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Life Science, Agriculture, and Scholarly Communication Librarian

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University Libraries/Scholarly Communication

Reporting to the Director of Scholarly Communication, the Life Science, Agriculture, and Scholarly Communication Librarian position serves as the library liaison to the departments of  Agriculture; Agricultural and Applied Economics; Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education; Agricultural Technology Program; Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences; Entomology; Food Science and Technology; Horticulture; Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science; Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station; Virginia Cooperative Extension. 

Liaison responsibilities include maintaining awareness of tools and information resources in the discipline, participating in the library liaisons council, handling one-on-one reference questions coming from students and faculty, working collaboratively with others to address reference questions that may require a team-based approach, buying library materials that faculty and students request, collaborating with partners in Collections to develop and maintain collections that support research and teaching needs, taking the lead in upper-level instruction and collaborating with partners in Learning to develop instructional opportunities in lower-level instruction and First Year Experience courses, providing advice on broad-based scholarly communication issues and collaborating with partners in Research on individualized and in-depth scholarly communication consults, and attending departmental meetings and events, communicating items of news and interest from and back to the Libraries, and finding referrals to other service areas in the Libraries.

Additional responsibilities include engaging in the Libraries’ research and informatics programs and services, including contributing to the development of the Libraries' research and informatics programs, participating in the Libraries' research and informatics initiatives and service activities, monitoring research patterns in assigned disciplines and facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration across the Libraries, with a focus on life science and agriculture, and providing expert research services to assigned liaison departments on issues such as data management, scholarly publishing, author rights, copyrights, open researcher networks, and metrics for research impact.

The Life Science, Agriculture, and Scholarly Communication Librarian is expected to uphold a breadth of professional responsibility and initiative including maintaining professional growth by keeping abreast of emerging areas in the library profession, serving actively on appropriate departmental, library, university-wide, and professional committees, providing quality services in a professional manner with a demonstrated commitment to team efforts, service excellence and respect for others, and performing other duties as assigned. 

 QUALIFICATIONS: MLS from an ALA-accredited graduate program, or equivalent; bibliographic instruction and reference experience with undergraduates, graduate students and faculty; broad knowledge of science research resources; knowledge and ability to perform collection development and management in the areas of agriculture and life science; understanding of current trends in academic scholarship. Ability to work with researchers and patrons in sustaining today’s evolving digital service environments, ensuring the quality, integrity, and curation of digital research information. Knowledge and ability to connect with and consult on data and scholarly communication practices.

 Salary: $45,000-$52,000 (Commensurate with credentials and experience)

Rank:  A/P faculty with Lecture rank

 Benefits: University benefit information can be located at http://www.hr.vt.edu/benefits/index.html

 HOW TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted online at http://www.hr.vt.edu/employment.  The application package needs to include a resume, cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience with the responsibilities associated with the position, and the required and preferred qualifications, names of three (3) references and their contact information. Review of applications will begin as received and continue until the position is filled.

 Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity, and in that spirit seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the hiring department by the application deadline.

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