Biology and Psychology Librarian - University Libraries
Washington University in St. Louis
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Internal Number: JR61823
The Biology & Psychology Librarian is a member of the Research & Liaison Services unit (RLS) in the Research & Academic Collaboration Services (RACS) division, and is based in Olin Library on the Danforth Campus at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU).
Subject librarians in the RACS division provide research assistance, teaching & learning, collection development, and other relevant liaison services for students, faculty, and staff in assigned departments and subject areas; establish and maintain partnerships on campus in the areas of research, teaching, and advocacy; develop and promote relevant library resources and services; and engage in continual education in librarianship, teaching and learning, and scholarship in assigned disciplines.
In addition, RLS librarians provide virtual chat and in-person reference services to support the broader WashU community, as well as course support for the College Writing program for incoming freshmen.
The Biology & Psychology Librarian supports the Biology and Psychological & Brain Sciences departments and the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology department (PNP), as well as faculty and students in other departments and subject areas on campus with related research and instruction needs. This requires maintaining strong working relationships with the WashU School of Medicine, Becker Medical Library, Brown School Library, and affiliated community organizations.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Research & liaison services responsibilities. The incumbent in this position is expected to deliver research services by:
Providing and assessing in-person/virtual reference and research consultation services to fulfill user research needs.
Liaising with faculty, students and others in assigned subject areas to facilitate information about library resources/activities through regular meetings and appropriate communication channels.
Liaising with faculty, students and others in assigned subject areas to solicit material collection or service related needs.
Promoting the role of research libraries to the university and community at large by participation in, but not limited to, campus, regional and national committees and projects.
Appreciating and understanding the evolving nature of scholarship, scholarly output and the research data cycle and appropriately sharing that knowledge with faculty and students.
Connecting researchers, when applicable, with others within the libraries in a collaborative manner addressing scholarly communication needs including, but not limited to, publishing, data management and repository services.
Collaborating with Special Collections, Data Services and other areas within the Libraries providing cross-divisional partnerships and subject expertise to ensure the success of projects, collections, etc.
Collection development. In collaboration with the Collection Services Librarian and with colleagues within the Libraries, the incumbent develops, maintains, and assesses subject specific collections for the libraries. Responsibilities include, but arenâ™t limited to:
Development of subject-specific collection policies.
Consultations with subject faculty, students and staff in selecting materials.
Manage, assess and maintain collection budgets, collection materials and collection approval plans.
Professional awareness in subject area and collection criteria.
Collaboration with other areas in the libraries ensuring successful ordering and cataloging of assigned collections.
Instruction. Incumbent collaborates with colleagues within and beyond the libraries to deliver, plan and assess strategic and effective instruction and learning materials to meet the curricular needs of faculty and students. Responsibilities include, but arenâ™t limited to:
Design, deliver and assess effective instructional sessions and activities through the solicitation of user and instructor feedback.
Design, implement and assess effective online learning and digital tools.
Develop and enhance teaching skills, as appropriate.
Professional development and other responsibilities. Incumbent will further their professional knowledge not only in their subject specialty, but also in the field of librarianship and areas relevant to their position by:
Participation in professional library or subject related organizations and committeesÂ .
Attending or participating in professional webinars/instruction sessions.
Stay current in their subject areas through various methods.
Perform other duties as assigned or appointed.
Ability to move to on and off-campus locations.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent soft skills.
Must be able to work in an environment containing possible dust or mold.
MLS from an accredited library program.
Academic or library experience.
Bachelorâ™s degree in one or more of the assigned subject disciplines.
ALA Accredited MLS/MLIS or other subject MA (or higher degree) within one or more of the assigned subject disciplines.
$49,000.00 - $83,800.00 / AnnuallyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.
Washington University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to an individualâ™s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status, protected veteran status, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation. Women, minorities, protected veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.
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