Chair, Marston Science Library

University of Florida/George A. Smathers Libraries in Florida

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted November 7, 2013
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time





                  POSITION:                 Chair, Marston Science Library


                  RANK:                        Chair and Associate University Librarian or

                                                        Chair and University Librarian


                  REPORTS TO:           Senior Associate Dean


                       SALARY:                   Actual salary will reflect selected professionals experience and credentials. 

Minimum salary at the Chair and Associate University Librarian rank is $75,000 (inclusive of administrative stipend). 

Minimum salary at the Chair and University Librarian rank is $80,000 (inclusive of administrative stipend).


                       Requisition #:      0904292


DEADLINE DATE: Position is open until filled. Applicant submissions will be reviewed beginning December 2, 2013.


Please note that this posting has specific instructions for the submission of application materials - see our website at: or the APPLICATION PROCESS section below for further details.  Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered.



The George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, seeks applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Marston Science Library. The successful candidate will be a forward thinking leader who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the changing nature of librarianship in the sciences. Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean, the Chair is a key member of the Libraries management team, ensuring organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and development of policies for library operations.


The Chair of the Marston Science Library is a tenure track faculty position which provides leadership for all aspects of the Marston Science Library services and operations including reference, instruction, circulation and outreach services; collection development; organization, maintenance, and preservation of collections; facilities management, staff management and supervision; and the collaborative development of digital library initiatives. In cooperation with the Science Collections Coordinator, the position also oversees a materials budget of over $1.5M for electronic resources, firm orders, and print serials, as well as additional funding from endowments and for multidisciplinary databases. The Chair collaborates with an innovative, entrepreneurial and team-oriented Science Library faculty and staff to assess strengths and weaknesses, to determine priorities, to establish policies, and to develop departmental service plans that enhance and support the academic mission of the University. The Chair works closely with the Associate Chair and shares the branchs responsibilities and supervisory duties. Please refer to the branchs organizational chart available at: The Chair plays a key role in the evaluation of emerging library technologies and encourages student and faculty use of web-based and instructional technologies.


The Chair serves as liaison for development opportunities relating to the department in both the public and private sectors and plays a major role in publicizing and expanding awareness and use of the librarys resources, locally and nationally.


The Chair serves on appropriate University and Library committees and pursues scholarly activities in areas of specialization. To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the Chair of the Marston Science Library will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in work activities.



Branch Management

  • Works with departmental faculty and staff, including the Associate Chair, to define needs, set priorities, develop policies, and establish goals, objectives, strategic plans, and budgets to ensure effective management and development of the services and collections. 
  • Oversees and coordinates the work of 9 librarians and 11 paraprofessionals.  
  • Keeps abreast of national developments in the administration of academic research services, especially in the areas served by the Marston Science Library.
  • Oversees departmental initiatives in cooperation with assigned coordinators for research services, advanced reference services, bibliographic instruction, and public programs and exhibits.
  • Analyzes departmental programs; reports on accomplishments, creates strategies for improvements in quality of services and defines resource needs.
  • Fosters an atmosphere of collegiality and innovation. Plays a strong role in maintaining effective communication within and beyond the department, and promotes and sustains effective working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.
  • Fosters a team-oriented work environment, encouraging personnel to work within and across departments in the University Libraries to support the goals and initiatives of the Libraries strategic plan.
  • Organizes and maintains a systematic program of regular contact with appropriate academic and library faculty.  Keeps informed on the development of academic programs to ensure that the departments collections, public service, and development programs support University curriculum and research needs.
  • Plays a key role in promoting instructional services to campus constituencies and encouraging the integration of library resources and research skills into the academic curriculum.
  • Serves as head of the Marston Science Library tenure and promotion home.


Collaboration within the University Libraries

  • Works with departmental staff to identify and prioritize areas for which external support is needed; works closely with the Libraries' Development Office (Development Officers and Public Information Officer) to organize fundraising and donor relations activities; provides liaison assistance with the identification, cultivation and solicitation of potential donors; coordinates departmental participation in library development efforts.
  • Collaborates closely with internal library partners such as the Health Science Center Libraries, the Digital Library Services and other departments, branches and collections on opportunities of shared interest and mutual benefit.


Other Professional Responsibilities

  • Conducts library and subject area research.
  • Participates in the cooperative management of the Libraries through service on the Library Council (library deans/administration and the chairs of departments), and other library consultative bodies. Participates in University of Florida committees as appropriate.
  • Represents the library in appropriate university, local, state, regional, and national bodies.




