Engineering/Physical Sciences Librarian — The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey

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Tenure-track Engineering & Physical Sciences Librarian Position
(Librarian III or Librarian II)
The College of New Jersey

To enrich education through diversity, TCNJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. TCNJ has a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and is working to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice among our faculty, staff, and students. We strongly encourage a host of diverse, intersectional populations and cultures to apply including, but not limited to, identities based on race, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, and veteran status.

The R. Barbara Gitenstein Library at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) invites applications for a 12-month, tenure-track Engineering and Physical Sciences Librarian to join our community starting in Spring or Summer 2023. Candidates at both the Librarian III and the Librarian II level will be considered. New LIS graduates, and those expecting to graduate in Spring 2023, are encouraged to apply.

Position Summary:

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Librarian:

  • Provides library services to TCNJ students, faculty, and staff, particularly in the School of Engineering and the Departments of Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics in the School of Science.
  • Services include information literacy instruction, subject-specialized and general reference, and collection development and management of library resources in engineering and the physical sciences.
  • Engages in scholarly and service activities expected of tenure-track librarians.
  • Participates in a library and campus community that is working to promote and fully realize diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice
  • Reports to the Dean of the Library.

We are interested in candidates whose research and librarianship will connect and integrate with other disciplines and who have the potential to collaboratively contribute to interdisciplinary curricular and scholarly efforts.

Candidates should be committed to inclusive excellence in higher education, demonstrated through, for example, culturally responsive information literacy instruction, and equity-minded student engagement.

TCNJ has a strong commitment to inclusive excellence in our community and to supporting a healthy work-life balance for our faculty of teacher-scholars and librarian-scholars. Librarianship and research/scholarship/creative expression are mutually supportive activities at TCNJ. Candidates should be strongly committed to the librarian-scholar model and to maintaining both high quality librarianship and an active and productive program of scholarship. Librarians are encouraged and supported in seeking external funding consistent with this mission. They also have service responsibilities within their department, school, and the college. TCNJ supports its community of librarian-scholars through a progressive workload model, generous internal grant and sabbatical programs, professional travel, engaging professional development programs, and other mechanisms. These intentional efforts support the recruitment, retention, and success of our faculty/librarians, particularly those from groups traditionally underrepresented in academe.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Serves as liaison to all departments in the School of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Integrative STEM Education) and four departments in the School of Science (Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics). Provides all necessary library support for these academic programs.

Instruction: Initiates and provides instructional programs primarily for students and faculty in the above-named departments. Provides individual and small-group consultation/instruction regarding engineering and physical sciences resources based on the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Participates in general library information literacy programs.

Reference: Provides general reference service and research assistance in collaboration with the other public services librarians. Provides in-depth reference service to both undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in the above-named departments. Some evening and weekend duties are required.

Collection Development: Coordinates collection development and management for the above-named departments. Works closely with the departmental faculty to assess the information needs of the academic programs and to select library resources in varied formats.

Scholarship/Research and Professional Engagement: Contributes to the field through scholarly and professional conferences and publications. Participates in professional organizations. Serves on library and college-wide committees. Support for professional development and scholarship, including designated research time, funding for conferences and professional development, and a tenure process mentor are provided.

Required Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program received by the time employment begins.
  • A broad knowledge of engineering and physical sciences resources in relevant formats.
  • Educational background and/or experience in a field relevant to engineering or physical science. (Relevant experience may include, but is not limited to, academic libraries, teaching or research positions, corporate or laboratory settings, etc.)
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and ability to foster inclusive learning environments and mutual respect for students and colleagues.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Significant experience using engineering and physical sciences resources.
  • Experience working in an academic library.
  • Collection development experience.
  • Reference or instruction experience.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging instructional technologies.
  • Additional graduate degree in an appropriate discipline.
  • Record of scholarship and service.

Employer qualifications:

  • Final offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of background check and reference checks.
  • COVID-19 Compliance – The College has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement. To learn more, please read the policy here: COVID-19 Requirements and Protocols.

To Apply:

Candidates should submit (a) a letter of application highlighting their interest and qualifications, (b) a curriculum vitae, (c) a description of research interests and goals (no longer than 2 pages), (d) a statement of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (no longer than 2 pages), (e) unofficial transcripts (graduate and undergraduate), and (f) names and contact information for at least three professional references.

Applications should be submitted electronically. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications should be received by January 16, 2023.

Rank and salary are commensurate with experience: either Librarian 3/Instructor in the Library, or Librarian 2/Asst. Professor in the Library. The starting salary range is $60,400—$84,500, depending on rank. Final offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation.

About the Library:

R. Barbara Gitenstein Library is a five-story, 135,000-square-foot facility that serves as an intellectual, cultural, and social center for the college. In addition to housing traditional library collections and services, the building provides 26 group study rooms, two instructional computer labs, a cafe, a late-night study area, and a 105-seat multi-purpose auditorium. The library’s collections consist of approximately 750,000 volumes in multiple formats (including eBooks) that have been selected by faculty and subject-specialist librarians to support course offerings of the college and to provide a broad representative collection of titles across many disciplines. The library has access to more than 75,000 periodical titles in a variety of formats.

About The College of New Jersey:

Founded in 1855, TCNJ is a selective public institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. TCNJ enrolls approximately 7,400 students, including 6,790 undergraduates and 610 graduate students, 30% of whom are self-described as members of groups traditionally underrepresented in academe. Strong curricular and co-curricular programming have helped foster a first-year to sophomore retention rate of 92%, a 4-year graduation rate of 75% (7th highest in the U.S. for public institutions), and a 6-year graduation rate of 87% (among the highest in the country). Five signature experiences are the hallmark of a TCNJ education: a personalized, collaborative, and rigorous education; undergraduate research, mentored internships, and field experiences; community engaged learning; global engagement; and leadership development. TCNJ has also received national recognition for the adoption and promotion of the teacher-scholar model for our faculty. A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for programs offered through TCNJ’s seven academic schools—Arts and Communication; Business; Education; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; Nursing and Health Sciences; and Science. TCNJ has a strong Phi Beta Kappa chapter—an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally.

Among other initiatives, a series of faculty/staff-based affinity groups (e.g., Minority Executive Council, Women’s Professional Network, Parent and Family Network, TCNJ PRIDE) supports a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive environment at TCNJ.

TCNJ is located within an hour of New York City and Philadelphia. The College’s campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township and is known for its natural beauty. In addition to its growing racial and ethnic diversity, the region offers excellent public schools, prestigious medical centers, restaurants, art and entertainment, as well as numerous cultural and recreational activities.

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