Special Libraries Association

STEM Instruction Librarian

Diversity Focus
Brown University Library
Providence, Rhode Island, United States (hybrid)
12 days ago


The Brown University Library is a dynamic center of scholarship and community at the heart of a world-class research university. Supporting and collaborating with a broad and diverse academic constituency, the Library is essential for Brown’s mission “to serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry.” Integrating with Brown’s ambitious strategic plans, the Library is a site of innovation that fuels intellectual creativity. Signature Library initiatives include the establishment of the Center for Library Exploration and Research to increase campus and community impact; the Racial Justice Project to assess and counteract the legacies of historical racism in library practice; the Digital Publications Initiative pioneering new approaches to born-digital scholarship; and a revisioned special collections program that is positioning the John Hay Library as a research destination and leader in reparative and community-based collecting. We are seeking outstanding library professionals at all levels of the organization who are excited about advancing academic excellence at the highest level, and who will bring a wide array of backgrounds, experiences, and abilities to a scholarly community that is actively committed to being more diverse and inclusive.

The Brown University Library seeks a collaborative, team-oriented STEM Instruction Librarian to join the Academic Engagement Department. The STEM Instruction Librarian will build and strengthen teaching partnerships and related library services in STEM disciplines. Brown is widely known for its open undergraduate curriculum and the close working relationships between faculty and students. At Brown, we believe that education and research reinforce each other and that the best academic programs bring innovative teaching and rigorous research together. The essential functions of this position are to design, deliver, and assess curriculum-aligned educational programming, conduct outreach to STEM aligned academic programs and groups, and provide reference and consultative support to students and faculty in the domains of responsibility. The incumbent will serve as a liaison to some STEM academic departments based on prior experience and interest, and also contribute to a team-based model to support general collection development and research support services in the sciences and related interdisciplinary programs.

The STEM Instruction Librarian will develop and share expertise in anti-racist, accessible and inclusive pedagogies and are expected to contribute to, and make tangible, the Libraries commitment to principles and values of diversity, equity and inclusion through your work and the work of the Library.

This position will report directly to the Director of Academic Engagement. Collectively, the Academic Engagement department seeks to strengthen academic integration of library services and programs which enhance Brown’s mission of global excellence in education and research. Academic Liaisons serve as ambassadors from the Library to the community and are expected to develop systematic observations about what faculty and students use, how they use it, and how that is changing to influence collecting and discovery practices at the Library that are accessible, inclusive, and responsive to evolving needs. This work is highly collaborative and Academic Engagement staff work closely with colleagues in departments such as the Center for Library Exploration and Research, Health and Biomedical Library Services, and Scholarly Resources to accomplish this mission.

This position is hybrid eligible for up to three days of remote work per week.


Education and Experience

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science or other advanced degree in a related field
  • 0–5 years experience in an academic research library

Minimum Qualifications

  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
  • Academic background or work experience with the subject matter, tools and methods in one of the STEM fields.
  • Demonstrated commitment to values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on cross-functional and interdisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service and Library research and teaching support

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to effectively teach and present in a variety of formats
  • Knowledge about scientific research and publication practices, including data management, computing, or open science.

Job Competencies

  • Teamwork - Initiative, flexible, and the ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member.
  • Engagement - Willingness to build meaningful relationships with campus partners, the students population, and colleagues in the Library
  • Teaching and Learning - Develop appropriate, sustainable, inclusive, and accessible learning objects and documentation using a variety of tools and technologies
  • Excellence in the following: organizational skills, time management, flexibility and problem solving, communication, task prioritization.

The Brown University Library is open to a broad range of ways and contexts in which candidates might demonstrate how they meet these qualifications through work experience, coursework, community involvement and life experiences. Please use your cover letter to address how your combination of expertise, experience, and skills are relevant to the work described, addressing each of the required qualifications.

Best consideration date April 1, 2023

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification that are satisfactory to Brown University.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 68501187
  • Workplace Type: Hybrid
  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island, United States
  • Position Title: STEM Instruction Librarian
  • Company Name For Job: Brown University Library
  • Industry: Academic/Research (College/University)
  • Job Function: Information Literacy/Instruction
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Required Travel: 0-10%

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