Health & Life Sciences Research Librarian and Associate Director, Veterinary Medicine Library

Position number: 00001588

Join the NCSU Libraries and help us create adventurous library spaces and innovative services that delight today’s students and researchers. The William R. Kenan, Jr. Library of Veterinary Medicine occupies the heart of the Centennial Biomedical Campus, the home of the highly-ranked College of Veterinary Medicine and its outstanding Veterinary Hospital, providing the highest level of clinical care and research. The NCSU Libraries is also home to the award-winning James B. Hunt Jr. Library which offers faculty and students access to advanced technologies such as large-scale visualization, simulated environments, 3D imagery, and interactive computing that are enabling revolutionary ways to see and use information, and the D. H. Hill Library serving the main campus, with the best of tradition and innovation, housing special collections and an exhibit gallery alongside vibrant, experiential spaces such as the Learning Commons, Visualization Studio, and Makerspace. If you are a person who would like to provide a new generation of library users with everything they can imagine and more, consider applying for this position.

The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Health & Life Sciences Research Librarian and Associate Director, Veterinary Medicine Library. The Libraries supports research and student success by engaging students and faculty early and throughout their time at the university, with services focused on core information literacies as well as emerging digital and technological literacies, to develop lifelong learning and research skills. The Veterinary Medicine Library provides high-quality health information resources, expert consultation, time-saving services, and flexible, technology-rich learning spaces for faculty, post-docs, graduate students, and staff of the College and NCSU, and for collaborating scholars from around the world who are involved with animal and human health and life sciences. Partnering with all NCSU Libraries units, Library staff help these clients explore dynamic services, spaces, and technologies for learning, discovery, and research, such as data visualization, 3D modeling, virtual environments, and digital media creation. Library staff work closely with faculty and other university partners to create meaningful connections, partnerships, and projects with key audiences in the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, and research entities such as the Comparative Medicine Institute.  Support encompasses development of online learning content and interactive learning experiences within the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine curriculum, chat and face-to-face help on demand, and engagement with research and other programs at the university. The Library team comprises two librarians, one library technician, and several student assistants.

Responsibilities

This position develops and delivers high-impact learning experiences, including instructional sessions and workshops on library resources and tools, and on research skills such as data analysis and visualization, both in the classroom and online.  S/He plans and conducts outreach and engagement opportunities, such as orientations, special events, and tours, for the entire One Health community, including referring veterinarians, health professionals at other institutions, clients of the Veterinary Hospital, and future veterinarians. The incumbent develops and manages specialized research collections; provides in-depth research consultation with students, instructors, and researchers; and collaborates with faculty, researchers, librarians, technologists and others on strategic interdisciplinary projects. As Associate Director, the incumbent is responsible for the Library in the absence of its director, including managing operations and overseeing the work of others. This position serves on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams, as well as working groups and committees within the College. NCSU librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. The position reports to the Director of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Library of Veterinary Medicine.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited MLS, MIS, or equivalent advanced degree in library science or information science
  • Subject knowledge and literature searching experience in a relevant field, such as health, life sciences, agriculture, or medicine
  • Experience in education, teaching, training, or library instruction
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate clearly and knowledgeably, orally and in writing
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and ability to work with a diverse student and faculty population
  • Ability to plan, design, implement, and evaluate services and programs
  • Ability to work independently; ability to work on a team in a highly collaborative, flexible, proactive manner
  • Evidence of ability for ongoing professional development and contribution

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with data creation, management, curation, or visualization
  • Demonstrated ability to explore and incorporate emerging technologies into learning and research support
  • Experience with digital media including some combination of video and audio production, 3D modeling, or learning object design
  • Demonstrated record of collaboration with faculty, students, or colleagues, through presentations, publications or other scholarly communication venues. 
  • The Libraries, the University, and the Area

    The Libraries, the University, and the Area

    Join the NCSU Libraries and help us create adventurous library spaces and innovative services that delight today’s students and researchers. The award-winning James B. Hunt Jr. Library, opened in 2013 on NC State’s Centennial Campus, offers faculty and students access to advanced technologies such as large-scale visualization, simulated environments, 3D imagery, and interactive computing that are enabling revolutionary ways to see and use information. An iconic building that captures NC State’s spirit of innovation in education and research, the Hunt Library is recognized as one of the world’s most creative learning and collaborative spaces and a model for “the library of the future”. The D. H. Hill Library, serving the main campus, combines the best of tradition and innovation, housing special collections and a beautiful gallery alongside vibrant, experiential spaces such as the Learning Commons, Visualization Studio, and Makerspace. For the NCSU Libraries, shaping the future of librarianship includes a sustained commitment to creating a welcoming atmosphere for diverse populations and increasing diversity in the profession. If you are a person who would like to provide a new generation of library users with everything they can imagine and more, consider applying for this position. 

