Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Librarian for Psychology and Neuroscience

For complete job description, go to http://library.duke.edu/jobs/psychologylibrarian.html


  • Serves as primary liaison to faculty and students in Psychology and Neuroscience and to the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.
  • Provides in-depth, specialized reference and research consultation for students, faculty, and visiting scholars.
  • Participates in or contributes to the ongoing evolution of the Libraries' services such as assessment and data curation.
  • Takes part in the rotational schedule for the reference desk and instant messaging, answering reference questions and assisting patrons.
  • Provides classroom instruction, individual orientation to library resources, and library tours.
  • Promotes use of subject-specific information resources and services in ways that meet user needs and expectations, utilizing current technologies and information tools.
  • Develops and manages collections to support research and instruction in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Brain Sciences by formulating policies and selecting materials in all formats and relevant languages.
  • Monitors and reviews approval plans, gifts, and exchange relationships; manages the material budget in support of Psychology and Neuroscience, and Brain Sciences, including grants and endowment funds.
  • Participates in natural sciences and engineering group of subject librarians and fosters cooperation with other staff at Duke and relevant personnel at other institutions.
  • Participates in development and fund raising efforts as appropriate and feasible.
  • Participates in other library, university and professional activities, as appropriate.


Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or an advanced degree in a relevant subject area

Preferred: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program and an advanced degree in a relevant subject field.


Required: Familiarity with information resources in a variety of formats in the natural sciences and engineering, humanities, social sciences and experience with government publications; teaching or library instruction experience. Must be flexible and a self-starter; have the ability to work successfully in a highly collaborative environment; possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills as well as a strong commitment to public service.

Preferred: Three years of relevant professional experience and strong academic background in a relevant field; experience providing reference service, preferably in an academic setting; familiarity with web publishing technologies; experience with user and/or usability study methodologies; experience with assessment tools and methods; experience with data curation, access and knowledge of concepts related to open access.

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