Science and Engineering Librarian, The Robert W. Van Houten Library at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:16 AM

The Robert W. Van Houten Library at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) seeks applications for the position of Science and Engineering Librarian. Position Summary: Reporting to the Director of Reference, the Science and Engineering Librarian (SEL) assists, advises and instructs users in assessing and accessing information in all formats. The Science and Engineering Librarian serves as a liaison to designated academic departments in STEM disciplines to support instruction, collection development and research. The incumbent has the primary responsibility to provide education and training in support of open access, copyright, and digital scholarship processes (research support, data/digital stewardship, and open publishing.) The candidate should demonstrate abilities to work both independently and in a team environment and have excellent oral and written communication skills, teaching, and technology skills. This is a non-tenure track professional staff position. Typical workweek includes one evening (until 7:00 pm) per week during fall and spring semesters and may consist of several weekends per year.

Qualifications Summary: An ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS/MSLS degree and a bachelor’s or an advanced degree in a STEM discipline (or equivalent) and at least two years of professional reference and library instruction experience in an academic or similar library setting with strong knowledge of STEM resources. The candidate must demonstrate research experience using information resources, library social media applications, creation of guides and tutorials, course management systems and proficiency in Microsoft Office. The candidate must demonstrate the abilities to work creatively and collaboratively to promote teamwork.

Library Profile: The Robert W. Van Houten Library, NJIT’s university library, houses a core collection of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), business, humanities, and social sciences resources, and has an Information Commons computer lab with more than 120 computer workstations and wireless access throughout the building. The Barbara and Leonard Littman Architecture, Art and Design Library, a branch of the university library, maintains a core collection of architecture, art, and design resources. The Libraries have a staff of 24, who are committed to developing innovations in access services, information and digital literacies, and digital initiatives. The Libraries have an annual operating budget of $4.5 million and spend over 94% of the materials budget to acquire scholarly electronic resources for anytime, anywhere access. The collection comprises over 439,000+ volumes with 34 full-text databases, over 63,000 electronic journals, 216,000+ ebooks, and 223,000 physical holdings. The Libraries use Ex Libris Alma and Primo Discovery, OCLC, ILLiad, RapidILL, and Digital Commons.

NJIT Profile: As one of 32 polytechnic universities in the United States and New Jersey’s only public polytechnic university, NJIT prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen, and leadership skills. NJIT is one of only 131 universities rated an “R1” research university by the Carnegie Classification®, indicating the highest level of research activity. NJIT conducts approximately $170 million in research activity each year and has a $2.8 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey. NJIT is ranked #1 nationally by Forbes for the upward economic mobility of its lowest-income students and is ranked in the top 100 colleges and universities nationally for the mid-career earnings of graduates, according to The QS World University Ranking ranks NJIT third in New Jersey and 74th among colleges and universities nationwide in 2020.

Application Procedure: Employment at NJIT is subject to the provisions of New Jersey First Act that mandates new employees, who are not NJ residents, to establish primary residence in New Jersey within one year of their appointment to certain positions. To apply, visit

Please submit (1) cover letter addressing the position qualifications and experience, (2) resume or CV, (3) contact information for three professional references, and (4) a copy of an article, paper, or report written solely by the applicant. Review of applications commences on January 11, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Diversity is a core value of NJIT and we are committed to make diversity, equity and inclusion, part of everything we do. We celebrate the diversity of our university community and recognize the cultural and personal differences. We strive to cultivate an inclusive campus culture that promotes excellence among our faculty, staff and students. Building a robust and diverse community is critical to NJIT’s continuing status as a premier institution of higher education and a leading polytechnic university. As an EEO employer NJIT is committed to building a diverse and inclusive teaching, research, and working environment and strongly encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women.

MLS or Library School Required:

Salary Meets NJLA Minimum:
Not Applicable (No MLS Required)

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