Science Collection Services Librarian

Department: Claremont Colleges Library
Job number: 6336
Position type/Compensation:
Temporary, 1 year, full-time exempt position, benefits eligible; 40 hours per week; minimum $3,333/month.

The Sciences Collection Services Librarian is responsible for science collection services while participating in a campus-based embedded librarian program and in science liaison, research, reference, and instruction services. This position reports to the Collection Management and Digital Integration Librarian, who is part of the Collection Services unit of the Claremont Colleges Library.

Essential functions:

Collection Services (60%)

-Develops science electronic and print collections that reflect the short and long term teaching and research needs of the Claremont Colleges science community (including biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, neuroscience, mathematics, and physics).
-Manages the science materials budget, including allocation, planning, tracking, and quarterly reporting, working with the collection team to administer a $4M materials budget.
-Supports increasingly demand-driven collection development strategies for both electronic and print content, complemented with profiling and analytical purchasing that ensure a balanced core collection.
-Overseas evaluation, negotiation, licensing, activation, listing and awareness of new and existing science electronic resources, working with the electronic resources librarian, acquisitions and cataloging staff to streamline and optimize electronic resources management.
-Engages in physical collection management activities across the library through the assessment, selection, preservation, de-selection and dispersal of collections, including an emphasis on print to electronic transformation projects such as the ongoing transformation of Claremont’s print journal archive.
-Plays a major role in statistical data analysis related to collection coverage, overlap, usage and cost. Regularly reviews key collections indicators, using data-driven conclusions to make collections recommendations to faculty and librarians.
-Participates in networking and professional development with science collections librarians through local consortia and national organizations & conferences.

Embedded Program (20%)

-Spends one day a week (or equivalent) on campus working directly with one or more departments or user communities, serving them as a conduit for information needs of all kinds, including content, tools and research services, both user- and library- initiated. These embedded services will include research, reference, and instruction.
-Develops collaborative ongoing relationships with faculty, students, and staff to support teaching, learning and research within his or her campus community. Designs and implements specific projects or programs that cater to the needs of the community as determined during the embedded services experience.

Science Reference, Research & Instruction (20%)

-Serves as a liaison to +/- 50 science faculty building a “trusted partner” relationship with each faculty member and ensuring that they receive the best possible in library-related services.
-Provides virtual and in-person research assistance by appointment and by participating at the Honnold/Mudd Library Services Desk.
-Provides science instruction service including both senior thesis and introductory level course-integrated sessions.
Participates in library-wide planning and projects through service on teams, committees, task forces, and special projects as assigned.

-MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited program or equivalent Master’s or Doctoral degree in a related field.
-One or more years professional library experience preferred.
-Knowledge of collection development, reference, and science librarianship.
-Advanced skills in, or aptitude for data management software, especially MS Excel & Access.
-Ability to work effectively in a technological and rapidly changing environment.
-Knowledge of all discovery and access tools currently used in libraries (e.g. OpenURL resolvers, metasearch engines, OPACs, digital libraries).
-Ability to work effectively in a team-based environment.
-Ability to maintain flexibility and to prioritize tasks as necessary in response to the needs of patrons and colleagues.
-Excellent oral and written communication skills.
-Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
-Willingness to serve ‘on call’ via employer-reimbursed mobile phone and data plan during normal working hours.
-Effective planning, time management and organizational skills.

Required skills:
-Bachelors or higher level degree in, or knowledge of, the sciences.
-Experience providing reference or research services in an academic library.
-Demonstrated commitment to academic librarianship; strong commitment to quality public service programs.

Application procedure:
To apply send a resume with cover letter and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three references who are knowledgeable about your qualifications for this position, and a completed Claremont University Consortium (CUC) Employment Application to the Office of Human Resources. Applications are available online at Refer to position #6336.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The position will be open until filled.

Applications may be submitted by email to, by mail, or in-person to the Office of Human Resources located at 101 S. Mills Ave, Claremont, CA 91711.

Closing date: Open until filled.

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