Collections & Research Librarian for Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

Position number: 00007953

The NC State University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Collections & Research Librarian for Agricultural & Environmental Sciences in the Collections & Research Strategy department. The department focuses on deep integration with the university community, working closely with faculty and students and using data and analytics creatively to develop and manage collections aligned with the strengths of the university. Librarians in Collections & Research Strategy collaborate with faculty and students across the lifecycle of learning and research, linking high-quality content with emerging tools and technologies. In support of the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, a university initiative that brings faculty members from multiple disciplines together to address the grand challenges of society, librarians in the department serve as liaisons to one or more of the program’s clusters, along with their other liaison roles. This position reports to the Associate Head, Collections & Research Strategy.

  • Leads collaborative collection management in the agricultural and environmental sciences
  • Provides support for global research and government information in assigned subject areas
  • Provides expert services for faculty, staff, and students in core and emerging areas of scholarship, such as agricultural data analytics, research data management, and open research practice
  • Serves as liaison with assigned departments, centers, and clusters, including support for extension related activities
  • Fosters collaboration and interdisciplinary interactions among faculty and research teams  
  • Participates in ongoing collection assessment and collection management activities
  • Participates in library planning, serves on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams
  • Expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field
Required Qualifications
  • ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent advanced degree in library or information science
  • Understanding of teaching, learning, and research needs in agricultural or environmental sciences, or related discipline
  • Experience with collection development
  • Analytical and creative problem-solving abilities
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational and professional environment and demonstration of the ability to work with a diverse population
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Evidence of potential for ongoing professional development and contribution
Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of emerging trends in agricultural data analytics, data curation, research impact metrics, or open research practice
  • Advanced degree in agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, or related discipline
  • The Libraries, the University, and the Area

    The NC State University 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 eleven Movers and Shakers awards. The library system consists of the D. H. Hill Jr. 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 5.2 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 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 NC State University 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 almost 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. In 2018, citing its “relatively young, diverse, and educated population,” Money magazine rated Raleigh as the number-two best big city to live in, and Forbes includes Raleigh in its top-ten best cities for jobs.

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.

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Nomination Committee

  • Hilary Davis Nomination Committee Chair, Department Head, Collections & Research Strategy
  • Bertha Chang Associate Head, Collections & Research Strategy
  • Robert Olendorf Director, Natural Resources Library and Research Engagement Librarian
  • Rachael Posey Health & Life Sciences Research Librarian and Associate Director, Veterinary Medicine
  • Alexa Carter NCSU Libraries Fellow
  • Jennifer Garrett Director, Talent Management

Position number: 00007953