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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 566448
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Libraries
Department: Libraries 10056536
Salary: 52000.00
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Continuing System Academic Staff, Library/Museums/Archives

Working/Functional Title

Physical Sciences Librarian, Librarian I

Position Summary

MSU Libraries invites candidates to bring fresh perspectives to our Physical Sciences Librarian position. This person will be responsible for reaching out and meeting the information needs of MSU students, faculty and staff in key areas of the physical sciences. Campus units to be served include the Abrams Planetarium, Department of Chemistry, the Department of Physics, the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), and potentially others reflecting interests and strengths of the candidate and the needs of the library.

Specific activities include, but are not limited to, research services, library instruction, the creation of subject-specific research guides, and developing and maintaining library collections in relevant disciplines. Collection responsibilities are accomplished through interest in and engagement with the subject areas, awareness of campus teaching and research needs, selection of materials, and management of existing collections including migration to new formats and de-selection when warranted. The librarian will also develop an understanding of the data needs of various science colleges and departments, including chemistry and physics, and will work with data librarians to meet the data management, curation and visualization needs of these populations. The successful candidate must be broadly focused and adventurous enough to expand their range of liaison responsibilities as well as participate approximately quarter-time in a secondary assignment based on the needs of the library and candidate interests. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.

Librarians are appointed as regular faculty in a continuing appointment system and are engaged in professional development, scholarly, and creative activities related to their position. Additionally, librarians serve on professional association, library and university committees as elected or assigned. Other duties as assigned.

The MSU Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, and experience and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. The candidate will enthusiastically partner with others to grow our welcoming multicultural environment. More information on our dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion is available at:

Michigan State University Libraries serve more the 5,500 faculty, 38,000 undergraduates, and 11,000 graduate and professional students on a park-like campus of over 5,000 acres. The MSU Libraries have combined holdings of over 6 million volumes with renowned collections in music, film, agriculture, Africana and comic art and cutting-edge services including a makerspace and digital scholarship lab.

Required Degree

Masters -Library or Information Science

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree in information or library science from a program accredited by the American Library Association.  
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • outstanding interpersonal communication skills including the ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment;
  • exceptional commitment to customer service;
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and a desire to work in a collaborative, respectful environment.
  • ability to work enthusiastically and effectively with diverse faculty, students, and staff;
  • ability to work collaboratively and independently;
  • ability to prioritize and balance various unit needs;
  • attention to detail;
  • preparation and commitment to conducting independent scholarship consistent with a library faculty appointment;
  • capacity and commitment to engage independently in continuing professional development.

Desired Qualifications

Background, interest, or coursework in an area of the physical sciences.  Academic library experience. Experience managing data or developing data management plans.

Required Application Materials

Cover Letter, CV/resume, and names, addresses and email addresses of three references (2 must be present/past supervisors)

Special Instructions

Minimum $52,000; MSU provides generous fringe benefits.

Interested applicants should provide a letter of application, CV/resume, and names, addresses and email addresses of three references (2 must be present/past supervisors) to


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