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Science Librarian

American University
District of Columbia, United States
$70,000.00 - $73,000.00
Posted Date
Jun 9, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration
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Full Time
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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.

Responsibilities: 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.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide Information Literacy Instruction
•Support CAS by teaching integrated information literacy sessions within Science disciplines including: Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Environmental Science;Mathematics and Statistics; Neuroscience; Physics; Psychology. Specific divisions or programs served may change according to changes at the university.
•Support science labs by helping them incorporate an information literacy focus.
• Work with CAS Faculty to develop instructional materials for information literacy, e.g. tutorials, course LibGuides, and rubrics.
• As the liaison to the CAS science cluster, work with appropriate committees, administrators and faculty to incorporate information literacy learning objectives and intervention appropriately into the curriculum.
• Teach baseline information literacy skills to Writing Studies classes.
• Participate in departmental information literacy initiatives as a member of RTL, e.g. walk-in workshops, assessment and analysis projects, and pedagogical explorations, other instruction as needed.

Provide Research Support and Outreach Services to the CAS Community:
• Partner with the CAS community to discover information resources and data through consulting on research projects, providing research assistance, facilitating access to online resources, and finding science information resources through individual consultations (in person and online) and through email.
• Support any student or faculty member, regardless of departmental affiliation, with consultations concerning advanced subject specific research requiring science information resources.
• Provide consultations on best practices and resources to accomplish research activities.
• Work with appropriate stakeholders to develop new library programs to best serve the research needs of science faculty and students, such as services that support digital scholarship.
• Participate in department-wide services to serving the broader AU community and public with basic research assistance.
• Participate in outreach programs in person and online. Provide support and outreach to research centers.

Curate the Science Collection
• Purchase materials required to support the curriculum of the CAS science cluster, the research of the faculty, and the long-term research needs of the university as related to resources related to the sciences.
• Appropriately de-select or cease subscriptions to science information resources in relationship to the budget, the curriculum, the research needs of the faculty, long-term commitments to the regional and national intellectual record, and trends in publishing.
• Serve on the library body that oversees the overall university library collection, excepting special collections and archives.

Develop and Manage Web Based Resources
• Develop and maintain web pages related to science information resources and services on the LibGuides platform.
• Consult with stakeholders on any changes to the enterprise systems that impact access to Science information resources.

Other Duties
• Potential supervisory responsibilities
• The Science Librarian may be asked to perform other duties as operational needs arise.
Service to the Profession
• Participate in advancing the profession of Librarianship or the academic field in the Sciences through original research, relevant service to professional and scholarly societies, publications, or impactful presentations in professional or scholarly venues.
Service to the University
• Participate in the shared governance of American University and American University Library through active participation on university and library committees and engagement in work that meaningfully furthers the university and library outside of the primary duties of the position.
Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Position available: Beginning as soon as possible

• 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.
Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
Position available: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

American University offers 16 degree granting majors and two certificates in STEM fields, including three doctoral programs (Behavior, Cognition and Neuroscience; Neuroscience; Psychology): In addition to majors, the College of Arts and Sciences supports the university’s Core Curriculum:

The American University Library serves the AU community through a collection of more than 1,700,000 print and electronic book titles and 180,000 media and sound recordings. Notable collections include a branch music library, a strong visual media collection, special collections and university archives, a K-12 curriculum materials center. AU Library has affiliate collections at the Washington College of Law and at the Wesley Theological Seminary. The AU Library collection totals over 184,000 journal subscriptions in all subjects. The Library has 16 library faculty, 61 full-time staff and other professionals and about 116 student assistants. The library's budget is about $17 million. The American University Library is an active member of the Washington Research Library Consortium, and it holds membership in LOCKSS, SPARC, the Patriot League Libraries Group and the University Libraries Group.
American University Library is a Founding Member of the Diversity Alliance for Academic Libraries.

American University values open and honest inquiry, servant leadership, and the affirmation of the human dignity of all. American University envisions a thriving community where individuals of all identities and experiences are understood, appreciated, and fully included, and where equitable treatment, opportunities, and outcomes prevail.
AU’s plan for Inclusive Excellence, adopted in January 2018, reflects the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion—the cornerstone for achieving institutional and educational excellence.
To learn more about how AU is infusing diversity, equity, and inclusion at a strategic, tactical, and operational level, please visit:

AU Library Diversity Statement
The AU Library is committed to diversity and inclusion by providing an inclusive, welcoming, and adaptable environment for the community. The Library recognizes that this is an ongoing process and aims to engage in diversity and inclusion as more than just numeric representation. The Library will continue to work on intentionally diversifying its personnel, services, and collections in meaningful ways.
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Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Send a letter of application, resume, names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to:
Michele Mikkelsen, Director, Administrative Services
American University Library
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-8046 

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.

American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus. To ensure the health and safety of our community, American University requires that all faculty and staff are vaccinated for Covid-19. To learn more about American University's health and safety directives please click here.
Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

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