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West Lafayette, Indiana
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Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Master's Degree

Agricultural Sciences Information Specialist

Purdue University Libraries, recognized leaders in information literacy, scholarly communication initiatives, and research data management, seek an Agricultural Sciences Information Specialist (ASIS) to join our faculty.  With an emphasis on teaching and scholarship, the ASIS will join a collaborative team of information professionals who participate in a well-established program of information literacy, research data management services, scholarly publishing services, and will contribute to the research and scholarship in these areas.  The successful candidate will be the Libraries liaison to designated academic departments and research centers in the College of Agriculture, working with faculty and students to teach and to respond to trends in learning and scientific research in those disciplines.  Recently ranked in the top ten agriculture programs in the US and the world, the College includes among its award-winning researchers and teachers two World Food Prize laureates.

Responsibilities:  The Agricultural Sciences Information Specialist, the Libraries liaison to several departments in the College of Agriculture, teaches information-related courses, workshops, and single sessions; collaborates on scholarly communication, research data management, and digital scholarship initiatives related to agriculture; and participates in collaborative research projects, including sponsored research, within the Libraries and the College of Agriculture.  The ASIS will support teaching and learning needs of assigned departments; mentor undergraduate students; monitor collections in assigned subject areas; participate in Libraries committees and projects; and contribute to the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement.  The Agricultural Sciences Information Specialist will develop strong connections with faculty and students to teach and to address service needs; seek opportunities for collaborative partnerships with designated departments providing research lifecycle support.  The ASIS will represent Purdue Libraries in professional library/information organizations, including AgNIC and USAIN.


Required qualifications: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent combination of doctoral degree and relevant discipline.  Demonstrated commitment to and excellence in teaching; familiarity with trends in instructional best practices.  Strong interest in and ability to mentor undergraduate students effectively; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively. Ability to adapt to changing organizational environment. Commitment to engage in research and scholarship and potential to achieve promotion and tenure.


Further information about Purdue University Libraries, the University and the community will be found at:


Desired qualifications: Two years recent experience in agricultural sciences (e.g., agronomy, plant sciences, entomology, agricultural education, etc.); experience teaching using active learning methods; knowledge of research data management practices. For applicants with the MLS degree, a degree in a life science or experience in a life/biological sciences library is desired.  For applicants who do not have the MLS degree, knowledge of library and information science principles and practices is desired.


Salary and benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience in the context of Purdue University’s salary structure.

Faculty tenure-track position with a twelve-month appointment.  Rank of assistant professor or associate professor dependent upon qualifications.  Start-up funds in support of research are provided for computer/software/equipment, for travel/professional development, and for a half time graduate assistant for two years.

Purdue provides a generous fringe benefit package that includes retirement benefits as well as health, disability and life insurance, 22 annual vacation days, and tuition support for employee, children, and spouse/same sex domestic partner.  Purdue University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. 

Relocation funding will be available and discussed on a case-by-case basis.

A background check will be required for employment in this position

Application process:

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information of at least three references via email to Mandi Gramelspacher, Administrative Services Manager at

When applying:

  • Place “ASIS” in the subject line of the email.

In the cover letter:

  • Describe your interest in agricultural sciences librarianship;
  • Address the required qualifications;
  • In keeping with Purdue Libraries commitment to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement, the cover letter must address at least one of these areas, indicating past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. 

Nominations for the position will be accepted and should be sent to  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  Questions may be directed to Mandi Gramelspacher at 765-494-2902 or the above email address.

This position announcement will be found at:

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. 



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