Chemistry Librarian

$56,410 yearly
  • Auburn University Libraries
  • Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA
  • Jan 28, 2021
Full time Chemistry Library & Information Science

Job Description


SUMMARY OF POSITION: Auburn University Libraries seeks an innovative, knowledgeable, and user-focused individual to serve as the Chemistry Librarian, supporting distinctive programs of research, teaching and learning in the primary liaison areas of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering, as well as an emerging Bioinformatics program.

Reporting to the Head of Research & Instruction Services in Auburn University Libraries, this position proactively engages in performing a variety of duties to include reference and research assistance, collection development, course-integrated instruction, and user support for evolving data, digital and information literacy initiatives. This twelve-month tenure-track position requires professional and scholarly activity as well as service on library and university committees.


  • Serve as liaison and provide outreach to students, staff, and faculty in the departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering, as well as an interdisciplinary Bioinformatics program; 
  • Engage in collection development, management, and assessment, for assigned subject areas; 
  • Develop outcome-based information literacy instruction sessions and online instructional materials for chemistry and biochemistry and chemical engineering undergraduate and graduate students; 
  • Teach CHEM 3000, a semester-long, credit-bearing information literacy course focused on effective searching and use of chemistry literature and databases; 
  • Provide subject-specific research assistance to support teaching, learning, and research in assigned liaison departments and related areas such as drug discovery and development in Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, and Biological Sciences; 
  • Provide general reference services, both virtual and in-person, for the University community as well as members of the public; some evening and weekend research and instruction service may be required; and 
  • Maintain current knowledge of the trends and issues in higher education, and best practices in the Library and Information Science profession that include research data management, data analysis, scholarly communication, and open access publishing.

Preferred and Required Qualifications


  • Masters of Library Science or equivalent from an ALA accredited program at the time employment begins;
  • Background in chemistry, chemical informatics, or related subject discipline;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of chemical information sources;
  • Experience teaching or providing instructional services in an academic setting;
  • Strong commitment to excellence in public service and improving the user experience; adaptability, flexibility, and willingness to engage in continuous learning to meet the changing needs of library users;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; strong and effective written communication skills;
  • Ability to work both independently as well as collegially and productively in a team environment;
  • Highly developed analytical, problem-solving and organizational skills; and
  • Potential to meet university promotion and tenure requirements for library



  • Advanced degree in chemistry or related subject discipline;
  • Experience providing reference, instruction, collection development, or liaison services in an academic library or special library setting;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the research process in the sciences and/or engineering;
  • Experience creating content and delivering instruction in online settings;
  • Ability to analyze complex quantitative and qualitative data with a knowledge of research data management practices; and
  • A record of professional, scholarly research activity.

Application Details

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A complete application must include a letter of interest, resume or curriculum vitae, and the names of three current, professional references (please include mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers). The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. For questions, contact the search committee chair, Jaena Alabi at


Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.


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Application Deadline

Application review process begins March 5, 2021 and will continue until a qualified candidate is selected and recommended for appointment.