    The NCSU Libraries has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, including the first Association of College and Research Libraries Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, the ACRL Librarian of the Year Award; the Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries and the American Institute of Architects/American Library Association Building Award for the Hunt Library; two John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards; and Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year, Paraprofessional of the Year, and nine Movers and Shakers awards. The library system consists of the D. H. Hill Library, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, and branch libraries for design, natural resources, and veterinary medicine. With a staff of almost 300 FTE, the Libraries has more than 4.6 million volumes in its collection and has a total annual budget of over $30 million. The Libraries is the host site for NC LIVE, a multi-type library initiative making digital resources accessible to North Carolina residents. The NCSU Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, the Council for Library and Information Resources, the Center for Research Libraries, and the Triangle Research Libraries Network.

    The NCSU Libraries has a longstanding commitment to diversity and to the creation of a welcoming and inclusive service ethic and environment. Recent efforts include securing grant funding for outreach to diverse populations through programming and workshops. The Libraries collections also reflect this commitment, from focused collection efforts to locating, capturing, and preserving voices of underrepresented communities through archival research and practice. The Libraries has taken affirmative steps aimed at increasing diversity in the profession through the NCSU Libraries Fellows program; participation in ARL’s diversity initiatives, including hosting five cohorts of Career Enhancement Fellows; and membership in the ACRL Diversity Alliance. The Libraries Diversity Committee is an active group that sponsors programs and fosters dialogue to promote understanding across racial and cultural lines in an atmosphere where all students, staff, and faculty are welcomed, valued, and respected.

    North Carolina State University was founded with a purpose: to create economic, societal, and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country. From its beginnings as a land-grant institution to its current position as a pre-eminent research enterprise that excels in science, technology, engineering, math, design, the humanities and social sciences, textiles, and veterinary medicine, NC State students, faculty, and staff take problems in hand and work with industry, government, and nonprofit partners to solve them. As the largest academic institution in the state, NC State enrolls more than 34,000 students, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 120 fields of study and doctoral degrees in 67 disciplines. The university is ranked third among all public universities (without medical schools) in industry-sponsored research expenditures and has more than 660 active patents

    North Carolina's Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill lies between the mountains of the Blue Ridge and the shores of the Outer Banks. The Triangle consistently ranks high on lists of desirable American communities. Time rated Raleigh as “the best big city in the Southeast” in 2016, and recent rankings by Forbes name the Triangle as the number-two hot spot for tech jobs and as the number-three best city for young professionals. 

Salary and Benefits

The Libraries offers a highly competitive salary in recognition of applicable education and experience for this position. Librarians have non-tenure track faculty status (without levels of rank). Benefits include:  24 days vacation, 12 days sick leave; State of NC preferred provider medical insurance, and state, TIAA/CREF, or other retirement options. Additional and optional dental, life, disability, deferred compensation, and legal plans are offered. Tuition waiver program for all campuses of The University of North Carolina is available. See the Benefits and Leave Administration page for more information.   

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt; applications will be accepted until finalist candidates are selected. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration. The nomination committee may invite candidates for confidential, pre-interview screenings. Appointment requires successful completion of background check. This position is available immediately; start date is negotiable. Applicants must apply through the NC State University online employment website. For assistance with this process contact NCSU Libraries Personnel Services Office (919) 515-3522.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148.

Last Updated

7/27/2017

Nomination Committee

  • Kris Alpi Nomination Committee Chair, Director, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Library of Veterinary Medicine
  • Alex Carroll Research Librarian for Engineering and Biotechnology
  • Jennifer Garrett Research Librarian for Management, Education and Social Sciences
  • Rob Rucker Chief Strategist for Student Success
  • Peter Schreiner NCSU Libraries Fellow
  • Lisa Ruth Associate Head for Recruiting and Visitor Relations

Position number: 00001588