Engineering/Emerging Tech Librarian – NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred – Alfred, N.Y.

Engineering/Emerging Technologies Librarian
Samuel R. Scholes Library of Ceramics

Scholes Library at Alfred University invites qualified applicants for the position of Engineering/Emerging Technologies Librarian. This faculty librarian serves internationally recognized programs within The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

Scholes Library is a research-focused specialized library, serving the Inamori School of Engineering and the School of Art and Design at Alfred University. This position is a 10-month, tenure-track appointment reporting to the Library Director/Associate Dean of Libraries. The successful candidate will have multiple responsibilities including subject specialist support to the Inamori School of Engineering and leadership for library systems at Scholes Library.

This position has two primary roles:

Engineering and Science Role: This librarian serves as Engineering Subject Specialist, with responsibility for collection development, technical reference, library instruction, and research support services to the School of Engineering.

Emerging Technologies Role: This librarian will manage and implement technologies that support instruction, reference, and scholarly activities at Scholes Library. H/she oversees the library website and provides first-line technical support for hardware and software issues This librarian will collaborate in joint efforts with Alfred Universitya��s Herrick Memorial Library to manage shared library systems and to implement new library systems. This role also includes liaison responsibilities to the Alfred Universitya��s Information Technology Services (ITS) Unit.

Additional Service: All library faculty are required to serve on Library, College, and University committees and participate in scheduled reference coverage, including some evening and occasional weekend hours.

Required qualifications: an ALA-accredited Mastera��s Degree in Library/Information Science or equivalent; familiarity with specialized information resources specific to science and engineering (i.e. patents, standards, technical reports, and specialized data software); a strong background in the physical sciences or engineering; strong computing skills; an ability to manage multiple projects; enthusiasm for collaboration; a passion for instruction; an ability to understand and address the technical information needs at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research levels; an ability to meet the requirements of promotion and tenure.

Preference will be given to candidates with: a background in Materials Science, experience implementing emerging library technologies (i.e. content management systems, repositories, data management software); experience coding for web technologies including Html, CSS, JavaScript or PHP; experience supporting interlibrary loan/document delivery technologies; or experience with any of the following technologies (Iliad, MS Access, Joomla, DSpace, MDID, Aleph 500, LibGuides, LibAnswers, LibAnalytics, Summon, EZProxy, OCLC Products, SerialsSolutions 360 Link/Core ).

Salary is competitive with excellent benefits including tuition remission. Alfred University is a comprehensive university of 2,000 students, located in Western New York. The University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Additional information is available at

To apply, please submit the following to the address below: (Email & PDF preferred)

1) A letter of introduction outlining how your qualifications and experience match this opportunity;

2) Current Resume/Vitae;

3) Names, email, and phone numbers of three appropriate references

Mark A. Smith
Director, Scholes Library
NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University
2 Pine Street
Alfred, NY 14802
Application review begins December 2, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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