  • ALA-accredited MLS or international equivalent.
  • Appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank requires a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience, including 3 years of relevant managerial experience.
  • Appointment at the University Librarian rank requires a minimum of 12 years of relevant experience, including 5 years of relevant managerial experience.
  • Experience in effective planning and budgeting.
  • Experience in developing and evaluating library services for science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or health disciplines.
  • Demonstrated success in human resource management and supervision, including the ability to lead and engage staff through the process of organizational improvement and change.
  • Knowledge of current trends in academic and scholarly resource management.
  • Broad understanding of current and emerging information technologies and patron services in academic libraries.
  • Experience in team-oriented project management.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Commitment to staff development and cross-department collaboration and communication.
  • Accomplishments in relevant scholarship and service.
  • Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion (outlined at


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree or Ph.D. in a sciences field.
  • Demonstrated record of leadership and achievement in librarianship, including mentoring, scholarly work, and professional/institutional service.
  • Proven success with fundraising and grants development and management.
  • Successful grant writing experience.
  • Knowledge of digitization practices and technology applications.
  • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work.


The University of Florida

The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state's oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation's most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities. UF traces its beginnings to a small seminary in 1853 and is now one of the largest universities in the nation, with more than 50,000 students. For more information, please consult the UF homepage at


The George A. Smathers Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), and LYRASIS. The library staff consists of more than 400 FTE librarians, technical/clerical staff and student assistants. The George A. Smathers Libraries organizational chart is available at: For more information about the Libraries, please visit



The Marston Science Library, named for Robert Q. Marston, the seventh president of the University of Florida, serves agriculture, biological sciences, chemical & physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics & statistics disciplines. The library was built in 1987 to consolidate several discipline specific science libraries, the oldest of which was the agricultural library established in 1904. The collections support over sixty academic programs at the undergraduate, graduate and research levels. MSL also collaborates with Special Collections, Government Documents, the Map and Imagery collection, the Health Science Center collections, and the UF Digital Collections. MSL has been instrumental in digitizing IFAS agricultural publications, Florida Geological Survey publications, the Florida Museum of Natural History Bulletin, and other specialized science collections. In the 2012-13 academic year the Science librarians taught over 280 bibliographic instruction sessions to over 6,000 participants. The team of faculty and staff are known for innovative endeavors such as developing the Elegance of Science contest, incorporating instruction into the Humans vs. Zombies game, and adding core values to instruction such as Avoiding Plagiarism and the Responsible Conduct of Research. As online access to journals and reference materials has expanded, freeing space in the building, MSL has created additional group study space for students, including five new study rooms, improved meeting rooms, and the introduction of large screen monitors for group use.



Gainesville, Florida and the surrounding community are home to approximately 240,000 people and both the University of Florida and Santa Fe College.  Situated just over an hour from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, the city is surrounded by over 40 nature parks, including many spring-fed lakes and rivers. In 2007, Gainesville was ranked as the Best Place to Live and Work by Frommers Cities Ranked and Rated and as one of the Best Places to Live and Play by National Geographic Adventure. Gainesville is known as an innovative municipal government and an innovative city. Gainesville continues to receive national recognition as a top-rated city. Some of Gainesville's accolades are listed at the Gainesville Awards and Recognition link. A recent article in Florida Trend Magazine offers an in depth Community Portrait of Gainesville and the University of Florida. Gainesville was featured in the Top 100 Best Places to Love 2014 on Livability, Americas Best Places to Live & Visit. The area has numerous cultural institutions and is a haven for sports fans. Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, and St. Augustine are all within a two hour drive.



Vacation days, paid holidays, and sick leave days; retirement plan options; insurance benefits; tuition fee waiver program; no state or local income tax. Prospective employees should review the information about employment and benefits at UF available at


Application Process

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply. As part of the application process, applicants are invited to complete an on-line confidential and voluntary demographic self-disclosure form which can be found at: This information is collected by the University of Florida's Office of Human Resources to track applicant trends and is in no way considered by the Smathers Libraries in the selection process.


Please submit application materials via e-mail. Send, as attachments (MS-Word and PDF format preferred), a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; your current resume and a list of three references including their address, telephone and email information. Applications will be reviewed beginning December 2, 2013. Send all required application materials to Bonnie Smith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at:


Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered official if a designation of Issued to Student is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at



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