Chemistry Librarian

Cambridge, Massachusetts
May 22, 2018
Jun 21, 2018
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Join Harvard Library as part of a dynamic team working to renew integrated liaison work with Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB) as the Chemistry Librarian, and be an active member of the Science Libraries Council. The dynamic and newly renovated Cabot Library serves as the physical locus and launching point for innovative services and creative exploration with the STEM community at Harvard.

Harvard Library is a six-year old organization embedded in a four-centuries old institution. Following a transformative change in 2012 that brought together a number of library operations for increased consistency and efficiency, the Library developed university-wide policies for collections and user services in support of research, teaching, and learning. Harvard is bringing its many individual libraries into an integrated organization. Building on its leadership position established through its extraordinary collections, the Harvard Library is growing in new ways to revolutionize the engagement of library staff in research, teaching, and learning.

The Library seeks an energetic, flexible, and innovative chemistry subject liaison to support the faculty, students, and staff of the Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB) departments. Working collaboratively as part of Harvard Library's Science and Engineering Services team, the chemistry librarian will advance visionary changes to user services and outreach to the department, and share them with the library community through active participation and presentation in professional organizations and meetings.

The Chemistry Librarian provides specialized and individualized reference and research consultation for undergraduate and graduate students, and works proactively with faculty to improve STEM instruction and CCB research efforts. With the Sciences and Engineering Services team, shares in responsibility for providing innovative services such as instructional design and delivery, scholarly communication, e-content (including e-books), and management of intellectual property and copyright.

Reporting to the Director of Science and Engineering Library Services, the Chemistry Librarian will hold office hours in CCB buildings, consult, and present workshops onsite and in library spaces, and build a network of strong relationships throughout CCB, ultimately leading to opportunities and services yet to be envisioned. The librarian supports services and collections for all branches of chemistry, chemical physics, and chemical biology.


Learning and Teaching:

  • Works with Science and Engineering team to develop and conduct workshops to promote effective use of information resources.
  • Provides research support through one-on-one consultations, topic-specific reference (virtual and in person), and online instructional materials.
  • Works with faculty to identify and integrate appropriate scholarly resources in the curriculum.

Research, Scholarship, and Outreach:

  • Applies subject knowledge to foster relationships with students and faculty throughout CCB.
  • Engages in outreach for areas including intellectual property, copyright, data management and dissemination, and scholarly communication.

Scholarly Resources Management:

  • Develops high quality collections, in collaboration with head of collection development, managing collection budget of over $1M.
  • Supports campus needs and helps build library capabilities for research data management.

Ongoing Duties:

  • Connects and collaborates with colleagues in science librarianship as part of the Science Libraries Council.
  • Participates in Harvard Library committees, working groups, meetings, and events.
  • Represents Harvard through active participation in relevant national and international professional and scholarly organization.


  • Hires, trains and supervises graduate and undergraduate student assistants as needed.


  • Job involves use of a mouse and keyboard. May involve lifting of library books and materials

Diversity Statement
At the Harvard Library, our work is enriched by our diverse campus community. Our unique and wide-ranging abilities, experiences, and perspectives are integral to achieving Harvard University's mission of excellence in research, teaching, and learning for our patrons, our collections, and our workplace. We believe that an inclusive environment that cultivates and promotes understanding, respect, and collaboration across our diverse workforce enables our success.

We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to apply to be a part of our community of over 700 staff members. Our work with faculty, students and researchers to explore answers to intellectual questions, enduring and new, and to seek solutions to the world's most consequential problems, requires that we not only reflect, but also champion our diverse society.

A global leader, the Harvard Library is a pre-eminent research library that acquires, disseminates, and preserves knowledge. Harvard's Library holdings range from traditional print collections to rapidly expanding inventories of digital resources. It is the work of the Harvard Library to provide the University's faculty, students, and researchers—now and in the future—with comprehensive access over time to all of these materials.

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The Harvard Library is a proud member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Basic qualifications

  • Advanced degree in library science, information science and/or chemistry or related fields required
  • Five plus years of work experience relevant to the position
  • Teaching experience with popular chemistry databases and relevant tools including SciFinder, ChemDraw, Share Latex/Overleaf, e-lab notebooks.

Additional Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in a science-related field preferred.
  • Advanced degree in chemistry or other STEM discipline is desirable.
  • Proven ability to analyze existing systems and implement improvements.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational skills, ability to work independently and collegially, and to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • A commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse population.
  • Ability to conduct instruction with active learning pedagogical techniques.
  • Demonstrated skills in accessing, retrieving, authenticating, and interpreting computer database content and assessing journal quality for the sciences.
  • Ability to search patent resources.
  • Ability to work in a changing, dynamic matrix environment.
  • Ability to design, implement, and assess new library programs and services.
  • Ability to manage collections specific to Chemistry and Chemical Biology.


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