Assistant Librarian (Science Librarian), Utah State University

By IS Lab April 9, 2021

Utah State University

Utah State University (USU) Libraries seeks a creative and student-oriented librarian to join the Learning & Engagement Services (LES) unit. The successful candidate will contribute to a robust and thriving instruction and outreach program. We are seeking applicants who welcome a dynamic, collaborative environment and wish to have a strong impact on student learning and faculty engagement. This position is a 12-month, tenure-track, faculty appointment with rank of Assistant Librarian, reporting to the Head of Learning and Engagement Services. This faculty position will serve as the primary liaison between USU Libraries and select academic departments within the sciences. Subject liaison duties include developing course-integrated instruction, providing outreach and promotion of library collections and research services to faculty and students, and further developing the print and digital collections in assigned areas. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021.

The Library is dedicated to promoting an environment of diversity and excellence throughout the institution and welcomes candidates committed to fostering diverse and inclusive environments.

Job Responsibilities

  • Participate in LES’s core functions of teaching, learning, outreach, engagement and instructional assessment;
  • Serve as a liaison to several academic departments in the sciences;
  • Collaborate with library colleagues and academic faculty to design, deliver and assess information literacy outcomes for online, hybrid and in-person targeted liaison courses;
  • Provide information literacy instruction for English composition courses for both in- person and online classes;
  • Provide innovative reference services including individual consultations and research help;
  • Participate in professional development opportunities relevant to the needs of the position.

Job Qualifications


  • ALA- accredited MLS degree before hire date;
  • Demonstrated interest in library instruction and information literacy;
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills;
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively;
  • Ability to meet the university’s requirements for promotion and tenure, including excellence in librarianship and effective scholarly output and service to the university and profession;
  • Ability to develop collegial working relationships with administrators, staff, and faculty across campus;
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion work, especially as applied to public services and library instruction.


  • An undergraduate major or minor in a scientific discipline;
  • Experience working with scientific information resources;
  • Experience in an academic or research library;
  • Course work or experience with information literacy instruction;
  • Familiarity with applying emerging technologies for information and instructional

Review of applications will begin on May 7, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled. Please address each of the required and preferred qualifications in your letter as fully as possible using evidence from your educational or workplace experience as appropriate. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021.