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Head, Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map Library-- University of Colorado Boulder Libraries

posted Mar 9, 2017, 9:55 AM by Lars Hagelin
The successful candidate for the Branch Head of the Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map Library is innovative and forward-thinking with a background in earth and/or environmental sciences. This position oversees services and collections supporting the Department of Geological Sciences, the Department of Geography, and the Environmental Studies Program. CU Boulder’s Geosciences program is ranked 2nd in the world by U.S. News and World Report. This position guides instruction and services for earth sciences, maps, GIS, and also plays an important role in the Libraries’ nascent effort toward building a spatial data infrastructure.

The Branch Head is a member of a team of science librarians that supports the teaching and research of scientists in the College of Arts & Sciences as well as several research institutes and centers. Collectively, the Sciences Department initiates and advances departmental missions and objectives. These include developing student-centered learning opportunities, advancing the role of libraries as communal spaces for their disciplines, advocating for change in scholarly communication, and building collections that are responsive to user needs. This position manages one librarian, four staff members, and over a dozen student assistants. A significant part of the responsibilities of this position includes research, creative work, and service in keeping with the tenure standards of the University of Colorado Boulder.

Requirements
Please address each of these qualifications in your application materials:
  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited library school; 
  • Three or more years of experience in a science library or similar setting; 
  • Two or more years of managerial/supervisory experience in an academic library or similar setting; 
  • Two or more years of teaching experience in an academic library or similar setting; 
  • Demonstrated experience fostering relationships between the library and academic departments (such as the earth sciences and geography); 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of or experience working with print and digital map collections; 
  • Capacity to manage time and multiple projects in a complex, changing environment; 
  • Awareness of ongoing developments in library services for the geosciences; 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change; 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent oral and written communication skills; 
  • An ability to work successfully and collegially in a collaborative environment with faculty, staff, and students from culturally diverse backgrounds; 
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and advocate for a community of diversity and inclusion; 
  • Potential for research, scholarly work, and professional service. 
Desirable Qualifications
Evidence of any of the following will enhance a candidacy:
  • Degree with concentration in earth sciences or related disciplines and/or significant experience within a library focusing on these disciplines; 
  • Experience in developing geoscience data services; 
  • Experience in conducting constituent needs analyses; 
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and organizational skills; 
  • Evidence of achievement in research and creative work and professional service; 
  • Demonstrated awareness of Federal Depository Library Program Legal Requirements and Guidance for maps; 
  • Familiarity with programming languages used frequently in the earth sciences such as Python or R. 
Appointment and Salary:

Successful candidates will be appointed as full-time (12 month), tenure-stream faculty members. Depending on professional experience, appointment will be at the assistant professor or associate professor level. The minimum starting salary is $65,000. Benefits include 22 working days of vacation, ten paid holidays, liberal sick leave, university group health care plans, group life insurance, TIAA administered retirement/annuity, and support for scholarly/professional activities. Tenured librarians are eligible for sabbatical leave.

Application Process:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. It is recommended that applications be submitted by April 3, 2017, in order to receive full consideration. Application must be made online at CU Careers (posting 08754) and must include a letter of application specifically addressing qualifications for the position; CV or resume; and names with postal addresses, email, and telephone numbers of three references. Questions may be directed to Dylan Wiersma, Search Coordinator, at Dylan.Wiersma@Colorado.EDU. The full position description can be viewed at http://www.colorado.edu/libraries/jobs-opportunities

Direct Link to Apply: https://cu.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=08754&lang=en&sns_id=mailto#.WL3TrQPXUco.mailto

The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin. The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at hr-ada@colorado.edu. In addition, the University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and, when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

About the University and Libraries:

As the flagship University of a multi-campus system in the State of Colorado, CU Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)—and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region—we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies.

CU-Boulder has blossomed in size and quality since we opened our doors in 1877—attracting superb faculty, staff, and students and building strong programs in the sciences, engineering, business, law, arts, humanities, education, music, and many other disciplines.

Today, with our sights set on becoming the standard for the great comprehensive public research universities of the new century, we strive to serve the people of Colorado and to engage with the world through excellence in our teaching, research, creative work, and service. The University Libraries faculty and staff are diverse, talented, and passionate people who share this vision and mission. Librarians participate at all levels of the campus and hold full faculty status and rank. The Libraries, a member of the Association of Research Libraries, holds the largest collection in the Rocky Mountain region with over 12 million books, periodicals, government publications, audiovisual materials, microforms, maps, manuscripts, papers and computer-based resources. The Libraries faculty and staff collaborate internally, with colleagues beyond the campus, and with our clients to advance information literacy, intellectual freedom, lifelong learning, the disciplinary growth of information, and the amplification of knowledge.

About Boulder, Colorado:

Boulder and the surrounding area is known as one of the best places to live because of its spectacular setting, acres of open space, and vibrant atmosphere. At 5,430 feet above sea level, acres of vast open space entwine into Boulder's cityscape nestled into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Home to approximately 90,000 residents, Boulder has a mild, dry climate with more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Boulder offers activities for every interest. Over 80 miles of pedestrian and bike paths, as well as a convenient bus system, provide transportation around town and to the Denver metropolitan area. Photographers, music lovers, rock climbers, Olympians, artists, and others are drawn to this great city because of its scenic beauty, vibrant culture, and fabulous amenities. Boulder is just three hours from 11 ski resorts, 40 minutes from Denver, and moments from 43,000 acres of open space and trails.
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