William & Mary Libraries is seeking a creative, collaborative, and proactive
Science Librarian. The Science Librarian is a member of the Research
Department at Earl Gregg Swem Library, and will cultivate partnerships that
help the library understand and respond to student and faculty informational
needs. The position serves as liaison to the sciences including chemistry,
biology, physics, geology, and applied sciences.
A critical aspect of this position requires that the librarian be a strong
presence in the campus science community, building and maintaining close
relationships with faculty and students in order to meet their teaching,
learning, research, and publication needs. The science librarian will provide
direct support for teaching and learning by providing instruction sessions,
workshops, web-based guides and tutorials, and targeted research services,
through individual and group consultations. S/he will also participate in
collection development with responsibility for building and maintaining strong
collections that reflect research and curricular needs.
The successful candidate will have an opportunity to build expertise as part
of William & Mary Libraries’ effort to advance scholarly communication and
data management services; therefore, the successful candidate will have an
interest in the extensive scholarly communications landscape including digital
publishing, open access platforms, open educational resources, open data,
copyright, and related intellectual property issues.
Librarians play a key role in the educational mission of William & Mary by
establishing strong relationships with faculty and students, and connecting
them to the services, content, and tools that meet their research, teaching,
and learning needs. They participate in Library-wide committees and in
professional activities outside of W&M, and monitor developments and best
practices in academic librarianship.
This position is suited for a beginning or early career librarian, and will be
supported and encouraged to participate in relevant professional development
opportunities related to science librarianship.
• ALA accredited master’s degree in library / information science
• Knowledge of science and general library resources.
• Experience offering public services in a library.
• Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
• Academic degree in a science discipline.
• Experience delivering instruction and research services in the
• Knowledge of scholarly communication issues
• Evidence of faculty collaboration.
William & Mary is one of America’s oldest and best universities. Located in
beautiful, historic Williamsburg, Virginia, the university claims both Jon
Stewart and Thomas Jefferson as alumni. U.S. News and World Report recently
ranked us sixth among all public universities, and the Library itself was
ranked 17th on the list of best college libraries in the country. Working at
William and Mary Libraries offers the opportunity to make a positive impact in
the educational experience of our small, smart, diverse student body and the
chance to experiment with new technologies and projects.
The Libraries provide support for training and opportunities for campus wide
engagement. We are committed to enhancing and promoting diversity and
inclusion, and we welcome applications from individuals who have life
experiences similar to those of underrepresented populations of the
The College is committed to offering its employees an attractive program of
benefits that fosters well-being, acknowledges the need for balance in the
work, family and personal lives of employees which, in turn, enables and
sustains a productive workplace. To view benefits available, please go
Living in Williamsburg offers residents multiple opportunities to explore and
experience U.S. history, to visit riverfront beaches and restaurants, to play
at major tourist attractions, and to invest time in personal pursuits, such as
music, art, museums, shopping, food and wine/beer, hiking/bicycling, nature,
sports and water sports, festivals, and more. Williamsburg feels like a small
college and tourist town, and is within an hour radius of larger cities such
as Richmond and Virginia Beach.
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