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Washington State University
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Posted: 01/27/2020
Science Librarian
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

The Washington State University Libraries invites applications for Science Librarian, a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position located in Pullman, Washington. This position reports to the Associate Dean of Libraries.

This position will be primarily responsible for providing research, instruction, and outreach services to STEM departments. Successful candidates will have a broad understanding of scholarly information across STEM fields connecting researchers and learners with information and resources within and beyond the physical library. Additionally, the librarian will work collaboratively across the WSU community to support various initiatives including Open Access and Open Educational Resources.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Departmental Liaisons Team – as part of this team, responsible for designing, delivering and/or assessing liaison and outreach services to academic departments and student support services. This includes specialized reference and instruction activity that is performed by the subject specialists. Team members work to promote and deliver Library services and resources, and support university affiliates to develop positive public relations with faculty, departments, and colleges. This position will have liaison responsibilities for biological sciences and other areas of focus will be determined based on qualifications and experience.

Reference Service – will contribute to reference services, providing assistance to library users face to face and virtually, participating in the development of reference policies and assessment, keeping current on pertinent issues, developing reference collection for designated departments/programs/areas, including regular weeding, working effectively and cooperatively with colleagues wherever located to provide high-quality reference services, and maintaining a professional presence in all reference transactions.

Scholarship, Professional Development, and Service:

•             Keeps up on trends in librarianship and higher education.

•             Participates in professional organizations and attends workshops, conferences, institutes, etc. at the local, state and national level.

•             Participates in scholarly research and publication.

•             Performs in a manner consistent with the Library's Criteria for Merit Increases, Promotion and Granting of Tenure.

•             Serves on Library Working Groups, task forces and search committees.

•             Serves on WSU committees and task forces.

•             Performs related special assignments as necessary.

Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree from an ALA-Accredited Library and Information Studies program at date of hire; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently; and experience in reference and/or instruction.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in an academic library setting; knowledge of or experience with the sciences; experience with creating and providing liaison and outreach services; experience with classroom teaching inside or outside the library setting; experience with learning management systems; experience with distance learning; demonstrated ability to assess and improve services; demonstrated commitment to and experience with diverse populations; documented achievement in research and creative work and professional service.

The University:

Washington State University (, one of two research universities in the state, was founded in 1890 as the state’s land-grant institution and has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 7,000 faculty and staff. The University strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. WSU students come together from diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds from around the nation and more than 90 countries. As a comprehensive, land-grant institution, Washington State University is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and outreach to all constituents.

The Libraries:

The WSU Libraries (, one of two Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in the state, houses over two million books and over 30,000 journal and magazine subscriptions. The Libraries are a part of the Orbis Cascade Alliance and are deeply invested, along with our partner libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, in the activities of the shared Library Resource Management System. As an active partner in the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the WSU Libraries both inform and reflect the guiding tenets of the alliance, which are: collaborate for shared benefit, value shared innovation, be intentional, and act with integrity and respect.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Washington State University has comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, in addition to excellent retirement programs and a generous leave program.

Applications must be received by March 1, 2020.

Online applications are required and will include a cover letter addressing the qualifications, curriculum vitae, and complete contact information for three current professional references. Finalists will be subject to a background check as a condition of employment. Questions may be sent to the search committee via Bonny Boyan,, 509-335-1535.

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