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Reference & Instruction Librarian for STEM - Loyola Marymount University

Location: USA - CA - Los Angeles

The Reference and Instruction Librarian for STEM is part of a team that works together to provide high-quality reference, instruction, collection development, and outreach services to the entire LMU community, with a particular emphasis on LMU’s Seaver College of Science and Engineering. The Librarian for STEM also provides research assistance and foundational information literacy instruction for a wide range of academic disciplines. This position reports to the Head of Reference & Instructional Services.

Position Specific Responsibilities/Accountabilities


  • Provide individual and small-group research consultations for STEM and other subjects, both in-person and online via videoconferencing software. Also respond to e-mail and telephone requests from students and faculty.
  • Provide virtual reference, including some evening and weekend hours.
  • Provide reference and technological support in-person and via phone at the Information Desk.
  • Create Web-based materials in support of library instruction and reference such as tutorials and subject specific research guides.
  • Help the library explore and assess emerging technologies critical to the delivery of high- quality reference and informational services.


  • Serve as lead provider of library instruction to graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Science and Engineering. Consults with faculty to plan instruction sessions, which may include evening classes.
  • Provide library instruction to undergraduate and graduate LMU students in other subjects as needed, including the first-year Rhetorical Arts course.

​Liaison Work

  • Serve as library liaison to selected academic departments in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering and related campus departments, which includes outreach, collection development and evaluation, and advanced information literacy support.
  • Actively participate in departmental and library decision making and the realization of the departmental and library goals and objectives. Examples include: internal and external committee membership, co-developing and/or staffing events that promote the library to our community, and assisting in the training and supervision of student assistants or interns.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or requested by the Head of Reference and Instruction Services, such as LibGuides administration or reference collection development.


    • A Master’s Degree in Library/Information Sciences from an ALA-accredited program. Incumbent will be expected to continue upgrading knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to keep abreast of changes related to science librarianship.
    • Undergraduate or graduate degree, certificate, or background in science, engineering, or a related field
    • Minimum two years’ professional experience in an academic library, or demonstrated relevant experience
    • Demonstrated knowledge in the areas of basic reference sources and reference practices, library instruction, and information literacy
    • Proficient in Mac and Windows operating systems and commonly used productivity software such as Microsoft Office and Adobe products
    • Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues in a team environment
    • Ability to work patiently and cooperatively with faculty, students, and other library patrons from a variety of backgrounds
    • Exemplary communication skills (interpersonal, written, and oral), evidenced by experience in preparing proposals or reports, presentations, or other means of synthesizing information to clearly communicate with others
    • Demonstrated customer / user-centered service experience
    • Flexibility to work occasional nights or weekends
    • Experience providing science and/or engineering reference services.
    • Experience planning instruction and teaching in an academic library setting.
    • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with science or engineering resources, including tools such as Web of Science, PubMed, SciFinder Scholar, IEE Xplore, Engineering Village.
    • Knowledge in the area of building, managing, and assessing science and engineering collections.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

William H. Hannon Library Expectations

We share the university's commitment to inclusive excellence, the education of the whole person, and the building of a just society. We expect all employees to support the library’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism:

In order to meet expectations for moving through the LMU librarians’ promotion plan:

Loyola Marymount University Expectations

All university employees are expected to exhibit behavior that supports the mission, vision, and values of the university. They are expected to communicate and employ interpersonal actions that model high standards of professional, responsible, accountable, and ethical conduct. They are also expected to demonstrate a commitment to outstanding customer service.

About the William H. Hannon Library

The William H. Hannon Library ( opened in 2009 and serves as the intellectual and cultural hub of the university. The Hannon Library was the recipient of the 2021 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in the university category.

We share the university's commitment to inclusive excellence, the education of the whole person, and the building of a just society. We invite women, persons of color, LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming people, people living with disabilities, and/or individuals with other diverse life experiences and beliefs to apply.

Please read more about the library's commitment to DEIA and our efforts at:

Location & Hours

This position is at the William H. Hannon Library, on the university's Westchester campus. Incumbent should expect to primarily work on campus; with hybrid schedule negotiable two days/week. Occasional nights and weekends may be required.

COVID Vaccination Requirement

To ensure the safety and well-being of our community Loyola Marymount University requires that all students, faculty and staff are vaccinated or have been approved for a qualifying medical or religious exemption.

Application instructions:


Special Instructions

To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit application materials by October 10, 2022. Application review will continue until position is filled.

Please submit the following:

1. A letter of application describing your qualifications for the position; explaining your interest in the position; and affirming your commitment to the mission of LMU.

2. A curriculum vitae or resume.

3. A list of three professional references (names, titles, relationships to applicant, telephone numbers, and email addresses).

For more informaton about the position, including salary range, please contact: Susan Archambault, Head of Reference & Instructional Services. [email protected] / 310-338-7680.