Job Posting: Part-time Reference Librarian, Pennsylvania-Philadelphia


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Temple University Health Sciences Libraries are searching for aa Part-time Reference Librarian.

PT Reference Librarian – HSC – (21003331)

Since its founding, Temple University has been committed to challenging the status quo. Today, we are an international powerhouse and a top-tier research institution with nearly 40,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students, and more than 340,000 alumni worldwide.

Temple University Libraries serves the Temple community and beyond, including nearly 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.

Reporting to the Head of Research, Education and Outreach, the part-time reference librarian provides in-person and virtual reference services to Temple University Health Sciences Center faculty, staff and students, serves as a co-liaison to a health sciences school or department with consultation and instruction responsibilities and supports special projects when necessary. Supports promotional and communication-related initiatives. The librarian works up to 19 hours per week and will be expected to work on Saturday or Sunday as part of their regular schedule. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

Master’s degree in library/information science from an A.L.A. accredited library program. Experience providing reference services in a university or college library or hospital library setting. Experience with Microsoft Office and G Suite.

Required Skills and Abilities:

*Must be detail-oriented with a demonstrated ability to work both independently and with others in a team environment.

*Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.

*Knowledge of PubMed, Web of Science, CINAHL and/or other health sciences databases.


*Experience providing reference service in an academic health sciences library.

*Experience using Alma (integrated library system).

*Experience providing online or in-person instruction sessions.

*Experience working with LibGuides.

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 mandate, all Temple University students, faculty, staff and contractors must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 15, 2021, unless they have a medical or religious exemption approved by the university.  An individual is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks or more following the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks or more following a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals who do not meet the University’s vaccination or exception requirement by October 15, 2021 will be prohibited from working until proof of vaccination or an exception is provided.  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-Health Sciences Campus (HSC)-Medical Education and Research Building

Job: Staff

Schedule: Part-time

Shift: Day Job

Employee Status: Regular

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Take care and stay safe


Due to COVID I am working a hybrid work schedule both remote and on campus. I am available Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm ET

Jenny Pierce, MS (she/her/hers)

Head of Research, Education and Outreach Services, Health Sciences Libraries Head of Science, Technology, Engineering and Biomedicine Research and Instructional Services, Charles Library

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