(20181019) Education and Science Librarian (Portland, OR)

POSITION:      Education and Science Librarian
LOCATION:    Portland State University Library, Portland, OR
POSTED:         10/16/18, open until finalists identified

Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation's most livable cities, Portland State has an innovative approach to education that combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University's 50-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State's commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 211 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve the City," inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe.

Position Summary

The Education and Science Librarian consults and collaborates with scholars; participates in a dynamic instructional program, including face to face and online instruction; provides reference and information services for the University’s students and faculty as well as members of the community; and selects information resources to support the instructional and research needs of a diverse institution. This position will serve as a liaison to the academic units and programs in the Graduate School of Education as well as departments such as psychology and biology depending on the needs of the Library. The Education and Science Librarian develops relationships and liaises  with campus units engaged in STEM education efforts and initiatives. Some evening and weekend reference duty and/or instruction is required. Portland State University faculty members contribute to faculty governance activities within the Library and the University, engage in community and professional service, and pursue an active scholarly agenda including publication, research, and seeking grants as appropriate. This full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position reports to the Research and Instruction Services Manager.



  • Support the instructional and research needs of assigned units. Collaborate with these units in assessing information needs; cultivate bridges for service and teaching; work with teaching faculty to develop discipline-appropriate instruction; provide research consultations for faculty and students; and select books, journals, databases, and other information resources. Includes teaching or holding consultations during some evening and weekend hours.
  • Participate in the Library's information literacy and general instruction program, face-to-face and online.
  • Provide reference and information services for the University’s students and faculty as well as members of the community at the reference desk and through various information and communications technologies.
  • Develop physical and online learning objects and research guides.
  • Participate in continual library planning and assessment activities, including the collection of relevant data on inputs, outputs, and outcomes.
  • Maintain awareness of scholarly communication and copyright issues in general and within assigned disciplines and contribute to advocacy efforts. Keep colleagues informed of current issues and developments in liaison areas.
  • Occasionally direct the work of part-time student employees or interns.
  • Engage with relevant student groups and communities.
  • Pursue an active publication and research agenda.
  • Meet expectations for faculty scholarship in accordance with the Library’s and University’s promotion, tenure, and post-tenure review guidelines.
  • Support the mission, goals, and objectives of the Library and the University.
  • Establish short and long-range goals, objectives, and priorities; aligned with those of the Library and the University.
  • Contribute to the work of relevant Library and University committees and work groups.
  • Support Library and University development efforts.
  • Contribute to the work of professional associations: local, regional, national, or international.
  • Maintain current professional expertise through participation in workshops, classes, professional associations and networks, and through continued awareness of the scholarly literature.
  • Engage in community endeavors that may benefit from one’s professional expertise, and be a good ambassador for the University.
  • Contribute to a positive and collaborative environment based on mutual respect, service, open communication, and cooperation.
  • Maintain effective and productive communications with colleagues, administrators, and community users and organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Key Cultural Competencies

  • Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
  • Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement
  • Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.


Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent
  • Two years working in an academic or research library
  • Experience in areas such as: serving academic departments, teaching or training, and collection development
  • Experience with information literacy concepts
  • Ability to successfully complete a background check and provide transcripts


Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in education, psychology, or biology OR prior experience as a liaison working with education or science departments
  • Evidence of professional service and scholarship
  • Demonstrated commitment to practices facilitating diversity and inclusion
  • Effective communication and collaboration skills
  • Flexibility and the ability to work positively in a fast-paced, changing environment while collaborating with diverse colleagues, faculty, students, and the community
  • Experience developing online learning objects (such as tutorials, instructional videos, etc.) using multimedia software and platforms



The annual salary rate for this position starts at $73,944 with an excellent benefits package including 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon Public Universities.


To Apply:

To apply, please create an account and apply through the Portland State University career portal: https://jobs.hrc.pdx.edu/postings/28050


Posting will remain open until finalists are identified.


For those requiring a reasonable accommodation to apply: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Portland State University, please call 503-725-4926 or email askhrc@pdx.edu.


Portland State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution and welcomes applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity.






Posted Date: 
10/19/2018 to 11/19/2018