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Chair, Marston Science Library,University of Florida, Gainesville FL

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 for Scholarly Resources and Research Services, 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 branch’s responsibilities and supervisory duties. Please refer to the branch’s 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 library’s 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.

The search will remain open until filled, and review of applications will begin on June 15, 2013.  Interested candidates should follow the application procedures outline on the Position Vacancy Announcement at:

All inquiries and submissions of required application materials should be sent to Bonnie J. Smith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at: [email protected].