Plant Sciences Liaison Librarian – University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Job ID: 322722
Job Title: Plant Sciences Liaison Librarian (UL389)
Job Code: 9715
Location: Twin Cities
Empl Group: Acad Prof and Admin
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular


• Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited library school or equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience.
• Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated leadership skills.
• Demonstrated analytical skills.
• Demonstrated ability to be self-directed, take initiative, and actively engage with faculty and students.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, and colleagues in a research-intensive environment.
• Demonstrated knowledge of agricultural/biological sciences research, data, and publication trends and issues.
• Ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.

• Undergraduate or graduate science degree.
• Demonstrated understanding of scientific research processes and methods for measuring research impact.
• Relevant discipline-specific experience in an academic or research library in a research-intensive environment.
• Experience in the design and integration of new technologies into the delivery of information services.
• An understanding of collection development issues and processes.
• Facility with technology and its applications in academic contexts.
• Demonstrated ability to teach, with an understanding of instructional design principles, particularly in an eLearning environment.
• Demonstrated experience working effectively on supporting diverse populations of library users.
• Demonstrated involvement in professional activities, including evidence of ability to contribute to librarianship, research, and service as well as capacity for leadership within the profession.
• Experience with grant development and project management.

About the Job
The University of Minnesota Libraries invites applications for an innovative, enthusiastic and collaborative librarian to serve in a key role in advancing teaching, research, and learning in agricultural and biological sciences. We seek applicants who have a strong interest in emerging models for advancing the impact of research, subject expertise and technology skills, possess an understanding of research processes and teaching and learning methods in the life sciences, and embrace lifelong learning.

This position will be part of the Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Sciences (ABES) department, one of six units that comprise the University Libraries’ Research and Learning Division. The position will be based in C. Peter Magrath Library ( and report to the Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Sciences Director and will collaborate with a team of 20 librarians, and operational staff in the ABES department, as well as comparable staff across the University Libraries.

The successful candidate will serve as liaison for plant pathology, microbial and plant biology, agronomy and plant genetics, and related research centers. The incumbent will also serve in a to-be-determined lead or functional expert role that meets emerging needs of the Libraries and abilities of the librarian. In both roles the incumbent will forge relationships with faculty, students, instructors, and researchers offering services that respond to and advance the University’s Strategic Plan. Primary responsibilities include working with faculty to explore new models of scholarly communication; partnering to integrate content and tools into faculty workflow; and, identifying and supporting other research needs, such as data management and personal information management. The successful candidate will also contribute to the knowledge base of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement, as they work toward continuous appointment status.

• Actively engage with a diverse community of faculty, students, and staff in select departments, developing strong working relationships.
• Seek opportunities for collaborative partnerships with designated departments and research centers.
• Explore, understand, and promote new modes of scholarly communication.
• Provide research lifecycle support and leadership, including shared service development in areas such as data management planning, research networking, and personal information management.
• Partner with faculty and graduate teaching assistants to integrate information literacy concepts and skills into the curriculum.
• Build and manage library collections in select subject areas.
• Provide leadership for and contribute to library-wide projects.
• Contribute to the goals and strategic initiatives of the Libraries through leadership of and/or active participation in committees, working groups, and task forces.
• Contribute to the knowledge base of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement.

This is a full-time, 12-month, continuous-appointment track, academic professional position with probationary appointment at the Assistant or Associate Librarian level. The Libraries offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits and substantial moving allowance.

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