Engineering Research Librarian

The University of Rochester seeks an innovative, collaborative, technologically adept, and service oriented librarian to join the Science and Engineering Libraries team. The Research Librarian for Engineering will support scholarly pursuits of the faculty, staff and students in the four Engineering Departments including Biomedical, Chemical, Electrical and Computer, and Mechanical. The successful candidate will be an active participant in the research, teaching, and learning processes of these departments and will be embedded in laboratories, research groups, and online and flipped classrooms.

For example, the online audio engineering and music course taught by Professors Robert Clark and Mark Bocko illustrates the innovative instruction that the Engineering Research Librarian will support:

The Research Librarian for Engineering is expected to build strong relationships with faculty and other campus professionals and establish collaborative partnerships within and across the institution. They will provide face-to-face and virtual reference and consultation services, develop web-based instruction, and employ technology in innovative ways in support of the academic mission. Working collaboratively with other librarians, the successful candidate will develop high quality digital and print collections. The Librarian will engage and collaborate with faculty, staff and students around current and emerging digital technologies for learning and research.  The librarian in partnership with the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will promote undergraduate research opportunities and will provide a dynamic, student-centered research environment that encourages inquiry, critical thinking, and creativity for our students.  The Librarian will develop an understanding of the data needs of the engineering departments and work with the Data Librarian to meet their data management, curation and visualization needs. The Research Librarian participates in departmental and library planning, and will serve on library-wide committees, working
groups and teams.   The successful candidate is expected to be active
professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. The Research Librarian for Engineering reports to the Director of Science and Engineering Libraries.


ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science; a degree or course work in engineering or science discipline; demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging technologies as they contribute to meeting the needs of faculty and students in engineering; strong communication and organizational skills; strong commitment to public service; the ability to work effectively with diverse library users and staff; experience with science and engineering information sources; demonstrated ability to collaborate in a team environment.

One or more years of relevant experience, preferably in an academic research library; knowledge of e-science and scientific data; innovation in delivering information services; experience with online instruction and embedding the library in online education; experience with CAD and other engineering software; familiarity with trends in digital scholarly communication.

The Libraries, the University, and the Area
The Science and Engineering Libraries are staffed by 6 full time librarians, 6 library assistants and many student workers. The Science Libraries include the Carlson Science and Engineering Library, the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) Library and the Physics-Optics-Astronomy (POA) Library.  Services and collections in the science libraries support the information needs of more than 350 faculty, 1,200 graduate students and 4,900 undergraduates. For more information about the Science and Engineering Libraries see

The University of Rochester Libraries belongs to the Association of Research Libraries and has collections of nearly 3.75 million volumes and more than 28,000 active serial titles. The River Campus Libraries, the largest of three library systems at the University of Rochester, is a leader in user-centered design research, institutional repositories, and web-based services.  Recent projects include a multi-year ethnographic study of undergraduates, two IMLS-funded projects to study how faculty and graduate students conduct research and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grants to design and develop open source discovery tools.
The River Campus Libraries are currently developing a five year strategic plan centered on transitioning to a digital future which promises to be a very exciting time for a motivated, innovative professional wishing to join our team. For more information on the Libraries, please consult our website:

The University of Rochester is the sixth largest private employer in New York State and one of the nation’s leading private universities with over 5,000 undergraduate and 3200 graduate students on the River Campus.
Located in Rochester, New York, the University gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum.

Among the 100 largest metropolitan regions in the country, Greater Rochester has earned a reputation as one of the most livable communities in the nation.  Located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario and gateway to the scenic Finger Lakes, Rochester offers its 1.1 million residents the amenities of a metropolitan area with a quality of life not available in many urban regions.  Rochester is recognized as one of the most affordable housing markets in the country where the prospect of owning a house is a possibility.  Several high schools in the metropolitan area have been consistently listed by Newsweek as among the best in the country.  The metropolitan area boasts 20,000 acres of parkland and offers year-round recreational opportunities for those who like to be outdoors in all seasons.  In addition to hosting past PGA and Ryder cup tournaments and the annual LPGA tour, Rochester is also home to top-level minor league baseball, hockey, soccer, and lacrosse teams.

For more information about living in Rochester, see

Salary and Benefits:
We offer a competitive salary and benefit package commensurate with experience. The University of Rochester offers comprehensive benefits; choice of retirement programs including TIAA-CREF; twenty-five days paid vacation and seven calendar holidays and tuition benefits.

Applications will be accepted immediately and until the position is filled. Please send letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references to:

Latasha Hill, HR Assistant
Rush Rhees Library
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY  14627 <>


Background Check Requirements
All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment screening.  All offers are contingent on successful completion of a background check.