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  • 1.  Job Opportunity: Life Sciences Librarian at Michigan State University

    Posted 01-04-2022 15:57

    Please excuse any cross posting…


    Join a great staff at the Michigan State University with an exciting Life Sciences Librarian opportunity!


    For questions, please contact Jacquelyn Hansen, aholajac@msu.edu, at MSU Libraries' Human Resources Department.



    Life Sciences Librarian, Librarian I or II


    $54,000 minimum. Salary is negotiable.


    Position Summary

    The Michigan State University Libraries (MSUL) is seeking a Life Sciences Librarian to serve as liaison to the Departments of Integrative Biology, encompassing diverse areas of life sciences from neuroscience to wildlife conservation; Entomology, including the community facing MSU Bug House; and graduate programs including 'Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior' and 'Genetics and Genome Sciences'. As a member of the Sciences Team and reporting to the Sciences Coordinator, the Life Sciences Librarian will collaborate with library colleagues and partner with liaison units in providing library support for research, teaching and learning. Life science faculty at MSU are an innovative community of researchers and teachers both on campus and around the world, with a focus on global engagement to solve problems. MSU's extensive opportunities for teaching and learning in the field have been enhanced with the recently opened STEM Teaching and Learning Facility, which emphasizes the importance of classroom and laboratory spaces for gateway science courses, including life sciences. In support of these initiatives, the Libraries serves as a center of activity and engagement on campus, with librarians empowered to support both student development and transformative research activities.

    The MSU Libraries are closely aligned with teaching and learning innovation on campus and are particularly interested in candidates who are engaged in or excited about innovative teaching methods, particularly as it relates to new and emerging technologies and digital scholarship. The successful candidate will be broadly focused and collaborative, building partnerships with faculty, students, researchers, and other library users. The librarian will participate approximately quarter-time in a secondary assignment based on the needs of the library and candidate interests. Some evening and weekend hours may be required. Essential duties include:

    • Online, hybrid, and in classroom instruction within courses
    • Research support and guidance
    • Collection development in relevant disciplines
    • Consultation and support around the creation, use, and storage of data and data sets as they relate to the life sciences


    Librarians are appointed as regular faculty in the continuing appointment system. They are engaged in professional development and scholarly activities related to their position and serve on library and university committees as elected or assigned.

    The MSU Libraries Strategic Plan guides our current and future work. The candidate will enthusiastically partner with our diverse campus to grow our welcoming multicultural environment. More information on MSU and the MSU Libraries' dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion is available at: http://www.inclusion.msu.edu/about/index.html.


    Michigan State University Libraries serve more than 4,900 faculty, 36,000 undergraduates, and 11,000 graduate and professional students on a park-like campus of over 5,000 acres.


    Minimum Qualifications

    Master's degree in information or library science from a program accredited by the American Library Association.  Excellent oral and written communication skills; outstanding interpersonal communication skills including the ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment; exceptional commitment to patron and community engagement; ability to work enthusiastically and effectively with diverse faculty, students, and staff; ability to work collaboratively and independently; ability to prioritize and balance various unit needs; attention to detail; preparation and commitment to conducting independent scholarship consistent with a library faculty appointment; capacity and commitment to engage independently in continuing professional development.


    Desired Qualifications

    Background, interest, or coursework in an area of the life sciences. Experience in an academic library setting. Experience in or familiarity with managing data or developing data management plans.


    Closing Date
    5pm on February 1, 2022.


    Special Instructions to Applicants
    Minimum $54,000. Salary is negotiable. MSU provides generous fringe benefits.

    Interested applicants should provide a letter of application, CV/resume, and names, addresses and email addresses of three references (2 must be present/past supervisors) to http://careers.msu.edu. Posting number 754031.

    Eric Tans
    Science Collections Coordinator and Environmental Sciences Librarian
    Michigan State University Libraries

  • 2.  RE: Job Opportunity: Life Sciences Librarian at Michigan State University

    Posted 02-03-2022 08:32
    Please excuse any cross posting, but the Life Sciences Librarian search has been extended and is now open until February 22.

    Eric Tans
    Science Collections Coordinator and Environmental Sciences Librarian
    Michigan State University Libraries