Library Liaison, Biosciences & Bioengineering
Library Liaison, Biosciences and Bioengineering (Lib/Arch II) (R&L)
The MIT Libraries seek a collaborative, dynamic, and innovative professional to join our team as the Biosciences & Bioengineering Library Liaison. This position resides within the Research and Learning Directorate, reporting to the Department Head for Liaison, Instruction, and Reference Services (LIRS). The Biosciences Library Liaison supports biology and biological engineering teaching and research within the Institute in emerging research methods and open science.
The Libraries' pedagogical philosophy aligns with the Institute's motto Mens et Manus that translates from Latin as “Mind and Hand.” Our motto reflects the educational ideals of MIT's founders, who promoted education for practical application. Among its ranks, MIT has some of the world's leading researchers and educators who are pioneering dynamic approaches to global challenges with technology and science. Researchers across our departments, labs, and centers (DLCs) dedicate themselves to paradigm-shifting practices in data-intensive and computational methods, international collaborations, the promotion of open science and ethical technology design, and ground-breaking cross-disciplinary innovations.
Therefore, the successful candidate will demonstrate a high capacity to develop and contribute to our educational ecosystem and MIT science and engineering librarians' collective work in a Community of Practice. The incoming Biosciences and Bioengineering Library Liaison will also participate and/or lead in service and infrastructure development projects. Supporting our community through the COVID-19 pandemic affords a talented and highly motivated individual the opportunity to partner with us in re-envisioning and reshaping our service model while advancing the MIT Libraries mission as informed by our New Urgency Vision.
As a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and social justice are essential values within the Libraries and the Institute, the incoming Biosciences and Bioengineering Library Liaison must apply a culturally competent lens to this vital position within our organization.
The Biosciences and Bioengineering Library Liaison will work with a talented and engaged team to coordinate, shape, and deliver services by:
• Using outreach strategies for developing relationships with faculty and researchers that optimize the impact of library expertise and services.
• Helping researchers find and manage information and data, and critically evaluate and use research tools, platforms, and infrastructure.
• Applying knowledge of trends in science and engineering to service delivery and design.
• Developing library collections in relevant disciplines and supporting initiatives in open access, open science, and open data.
• Teaching in the library program on critical information skills, helping students understand the social consequences of how data and information are used, created, and shared.
• Engaging in systematic, ongoing learning activities to build skills for professional impact and cultural competence.
• Participating in or leading project teams and fostering team outcomes by using best practice tools and techniques.