STEM Outreach & Instruction Librarian

Cheney, WA
May 04, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Eastern Washington University Libraries seeks a dynamic and energetic STEM Outreach and Instruction Librarian to support our STEM programs. This position is an 11-month, full-time tenure-track library faculty appointment (working over 12 months) to perform professional responsibilities in librarianship, service and scholarship. The STEM Librarian will promote a positive work environment, communicate effectively, and collaborate with library colleagues in identifying ways to promote library goals and initiatives.

The STEM Librarian will perform outreach to faculty in areas such as Applied Technology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geology, and Mathematics, and will develop library collections in support of these disciplines. They will remain well-informed about trends in the areas of scholarly publishing, e-science, and data management for STEM disciplines, and will help advance associated library initiatives. This person will be comfortable collaborating and building strong relationships with faculty through outreach initiatives that support student retention and success. The ideal candidate is a dynamic information literacy instructor who is capable of engaging undergraduate and graduate students in both general and specialized classes.

The STEM Librarian will provide general and specialized reference and research assistance to library patrons both in-person and virtually. We seek a candidate who genuinely enjoys helping people and providing outstanding customer service to patrons. The candidate should also be comfortable working with diverse groups and promoting cultural competency. This person will be actively engaged in assessing student learning outcomes, and contribute effectively to department-wide learning assessment efforts.
Key responsibility areas include:

  • Reference and Individual Instruction (22%)
  • Development and Delivery of Classroom, Distance, and Online Instruction (30%)
  • Liaison, Outreach, Collaboration with Academic Departments (15%)
  • Research and Service to the Library and University (20%)
  • Collection Development and Management (3%)
  • Miscellaneous Library Support Activities (10%)

About Eastern Washington University

Eastern is a regional, comprehensive university located in Cheney, 20 minutes from downtown Spokane. In addition to Eastern's Cheney campus, we also offer our Riverpoint campus in Spokane, plus additional teaching/learning centers located in other cities throughout Washington State. Enrollment has reached over 12,000 students. The Cheney-Spokane area is the heart of the Inland Northwest, with excellent restaurants, theater, shopping, skiing, hiking, lakes, a choice of living in a medium-sized city or a small town, and high quality schools and housing.

Eastern Washington University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Eastern Washington University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

Conditions of Employment

This is a full time position that works 11 months spread over 12 months. Salary is evenly distributed across all 12 months.

Required Qualifications:

Candidates must provide evidence in their application materials that they meet the qualifications as described below.

  1. MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution.
  2. A minimum of two years successful post-MLS/MLIS professional reference and instruction experience in an academic library setting, gained within the past ten years.
    • Time spent as a full-time instructor in a STEM discipline at an institution of higher education may be substituted for one year of post-MLS/MLIS experience.
  3. Familiarity with, and interest in, STEM literature and research methods.
  4. Proficient reference skills, including the ability to use online and print resources effectively.
  5. Demonstrated skills in delivering dynamic information literacy/instruction sessions.
  6. Demonstrated high level of written and oral communication, organizational and problem-solving skills, in order to positively interact with a wide range of constituencies.
  7. Mastery of technologies relevant to providing library services, and demonstrated ability to adapt to rapidly changing environments and technologies.
  8. Meet University requirements for faculty promotion and tenure, as found in the Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement (EWU-UFE Agreement (2016-2019) []. Applicant must provide evidence of, or demonstrate potential to maintain, an ongoing program of scholarship and professional development.

Additionally, candidate must demonstrate interest, experience and/or ability to promote cultural competency and/or diversity.

Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Bachelor's or higher degree in a STEM field; preferably in one of the following fields: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geology, Mathematics.
  2. Background as a STEM librarian, especially relevant subject liaison or collection development experience.
  3. Three years of successful post-MLS/MLIS professional reference and instruction experience in an academic library setting, gained within the past ten years.
  4. Experience obtaining external funding (e.g. grants).

Other Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to collaborate effectively.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills - written and oral.
  • Strong analytical, technical, project management, and communication skills.