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Science & Math Librarian
About James Madison University

We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.


To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.

Who We Are

Located in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. With a population of just over 53,000, Harrisonburg is one of the most diverse communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. JMU is a selective, public institution with a growing national reputation for offering experiences that lead to an outstanding education and inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff. The student body includes approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students, with over 1,000 full-time instructional faculty.

JMU offers thriving programs in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional disciplines at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. The university is committed to expanding diversity, fostering equity and inclusion, and supporting superlative teaching and scholarship. JMU has achieved national recognition for the high quality of its academic programs, focus on maintaining strong student/faculty interaction, and innovative faculty research.
General Information
JMU Libraries supports the teaching, learning, and research mission of the university. Liaison librarians are experts in information literacy and scholarly practices. We partner with specific academic units and departments to address information literacy within curricula and research activities. The successful candidate will work with the JMU College of Science & Mathematics (CSM), which offers 13 undergraduate majors, a wide variety of minors and concentrations, and two graduate programs. With 30% of faculty publications being co-authored by students, this position has opportunities to authentically connect information literacy concepts directly into this active scholarly community.

JMU Libraries particularly welcomes applicants who can enhance the diversity and excellence of our campus community, and who can demonstrate a commitment to building equitable and inclusive environments for teaching, learning, research, and service. We are committed to cultivating a welcoming place for everyone, encouraging dialogue and celebrating diverse life experiences and perspectives. We encourage experimentation and creativity in pursuit of meaningful solutions that build on our position as core academic infrastructure for our campus community.

Have questions or want to learn more? Consider attending a Question & Answer session. Links for sessions will be posted on the JMU Libraries Employment page (https://www.lib.jmu.edu/employment/ by the week of March 6.
Duties and Responsibilities
JMU Libraries seeks a proactive and collaborative library professional to provide services as a Science & Math Librarian in our Research & Education Services department. The liaison will work with the following departments: Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Geology & Environmental Science, Physics & Astronomy, and Mathematics & Statistics. The candidate will provide instruction, research, and reference assistance to students and faculty. This position will help support data information literacy for the CSM. The position will support collection management efforts through regular development and review of scientific information sources. As a member of the Research & Education Services team, the candidate will also collaborate with other colleagues to provide support to interdisciplinary programs and general information literacy education.

This is a full-time, twelve-month, tenure-track position with instructional faculty status. We anticipate hiring at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The successful candidate will report to the Director of Research & Education Services. The JMU Libraries faculty are governed by the policies established in our Promotion & Tenure Guidelines (https://www.jmu.edu/academic-affairs/policies-and-reports/PT-LIB.pdf) and the JMU Faculty Handbook (https://www.jmu.edu/facultyhandbook/). Individuals are evaluated annually on Job Performance, Scholarly Achievement & Professional Qualifications, and Professional Service.


  • Master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, or international equivalent. Current students who graduate prior to the start date are encouraged to apply. Target start date is July 2023.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices and trends in information literacy, such as inclusive pedagogy.
  • Demonstrated user-centered approach to providing services and resources, including research consultations and reference assistance
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills to effectively work with diverse communities.
  • Working knowledge of good project management practices, with the ability to meet deadlines and work with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Articulated ability to help foster an inclusive and equitable work environment.

  • Completed coursework and/or experience in science librarianship or in one of the anticipated liaison areas.
  • Understanding of effective data information literacy and/or awareness of current issues related to data analysis and/or data science.
(We want to emphasize that the above preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop these preferred skills if needed.)
Conditions of Employment
Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.
Position: Science & Math Librarian
Organization: James Madison University
Location: Harrisonburg,  VA 
United States
Salary: $60,000-$65,000
Posting Start Date: 3/2/2023
Date Posted: 3/2/2023
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Status: This listing expires on: 5/7/2023
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James Madison University
752 Ott Street

Harrisonburg,  VA 22807
United States
(540) 568-3597