Engineering and Science Librarian – Cooper Union – New York, NY


The Engineering and Science Librarian supports the interdisciplinary scientific and scholarly pursuits of the faculty and students of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering (SoE). The Librarian will build strong relationships with SoE faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and partners across the institution; collaborate with faculty in support of learning and research; provide face-to-face and virtual reference and research consultation; foster a dynamic research environment that encourages inquiry, critical thinking, and creativity; and develop high quality collections.


• Provides expert research consultation and assistance with discovery services
• Identifies obstacles and gaps, and develops new initiatives in support of faculty research
• Works with faculty to develop timely, targeted library instruction and research support into the curriculum
• Assists students in locating appropriate scholarly and scientific resources and instruct students in methods of literature review including how to describe, summarize, objectively evaluate and clarify previous research
• Provides guidance on intellectual property, open access publishing, and related matters
• Collaborates with colleagues to develop high quality digital and print collections to support program and research needs
• Continually assesses journal database subscriptions; works closely with constituencies to ensure that library resources are meeting their needs
• Coordinates the selection of U.S. government information through the Federal Depository Library Program relevant to SoE faculty and student research
• Coordinates the submission process of SoE master’s theses into ProQuest’s Theses and Dissertations online system
• Oversees the fulfillment of student and faculty requests for interlibrary loan and document delivery, including standards, technical reports, or other publications

• Participates in ongoing collection assessment and catalog maintenance activities
• Provides data management and research impact support
• Maintains currency with library functions, resources, practices and procedures
• Participates in and contributes towards Library and SoE committees, meetings, exhibits, and events
• Maintains professional collaborations with other campus constituencies and consortial colleagues
• Contributes to the profession through active participation in conferences, associations, research, writing, etc.
• Performs other duties as assigned


Required Qualifications:

• A strong, demonstrated service ethic and user-centered thinking
• Demonstrated ability to promote and deliver research and instruction services
• Superior interpersonal skills and ability to form strong connections with faculty and students
• Ability to use advanced organizational and project planning skills to develop and implement effective programs and services, and complete complex projects
• Demonstrated commitment to the values of openness, diversity, inclusion, innovation, and social justice

Preferred Qualification & Competencies:

• An interest in and aptitude for supporting the use of data to build students’ empirical reasoning skills
• An interest in and aptitude for exploring new technologies and innovations in computing


• Graduate degree in library and information science from an A.L.A.-accredited institution or equivalent
• Undergraduate degree in science, engineering or related field strongly preferred

This is a unionized position.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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About Melody Rood

Student Success & Open Education Librarian / Assistant Professor at UNC-Greensboro