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Research & Instruction Librarian for Science and Healthcare, Salem State University, Salem, MA

General Statement of Duties

The Research & Instruction Librarian for Science and Healthcare serves as a tenure-track subject librarian and teaches information literacy, provides research assistance, and develops print and electronic collections in the disciplines of healthcare and the sciences in support of teaching and scholarship. Specifically, the librarian is the liaison between the library and the departments of Biology, Chemistry/Physics, Geological Sciences, Healthcare Studies, Nursing, and Occupational Therapy. The librarian shares the responsibility for participating in general library instruction, research assistance, assessment activities, strategic planning, and other library and campus initiatives. 
Located just 15 miles north of Boston, Salem State University is one of the top Massachusetts state universities in the percentage of undergraduates majoring in a science or healthcare field and the university continues to experience rapid growth in these areas. Situated in the exciting, historic seacoast city of Salem, the university provides a diverse community of over 8,000 students with a high quality, student-centered education that prepares them to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society. Over the past decade, the campus has added nearly 760,000 square feet of state-of-the-art academic and student life spaces, including the Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons which opened in 2013.

Salem State is a teaching university, committed to our students' learning and growth, many of whom are the first in their family to go to college. Collegiality, student success, civic engagement, collaboration, initiative, continuous improvement and accountability are highly valued in our organizational culture and we seek a colleague who shares those values and wants to be part of our community. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Serves as a subject librarian and liaison between the library and assigned academic departments, including Biology, Chemistry/Physics, Geological Studies, Healthcare Studies, Nursing, and Occupational Therapy
  2. Promotes, provides, and assesses library instruction - both online and in-person -in support of assigned departments and other disciplines as needed
  3. Responsible for collection development in assigned disciplines, including assessment, selection, and deselection
  4. Provides specialized research assistance for faculty and students through a variety of methods, including via email, phone, video conferencing, and in-person
  5. Develops, maintains, and updates instructional materials, with an emphasis on online guides and tutorials
  6. Investigates, develops, and implements instructional technologies appropriate to health and sciences curriculum
  7. Participates in general library instruction and information literacy initiatives, including general orientation, tours, and the Summer Bridge Program
  8. Promotes the use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) to academic departments and assists with coordination of campus outreach efforts
  9. Assists in accreditation, program review, and other official assessment processes
  10. Contributes to library and university-wide committees, initiatives, and projects as requested

Incumbents are required to perform duties in accordance with the MSCA contract. Duties include teaching, advising, scholarship and contributions to continuously improve the department and university. The position is subject to available funding.


Required Qualifications:

  1. Master's of library & information science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program 

  2. Proven track record teaching information literacy (classes, workshops, one-on-one) in a higher education or professional setting


Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated ability to work within a consultative team environment where collaboration and cooperation are essential
  2. Education or experience in the sciences, health sciences, or relevant field
  3. Experience in an academic library setting
  4. Evidence of effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  5. Demonstrated working knowledge of current educational technologies
  6. Commitment to working in a multicultural environment with students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles


Working Conditions:

Salem State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities.


Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please apply online  and attach curriculum vitae, cover letter and (unofficial) transcripts


Employment is contingent upon a completed background and CORI check satisfactory to the university. Internal candidates are not subject to a background check.  


EEO Statement: 
Salem State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.


Please Note: If there is no application deadline associated with a position, it may be removed at any time. Once a posting is removed, additional applications will not be accepted.

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