Chemistry Librarian

Saint Louis, Missouri
Annual rage of $59,612 - $77,532
Feb 04, 2019
Mar 06, 2019
Job ID#42640
Field of specialization
General / Technical
Work Function
Job Type
Full time



In conjunction with the University Libraries, the Chemistry Librarian is responsible for the overall planning and operation of the Chemistry library to provide effective library services to faculty, students and staff in the chemistry department, as well as the University and wider community. The incumbent is responsible for the development and maintenance of the subject collections, research assistance, instruction and outreach, and scholarly communication in the assigned subject areas. Contributes and participates in activities related to relevant library programs and supervises staff of the Chemistry Library.


Distributed library responsibilities. In coordination with the Head of the Distributed Libraries, incumbent will lead, plan, design and direct operations of the Chemistry Library and provide effective services to faculty, students and staff in the chemistry department by:

  • Recruiting and supervising Chemistry library staff
  • Providing approved performance appraisals for assigned staff in accordance with established policies and procedures
  • Ensuring appropriate student staffing through supervision and budget requests
  • Collaborating with operational and assessment department to supervise distributed library facility maintenance, including safety and security for users, staff and collections in the Chemistry library

Research and liaison services responsibilities. In conjunction with the Head of the Research and Liaison services and with colleagues within the Libraries, 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, supervises and assesses subject specific collections (and for the general collection as needed) for the libraries. Responsibilities include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Development of subject-specific collection guidelines
  • Consultations with subject faculty, students and staff in selecting materials
  • Supervise, 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. In collaboration with the Information Literacy Coordinator and with colleagues within the libraries, the incumbent will deliver, plan and assess strategic effective instruction and learning materials to meet the curricular needs of faculty and students. Responsibilities include, but aren’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. 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 committees
  • Attending or participating in professional webinars/instruction sessions
  • Stay current in their subject areas through various methods


Required Qualifications


Subject area Master’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math related subject disciplines; or higher educational work within Science, Technology, Engineering or Math related subject disciplines.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Master’s Degree or higher in Library Science from an accredited ALA School or equivalent.
  • Master’s Degree in Chemistry.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Academic library experience in a science discipline.