineering Library, Dallas, TX Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications (Minimum $30,000) THE DEPARTMENT: Science/Engineering Library (SEL) is the second largest library on campus and provides information resources and services to support research in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, statistics, general science, computer science & engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and general engineering. The reference department is a major service unit with responsibility for traditional and electronic reference service and for formal and informal instruction in library and electronic information retrieval. Librarians assist faculty, students, staff and others in defining research needs, identifying sources, and developing search strategies. They teach the use of the online catalog, CD-ROM data-bases, Internet information resources, and specialized print resources. The Periodicals Department spends 80% of the SEL's collection budget on current subscriptions. This department coordinates orders and cancellations with the Center for Information Processing (CIP), evaluates, organizes, houses, provides access to, binds, and maintains approximately 1000 titles in sciences and engineering. THE POSITION: The position provides reference services using both electronic and print resources. Services provided include assisting library users to structure research strategies, access bibliographic sources to determine what exists on a given topic, and obtain fulltext materials identified in the research. User education is provided on a one-to-one basis most of the time and in group sessions as needed to assist the User Education Librarian. This position provides mediated online searches using both internal and external databases (some for a fee.) Reference and access services are provided for periodicals in much the same way as for reference shown above. This position reports directly to the Director of the Science/Engineering Library and participates in planning and policy decisions by participation in reference meetings and various CUL task forces and work groups. Please read the full position description for additional detail at: <http://www.smu.edu/cul/joblistings/sciperlib.html> QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Master of Library/Information Science degree from a graduate school accredited by the American Library Association is required. Completion of a course in scientific & technical reference sources is preferred. Also, an undergraduate or graduate degree in science or engineering is preferred. Required Experience: * knowledge of and work with both traditional and electronic resources * use of database management and word processing software. Preferred Experience: * minimum of 2 years experience in a sci/tech research library with emphasis on reference work * mediating of online searching in sci/tech subjects * working with sci/tech periodicals and their indexing sources * user education experience one-on-one and with groups * supervisory experience Other: * Ability to teach information resources and research techniques to groups and individuals is required. * Excellent oral & written communications, organizational, and time management skills are required. * Strong service orientation and commitment to furthering the goals and objectives of academic librarianship are also required. * Flexibility in adapting to change is required. See the full position description at: <http://www.smu.edu/cul/joblistings/sciperlib.html> Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and the names and addresses of three references to: Chair - Search Committee, Job #050197 PO Box 750232 Dallas, TX 75275-0232 This packet should be postmarked no later than January 22nd, 2000. Transcripts will be requested later in the search process.