Chemistry Librarian - Washington University - St. Louis, MO

Job Title:  Chemistry Librarian - Olin Library - 42640

Job ID: 42640

Location:  Danforth - Main Campus

This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location: This position is in the Olin Library. This position is for the Danforth Campus.


In conjunction with the University Libraries, the Chemistry Librarian is responsible for the overall planning and operation of the Chemistry library to provide effective library services to faculty, students and staff in the chemistry department, as well as the University and wider community. The incumbent is responsible for the development and maintenance of the subject collections, research assistance, instruction and outreach, and scholarly communication in the assigned subject areas. Contributes and participates in activities related to relevant library programs and supervises staff of the Chemistry Library.


Distributed library responsibilities

In coordination with the Head of the Distributed Libraries, incumbent will lead, plan, design and direct operations of the Chemistry Library and provide effective services to faculty, students and staff in the chemistry department by:

Recruiting and supervising Chemistry library staff

Providing approved performance appraisals for assigned staff in accordance with established policies and procedures

Ensuring appropriate student staffing through supervision and budget requests

Collaborating with operational and assessment department to supervise distributed library facility maintenance, including safety and security for users, staff and collections in the Chemistry library

Research and liaison services responsibilities

In conjunction with the Head of the Research and Liaison services and with colleagues within the Libraries, the incumbent in this position is expected to deliver research services by:

Providing and assessing in-person/virtual reference and research consultation services to fulfill user research needs

Liaising with faculty, students and others in assigned subject areas to facilitate information about library resources/activities through regular meetings and appropriate communication channels

Liaising with faculty, students and others in assigned subject areas to solicit material collection or service related needs

Promoting the role of research libraries to the university and community at large by participation in, but not limited to, campus, regional and national committees and projects

Appreciating and understanding the evolving nature of scholarship, scholarly output and the research data cycle and appropriately sharing that knowledge with faculty and students

Connecting researchers, when applicable, with others within the libraries in a collaborative manner addressing scholarly communication needs including, but not limited to, publishing, data management and repository services

Collaborating with Special Collections, Data Services and other areas within the Libraries providing cross-divisional partnerships and subject expertise to ensure the success of projects, collections, etc.

Collection development

In collaboration with the Collection Services Librarian and with colleagues within the Libraries, the incumbent develops, maintains, supervises and assesses subject specific collections (and for the general collection as needed) for the libraries. Responsibilities include, but aren’t limited to:

Development of subject-specific collection guidelines

Consultations with subject faculty, students and staff in selecting materials

Supervise, assess and maintain collection budgets, collection materials and collection approval plans

Professional awareness in subject area and collection criteria

Collaboration with other areas in the libraries ensuring successful ordering and cataloging of assigned collections


In collaboration with the Information Literacy Coordinator and with colleagues within the libraries, the incumbent will deliver, plan and assess strategic effective instruction and learning materials to meet the curricular needs of faculty and students. Responsibilities include, but aren’t limited to:

Design, deliver and assess effective instructional sessions and activities through the solicitation of user and instructor feedback

Design, implement and assess effective online learning and digital tools

Develop and enhance teaching skills, as appropriate

Professional development

Incumbent will further their professional knowledge not only in their subject specialty, but also in the field of librarianship and areas relevant to their position by:

Participation in professional library or subject related organizations and committees

Attending or participating in professional webinars/instruction sessions

Stay current in their subject areas through various methods

Required Qualifications:

Subject area Master’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math related subject disciplines; or higher educational work within Science, Technology, Engineering or Math related subject disciplines.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s Degree or higher in Library Science from an accredited ALA School or equivalent.
Master’s Degree in Chemistry.
Supervisory experience.
Academic library experience in a science discipline.

Salary Range:

The hiring range for this position is $59,612 - $77,532 annually.

Department Summary:

The Washington University Libraries is comprised of 12 libraries on the university’s Danforth, West, and Medical School Campuses. Reporting to the Vice Provost and University Librarian and in association with 3 campus partners, the libraries’ operate as a collaborative system in support of the research, teaching, and learning mission of the university. The Libraries’ house more than 3.6 million books, journals, and other print materials; 2.5 million microforms; 50,000 AV titles; and have access to more than 65,000 electronic journals and more than 1.8 million e-books. The libraries' 135 dedicated professional and support staff serve an increasingly diverse community and exemplify the libraries' commitment to meet the needs of faculty, staff and students for the present - and for years to come.


-Retirement Savings Plan
-22 vacation days
-8 Paid Holidays
-Sick Time
-Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children
-Free Metro Link/ Bus pass
-Free Life Insurance
-Health, Dental, Vision
-Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
-Long Term Disability Insurance
-Flex Spending Plan
-Other Benefits

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EOE Statement:

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.