Research and Instruction Librarian for Health Sciences at The University of Scranton, Pennsylvania

The University of Scranton invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track Research and Instruction Librarian for Health Sciences, commencing January 1, 2019. The regularly scheduled hours for this position will be primarily Monday-Friday, 1:00-9:00 pm, with occasional mornings and weekends. A generous benefits package is offered, including medical, dental, and vision coverage, a retirement plan, and paid vacation, holidays, and research leave.

As a member of the Library faculty, the Research and Instruction Librarian for Health Sciences contributes to the Library’s campus-wide focus on transformative teaching and learning in the Ignatian tradition. This is an entry-level position, requiring a willingness to develop the knowledge needed to provide information literacy instruction to health sciences courses and programs.


 –Teaches as part of the Library’s information literacy program, which includes information literacy instruction in core general education courses, as well as upper-level disciplinary courses.

–Provides research services and scholarly assistance to members of the university community both in-person and online.

–Serves as subject liaison to the health sciences, a role that includes providing course-integrated instruction and collection development.

–Oversees and is responsible for Library services and building operations during evening hours.

–Participates in Library and University initiatives, e.g., by serving on committees, etc.

–Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

–Possession of an American Library Association (ALA) accredited Master’s degree at time of appointment

–Experience working in a library or archives

–Experience working collaboratively with others to pursue, manage, and complete projects

–Availability to work Monday through Friday 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., with occasional mornings and weekends

Desired Qualifications

–Familiarity with the health sciences or related subject areas (e.g. nursing, counseling, allied health services, etc.)

–Knowledge of current trends in academic librarianship related to research and instruction, such as knowledge of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

–Experience creating engaging learning opportunities for student, faculty, or community audiences

–Proficiency in the use of technology, such as social media and other emerging technologies and platforms, for delivery of library services

–Strong desire to explore pedagogical approaches and learning theories that can enrich teaching practice

–Familiarity with assessment methods and techniques

–Supervisory experience

Additional Skills Needed

–Willingness to develop the knowledge required to provide information literacy instruction in health sciences courses

–Ability to deal well with members of the public

–Excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills, and presentation skills

–Strong analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills

–Ability to work effectively both as a team member and independently

–Ability to work creatively and collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and community-at-large

–Professional commitment to user-focused library services

–Professional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion

–Ability to engage in scholarship and service in order to meet qualifications for reappointment and tenure, as defined in the Faculty Handbook

–Ability to attain a second Master’s degree in a subject field, or the completion of thirty graduate credits in a discipline that improves professional competence, as a requirement for tenure (if not already accomplished at time of hire)

About the Library and University

The Weinberg Memorial Library provides superior resources, services, and programs that meet the dynamic and diverse scholarly, cultural, and social needs of the University and our community. We value teaching, research, and lifelong learning, and we are committed to intellectual freedom, preservation, accessibility, and sustainability. Our work environment is forward-looking and participatory, with an emphasis on transparency and faculty/staff development.

The University of Scranton is a regional institution of more than 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students located in northeast Pennsylvania near the Pocono Mountains. Recognized nationally for the quality of its education, Scranton is one of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. It is committed to providing liberal arts education and strong professional and pre-professional programs in the context of Ignatian educational principles, especially the care and development of the whole person. Drawing on the strengths that have made it a recognized leader in the Northeast (ranked 6th among the master’s level universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report), Scranton is committed to a culture of scholarship and excellence in teaching and is moving into the front ranks of America’s comprehensive universities.

Official University of Scranton Diversity Statement

The University of Scranton is committed to providing a safe and nondiscriminatory employment and educational environment. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other status protected by law. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

To Apply

Applicants must apply online at and include a cover letter summarizing qualifications and strengths, a curriculum vitae (or résumé), and contact information for three references. Direct link to the job posting: The position will remain open until filled but applications will be reviewed beginning October 1, 2018. Prof. Donna Witek, Information Literacy Coordinator, serves as the Search Committee Chair. Note: The full job ad is also accessible at this link:

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