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Life Sciences Librarian, Librarian I or II

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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 754031
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Libraries
Department: Libraries 10056536
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: 54000.00
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Library/Museums/Archives, Continuing System Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Life Sciences Librarian, Librarian I or II

Position Summary

The Michigan State University Libraries (MSUL) is seeking a Life Sciences Librarian to serve as liaison to the Departments of Integrative Biology, encompassing diverse areas of life sciences from neuroscience to wildlife conservation; Entomology, including the community facing MSU Bug House; and graduate programs including ‘Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior’ and ‘Genetics and Genome Sciences’. As a member of the Sciences Team and reporting to the Sciences Coordinator, the Life Sciences Librarian will collaborate with library colleagues and partner with liaison units in providing library support for research, teaching and learning. Life science faculty at MSU are an innovative community of researchers and teachers both on campus and around the world, with a focus on global engagement to solve problems. MSU’s extensive opportunities for teaching and learning in the field have been enhanced with the recently opened STEM Teaching and Learning Facility, which emphasizes the importance of classroom and laboratory spaces for gateway science courses, including life sciences. In support of these initiatives, the Libraries serves as a center of activity and engagement on campus, with librarians empowered to support both student development and transformative research activities.

The MSU Libraries are closely aligned with teaching and learning innovation on campus and are particularly interested in candidates who are engaged in or excited about innovative teaching methods, particularly as it relates to new and emerging technologies and digital scholarship. The successful candidate will be broadly focused and collaborative, building partnerships with faculty, students, researchers, and other library users. The librarian will 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. Essential duties include:

  • Online, hybrid, and in classroom instruction within courses
  • Research support and guidance
  • Collection development in relevant disciplines
  • Consultation and support around the creation, use, and storage of data and data sets as they relate to the life sciences

Librarians are appointed as regular faculty in the continuing appointment system. They are engaged in professional development and scholarly activities related to their position and serve on library and university committees as elected or assigned.

The MSU Libraries Strategic Plan guides our current and future work. The candidate will enthusiastically partner with our diverse campus to grow our welcoming multicultural environment. More information on MSU and the MSU Libraries’ dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion is available at:

Michigan State University Libraries serve more than 4,900 faculty, 36,000 undergraduates, and 11,000 graduate and professional students on a park-like campus of over 5,000 acres.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Masters -Library and 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 patron and community engagement;
  • 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 life sciences.
  • Experience in an academic library setting.
  • Experience in or familiarity with managing data or developing data management plans.

Required Application Materials

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

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Minimum $54,000. Salary is negotiable. MSU provides generous fringe benefits.

For questions, please contact Jacquelyn Hansen,, at MSU Libraries' Human Resources Department.


Department Statement

The Libraries are at the center of academic life at Michigan State University, providing expertise, collections, and infrastructure for discovery and creation. We facilitate connections that support research, teaching, and learning in our local and global communities. Discover more about us at:

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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