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Science Librarian-American University Library

  • 08 Jun 2022 4:55 PM
    Message # 12810479

    Position Title:

    Science Librarian-American University Library

    Position Description:

    American University Library invites applications from innovative, energetic, and service-oriented librarians to fill a continuing appointment faculty position supporting the Science Departments and Programs of the College of Arts and Sciences, beginning as soon as possible and subject to budgetary approval. Rank will be dependent upon experience and stature in the field at the assistant level.


    As the Research and Instruction Librarian for Science (Science Librarian), the librarian will be the point person for research assistance, information literacy instruction and collection development in support of the curriculum and faculty research in the science cluster (including Psychology) of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), as well as science-related research across campus. The Science Librarian will work closely with the faculty and administration of the science cluster of CAS to ensure that the University Library is able to meet their research and pedagogical needs and to increase awareness of library resources and services. In collection development, the Science Librarian reviews and selects research materials to support faculty and student research in the sciences and actively engages with vendors. This position provides high-level subject specific research assistance to CAS faculty and students in the sciences, as well as basic research assistance to all students and faculty and teaches subject specific instruction sessions and participates in the baseline information literacy instruction for all students. The Science Librarian creates appropriate online tools to support CAS students and faculty and supports interdisciplinary initiatives across academic units, for example research centers, that require expertise in science librarianship. This position serves on library cross-functional teams and participates in decisions that affect the overall research materials collection. The Science Librarian assists all relevant entities in self-studies and reaccreditation.

    The Science Librarian is a member of Research, Teaching and Learning (RTL) and reports to the Associate Director of RTL. As a member of RTL, the Science Librarian also participates in broader initiatives as part of the library.

    Library faculty members participate in university governance activities. The Science Librarian also consults regularly with CAS teaching faculty and administrators. The Science Librarian actively supports DEI initiatives within the University Library and within CAS. Continuing Appointment library faculty members are expected to contribute to the profession of librarianship, and to participate in campus-wide and library-wide activities.


    Please see job posting for list of responsibilities


    • An ALA accredited M.L.S is required.
    • Professional experience in an academic or research institution is highly preferred.
    • A degree in science or a related field is highly preferred.
    • Deep knowledge of current and emerging ideas, practices, trends and technologies that support science librarianship.
    • Ability to understand, anticipate, and respond to priorities and trends in the library, university and academia regarding science librarianship.
    • Must be able to work independently and collaboratively.
    • Demonstrated research assistance experience or training is required.
    • Pedagogical experience or training is required.
    • Collection development experience or instruction is required.
    • Evidence of potential for professional contributions and ongoing professional development is essential.
    • Evidence of potential for professional contributions and ongoing professional development is essential.
    • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills; strong public service ethic; and collaborative skills are essential.

    Application Process:

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