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Science and Scholarly Communication Librarian


Reed College seeks a dynamic and student-oriented science and scholarly communication librarian to collaborate closely with faculty and students in the natural sciences, mathematics, and computer science, supporting teaching, research activities, and scholarly communication. Reed is a liberal arts college with strong science programs and a record of producing substantial numbers of STEM graduates. This position reports to the Director of Research Services.

This is a full-time, exempt position working 37.5 hours per week on a Monday through Friday schedule, with occasional evening and weekend hours. Starting salary is $60,000-$64,000 commensurate with qualifications, background, and experience. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10 percent employer contribution (following one year of employment at an academic institution), retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and campus amenities such as library privileges, membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse, and discounted TriMet passes.


  • You are passionate about the sciences and the role of libraries and scholarly communication in the scientific process.
  • You believe that undergraduate education in the sciences is best delivered in the laboratory, in seminars, and in small groups, and you’re committed to working closely with students and faculty wherever the learning process happens.
  • You are excited about the prospect of working closely with faculty to develop a library instruction program that supports a robust undergraduate science curriculum.
  • You look forward to joining a team of committed library staff working to provide the best services possible to an intensely academic liberal arts community.
  • You enjoy working in a collaborative environment to develop programs for an increasingly diverse student body.


  • Provide instruction and research assistance and conduct other outreach activities that support research and scholarship in the sciences.
  • Contribute to and manage library collections and resources that support the sciences.
  • Provide expertise in scholarly communications and publishing.
  • Play a leadership role in promoting and coordinating open access publishing.
  • Participate in professional activities of the library and the college by leading or serving on committees, providing training and educational opportunities for staff, and developing and maintaining connections with local, regional, and national professional communities.


  • Knowledge of academic research and practice in mathematics, computer science, and natural sciences.
  • Knowledge of current issues in scholarly communication and publishing practices.
  • Knowledge of lab methods and practices and how those intersect with scholarly communications.
  • Ability to collaborate with others and manage multiple priorities and projects.
  • Strong interest in contributing to the library’s research assistance, instruction, and outreach initiatives.
  • A passion for promoting the use of library collections and services in the undergraduate curriculum, particularly in mathematics and the sciences.


  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science
  • An academic degree in science or an equivalent combination of education and experience working in the sciences.
  • Organizational, planning, communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills.
  • Experience or interest in supporting diverse populations of students, faculty, and community members.


Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • Why are you interested in this role?
  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

As you apply online, you will be asked to provide an answer to the following: 

  • All members of Reed's community are expected to contribute to a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus. Employees who experience the most success at Reed are comfortable interacting with a diverse group of students, colleagues and community members. How would you use your skills and experience to contribute to inclusion and community growth at Reed?

This position will remain open and we will accept applications until we extend a job offer and it is accepted.

Reed College replies to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.