Skidmore College seeks a creative, collaborative Science Librarian with strong pedagogical grounding to lead efforts to support teaching, learning, and research in the physical and life sciences. The College is particularly interested in candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and candidates who have had experience working with students from underserved populations. Strong candidates will demonstrate awareness of issues relating to diversity and inclusion in the sciences, including the need to make the sciences more accessible to a broader range of students.
Based in the Lucy Scribner Library and reporting to the College Librarian, the Science Librarian holds an 11-month contract and, as a non-tenured faculty member, participates in shared governance at the college.
The sciences at Skidmore face an exciting future with the imminent construction of a state-of-the-art Center for Integrated Sciences. In addition, the College has seen an increase in the number of students majoring in the sciences, an increase in tenure line faculty in the sciences, an increase in the commitment to faculty-student research, and an enduring and strong desire to collaborate across disciplinary lines.
Scope of Duties
Explore, develop, and implement new methods for supporting teaching, learning, and research in the physical and life sciences
Stay current on developments in the sciences generally in order to participate as fully as possible in the Skidmore science community
As primary liaison for physical and life sciences, develop and sustain effective working relationships, fostering collaborations and partnerships with faculty in those departments
In collaboration with science faculty and library faculty colleagues, develop and implement pedagogically innovative approaches to teaching information literacy in relevant courses
Develop collections in all formats to support teaching and learning across the physical and life sciences
In collaboration with others, provide general reference services in person and online, including some evening hours
Increase the visibility of library resources and services through active and creative outreach
Demonstrate professional engagement and scholarship required for advancement through library faculty ranks
Open until filled but first consideration begins May 1, 2017.
ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS, or equivalent education and experience. Minimum 2 years' experience working in an academic library setting. Demonstrated knowledge of scientific research methods and the research life cycle in the natural and biological sciences. Strong commitment to outreach and collaboration. Demonstrated ability to design and deliver educational programming such as classroom instruction, workshops, one-on-one consultations. Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills.
Undergraduate or advanced degree in a STEM discipline. Working knowledge of scholarly communication and open access, including data management plans. Familiarity with citation management tools. Demonstrated understanding of effective pedagogical approaches in STEM fields. Experience providing general reference service in an academic library setting.
Required Applicant Documents:
Cover Letter Curriculum Vitae List of Three References
Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates; approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 ...states and 46 countries.
In the universe of selective, private liberal arts colleges, Skidmore's distinctiveness is expressed in the statement that "Creative Thought Matters". This idea reflects not only the historical strength of the College's programs in the fine and performing arts but also the understanding that creativity is required for achievement in any area of human endeavor.
The city of Saratoga Springs is widely recognized as one of America's great communities. It is located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, within a three-to-four-hour drive from New York City, Boston or Montreal. Travel & Leisure calls Saratoga Springs one of "America's Greatest Main Streets" as well as "one of the best college towns in the nation," Money Magazine says it's one of the nation's top 100 places to live, and Princeton Review describes it as a "perfect college town." It's a community rich in history and tradition. Famed mineral waters, a Revolutionary War battlefield, and the nation's oldest thoroughbred racetrack represent portions of that history. Also, it's a community of arts and culture. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is the summer home to the New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, and a performing venue for top rock and jazz musicians.
The Skidmore College community awaits your arrival, so if you welcome challenges and are interested in making a difference, come join us!