Academic Job 22

University of Michigan
Chemistry Librarian

How to Apply
A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary
The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

The library is seeking a Chemistry Librarian to act as the communication and service partner for the chemistry department’s faculty, staff and students.  This position will develop strong connections with faculty, students, and librarian colleagues to integrate instruction, information, and data literacy into classes as well as to provide, assess and develop reference, information, consultation, and instruction services. This position will evaluate and select materials for inclusion in the chemistry collections, as well as manage the chemistry collections budget. 

This position will report directly to the Head of Science, Engineering, the Clark Library and Research Data Services. This position may provide supervision to some student staff.

The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the library’s mission.


  • Serve as the primary liaison between the chemistry department, university library, researchers, faculty, staff and students. 
  • Provide information services and instruction to faculty, students, and the general public.  
  • Promote current services, collections, policies, and procedures through developing print and electronic promotional materials as well as speaking engagements.
  • Develop and maintain collections and learning spaces relating to chemistry that meet the needs of the chemistry department and the overall university. 
  • Speak to a range of library and eScience topics including innovations in research services and publishing, scholarly communication, the emerging digital conservancy, the development of new online tools, and the integration of information literacy skills into the curriculum. 
  • Identify potential topics for exhibits and events and assist with their publicity.
  • Maintain an awareness of external trends and innovations in research services and publishing.

Required Qualifications*

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience.
  • Ability to respond effectively to multiple changing needs and priorities.
  • Knowledge of the scholarly communication and research processes in science.
  • Demonstrated interest in developing technology-based library services.
  • Excellent oral, written and instructional skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team in a consultative environment.
  • Demonstrated initiative and self-direction.
  • Ability to understand diverse perspectives and acknowledge the significance of differences and complexities in background, cultures, values and viewpoints as the foundation for an inclusive environment.

Desired Qualifications*

  • BA/BS degree in science, engineering, or medicine, or equivalent combination of significant academic training and experience working in a science, engineering or medical library.

Additional Information

Appointment is anticipated at the Associate Librarian rank. Salary and rank dependent on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Librarian appointments carry with them increased expectations regarding professional development, professional engagement, research, and service, in keeping with the library’s process for librarian promotion and advancement.

The target salary range for this position is $55,000 – $65,000 per year. The actual salary offered may vary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities.

This position receives 24 days of vacation a year, paid sick leave with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


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