Chemistry Librarian & LBNL Liaison – Library

University of California, Berkeley

Chemistry Librarian & LBNL Liaison – Library

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 3rd, 2015 Next review date: October 5th, 2015

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee. Final date: February 26th, 2016

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


$53, 116 – $71,203 per annum, based upon qualifications

This is a full-time appointment. The anticipated start date is December 2015.

The University of California, Berkeley seeks an enthusiastic, collaborative, and service-oriented librarian to join a team of specialists supporting world-class research and teaching in the engineering and physical sciences through active engagement with collection development, data and information literacy initiatives, course-based instruction, individual research assistance, and outreach to students, faculty and the broader academic community. This position serves as the subject librarian for chemistry and chemical & biomolecular engineering and takes a leadership role in instructional initiatives throughout the engineering and physical sciences libraries. The librarian also provides collection development and liaison support to researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), an affiliated U.S. Department of Energy Laboratory.

The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation’s premier public universities. In a highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 25,500 undergraduate students, 10,300 graduate students, and a faculty of 1,500. The Library comprises 20 campus libraries – including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, the Bancroft Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library and subject specialty libraries. With a collection of more than 11 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills.

The Library’s Engineering & Physical Sciences Division consists of five libraries – the Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library, Earth Sciences & Map Library, Engineering Library, Mathematics Statistics Library, and Physics-Astronomy Library. These libraries maintain research-level print and digital collections to support the research and teaching programs of the College of Chemistry, the College of Engineering, and the College of Letters & Science’s Mathematical & Physical Sciences Division. These collections are also heavily used by researchers throughout the university community and beyond.


The Chemistry Librarian & LBNL Liaison serves as the selector for chemistry and chemical & biomolecular engineering and liaison to the College of Chemistry. The librarian selects materials in all formats, manages collections through storage and weeding, and monitors budgets and approval plans for the assigned subject areas. The librarian also collaborates with other librarians on campus and within the UC System on collection decisions for print and electronic resources. The librarian contributes to reference and instructional services including virtual reference, consultations, in-person classes, online subject guides, and other instructional materials.

The librarian also serves as the liaison to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) as part of the team supporting the LBNL-UCB Library partnership. The librarian advises on collection development for licensed electronic collections for LBNL, purchases print materials on behalf of the LBNL Library, collaborates with the LBNL Library staff on special projects between the libraries at UC Berkeley and LBNL, and supports the LBNL Library on instruction and outreach to LBNL research staff about relevant collections, activities, and services.

Reporting to the Head of the Engineering & Physical Sciences Division, this position will also take a lead role for information literacy instruction within the division. The librarian will develop, promote, and teach in-person classes and online instructional materials for chemical information resources and tools as well as collaborate with other librarians in the division on designing and implementing instructional programs, including for online degree programs. The successful candidate will serve on the UC Berkeley Library’s Teaching & Learning Expertise Group on behalf of the division and become the division’s knowledge leader for current trends in information literacy and instructional design. This position will also collaborate frequently with colleagues in the Life & Health Sciences Division and other divisions.

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.

Minimum Basic Qualification at time of application:

● American Library Association-accredited Master’s degree or equivalent degree

Additional Required Qualifications by start date in position:

● Academic background in chemistry, cheminformatics or closely related discipline

● Demonstrated knowledge of information resources related to chemistry and chemical & biomolecular engineering

● Demonstrated aptitude for teaching and instructional design

● Experience providing reference, consultation, and instructional services

● Proven commitment to public services and improving the user experience

● Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills

● Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

● Advanced degree in chemistry or closely related discipline

● Demonstrated understanding of the research process in the sciences and/or engineering

● Experience participating in collection development in an academic or research library

● Experience with creating and delivering instruction to students in online programs

The UC Berkeley Library is committed to supporting and encouraging a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.

Librarians are entitled to appropriate professional development leave, vacation leave, sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits.

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

Submit applications online at Applications must include a cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications, curriculum vitae noting degrees and relevant work experience, and the names and contact information of three references who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s qualifications for this position. References will only be contacted for individuals under serious consideration.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Send inquiries to:

Susan E. Wong

Director, Library Human Resources

Library Human Resources Department

110 Doe Library

University of California

Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

(510) 642-3778

Learn More

More information about this recruitment:



Curriculum Vitae – Curriculum vitae noting degrees and relevant work experience.

Cover Letter – A cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications.

References3 references required (contact information only)

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