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Research and Instruction Librarian, Health Sciences

Apply now Job no: 492338
Work type: Full-time exempt
Location: Chester
Categories: Administrative (Exempt)

Position Summary:

The Wolfgram Memorial Library is seeking a creative and enthusiastic entry-level librarian to serve as liaison to the growing number of health science programs at Widener University.  Reporting to the Head of Research and Instructional Services, the librarian will provide research assistance and instruction to students, faculty and staff in person and virtually, as scheduled. The librarian serves as liaison to Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and other related departments and will have information literacy instruction and collection maintenance responsibilities. As a member of the faculty, the Librarian is expected to participate in scholarly activities and serve in the University's shared governance system.  The Librarian will demonstrate a high level of knowledge of and enthusiasm for emerging technologies.  This is a full-time, 12 month (non-tenure) library faculty position. 


Duties and Responsibilities:  (include but are not limited to)

Essential Duties

  • Provides general and subject specific reference and research services in-person and virtually, as scheduled, including days, nights, and weekends.  Also provides individual research consultations with students, faculty and staff.
  • Teaches information literacy and research skills to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and to those in assigned liaison areas. Creates and updates instructional materials.
  • Serves as Liaison to Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and other related departments for research, information literacy instruction and consultation. Informs academic departments of library programs, policies and procedures and provides feedback to library faculty colleagues.
  • Performs collection maintenance activities with reference and subject area resources in all formats and in consultation with appropriate faculty.
  • Creates and maintains subject research guides and web resources.
  • Participates in university shared governance as a member of the faculty, including faculty meetings and committees and task forces as elected or appointed.
  • Participates in and contributes to scholarly and professional development.

 Secondary Duties

  • Keeps current with trends in providing research services and information literacy instruction to various student constituents (e.g. graduate students, undergraduate students, adult learners) who are part of online, classroom and hybrid programs.
  • Keeps current with trends in providing research and information literacy instructional support to teaching faculty.
  • Participates in library projects and initiatives.
  • Keeps current with technological developments in the field.


  • Knowledge of specialized information resources related to assigned subject areas.
  • Expertise in use of information discovery tools and online searching.
  • Evidence of ability to interact collaboratively with and provide outreach to a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Strong customer-service skills.
  • Knowledge of strategies and tools for library collection management.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work with a diverse population.
  • Must be able to deal with multiple tasks in a fast-paced work environment.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (Education/Training and Experience Required):

  • Master's Degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program for Library and/or Information Science, or equivalent is required.
  • Second master’s degree in a STEM or health sciences field is desired.
  • Recent graduates with an MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent are encouraged to apply.
  • Research and instruction experience in an academic setting.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Proficiency in using software, including: Microsoft Office Suite, LibApps, Course management platforms, and social media platforms.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively and effectively to promote the mission of the Research & Instructional Services Department, the Wolfgram Memorial Library, and Widener University.
  • Ability to adapt to new technologies and change.
  • Detail oriented, self-starter, highly organized, enthusiastic, can-do attitude. 

Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours:

  • Shares in working at the reference desk, including nights and weekend shifts.

Advertised: Eastern Standard Time
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