Position number: 00001596
The NC State University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Research Librarian for Engineering & Biotechnology* in the Research Engagement department. The department engages with faculty members, researchers, and students across the full lifecycle of research and scholarship, offering dynamic services, spaces, and technologies to enable all forms of research, discovery, and learning, and connecting faculty and graduate students with a full suite of resources for research and teaching productivity. The department coordinates oversight for the Libraries’ high tech spaces including the Teaching and Visualization Lab, the Game Lab, the Creativity Studio, and the Visualization Studio. The department’s librarians collaborate with faculty and students on emerging technologies for research, visualization, data curation and management, bibliometrics, and computational analysis in an evolving scholarly communication environment. They build programs and partnerships that enhance research productivity and competitiveness, support interdisciplinary collaboration, foster inclusive spaces for early career researchers, and conduct research consultations. The position is based at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library and reports to the Department Head, Research Engagement.
*For candidates with preferred management experience and interest, appointment at the Associate Head level may be considered.
- Provides expert services for faculty, staff, and students across the research lifecycle including information discovery, data curation, visualization, research computing, and scholarly communication
- Identifies trends in research practices in engineering and biotechnology and recommends strategies for aligning library services accordingly
- Fosters collaboration and interdisciplinary interactions among faculty and other stakeholders by supporting and collaborating with interdisciplinary research teams
- Provides instruction on research skills and data literacy to students in the sciences and engineering and engages in ongoing development and implementation of innovative pedagogical practices
- Provides consultation on the use of scholarly resources, technologies, and the NCSU Libraries’ technology-rich spaces
- Collaborates with Collections & Research Strategy librarians in collection development and assessment activities
- In collaboration with research administration at NC State, advises researchers in evaluation of grant opportunities including meeting funder and university requirements for providing public access to publications and data resulting from research
- Participates in library planning, serves on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams
- NC State University librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field
- ALA-accredited MLS, MIS, or equivalent advanced degree in library/information science
- Academic preparation or relevant experience in engineering, life sciences, health sciences, or a related discipline
- Understanding of information sources and research methods in the sciences and engineering
- Ability to provide exceptional service to a diverse clientele
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
- Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
- Capacity for creative problem-solving, and ability to thrive in an exciting, ambiguous, future-oriented environment
- Commitment to fostering a diverse educational and professional environment
- Evidence of ability for ongoing professional development and contribution
- Degree in engineering, life sciences, health sciences, or a related discipline
- Awareness of open research practices and incentives
- Knowledge of emerging research services trends such as data science, visualization, impact metrics, or research computing
- Relevant supervisory/management experience
- Demonstrated success in faculty and student engagement
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.
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.
- Mira Waller Nomination Committee Chair, Department Head, Research Engagement
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- Peter Schreiner Research Librarian for Design
- Alexander Valencia NCSU Libraries Fellow
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