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


The Research & Instruction Librarian for Science and Healthcare serves as a subject librarian and teaches information literacy, provides research assistance, and develops print and electronic collections in the disciplines of healthcare and the sciences to enhance 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 participates in general library instruction, research assistance, assessment activities, strategic planning, and other library and campus initiatives.

Salem State University values, celebrates and appreciates diversity in all its forms and endeavors to create a space that reflects the campus community population which it serves. Our students come to Salem State University from 38 states and 48 countries and reflect the demographics of the greater Boston community in which we live. We are passionate about providing an experience for them and our fellow staff and faculty, where everyone can feel supported while they explore, learn, and celebrate their identities, similarities, and differences. We welcome you to come celebrate with us and become a member of our community.

Duties and Responsibilities

(E) – Essential

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


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
  3. Experience in navigating and teaching some or all of the following databases: CINAHL Plus, Index Chemicus, SciFinder Scholar, Clinical eCompanion, and Health Source
  4. Experience providing research help using a wide variety of general online research databases and catalogs, library-specific softwares (such as LibGuides), instructional technologies, and virtual reference services
  5. Experience providing outreach services in libraries

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated ability to work within a consultative team environment where collaboration is essential
  2. Education or experience in the sciences, health sciences, or relevant field
  3. At least 2 years of experience in an academic library setting
  4. Evidence of effective oral, written and social communication skills
  5. Demonstrated working knowledge of current educational technologies
  6. Enthusiasm for working in a multicultural environment with students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles
  7. Fluency or ability to communicate effectively in Spanish
  8. As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Salem State University seeks to enrich the faculty ranks by actively encouraging candidates whose lived and scholarly experiences directly address issues regarding the health, welfare, and representation of Latinx populations in the United States. Candidates who meet this strongly desired qualification should present documented activities in Latinx-related teaching, scholarship/research, and service, including community-based endeavors in each of these three areas.

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