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Molecular Biosciences Information Specialist (002706-2012)

Purdue University Libraries seeks a highly motivated, innovative, and learner-centered individual for the position of Molecular Biosciences Information Specialist. In support of the Libraries’ strategic plan, the Molecular Biosciences Information Specialist will establish collaborative relationships with individual research laboratory groups and academic centers (eg., Bindley Bioscience Center, Bioinformatics Core Cyber Center); develop and conduct strong user-centered programs to support discovery and learning in the molecular biosciences; take a leading role in defining and implementing user instruction for students and faculty in the molecular biosciences as an integral part of the Libraries’ system-wide information literacy program; evaluate, select, and integrate molecular biosciences resources into the Libraries collections for optimal use and sharing; evaluate and procure tools and resources that contribute to bioinformatics research; lead in data-related initiatives in the Libraries Health and Life Sciences Division, providing consultation services in developing data management strategies and plans, and by leveraging library expertise in copyright, scholarly publishing, patent/trademark issues, and data curation.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Masters degree from an ALA-accredited library school and/or advanced, terminal degree in biosciences or another relative discipline. Commitment to engage in research and scholarship, and ability to achieve promotion and tenure.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Two years recent experience in molecular biosciences; demonstrated interest in the applications of current and emerging technologies to meet the changing needs of users; strong service orientation and high degree of computer literacy; excellent communication and presentation skills and ability to work well with all levels of users and staff; demonstrated commitment to user instruction and to consultation with users on their information management needs; and supervisory experience. Experience working with and/or teaching diverse groups/diverse students.

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, and the Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2). 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 the role of librarians within the learning, discovery, and engagement initiatives of the University, through involvement in information literacy instruction, scholarly communication, e-science, data management, and global outreach. 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 competency. 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. In summer 2012, a multi-phase renovation of the undergraduate library will add a second and third active learning classroom to support Purdue’s innovation course-redesign initiative, IMPACT. Future renovation will create a space where students will find seating for quiet individual study, collaboration stations for team learning, and a café area, all open 24/5. A combined science and engineering library is in the planning stages as part of new classroom/library building.

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 is one of four universities collaborating 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 8th year of 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 7,934 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students in fall 2011, including 1,329 freshmen (20% of the freshman class). The greater Lafayette area (http://www.homeofpurdue.com/) provides diverse culture, social, and recreational activities.

APPOINTMENT: Appointment will be at the assistant or associate professor rank.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with experience in the context of Purdue University’s salary structure. Purdue provides a generous fringe benefit package that includes contribution to retirement, health, disability, and life insurance, 22 annual vacation days, and tuition support for employee, children, and spouse/same sex domestic partner.

APPLICATIONS: 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 green113@purdue.edu. Please place Molecular Biosciences Information Specialist” in the subject line of all emails. Nominations for the position will be accepted and should be sent to the same email address. Beginning on September 15, 2012, applications will be reviewed as they are received. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Carla Heuss at 765-494-2899 or green113@purdue.edu. A background check will be required for this position.

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