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Research Services Librarian for STEM


Librarians work in service-driven teams that support the university research, instruction, and library collections services. Librarian positions require expertise in library services to nurture library partnerships with teaching and research faculty, students, staff, other libraries, publishers, and other stakeholders. Librarians may be assigned to perform work related to one or more of the following: collection management, research assistance, information literacy instruction, and faculty and departmental liaisonship. To effectively accomplish the objectives of the Research Services Team, the librarian must keep abreast of new models of librarianship and develop formal and informal methods of engagement that highlight the library’s role in furthering faculty and student scholarly endeavors.  The librarian will provide demonstrations of emerging scholarly resources and technologies to interested faculty, students, staff, librarians, the research community, and library supporters. All librarians work closely together and in cooperation with librarians from other CWRU libraries to meet faculty and student needs, and to foster collaborative initiatives.

Collection management; coordinating and developing strategies for the effective and efficient evaluation, selection, and de-selection of information resources to meet the needs of the Case Western Reserve University academic community in assigned subject areas, and effectively informing faculty about new resources as they become available

Research assistance; providing individual research support to students and faculty, including responsibility for user experience, service evaluation, and reporting in assigned disciplines for the Kelvin Smith Library

Information literacy instruction; partnering with faculty to provide a high-quality instructional experience for undergraduate and graduate students

Faculty and departmental liaison; participation in marketing and communications, outreach activities, the planning and maintenance of web-based presences, and the development of strategies, resources, and materials to promote the academic and co-curricular contributions of Kelvin Smith Library


  1. Develop partnerships with faculty, students, and other campus stakeholders to identify and assess their research needs, and position the library as a bridge between people in order to facilitate scholarship and engagement (18%)
  2. Acquire new materials in all formats consistent with the library’s strategic goals, the collection management policy, and annual budget allocations, as well as review existing collections for curricular and scholarly applications (18%)
  3. Provide course-integrated instruction and extra-curricular workshops for CWRU faculty, students, and staff and partner institutions (18%)
  4. Provide reference and research consultation in person, by email and chat (13%)
  5. Prepare online instructional materials and guides by subject and in support of courses and co-curricular programs (8%)
  6. Compile and maintain statistics, and collect and analyze data to assess user community satisfaction and recommend actions (6%)
  7. Participate in the planning and management of system wide initiatives through task forces, team and committee structures as appropriate (6%)
  8. Meet or exceed all expectations as outlined in the Librarian Broadband Policy (6%)
  9. Participate on library, consortial and University committees, teams, and task forces and serve on special projects as needed (6%)


  1. Perform other duties as assigned or required. (1%)


Department: Collaborates with staff on all levels of the organization to support the provision of library services. Works with managers and staff of other units in the library as required by projects.

University: Consults with faculty, including assigned liaison faculty, faculty committees and other department administrators to determine teaching and research informational requirements to make appropriate information management decisions. Works with faculty to develop, review, and improve information management policies and procedures. Consults with other campus librarians to coordinate information management decisions for the provision of library services.

External: Participates in local, regional and national organizations to maintain a network of information professionals which enhances our services and to stay abreast of trends and changes in the profession. Collaborates with colleagues in OhioLINK and other academic libraries.

Students: Daily communication with students to provide assistance and information resources to support their education and research needs.


This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities but may supervise non-exempt staff, student employees, and temporary full or part-time workers.


Experience: The initial rank of the Research Services Librarian, will be based upon the qualifications of the individual with regard to that person’s professional knowledge, abilities and skills; contributions to the profession through service and scholarly endeavors; and, professional qualities consistent with university and library values. Preferred experience in information literacy instruction, assessment, active learning, and other skills.

Education/Licensing: Master’s degree in Library Science or advanced degree in a science discipline required. Some subject knowledge in a STEM discipline is required.


  1. Job Performance. Possess significant knowledge, skills, and abilities within one’s work domain. Understands and can apply more advanced techniques and technologies, and has demonstrated good judgment in the field. Demonstrable evidence that the individual is developing specialized skills, developing leadership capabilities and management potential. Able to identify and interact with internal and external stakeholders. Demonstrate the ability to employ general organizational theories and practices in the library environment.
  2. Professional Knowledge, Abilities and Skills. Possess a significant level of expertise in one’s area of work. Evidence of significant professional growth and contributions to the library and institution. Able to explain to others the mission, vision, goals and services of the library, and fully incorporate them within her/his own work. Demonstrate understanding of the external environments, cultures, and interrelationship of the library. An effective ambassador for the library and able to interact regularly with others on campus.
  3. Professional Contributions. Contribute to the library profession and build a reputation for professional contributions through committee service and professional publications or presentations to professional organizations at the local, regional or national level.
  4. Professional Qualities. An inquisitive self-starter with strong communication skills.  Adaptability to work well both independently and as a member of organizational teams.


General office environment. Some evening and weekend work required.

APPLICATION PROCESS. Apply at (Job ID 8180).