Science Reference & Instruction Librarian-UMBC



We seek an innovative, collaborative, technologically adept, and service oriented individual to work as subject librarian in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. The successful candidate is expected to provide a wide range of reference and outreach services and support to students, faculty, and staff, including library instruction and reference services.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide general reference service to the campus community (including shared evening and weekend hours); offer course-integrated and individual library instruction to faculty, staff, and students in the sciences, engineering and mathematics; participate in ongoing outreach to faculty and students regarding library resources and services; create and maintain online science related instructional materials and content for the library website; participate in the Library’s information literacy, assessment, and general outreach initiatives.


REQUIREMENTS:  ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library Science. Demonstrated knowledge of science librarianship and a strong background in the sciences; demonstrated knowledge of and strong interest in current trends in library instruction and information literacy as it relates to the sciences and engineering; demonstrated analytical, organizational, interpersonal skills; excellent oral and written communication; demonstrated knowledge of academic and library applications of Web 2.0 technologies, strong knowledge of print and electronic information resources; evidence of professional initiative and flexibility; ability to work independently and in a team-based environment.

An undergraduate degree or second master’s degree in the sciences or engineering is preferred.  Reference and instruction experience in an academic setting preferred. Academic library experience with science or engineering emphasis or equivalent corporate experience in science or engineering is highly desirable.


UMBC, an honors university serving more than 10,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, is one of two public universities in Maryland to achieve the “doctoral/research university-extensive” Carnegie classification. Located just outside Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, DC, the campus is growing rapidly under dynamic leadership. The University’s ongoing commitment to strengthen the Library has led to investment in extensive technological development and online resources (see, complementing a superb facility enlarged and renovated in 1995 and holding more than 1,000,000 volumes. For more information on UMBC see


SALARY AND BENEFITS:  Position is a 12-month library faculty appointment at anticipated rank of Librarian I. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Minimum salary $50,000. Comprehensive benefits. The successful candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status.


APPLICATIONS:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For best consideration, please respond by August 2, 2013.  Send letter of application addressing position requirements, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to:  Larry Wilt, Ph.D., Library 353, UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, Maryland, 21250 or


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