Science and Engineering Librarian – Learning and Research Services

Philadelphia, PA
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Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package, including relocation allowance. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Created: June 23, 2022



Temple University Libraries seeks an enthusiastic, patron-focused individual to be our new Science & Engineering Librarian. The position is based at our award-winning, state-of-the-art Charles Library, and will support programs in Temple University’s Colleges of Engineering and Science and Technology. You will be a member of our innovative and collaborative Science, Technology, Engineering and Biomedical Unit. We welcome applicants with a range of experiences, including those new to the profession. Temple University Libraries serves the Temple community and beyond, including close to 40,000 students; over 2,000 full-time faculty; and researchers and visitors on Main, Center City, and Health Sciences Center campuses in Philadelphia and on our Ambler and Harrisburg campuses. We are committed to providing research and learning services, offering open access to our facilities and information resources, and fostering innovation and experimentation. Our collections total more than four million physical and digital titles, over 275,000 print and electronic journal subscriptions, and more than 700 research databases. We also collect, preserve, and provide access to a broad universe of special collections, including rare books, manuscripts, archives, photographs, and more. As part of our library enterprise, the award-winning Temple University Press supports our mission to advance learning and scholarship.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Head of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Biomedicine Unit, the Science & Engineering Librarian provides reference, specialized research support and instructional programming for students, faculty and staff in engineering, biology, chemistry, computer & information science, earth & environmental science, the mathematical sciences, and physics. Serves as library liaison for five or more science and engineering departments. The Science & Engineering Librarian conducts outreach to specialized labs and research centers in the College of Science & Technology and the College of Engineering. The librarian develops instructional materials and provides library instruction to students in the assigned subject areas as well as undergraduates in the general education curriculum. Participates in general reference and research consultations for students, staff, and faculty in person and virtually, by appointment and upon request. Engages faculty through outreach and promotional activities, including committee participation and attendance at collegial meetings and events and assists researchers and students with navigating the research and scholarly publication process. Contributes to the development and delivery of specialized services for research support and data management and select materials for library collections in all formats in support of the school’s academic programs. Maintains awareness of current trends in librarianship, sciences and engineering, higher education, and related academic fields. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

ALA accredited MLIS/MLS. Experience designing and delivering learning content and applying information literacy concepts, such as developing learning outcomes and employing assessment techniques, to practice. Substantial coursework, library experience or practical lab experience in engineering or science fields, such as biology, physics, chemistry, geology, etc. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.


Required Skills and Abilities:

*Demonstrated ability to provide research support and instructional services.

*Proficient analytical, organizational, management and communication skills.

*Ability to take initiative and meet deadlines.

*Ability to work both independently and collegially in a demanding and rapidly changing environment.

*Commitment to providing responsive and innovative services to a culturally and racially diverse campus community.


Preferred Skills and Abilities:

*Experience in a science or engineering academic setting providing reference, consultation, or liaison services.

*Experience with evidence synthesis in engineering and sciences as a research method.

*Knowledge of or experience with STEM data analysis tools such as MatLab, Python, or R

*Knowledge of or experience with tools for collaborative research such as GitHub, electronic lab notebooks, data repositories, data sharing tools and repositories

*Facility with instruction and information technologies and creative use of technology to enhance learning.

*Experience developing and managing science or engineering-related collections in all formats.

*Knowledge of the information needs of relevant disciplines and an understanding of current trends and issues in scholarly publishing.

*Educational background in a STEM discipline

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