Science Librarian


Skidmore College seeks a creative, collaborative Science Librarian with strong pedagogical grounding to lead efforts to support teaching, learning, and research in the physical and life sciences.  The College is particularly interested in candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and candidates who have had experience working with students from underserved populations. Strong candidates will demonstrate awareness of issues relating to diversity and inclusion in the sciences, including the need to make the sciences more accessible to a broader range of students.

Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY
Application Deadline: 
Open until filled. First consideration: May 1, 2017
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Based in the Lucy Scribner Library and reporting to the College Librarian, the Science Librarian holds an 11-month contract and, as a non-tenured faculty member, participates in shared governance at the college.

The sciences at Skidmore face an exciting future with the imminent construction of a state-of-the-art Center for Integrated Sciences.  In addition, the College has seen an increase in the number of students majoring in the sciences, an increase in tenure line faculty in the sciences, an increase in the commitment to faculty-student research, and an enduring and strong desire to collaborate across disciplinary lines.


Scope of Duties

Explore, develop, and implement new methods for supporting teaching, learning, and research in the physical and life sciences

Stay current on developments in the sciences generally in order to participate as fully as possible in the Skidmore science community

As primary liaison for physical and life sciences, develop and sustain effective working relationships, fostering collaborations and partnerships with faculty in those departments

In collaboration with science faculty and library faculty colleagues, develop and implement pedagogically innovative approaches to teaching information literacy in relevant courses

Develop collections in all formats to support teaching and learning across the physical and life sciences

In collaboration with others, provide general reference services in person and online, including some evening hours

Increase the visibility of library resources and services through active and creative outreach

Demonstrate professional engagement and scholarship required for advancement through library faculty ranks


Minimum Qualifications

ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS, or equivalent education and experience. Minimum 2 years' experience working in an academic library setting. Demonstrated knowledge of scientific research methods and the research life cycle in the natural and biological sciences. Strong commitment to outreach and collaboration. Demonstrated ability to design and deliver educational programming such as classroom instruction, workshops, one-on-one consultations. Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills.


Preferred Qualifications

Undergraduate or advanced degree in a STEM discipline. Working knowledge of scholarly communication and open access, including data management plans. 

Familiarity with citation management tools. Demonstrated understanding of effective pedagogical approaches in STEM fields. Experience providing general reference service in an academic library setting.


Review of applications begins May 1st and will continue until the position is filled.

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Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.