Science & Engineering Librarian

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

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Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Reporting to the Head of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Biomedicine Unit, the Science & Engineering Librarian provides reference, specialized research support and instructional programming for students, faculty and staff in engineering, biology, chemistry, computer & information science, earth & environmental science, the mathematical sciences and physics. Serves as library liaison for five or more science and engineering departments. The Science & Engineering Librarian conducts outreach to specialized labs and research centers in the College of Science & Technology and the College of Engineering. The librarian develops instructional materials and provides library instruction to students in the assigned subject areas as well as undergraduates in the general education curriculum. Participates in general reference and research consultations for students, staff, and faculty in person and virtually, by appointment and upon request. Engages faculty through outreach and promotional activities, including committee participation and attendance at collegial meetings and events and assists researchers and students with navigating the research and scholarly publication process. Contributes to the development and delivery of specialized services for research support and data management and select materials for library collections in all formats in support of the school’s academic programs. Maintains awareness of current trends in librarianship, sciences and engineering, higher education, and related academic fields. Performs other duties as assigned. 

Temple University Libraries serves the Temple community and beyond, including close to 40,000 students; over 2,000 full-time faculty; and researchers and visitors on Main, Center City, and Health Sciences Center campuses in Philadelphia and on our Ambler and Harrisburg campuses. We are committed to providing research and learning services, offering open access to our facilities and information resources, and fostering innovation and experimentation. Our collections total more than four million physical and digital titles, over 275,000 print and electronic journal subscriptions, and more than 700 research databases. We also collect, preserve, and provide access to a broad universe of special collections, including rare books, manuscripts, archives, photographs, and more. As part of our library enterprise, the award-winning Temple University Press supports our mission to advance learning and scholarship.

This is a hybrid position (on-campus and remote). 

Required Education and Experience:
ALA accredited MLIS/MLS. Experience designing and delivering learning content and applying information literacy concepts, such as developing learning outcomes and employing assessment techniques, to practice. Substantial coursework, library experience or practical lab experience in engineering or science fields, such as biology, physics, chemistry, geology, etc. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills and Abilities:
•Demonstrated ability to provide research support and instructional services.  
•Proficient analytical, organizational, management and communication skills.
•Ability to take initiative and meet deadlines. 
•Ability to work both independently and collegially in a demanding and rapidly changing environment. 
•Commitment to providing responsive and innovative services to a culturally and racially diverse campus community.

Applicants are encouraged to communicate how their skills and experiences transfer to the qualifications in ways that may not be obvious

•Experience in a science or engineering academic setting providing reference, consultation or liaison services.
•Experience with evidence synthesis in engineering and sciences as a research method.
•Knowledge of or experience with STEM data analysis tools such as MatLab, Python, or R.
•Knowledge of or experience with tools for collaborative research such as GitHub, electronic lab notebooks, data repositories, data sharing tools and repositories.
•Facility with instruction and information technologies and creative use of technology to enhance learning. 
•Experience developing and managing science or engineering-related collections in all formats.
•Knowledge of the information needs of relevant disciplines and an understanding of current trends and issues in scholarly publishing.
•Educational background in a STEM discipline.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

In accordance with the City of Philadelphia's COVID-19 mandate, all Temple University students, faculty, staff, and contractors must be fully vaccinated before receiving authorization to work unless they have a medical or religious exemption approved by the University.  An individual is considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks following the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two (2) weeks following a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals who do not meet the University's vaccination or exemption requirement will be prohibited from working until proof of full vaccination or an exemption is requested and approved.  For more information, visit the University's Vaccines web page at

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Main Campus-Charles Library
Job: Staff
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular


One of the nation’s top urban public research universities, Temple University is a dynamic workplace in the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant cities. Founded in 1884 as a night school for the working-class men and women of North Philadelphia, for 130 years Temple has retained its core mission of being a beacon of educational opportunity to students of every background, while adding a national and global reputation as a leader in education, research and real-world oriented instruction.

With nearly 39,000 students and 290,000 living alumni, Temple has a major impact on its region and on Philadelphia, the nation’s 5th largest city. One in seven college graduates in the Philadelphia area holds a Temple degree, and the university is the 4th largest provider of professional education in the nation (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and podiatry). Temple offers 17 schools and colleges, 399 academic degree programs, 17 Division 1 intercollegiate men’s and women’s athletic teams, as well as nine campuses including international campuses in Italy and Rome.  

Like the students the university serves, Temple’s approximately 8,000 employees are hardworking, diverse and energized by the vibrant and supportive work environments across the university, all aligned towards advancing the teaching, research and service missions of Temple University.

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