Seattle, WA: Biological Sciences and Research Data Services Librarian – University of Washington Libraries

Contact Name: Laura Lillard

Contact Email :

Institution/Organization Name: University Of Washington Libraries

Job Location: Seattle, WA

Job Title: Biological Sciences and Sciences Research Data Services Librarian

Application Deadline : 2/10/2017

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Job Description:

The Biological Sciences and Sciences Research Data Services Librarian delivers responsive and innovative information services in support of the Department of Biology, actively building relationships with faculty, researchers, staff, and students in the biological sciences, botany, and zoology. The position collaborates with a team of natural sciences librarians to provide Libraries services to programs across the life sciences, and serves as the sciences research data services liaison.

• Serves as a member of the natural sciences team, providing an array of responsive services and resources that meet the needs of many science disciplines, including the biological sciences, botany, zoology, forestry, fisheries, oceanography, marine affairs, environmental sciences, atmospheric sciences, and earth and space sciences, as well as the many research centers managed by these programs. Participates in meetings of the Science Librarians group and is an active member of the Sciences Teaching Community.
• Initiates and establishes liaison relationships with faculty, students, and staff in the Department of Biology, providing instruction, reference, and consultation services, and participating in departmental activities. In consultation with colleagues, develops collections in the biological sciences, botany, and zoology. Creates and maintains research guides and other tools in the biological sciences.
• Collaborates with Research Data Services and the Science Librarians in supporting data services in the sciences, including the provision of tools and services for organizing, storing, and sharing research data. Assists science faculty and students in managing the entire lifecycle of data resulting from research projects of all types. Serves as the liaison between Research Data Services and the Sciences Librarians, developing expertise in data management and sharing that with colleagues.
• Provides other services and support as described in the UW Libraries’ Subject Librarian Position Description Framework
• Uses assessment data to inform the development of new services as new needs arise in the life sciences fields, following trends in scholarly communication and e-science.
• Provides general reference services online and in-person.

• Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
• Evidence of ability to work independently and with others in a demanding and rapidly changing environment where collaboration, consultation, and cooperation are essential.
• Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills; evidence of strong written and oral communication skills.
• Evidence of initiative, creativity, and resourcefulness in previous professional or academic activities.
• Experience in planning and/or providing information literacy instruction.
• Evidence of knowledge or interest in research data management practices and services and the willingness to assume leadership in this area for the sciences.
• Evidence of interest in and ability to learn and apply new technologies to user services.

• One to two years of experience working in public services in an academic library.
• Experience in collection development
• Experience working with researchers and students in sciences disciplines
• Experience with research data management practices and services
• Undergraduate or graduate degree or extensive study in the biological or related sciences

$50,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.

Position will be at rank of Assistant or Senior Assistant Librarian, depending on qualifications and background.

Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 26 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax.

To apply for this position, please submit the following information to
• Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Assistant Director, Libraries Academic Human Resources)
• Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements)
• List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses)
• Please use “Librarian Application: Biological Sciences and Sciences Research Data Services Librarian” in the subject heading.
• Please submit all components in a single, multi-page PDF document. All submissions will be maintained in a secure, password protected online file space during the course of the search. Campus constituents may have access to some material, including CVs.

To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, February 10, 2017.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the University is required to verify and document the citizenship or employment authorization of each new employee.

For questions about this position, or questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lillard at


Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 9 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats. Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, extensive assessment efforts and diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.

Located in the Suzzallo and Allen Libraries, the Reference and Research Services Department provides virtual and on-site information and reference services in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and international studies. Units in the Department include Educational Outreach, Information Services, Suzzallo Reference, Government Publications, Maps, Media, Microforms and Newspapers, Research Data Services, and the Research Commons, with a total staff of 36. Librarians provide consultation, reference, instruction, and collections in support of their academic departments.


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