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Science Librarian


Reed College seeks a dynamic and student-oriented Science Librarian to collaborate closely with faculty and students in the sciences. This role supports teaching, research, and scholarly communication, providing extensive support to seniors who are completing their theses. This is an exciting job, working with talented science faculty and students, and with a collaborative team of research librarians. This position reports to the Director of Research Services. Reed College is known for its strong science programs and large numbers of STEM graduates.

Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive and cost-free medical and dental insurance for you, and a 60% discount on medical and dental insurance for your dependents, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities. This is a full-time, exempt role with work hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a one hour unpaid lunch. Salary for this position is $65,000 per year.

Who You Are

  • You have at least two years’ experience as a librarian and are knowledgeable about research methods in one or more of the sciences.
  • You have experience developing and managing electronic and print collections, preferably in the sciences.
  • You look forward to teaching and have experience in instructional design, lesson planning, and assessment practices.
  • You have strong knowledge of science lab methods and practices.
  • You are excited to work with faculty to develop library instruction that supports a robust undergraduate science curriculum.
  • You are collaborative and have experience reaching out to others to initiate partnerships. You enjoy being part of a team and cultivating relationships.
  • You hold an MLS or MLIS degree. You have a science degree or demonstrated experience doing scientific research.
  • You take personal responsibility for contributing to an equitable, inclusive, and culturally responsive atmosphere in your area.
  • You are self-aware. You understand your own culture, identity, biases, prejudices, power, privilege, and stereotypes.

What You’ll Do

  • Provide research support to students and faculty in the sciences including biology, physics, and chemistry. 
  • Work closely with students providing in-depth research support from introductory science courses to the required senior thesis. 
  • Plan, implement, and assess library instruction in the classrooms and lab spaces.
  • Serve as the college’s subject matter specialist on scientific reference materials. Develop and manage the library’s scientific collections in collaboration with faculty and Collection Services Department.
  • Participate in the library’s scholarly communication efforts including citation management support, identifying evolving modes of scholarship, and taking an active role in the senior thesis submission and retention process. 
  • Provide research support at service desks and through individual consultations, assist in student workers management, and participate in library outreach programs as part of the Research Services team.
  • Promote equity and ensure equal access in every aspect of your work.

Application Instructions

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:

  • How would this position contribute to achievement of your long-term professional goals?
  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

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

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply by February 15, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. 

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 is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.