Physical and Mathematical Sciences Information Specialist Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor; tenure track (002846-2013)
Purdue University Libraries seeks an energetic, outgoing, and innovative individual to join a collaborative, dynamic team of information professionals who carry out a robust program of integrated information literacy, data services, scholarly communication, and collaborative research, and, as a faculty member, contribute to the research and scholarship in these areas.
Duties and Responsibilities: As a member of the Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Technology Division of the Libraries, the person in this position will have primary liaison responsibilities for the departments of Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics, and depending on the interests and abilities of the successful candidate may also liaison with otherdepartments in the Colleges of Science, Engineering, and Technology; Make connections between disciplinary faculty and different units of the Libraries to enable greater research productivity, sustainable publication and dissemination of scholarship and data; Participate in the development of informed learning activities in support of the University’s new core curriculum that requires both foundational and embedded information literacy outcomes for all undergraduates; Contributes to Libraries-wide initiatives and participates in faculty governance of the libraries;Participates in interdisciplinary research initiatives as appropriate.
Requirements: MLS from an ALA-accredited library school or a PhD in a relevant discipline; experience providing information services for a technical clientele; evidence of a proactive, user-centered vision for services; strong interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively; familiarity with current trends in instructional best practices and data curation services. Commitment to engage in research and scholarship, and ability to achieve promotion and tenure.
Desired: Experience developing and implementing active learning techniques in a curricular setting; record of scholarly achievement;Knowledge of statistical applications and technology. For applicants with MLS degrees a degree in science or engineering is also desired.
Environment: The Purdue University Libraries system (http://www.lib.purdue.edu/) includes the divisions of Archives and Special Collections (ASC); Health and Life Sciences (HLS); Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, and Business (HSSEB); and Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PSET). Other areas include Collections Management, Circulation and Repositories, Resource Sharing, Resource Services, Instruction and Digital Program Services, the Research Division/Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2), and Scholarly Publishing Services. The Purdue University Press and the University Copyright Office report to the dean of libraries, and the work of these units is integrated with and into the operations of the Libraries. The staff of 175 includes 70 faculty and professionals.
At Purdue, the Libraries faculty is redefining its role within the learning, discovery, and engagement initiatives of the University, through involvement in information literacy instruction, re-defining of learning spaces, scholarly communication, e-science and data management, and global outreach. Members of the Libraries faculty can either have as preparation a professional degree in library/information/archival sciences or the appropriate terminal degree in another discipline, typically a doctorate. Libraries faculty are full members of the Purdue University faculty with professorial rank and tenure and therefore must achieve and meet the requirements for promotion including published scholarship.
The Purdue Libraries has embarked upon a comprehensive information literacy program, including the creation of the first endowed chair in information literacy in the country in 2008 and the expansion of collaborative endeavors with disciplinary faculty culminating in 2012 with a core campus curriculum that includes information literacy as a required core requirement. Libraries faculty collaborate with disciplinary faculty to develop methodologies and repositories for discovering, accessing, and sharing of research publications and data. A reconceptualization of spaces is taking place throughout the Libraries. The Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics, created through a major renovation completed in early 2012, (http://www.lib.purdue.edu/adv/newsletters/LibNews_F10.pdf) is a natural extension of the classroom, where students work in teams or individually, using smart boards, image capture equipment, and computer pod workstations, and are able to choose from a variety of space and furniture configurations, including a self-service café. The Hicks Undergraduate Library has had a phased beginning in 2011 and culminating in 2014 through the creation of three active learning classrooms to support Purdue’s innovative course-redesign initiative, IM:PACT. The renovations in 2013/14 will create spaces where students will find seating for quiet individual study, collaboration stations for team learning, and a café area, all open 24/7. In the planning stages in 2013, the Active Learning Center will bring together six of the science and engineering libraries into a facility that will seamlessly integrate learning and classroom spaces in a $100M facility at the center of the campus.
Purdue Libraries is an active member of state, regional, national, and international associations and consortia, including the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), SPARC, the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the Digital Library Federation (DLF), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and the International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries (IATUL). Purdue Libraries is a founding member of both HathiTrust and DataCite. Purdue was one of four universities that collaborated with Ex Libris, Inc., on its Alma library system, the next generation library management system. Collaboration and partnerships are hallmarks of Purdue Libraries both on and off campus, including partnership with ITaP (Information Technology at Purdue) and the Purdue Office of Research to provide assistance with funder data requirements.Purdue Libraries is a leader in the area of data curation, including development of the Data Curation Profiles which provide information professionals a means of investigating, uncovering, and capturing the data needs of faculty researchers. The Purdue University Research Repository (PURR), a Libraries initiative, provides an online, collaborative working space and data-sharing platform to support the data management needs of Purdue researchers and their collaborators. Since 2005, Purdue Libraries has collaborated in interdisciplinary sponsored research on campus with over 100 faculty, as well as off campus with other libraries and institutions and is in its 9th year of a partnership with the ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce to provide ARL Diversity Scholars with a behind-the-scenes look at the advanced operations of research libraries. Purdue Libraries, in concert with five other academic libraries, is partnering with CLIR to offer fellowship placements in the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Academic Libraries program. http://www.clir.org/fellowships/postdoc
Purdue University (http://www.purdue.edu/), located in West Lafayette, Indiana, in the historic Wabash River valley, is one hour from Indianapolis and two hours from Chicago. Renowned for its programs in engineering, science, agriculture, and business, the University has over 39,500 students and 15,000 employees. Purdue is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). Purdue has the second highest enrollment of international students among public U.S. universities, with over 8,000 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students in Fall, 2012, including over 20% of the first year class. The greater Lafayette area (http://www.homeofpurdue.com/) provides diverse cultural, social, and recreational activities.
Salary and benefits: Salary commensurate with experience in the context of Purdue University’s salary structure. Faculty tenure-track position with a twelve-month appointment. Rank of assistant or associate professor depending on qualifications. Purdue provides a generous fringe benefit package that includes retirement benefits as well as health, disability and life insurance, 22 annual vacation days, and tuition support for employee, children, and spouse/same sex domestic partner.
Application process: To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information of at least three references via email to Carla Heuss, Libraries Human Resources Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org Please place “Physical and Mathematical Sciences” in the subject line of the email. Nominations for the position will be accepted and should be sent to the same email address. Review of applications will begin on June 7, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Carla Heuss at 765-494-2899 or the above email address. A background check will be required for this position.