Chemical Information Librarian



Chemical Information Librarian

Hiring range: Associate Librarian

$57,536 ‐ $81,349 per annum, based upon qualifications

This is a full‐time appointment with an expected start date of January 2017

The University of California, Berkeley seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service‐oriented librarian to support world‐class research and teaching in the chemical sciences through collection development and active engagement with chemical information literacy initiatives, 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 as well as the liaison to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in support of the LBNL‐UCB Library partnership.

The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at the nation’s premier public university. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 27,400 undergraduate students, 10,700 graduate students, and 1,600 faculty. The Library comprises 20 campus libraries, including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, The Bancroft Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and numerous 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 the collections and build their research skills. Discover more about the Library through our website at

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 Chemical Information Librarian serves as the selector for chemistry and chemical & biomolecular engineering. The librarian is responsible for collection development, management, and assessment 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. As the liaison to the College of Chemistry, the librarian cultivates and sustains connections with faculty, students, and staff in order to understand their evolving needs and serve as a resource for emerging technologies, scholarly communication, research data management, and information literacy. The librarian contributes to reference and instructional services including virtual reference, consultations, in‐person classes, online subject guides, and other instructional materials in support of chemical information resources and the research lifecycle.

The librarian also serves as the liaison to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), an affiliated U.S. Department of Energy Laboratory, 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, and collaborates with the LBNL Library staff on instruction and outreach to LBNL researchers about relevant collections, activities, and services.

Reporting to the Head of the Engineering & Physical Sciences Division, this position will also develop and contribute to outreach initiatives across the engineering and physical sciences libraries. The position will collaborate frequently with colleagues within the division as well as librarians 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(s) at time of application:

• Bachelor’s degree in the sciences or a related field

Additional Required Qualifications by start date in position:

• Master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program or equivalent degree

• College‐level coursework in chemistry or experience as a chemistry librarian

• Demonstrated knowledge of chemistry information resources

• Demonstrated experience with chemical structure searching and reaction searching

• Experience providing reference, consultation, and/or 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:

• Bachelor’s or 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

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 professional 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 identity, 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

Phone: (510) 642‐3778


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