Job: Science Librarian and Head of Research Services

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Science Librarian and Head of Research Services

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Job Category:
Reference & Public Services

Position REQUIRES a Master's degree from an ALA accredited program.


Position Summary:


This position is a tenure track faculty position and a department head role within Olin Library and reports to the Director of the Library. The Science Librarian and Head of Research Services may be appointed as an assistant or associate professor, based on experience. Librarians with faculty status at Rollins College are expected to show a pattern of growth and development in librarianship, teaching, scholarship, and service that is expected to continue throughout their career at Rollins. Under the direction of the Director of the Library, the Science Librarian and Head of Research Services will lead and participate in public services, including research consultation, instruction, and serving as a liaison to assigned departments.  The Science Librarian and Head of Research Services is also responsible for knowledge and promotion of open access publishing for the wider faculty and students in STEM fields.


Head of Research Services


·       Active management of the library faculty members who provide research assistance, including scheduling coverage, overseeing chat and email research assistance policies and procedures, and working in consultation with the Director of the Library on the scope and direction of research consultation services to library users

·       In consultation with the Library Director, establish policies and procedures to assure the research assistance and instruction services of the library and personnel are aligned with the needs of the library and the mission and strategic direction of the college

·       Evaluate systems, forms, and colleagues who provide research assistance, providing feedback on a timely basis, making suggestions for changes, providing opportunities for departmental members to evaluate, and solicit feedback from colleagues and library users

·       Report, as needed, on collected data in visually appropriate methods to communicate the library’s contribution to the college learning environment, particularly regarding contributions toward information literacy

·       In conjunction with the Director of the Library maintain, review and revise as needed the feedback evaluation forms for research consultation and instruction

·       Supervise three public services librarians (Business Librarian, Research and Instruction Librarian, and Access Services Librarian [for public service duties only])

·       Provide summaries of instruction data for CEC annual reviews for library faculty; provide instruction and consultation data for reports as requested

·       Perform other related duties as assigned by the Olin Library Director



·       Provide research assistance during scheduled hours at the Olin Library both online and in-person, including some evening and weekend hours

·       Provide research support via appointment and drop-in for students and faculty in assigned liaison departments

·       Confer and partner with other Olin Library faculty in the ongoing maintenance and development of the library’s research assistance and information literacy programs

·       Maintain a working knowledge of developments in data management and data set availability in support of teaching in STEM fields


·       Provide information literacy instruction including library orientation and RCCs, general undergraduate instruction (including, on occasion, credit bearing courses), and upper division and subject specific information literacy instruction

·       Develop innovative ways to enhance the information literacy and critical thinking skills of students, as well as information literacy instruction across the curriculum

·       Work collaboratively with IDT, the TWC, library colleagues, and other partners as needed to develop new teaching methods and modalities


·       Develop relationships with faculty members in assigned departments: Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Environmental Science; Mathematics; Counseling; Psychology; Applied Behavior and Clinical Science

·       Partner with STEM faculty to improve student information literacy and critical thinking skills

·       Work with the Head of Collections and Systems and faculty members in liaison area to develop the collection in all formats; demonstrate familiarity with STEM resources in all formats

·       Encourage communication and integration between the library and the wider faculty

·       Seek innovative projects, services, and resources in partnership with faculty and students to continuously improve library presence in the instructional programs for the Sciences

·       Work with STEM faculty on assignment design

·       Represent the Olin Library at campus-wide events and programs


 Professional Development, Research, and Scholarship

·       Demonstrate continued membership and activity in appropriate professional organizations; represent Olin Library and Rollins College at conferences

·       Continue professional development in an appropriate area(s) of librarianship

·       Research and scholarship in academic librarianship or another appropriate discipline



Education and Experience:


·       MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited library program


·       An academic background in math or sciences


·       Research and instruction experience in an academic library


·       Supervisory and/or leadership experience in an academic library


·       Educational background or work experience that indicates an ability to integrate the work of the library in the campus community


·       A second masters in a related academic discipline is preferred


·       Enthusiasm and experience with information literacy instruction for groups and individuals


·       Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing


·       Ability to interact with the public and academic community effectively and courteously


·       Ability to work effectively in a team environment and independently


·       An appreciation for liberal arts education and the role of the library in higher education


·       Skills in the use of a variety of computer software used in the library; demonstrated knowledge and experience with ILS and LMS software, and print, electronic, and open access resources; knowledge of data management resources


·       Ability to handle change in a library environment


·       The potential to present, publish, or otherwise contribute to academic librarianship or another appropriate discipline


·       Willingness to work non-standard hours, including some evenings and weekends when needed



Competitive salary plus a generous benefits package featuring comprehensive health insurance coverage, generous paid time off, retirement savings plan with generous employer contribution, full tuition waiver after one year for employees, spouses, domestic partners and dependents.


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Library Type:
  • Academic Libraries

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Job Location

Physical address where the job position is located.

Job Place:
Olin Library- Rollins College, Winter Park, FL 32789

Job Location:
Central Florida

1000 Holt Ave

Winter Park



Institution Information
Institution Name :
Rollins College

1000 Holt Avenue

Winter Park



Contact Information / How to apply
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Rollins College

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How to apply

To apply, please submit an application and upload the following materials:

Cover letter

Curriculum vita

Contact information for three references

Inquiries may be directed to:

Deborah Prosser, Ph.D.

Director of the Olin Library

Associate Professor


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