Job Posting: Foundational Sciences Liaison Librarian (University of Delaware)

Foundational Sciences Liaison Librarian

Job no: 499835
College / VP Area: Vice Provost for Libraries
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark/Hybrid
Categories: Libraries & Museums, Full Time

Deadline:  Open until Filled (Review of applications to begin on April 16, 2023)

Pay Grade: 29E – 30E

The University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press seeks a service oriented, proactive, and collaborative individual who is passionate about helping current and future scientists to join our liaison team as the Foundational Sciences Liaison Librarian. To support increased interdisciplinarity across the sciences, this crucial new position will serve as liaison to core science disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences, with a particular focus on undergraduate information literacy and research. Reporting to the Head of the Research and Engagement Department, this position has responsibility for the provision of instruction, collection development and research support in assigned subject areas. This position will have the opportunity to work with peers and with the Research and Engagement department head to develop strategies and assessment for library outreach to undergraduate researchers in the sciences and will work collaboratively with other liaison librarians and specialists both within and outside of the sciences team.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate liaison services to the Undergraduate Research program and undergraduate researchers within the sciences
  • Develop and sustain effective working relationships and foster collaborations and partnerships with faculty, students and administrators in assigned areas
  • Serve as liaison to core science disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences, including Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Linguistics and Cognitive Science, and Physics and Astronomy
  • Develop, deliver, and assess disciplinary focused instruction in alignment with curricular goals, and provide both general and specialized reference and research services
  • Work with colleagues to develop collections that meet the research and curricular needs of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in the sciences
  • Develop learning materials to support key courses in assigned departments such as course guides, research guides, and other instructional and outreach materials
  • Provide support to colleagues by working collaboratively with the Student Success and Curriculum Partnerships department to develop materials and approaches to instruction which foster information literacy among undergraduates in the sciences
  • Maintain active engagement in professional development and other scholarly activities


  • Master’s degree in library science and undergraduate degree in STEM field; advanced degree in STEM field with relevant work experience in an academic or research library; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal communication skills
  • Knowledge of information sources related to biological sciences and chemistry research
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively
  • Commitment to fostering an inclusive and equitable educational environment and workplace, and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population
  • Experience supporting undergraduate student researchers, preferred
  • Experience teaching and assessing student learning in multiple modalities, preferred
  • Experience supporting advanced researchers in the sciences in an academic setting, preferred

General Information: The University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press is committed to student success, scholarly research and inclusive excellence. The Library is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. The Library collaborates with strategic campus partners to achieve these priorities, as well as with national professional organizations including the Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Council on Library and Information Resources, Digital Library Federation, Greater Western Library Alliance, OCLC Research Partnership, SPARC, HathiTrust, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, the American Alliance of Museums and the ACRL Diversity Alliance. More information about the Library is available at

Benefits: 25 vacation days. Generous 403(b) retirement plan. Tuition remission for dependents and spouses, and course fee waiver for employees. Full information about University of Delaware benefits is available at:

Appointment: Appointment expected at the rank of Assistant Librarian, pay grade 29E (less than 3 years professional experience), or Senior Assistant Librarian, pay grade 30E (3-8 years professional experience). This position is part of the librarian career ladder governed by the University of Delaware Library Rank and Promotion System that guides professional development and advancement.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Applications close: Open until filled

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