Health Sciences/Human Services Reference Librarian – Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN)

Health Sciences/Human Services Reference Librarian

Would you like to join a team of dedicated, collaborative Library colleagues at Indiana’s only women’s college? Saint Mary’s is a place where talent is valued, where expectations are high, and where innovation is encouraged. Saint Mary’s College invites applications for the Health Sciences/Human Services (HSHS) Reference Librarian position. The HSHS Reference Librarian will provide reference and instruction to students and faculty in all disciplines with particular emphasis on subject areas in the health sciences and human services areas, including Nursing, Speech Language Pathology, Autism Studies, Pre-Med, Social Work and Gerontology. He/She/They reports to the Library Director and works closely with other librarians and teaching faculty to deliver effective and innovative information literacy instruction and to build students’ skills and critical capacities surrounding information use, especially among students and faculty in health- and human services-related fields. The HSHS Librarian will be part of a highly collaborative Library team and, as a tenure-track member of the College faculty, will participate in appropriate committees and task forces to advance the curricular and research goals of the students and faculty of the College. In common with all members of the Library team, the HSHS Librarian will work to increase inclusion, diversity, equity, and awareness in our efforts, services, and scholarship, and will support outreach efforts especially among members of the Saint Mary’s community from underrepresented populations.

Saint Mary’s Cushwa-Leighton Library works closely with the students and faculty of the College as they pursue “a life of intellectual vigor, aesthetic appreciation, religious sensibility, and social responsibility” as articulated in the Saint Mary’s Mission Statement. Inspired by the College’s founders, the Sisters of the Holy Cross, the Library is committed to Saint Mary’s role as a Catholic, residential, women’s, liberal arts college offering undergraduate degrees and co-educational graduate programs.

Saint Mary’s College, along with Holy Cross College and the University of Notre Dame, is adjacent to South Bend, Indiana, a thriving community on the Saint Joseph River – a place with numerous recreational opportunities, a lively downtown, commuter rail service to Chicago, and affordable housing.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing research support, with particular emphasis on Health Sciences and Human Services subject areas, through reference shifts and scheduled consultations, both in person and online, including one evening per week and a regular rotation of weekends during the academic year.
  • Collaborating with faculty in liaison areas to integrate research instruction into students’ learning experiences in person, online, and/or asynchronously, both within and outside of courses.
  • Recommending and selecting materials in all formats relating to Health Sciences, Human Services, and other assigned areas in cooperation with disciplinary faculty and the Collections and Electronic Resources Librarian.
  • Evaluating collections for currency, curricular support, and research value.
  • Providing Health Science and Human Services subject matter expertise within the library, and providing leadership and outreach on HSHS issues between the library and other campus and community areas.
  • Enhancing expertise, monitoring trends, and improving the delivery of information in liaison areas, including building support around emerging researcher needs, resources, and tools, including open educational resources, in cooperation with the Scholarly Communications Librarian.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library or information science (or its equivalent) from a graduate  program accredited by the American Library Association.
  • Experience providing instruction and/or reference services, preferably in an academic library.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work and interact collaboratively and effectively with faculty, students, staff and administrators in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Ability to think creatively in developing services, course-integrated instruction, and outreach efforts that meet the needs of a diverse user community.
  • Proactive attitude and ability to take initiative, develop, and carry out projects as well as manage multiple priorities and deadlines.
  • Knowledge of diversity, equity, inclusion and awareness literature and strategies in the workplace and higher education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with developments in instructional technology and trends in pedagogy.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach using new instructional and multimedia technologies.
  • Experience discussing and presenting on sensitive topics to varied audiences; assessing training and support needs; developing training content and materials; and conducting workshops.
  • Experience working as a research librarian in an academic library, hospital, or other health-related environment

Newer librarians and librarians looking for a career change are encouraged to apply. Salary commensurate with experience and abilities. Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three (3) professional references electronically (pdf) to libraryjob@saintmarys.edu  Review of applications will begin on Jan. 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Posted 12/1/2021