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Research and Learning Librarian, Subject Specialist in the Sciences

Loyola University Chicago
Rogers Park-Lake Shore Campus

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Research and Learning Librarian, Subject Specialist in the Sciences

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Research and Learning Librarian, Subject Specialist in the Sciences

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Rogers Park-Lake Shore Campus

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Loyola University Chicago (Loyola) seeks nominations and applications to identify user-focused, collaborative, and forward-thinking candidates for the position of Research and Learning Librarian, Subject Specialist in the Sciences. This position will serve as library liaison for selected academic departments (possibilities include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Nursing, and Public Health) and programs in the natural and health sciences based on candidate disciplinary strengths, experience, and knowledge; provide support for research metrics and other aspects of scholarly communication in the sciences; develop, deliver, and assess instruction and other information literacy initiatives; consult with and provide support for student and faculty researchers throughout the research lifecycle; and identify, acquire, and promote scholarly resources to support curricular and research needs. This position also supports general research and learning needs of the university, including information literacy instruction for first year students, and participates in other library programming and information services. This is a non-tenured, open-rank, library faculty position with opportunities for promotion. Librarians work in a collegial and supportive environment, where individual discovery and exploration is balanced with teamwork and collaboration. Experimentation and creative problem solving are highly encouraged. The successful candidate will be based on the Lake Shore campus in Rogers Park but will serve users at all campus locations. In addition to working with library colleagues at Lake Shore campus, the person in this position will have frequent opportunities to collaborate with librarians and staff at the Water Tower campus in downtown Chicago. Opportunities for continuing education and training to develop skills and competencies related to the job are available, encouraged, and supported. Responsibilities Reporting to the Head of Research and Learning Services, the Research and Learning Librarian, Subject Specialist in the Sciences will: Provide research, learning, and engagement support to selected departments and programs in the sciences, including course-integrated instruction, skill-building workshops, research consultations, and collection development. Contribute to Research and Learning Services Department projects and initiatives, including creating research guides and instructional materials, advising on the development of library discovery tools, and staffing information desks and services. Provide library and information literacy instruction for university programs including first year writing, honors program, and undergraduate research initiatives. Provide support for research data management, research metrics, and scholarly communication in the sciences. Work autonomously and collaboratively to meet strategic goals, while consistently promoting teamwork, respect, diversity, and inclusiveness. Participate in library and university committee work. Actively contribute to the broader profession through scholarship and service. Other duties to support outreach and engagement as assigned.


Required qualifications Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library and information science program, or a graduate degree in a related field, combined with relevant library experience. Experience providing library instruction and research support, or equivalent experience with teaching, public speaking, or customer support. Coursework and/or experience with key information resources in a variety of scientific disciplines. Demonstrated ability to learn new tools and skills to support digital research methods. Effective interpersonal and communication skills. Commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in our workplace, as well as in the systems and services we build, as an equity and social justice imperative. Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population. Preferred qualifications Additional advanced degree in a STEM field or demonstrated subject knowledge and familiarity with the research methodologies of one or more STEM disciplines. Knowledge of collection development and management practices in academic libraries. Knowledge of research data management policies and practices. Experience with tools for data analysis. Understanding and appreciation of key information literacies, including critical literacy, data literacy, media literacy, and visual literacy.

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Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library and information science program, or a graduate degree in a related field, combined with relevant library experience.Experience providing library instruction and research support, or equivalent experience with teaching, public speaking, or customer support.Coursework and/or experience with key information resources in a variety of scientific disciplines.

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Loyola University Chicago is Chicago’s Jesuit Catholic University. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence, U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks it among the top universities nationally and #8 in the nation in online Bachelor’s programs (2020). Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations including the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. At Loyola University Chicago, we are driven by our Jesuit tradition of social justice, our service to humanity, and our commitment to help create a more equitable and sustainable future for local and global communities. The Loyola University Chicago Libraries includes the Information Commons, Cudahy Library, and the Library Storage Facility at the picturesque Lakeshore Campus in Rogers Park; Lewis Library at the Water Tower Campus along the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago; and a library at the John Felice Rome Center in Italy. The University Libraries has an annual materials budget exceeding $6 million. Collections include nearly two million volumes, 550 databases, 60,000 journals, and a variety of physical and streaming media resources. The Loyola University Libraries is a highly valued partner in teaching, research, and learning at the University. In concert with emerging initiatives at the campus level, the University Libraries is prioritizing its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. Librarians are actively engaged in developing resources and library instruction strategies that support anti-racist pedagogy and partnering with teaching faculty and other campus units to integrate inclusive perspectives into the university curriculum. In alignment with our collecting philosophy, we acquire content that represents a diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints and are adapting our collection development policies to allow us to more consistently put this philosophy into practice.

The Library is striving to increase the diversity of its faculty and invites members of all underrepresented groups to apply. We strongly encourage those who are passionate about teaching and learning to consider this opportunity. To applyApplicants should submit current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest through In their letters, candidates should include a discussion of their demonstrated engagement with diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants should provide the names and email addresses of three individuals prepared to speak to their professional qualifications for this position. References will not be contacted immediately but may be at subsequent points in the review process, with the candidate’s permission. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Those received by September 20, 2021 will receive full consideration. Please direct inquiries to the chair of the selection advisory committee:Greer MartinLoyola University LibrariesLoyola University Chicago1032 W. Sheridan RoadChicago, IL 60660[email protected]
Possible Limited Timeframe Remote: This position is located in Chicago, Illinois, and is an onsite role. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the University limiting the number of on-campus employees, the successful applicant may initially be asked to work remotely for a limited period of time.
EEO Statement: Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty. As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver a Transformative Education in the Jesuit tradition. To learn more about LUC’s mission, candidates should consult our website at

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Working at Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago, a private university founded in 1870 as St. Ignatius College, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic University and the only one located in Chicago. Shaped by our city and our Jesuit traditions, Loyola University Chicago offers students an educational environment unmatched for its diversity of thought and experience.

Loyola University Chicago comprises four campuses: Lake Shore (LSC), Water Tower (WTC), Health Sciences (HSC), and the John Felice Rome Center in Italy, and is home to eleven schools and colleges: Arrupe College, Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Loyola also features course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois.

With three campuses spread throughout the greater Chicago area, students have access to hundreds of cultural institutions as well as thousands of internships and networking opportunities with the city's Fortune 500 companies. Study-abroad programs at our Rome and Beijing Centers provide engagement with the global community and economy.

While rigorous programs of research and study are one hallmark of a Jesuit education, we're not just preparing students for a career, we're preparing them for life. We challenge our students to learn broadly, to think critically, to serve generously, to lead with integrity, to respect diversity. We come from all faiths and ethnic and economic backgrounds, with a common purpose of building a better society.

Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S.News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the "top national universities" in its annual publications, and named the University a "best value" in its 2008 rankings.

Our faculty take a person-centered approach to education. They’re not just here to teach students what they know, they’re here to teach them to think critically and creatively and to reach for their own discoveries.

More facts about Loyola University Chicago:

  • Total enrollment: 15,902
  • 80+ undergraduate majors and 80+ minors
  • 140+ graduate, professional, and graduate-level certificate programs
  • More than 4,000 faculty and staff members 
  • 14:1 Undergraduate student/faculty ratio 
  • 150,000 alumni; 85,000 in Chicago 
  • One of only eight percent of all American colleges and universities to have a Phi Beta Kappa honor society chapter
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