Under the supervision the Collections and Information Service Manager the Library Subject Specialist is responsible for library collections development, instruction and research support services to faculty, researchers and students from the assigned KAUST academic divisions. The subject specialist provides analysis of academic instruction and research programs to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the Library's supporting collections and services to further develop them accordingly. S/he will serve as the main contact point between the library and assigned academic departments, providing instruction and outreach services, including reference consultations, information literacy instruction, scholarly communication, open access, research data and support for research services and students success.
• Assume overall responsibility for the development of the collection in the assigned subject areas of the assigned KAUST academic division and research centers.
• Assess databases and other electronic products available from publishers in related subject areas.
• Select materials in all formats, review requests, book reviews, and other collection development sources, to initiate orders.
• Gather and analyze usage statistics to aid in collection development decisions, policies, procedures and workflows.
• Create and maintain subject webpages (LibGuides) in assigned subject areas.
• Develop collection development strategies for assigned subject areas in consultation with faculty and other subject specialists.
• Assess the level and quality of the library collections, and benchmark it with the peers.
Outreach & Research Support
• Maintain a level of contact with the faculty that will provide knowledge of academic and research programs sufficient to ensure that collections and services support curriculum and research needs.
• Work with faculty and researchers to advice on research data management and identify content for KAUST digital repository and special collections.
Reference and Instruction
• Provide specialized research assistance/consultation services in assigned subject areas, in person, as group and at Info Desk.
• Active involvement on online reference services and LibAnswers.
• Classroom teaching of information literacy courses to students and faculty in assigned subject areas, databases, reference and research tools.
• Creation, embedding and marketing of e-learning course modules and video tutorials to supplement library trainings initiatives.
• Assess and improve instructional activities on par with international standards in order to support student success.
Scholarly Communication Support
• Educate and advocate research community and others about scholarly communications issues, including author rights, open access; seek an understanding of changing workflows and scholarly communications practices among faculty;
• Track developments in open access academic publishing and discuss open access agreements with academic publishers.
• Act as a liaison for open access, communicating with KAUST authors and presenting them OA possibilities with academic publishers.
• Gather and analyze open access publishing data of KAUST authors, assess this data and propose next steps in this area.
• Contribute to a dynamic, collegial University Library team supportive of the university s goals.
• Actively participate in local and international partnerships with libraries, scientific societies, publishers, information services providers, cultural institutions, and scholarly associations and organizations to market, share, and continually improve information services in the sciences.
• Plan and conduct staff training in the use of library resources.
• Assist with the development of service policies, procedures and workflows including e-resources, circulation, course management systems, and a repository of digital assets.
• Participate in the integration of library resources and services into course management systems.
• Work at the InfoDesk as assigned.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Competent with a variety of relevant information technology tools and applications (e.g., multidisciplinary and relevant disciplinary bibliographic databases such as Scifinder, Scopus, Web of Science etc.).
• Well-informed on learning resources, developments, and trends in assigned subject areas.
• Working experience in library subscriptions and license negotiations.
• Ability to initiate and develop strong working relationships with faculty, researchers, graduate students, fellow library staff, and vendors.
• Confident and articulate in presenting training sessions.
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
• Strong English written and spoken skills.
• Strong public presentation abilities.
• Commitment to excellent public service.
• Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
• The ability to function in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
• ALA accredited MLS or MLIS degree, or equivalent and/or advanced degree in subject discipline or equivalent education and experience;
• Minimum of 5 years experience in an an academic or research library required;
• Demonstrated experience with developing and delivering instructional programming;
• Extensive experience using research and citation databases and the ability to learn and use new instructional technologies