Position: Life Sciences Librarian--Tennessee

David Atkins atkins at aztec.lib.utk.edu
Thu Mar 16 13:09:57 EST 2000

Announcement of Professional Vacancy

March 16, 2000

POSITION:		Life Sciences Librarian

APPOINTMENT RANK:       Assistant or Associate Professor

SALARY:			Minimum $33,000 for Assistant Professor
			Minimum $40,000 for Associate Professor

AVAILABLE:		August 15, 2000


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) Libraries seeks an energetic
professional to serve as a life sciences subject librarian for reference
and collection development.  The life sciences librarian contributes to a
range of traditional and innovative library services.  Responsibilities
emphasize outreach to students and faculty through consultation and
instruction with particular emphasis on undergraduate biology courses and
liaison to the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Botany departments.

UTK's Biology Division (http://www.bio.utk.edu/) has 82 faculty in four
departments; it is one component of a collaborative, multidisciplinary
research environment.  Cooperative efforts in teaching and research
involve personnel from departments on UT's main campus, the College of
Agriculture, and the Joint Institute for Biological Sciences run by UTK
and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The life sciences librarian is part of the Reference and Instructional
Services Department, reports to the Science and Technology Coordinator,
and participates in the work of the department and science subject group.
The librarian provides general and subject-specific reference assistance
in the main library's highly automated reference environment, (including
night and weekend rotation) which includes a government documents
reference area and collection.  Instruction may take the form of classroom
presentations, research consultation appointments, on-site assistance in
labs and offices, and could include interaction with students enrolled in
distance education programs.

Collection development and management responsibilities include selecting,
organizing, and assessing materials in all formats; this work is done in
cooperation with other subject librarians and with input from faculty in
the liaison areas.

The life sciences librarian promotes library services, facilitates
communication with the campus community about library and information
issues, works with library colleagues to coordinate services and implement
programs and projects, and serves on library and university committees.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  MLS from an ALA-accredited program. Knowledge of
major scientific bibliographic databases and life science reference
sources in all formats. Evidence of excellent communication and
presentation skills and ability to work collegially with all levels of
users and staff.  Demonstrable service orientation and understanding of
library services in a research university.  Knowledge of scientific
literature and publishing trends.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Academic background in science.  Professional
experience in science reference, preferably in an academic library.  
Experience with collection development. Experience creating and
maintaining Web resources.  Evidence of research or creative achievement.

BENEFITS: Librarians at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville have
faculty rank and status and are appointed for twelve months. This is a
tenure track appointment. Library faculty must meet University
requirements for promotion and tenure. Annual leave is accrued at the rate
of two days per month and sick leave at the rate of one day per month.
Faculty have their choice of a state retirement plan or TIAA/CREF.
Non-refundable contributions to either retirement plan are paid for the
employee by the University. Group health and life insurance plans are
available. Tuition remission is available for all university employees;
partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent children
and spouses of UT employees.

ENVIRONMENT: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Carnegie Research
Level One institution, enrolls approximately 26,000 students from every
state in the United States and approximately 100 other countries.  As
Tennessee's comprehensive campus, UTK offers more doctoral programs than
any other institution in the state, and its faculty attract nearly $80
million annually for sponsored research programs.  UTK is one of 27 higher
education institutions holding the distinction of being both a land-grant
institution and state university.

The UTK Libraries, with an annual budget of $10 million, holds 2 million
volumes and receives approximately 10,000 current serials.  The Libraries
system includes the John C. Hodges Library and four branches on the
Knoxville campus: Agriculture-Veterinary Medicine, Map, Music, and
University Archives and Special Collections.  A fifth branch, the Social
Work Library, is located in Nashville.  Over three hundred persons are
employed, including 49 librarians, 8 exempt, 123 non-exempt, and 150
students.  UTK Libraries is a member of the Association of Research
Libraries, SOLINET, and the Center for Research Libraries.  The UTK
Libraries offers a Web-based information system and access to a variety of
electronic information sources.

Additional information about this position and the UTK community is
available at http://toltec.lib.utk.edu/~lss/search/lifsci.html

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Send letter of application, a current resume, and
the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three
recent references to: Jill Keally, Head, Library Support Services, 1015
Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000, fax 423/974-4696.

Review of applications will begin April 15, 2000 and continue until the
position is filled.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, does not discriminate on the basis
of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or veteran
status in provision of educational programs and services or employment
opportunities and benefits. This policy extends to both employment by and
admission to the University.

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or
disability in the education programs and activities pursuant to the
requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the
Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of
1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Inquiries and charges of violation concerning Title VI, Title IX, Section
504, ADA or the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) or any of the
other above referenced policies should be directed to the Office of
Diversity Resources & Educational Services (DRES), 2110 Terrace Avenue,
Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (423)974-2498 (TTY available).
Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA
Coordinator at the Office of Human Resources Management, 600 Henley
Street, Knoxville, TN 37996-4125.

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